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# Mobile Communication (ET4 153) 01/05/00

## 2. Cellular System Design Fundamentals

Part 2

Jos Nijhof
Delft University of Technology

## Cellular Systems – Overview Part 1

• Frequency reuse
• Cluster size (N)
• Frequency reuse factor (1/N)
• Co-channel interference
• Co-channel reuse ratio (Q)
• Signal-to-Interference ratio (S/I)
• Trunking
• Erlang-B formula
• Cell splitting
• Sectoring

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## Cellular Systems – Overview Part 2

• Exercises on cellular planning
• Channel assignment strategies
• Handoff (handover) strategies
• Power control

(2)

(1) (5)
Compute:
66.7

## 30.8 (4) 38.2 (1) (a) The number of channels

(3) required in each cell
33.2 (7) (b) The number of subscribers
(6) 32.6
48.6 served by the system
(c) The average number of
37.8
subscribers per channel
Given: (d) The number of calls
Total available channels: 395 supported by the system
Each subscriber generates 0.03 erlang (e) The subscriber density per
Average holding time: 120 s square mile
System area: 1200 miles2
(f) The cell radius in miles

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## Example 1.1 - Solution

Cell Traffic No. of No. of No. of Channel
Number (erlang) Channels Subscribers Calls Utilisation
Required Per Cell Per Cell
(An) (a) (b) (d)

From An An
erlang (b) x 0.9
0.03 (a)
table/chart

## (a), (b) : see table

(c) : avg. number of subscriber s per channel : 9597 358 = 26.8
(d) : number of calls supported by system : A = λh ⇒ 0.03 = λ × 120

## = 0.00025 [calls/s] = 0.00025 × 3600 = 0.9 [calls/hr ]

0.03
λ=
120
Cell (1) : Number of calls supported : 1026.7 × 0.9 = 924
(e) : subscriber density per mile 2 : 9597/1200 = 8.0
(f) : cell radius in miles : area/cell = 1200/7 = 171.4 miles 2 ⇒ radius

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## Example 1.3 - Problem statement

Compare the spectral efficiency of the digital system with respect to the
analogue system using the following data:

(a) The total number of channels in the analogue cellular system = 416
(b) The number of control channels = 21
(c) The number of voice channels = 395
(d) The channel bandwidth = 30 kHz. The digital systems has 3 channels
per 30 kHz
(e) The reuse factor N = 7
(f) The total available bandwidth in each direction = 12.5 MHz
(g) The total coverage area = 10,000 km2
(h) The required S/I ratio for the analogue system = 18 dB (63.1)
(I) The required S/I ratio for the digital system = 14 dB (25.1)
(j) The call blocking (GOS) = 2%

## Example 1.3 - Solution

Spectral efficiency - η m =
( Total traffic carried by the system )
( Bandwidth ) × ( Total coverage area)
ANALOGUE SYSTEM:
No. of voice channels / cell: 395 / 7 = 56.4 ⇒ 56
Offered traffic load: N = 56, B = 0.02 ⇒ A = 459
. (from erlang table)
Carried traffic load: C = (1 − B) × A = (1 − 0.02) × 45.9 = 44.98 [erlang / cell]
10,000 10,000
Number of cells: =
Acell 2.6 R 2
10,000
44.98 ×
⇒ Spectral efficiency = 2.6 R 2 = 1384
.
12.5 × 10,000 R2

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## Example 1.3 - Solution

Total traffic carried by the system
Spectral efficiency = ηm =
(Bandwidth ) × (Total coverage area )
DIGITAL SYSTEM :
No. of channels per 30 kHz = 3
Number of voice channels per cell = 56 × 3 = 168
Offered traffic load : N = 168,B = 0.02 ⇒ A = 154.5 (from erlang table)
Carried traffic load : C = (1 − B ) × A = (1 − 0.02 ) × 154.5 [erlang/cel l]
1 1
 S 4  S 2 Qdigital 2 25.1
Q = 6  ⇒ Q = 6  ⇒
2
= = 0.6307
 I  I Qanaloge 2
63.1
151.4 7.386
⇒ Spectral efficiency = = erlang/MHz /km 2
12.5 × 2.6 R × 0.6307
2
R 2

ηm (digital ) 7.386
⇒ = = 5.34
ηm (analogue ) 1.384
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PLMN
& International
OMC
ISC
PSTN
ISDN
PDN
MS BTS
BSC
GMSC

BSC MSC
BTS
MS
EIR
MS AUC
BTS HLR
VLR

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## GSM system architecture (2)

BTS Base Transceiving Station
BSC Base Station Controller
MSC Mobile Switching Center
GMSC Gateway MSC
ISC International Switching Center
MS Mobile Station
HLR Home Location Register
VLR Visitor Location Register
EIR Equipment Identity Register
AUC Authentication Center
OMC Operation and Maintenance Center

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Base
station
Mobile
station

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10
0
Signal Level (dB)

-10

-20

-30
-40 (multipath reception)
λ
-50
2
-60
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
time

## GSM: Carrier frequencies, duplexing, and TDMA frames

960 MHz
959.8 MHz 124
25 MHz
⋅⋅⋅
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
200 kHz ⋅⋅⋅
2
935.2 MHz 1
935 MHz
Data burst, 156.25 bit periods = 15/26 ms ≈ 576.9 µs
915 MHz
914.8 MHz 124
45 MHz 123 Delay
separation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
⋅⋅⋅
2
890.2 MHz 1
890 MHz

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## Channel Assignment Strategies (1)

• Fixed channel allocation (FCA)
– fixed assignment of frequencies to cell clusters and
cells.
– not very efficient if traffic load varies
– simple to use, but requires careful traffic analysis
before installation
– used in the GSM system
• Variation: Borrowing channel allocation (BCA)
– heavy loaded cell can “borrow” channels from a light
– problem: interference
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## Channel Assignment Strategies (2)

• Dynamic channel allocation (DCA)
– each time a call request is made, the base station
requests a channel from the MSC
– MSC takes into account:
• probability of future blocking within the cell
• frequency of use of the channel
• frequency reuse distance
• lower probability of blocking, increases trunking capacity of
the system
• increased storage and computational load
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## The handover process

Handover: Changing physical channels, radio channels of fixed
network connections involved in a call, while
maintaining the call
Two phases:

1. MONITORING PHASE
• measurement of the quality of the current and
• initiation of a handover when necessary
2. HANOVER HANDLING PHASE
• determination of a new point of attachment (PoA)
• initiation of a possible re-routing procedure

## Two basic reasons for a handover

• MS moves out of the range of a BTS
– signal level becomes too low
– error rate becomes too high
– traffic in one cell is too high ⇒ shift some MSs to other

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Handover types
• Intra-cell handover
– narrow-band interference ⇒ change carrier frequency
– controlled by BSC
• Inter-cell, intra-BSC handover
– typical handover scenario
– BSC performs the handover, assigns new radio channel in the
new cell, releases the old one
• Inter-BSC, intra-MSC handover
– handover between cells controlled by different BSCs
– controlled by the MSC
• Inter-MSC handover
– handover between cells belonging to different MSCs
– controlled by both MSCs

Handover types

PLMN

MSC

PoA PoA

handover

## Intra-BSC handover Inter-BSC / intra-MSC Inter-MSC handover

handover
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## Intra-MSC handover (mobile assisted)

MS BTSold BSCold MSC BSCnew BTSnew
measurement measurement
report result HO required

## HO decision ch. activation

HO request

resource allocation

## HO request ack ch. activation ack

HO command HO command
HO command
HO access

HO complete HO complete
clear command clear command

Level at point A

## Improper Handoff threshold

handover situation Minimum acceptable signal level
Level at point B

Level at point B
Proper
handover situation Level at which handover is made

BS1 A B BS2

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BTSold BTSnew

average level

HO_MARGIN

MS MS

BTSold BTSnew

## Handover – 1st generation systems

• 1st generation systems (analog cellular):
– signal strength measurements made by the BSs and
supervised by the MSC
– the BS constantly monitors the signal strengths of all
the voice channels
– locator receiver measures signal strength of MSs in
neighboring cells
– MSC decides if a handover is necessary or not.

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## Handover – 2nd generation systems

• 2nd generation systems (digital TDMA):
– handover decisions are mobile assisted
– every MS measures the received power from
surrounding BSs and sends reports to its own BS
– handover is initiated when the power received from a
neighbor BS begins to exceed the power from the
current BS (by a certain level and/or for a certain
period)

## Small microcells for

low speed traffic
Large “umbrella” cell for
high speed traffic

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Power control
• Power levels transmitted by every MS are under
constant control by the BSC.
• Assures that each MS within a BTS coverage area
provides the same signal level to the BTS