Semester Offering: January

To familiarize students with computer-aided planning methodology for UMTS/WCDMA radio access networks.


Introduction to Cellular Network Planning. Radio Propagation Effects and Coverage Planning. Multiuser Interference and Capacity Planning, Computerized Cellular Network Planning Tools.


Cellular Mobile Systems


I. Introduction

  1. Objectives of Radio Network Planning
  2. Life Cycle of Radio Access Network
  3. Cellular Network Planning Approaches
  4. Starting Points for Planning Procedure

II. Radio Propagation and Path Loss Prediction

  1. Radio Propagation
  2. Multipath Propagation: Path Loss, Slow Fading and Diffraction Losses
  3. Connection Between Coverage and Quality of Service
  4. Cell Radius and Cell Area

III . Cellular CDMA Systems

  1. Fundamental Cellular CDMA Features: Soft Handover, Power Control
  2. Uplink CDMA Capacity Equation: Pole Capacity, Load Factor
  3. Downlink CDMA Capacity Equation


  1. Spectrum Allocation for UMTS FDD
  2. UMTS Channels: Downlink Common Channels, Uplink and Downlink Data
  3. Channels, UMTS Channel Mapping
  4. SHDPA
  5. UMTS Capacity and Power Calculations
  6. Node B Hardware Configurations

V. Network Dimensioning and Radio Link Power Budgets

  1. Link Budgets: Base Station, Cable System and Masthead Amplifier
  2. Parameters, Terminal Parameters
  3. Environmental Parameters (Clutter Corrections)
  4. Orthogonality Factor
  5. Service Quality Requirements and Eb/No Requirements
  6. Soft Handover and Power Control Effects
  7. Generic UMTS/WCDMA Link Budgets

VI. Digital Maps

  1. Digital Maps, Coordinate Systems and Projections
  2. Digital Maps in Cellular Planning Tools

VII . Detailed Radio Access Network Planning by Using Planning Software

  1. Planning Tools: Propagation Prediction, Interference Analysis, Static
  2. Network Simulation
  3. Antenna Configuration, Coverage Requirements and Propagation Models
  4. Specification of Offered Traffic
  5. Modelling Principles in Monte Carlo Simulation
  6. Soft Handover and Power Control Modelling
  7. Indoor Coverage
  8. Neighbourhood Planning and Scrambling Code Planning
  9. Automatic Planning of Radio Network Configuration


Lecture Notes


H. Holma, A. Toskala: HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS: High Speed Radio Access for Mobile Communications, John Wiley & Sons, 2006 H. Holma, A. Toskala: WCDMA for UMTS: Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2004. J. Laiho, A. Wacker, . Novosad: Radio Network Planning and Optimisation for UMTS, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2006
J.S. Lee and L.E. Miller: CDMA Systems Engineering Handbook. Artech House, 1998.
M. Nawrocki, H. Aghvami, M. Dohler: Understanding UMTS Radio Network Modelling, Planning and Automated Optimisation: Theory and Practice. Wiley, 2006.


The grade will be determined by the final exam.
Open-book examination is used in the exam.