UMTS Radio Planning

Although 3G networks based on UMTS are widely deployed, radio planning associated with maintaining these networks and keeping them optimized is of paramount importance. This course covers the critical aspects of the UMTS radio planning process, covering key areas such as dimensioning, optimization, throughput planning and support for QoS. Common planning tools are also discussed, along with the details of antenna selection and handover optimization.

This course will contain the following sections:


  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Factors for Dimensioning and Optimization - Capacity, Costs, Flexibility, Reliability
  • Initial Planning
  • Dimensioning - Soft Handover Gain, Interference Margin, Fast Fading Margin
  • Detailed Planning - Combined Capacity and Coverage, Code and Frequency, Configuration
  • Results Analysis
  • Continuous Optimization
  • Impact to Services
  • Excel based exercises
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • UMTS Services - Multimedia, Packet Data
  • HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA and HSPA+
  • UMTS Traffic Characteristics
  • Service Characteristics, Traffic Total
  • Radio Propagation Environment
  • Radio Propagation Channel
  • Impact to Services
  • Excel based exercises
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Key Requirements of Planning Tools
  • Planning Tool Types - Initial, Coverage, Capacity, Scrambling Code etc
  • Planning Tool Input Requirements
  • Optimization Tools
  • Soft Handover Settings
  • Handover Procedures - Common Channel Procedures
  • Handover Optimization
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • TRF and Service Capabilities of the UE and Node B
  • UMTS Link Budget - Max Cell Range and Sizes
  • UMTS Propagation Environment
  • UMTS Capacity and Coverage Planning
  • Traffic Disruption
  • Planning Issues
  • Activity
  • Excel based exercises
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Base Station Configuration
  • Antenna Selection and Antenna Line Configuration
  • Antenna Characteristics
  • Antenna Diversity - Space, Polarization
  • Site Configuration - Sectorization, Antenna Beam Width
  • Antenna Implementation - Height, Down Tilt
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • MS Mobility - Connected Substates
  • Handovers and Handover Triggers
  • Measurement Reporting - Intra and Inter Frequency, Inter RAT
  • UE Internal Measurement Reporting
  • Soft Handover Settings
  • Handover Procedures - Common Channel Procedures
  • Handover Optimization
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Duration 12 hours
CPD Learning Credits 12

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