Semester Offering: January

To provide the students with the methodological foundations for planning and dimensioning Telecommunications networks. Introduction of simulation approach for network performance analysis. Introduction of interactive computerized tool for optimization of various telecommunications networks.


Network Planning Process. Forecasting Methods. Forecasting Demand Distributions and Traffic Matrices. Optimization of Local Exchange. Network Dimensioning. Introduction of Network Performance and Reliability Simulation. Network Planning Tool PLANITU.


Consent of Instructor


I Network Planning Process
1. Phases in the Planning Process
2. Fundamental Technical Plans
3. Forecasting Methods
4. Forecasting Traffic Volume and Dispersion
5. Establishment of Traffic Matrices

II Optimization of Local Exchange
1. Forecasting Subscriber Distributions
2. Size of Exchange
3. Location of Exchange
4. Exchange Planning

III Network Dimensioning
1. Routing Principles
2. Traffic Measurements for Network Dimensioning
3. Dimensioning of Alternate Routes
4. Dimensioning of a Multi-Services Network
5. Dimensioning of a Cellular-Mobile Network

IV Simulation of Network Performance and Reliability
1. Simulation Modeling
2. Monte Carlo Simulation
3. Discrete-Event Simulation
4. Simulation of a Circuit-Switched Alternate Routing System
5. Simulation of a Multi-Services Broadband System
6. Simulation of Cellular-Mobile Traffic


1. Dimensioning Networks with Alternate Routing
2. Curve Fitting, Forecasting Exercise
3. Exchange Location Optimization
4. Influence of Time Differences
5. Traffic Matrix
6. Network Planning Tool PLANITU


Lecture Notes


D. Bear:
Principles of Telecommunication?traffic Engineering, IEE, Peter Peregrinus Ltd., Revised 3rd Edition, 1988, 250 pp.
G.H. Higginbottom:
Performance Evaluation of Communication Networks, Artech House, Inc., Boston 1998, 366 pp.
A. Olsson, et al:
Understanding Telecommunications 1, Ericsson Telecom, Telia and Studentlitteratur, Lund 1997, 493 pp.
PLANITU Teletraffic Engineering and Planning, Vol. 1-6,
International Telecommunication Union, November 1994
T.G. Robertazzi:
Planning Telecommunications Networks, IEEE Press, New York 1999, 188 pp.
CCITT Handbook,
General Network Planning, ITU, Geneva 1983
CCITT Handbook,
Local Network Planning, ITU, Geneva 1979




The final grade will be computed from the following components: midsem exam. (30%), final exam. (50%), assignments (5%), and laboratories (15%).
Closed-book examination is naormally used in both midsem exam and final exam.