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Need equally good signal quality both directions-
two-way communications is the objective
areas covered only by downlink are not useful,
may cause excessive co-channel interference
to other cells
Base Tx is more powerful (e.g. 5 to 10W/carrier)
than MS (max 2W for PCS-1900, 3W for IS-136)

Compensate for this via:

Base Rx diversity (equivalent gain of 2-5 dB)
Base Rx antenna gain (typ. 5-7 dB or more)

Low-noise amplifier (LNA) in base receive multi-coupler

The downlink limits for different samples of the same mobile station
production run will differ very slightly because of minor variations in the
internal noise of the MS receiver. Similarly the uplink performance will vary
slightly due to minor differences in actual compared to nominal transmit
power. There is also, clearly, a greater uplink operating range and
consequently a larger useful cell size for a mobile station of a higher power
class (a higher rated maximum transmit power level). In general this difference
is much less significant in a PCS-1900 system, where all the power classes are
slightly different low power levels below 1 watt, than in the case of a GSM or
North American cellular system, where the power difference between the
largest and smallest power class is very significant.
In general, the system operator makes a decision to support a certain
power class, and by default they will also support any higher MS power class
as well. In some cases, the operator knows that their design will not provide
90% area and time coverage to the very smallest power class MS units.
Typically, system operators first design for all but the lowest power class, and
then adjust the system coverage as described on another page, to eventually
handle all power classes. These adjustments may take 1 or 2 years. The
immediate need for many operators is to meet a legally mandated target of
overall population area coverage as soon as possible.

Cellular & PCS

April. 2000

©1996-2000, R.C.Levine

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Revised 2001

©1996-2001, R.C.Levine


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