The capacity plugin allows the network designer to dimension the entire network based on the inbuilt hierarchy-wise PQM engine. Both generic site capacities and loaded profiles can be used for setting the required network capacity. Once the total link capacities have been determined, PQM will automatically allocate the appropriate equipment based on the band, bandwidth, throughput, XPIC and ACM capabilities. Additionally the entire frequency planning can be automated to count for the link design changes. Combined with PQM's projects feature, several scenarios can be obtained and compared in order to achieve an optimised network design.