Radioplan ACP

Cookbook

Version 3.12
Atoll / Generic

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R-ACP-CB-v3.12, April 2010 Actix Radioplan ACP v3.12.8 Actix Radioplan v3.12.8

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Contents

1 AIM OF THIS DOCUMENT ...............................................................................5 2 IMPORT OF PLANNING DATA FROM ATOLL ...........................................................6
2.1 PREPARATION IN ATOLL ...................................................................................... 6 2.2 STARTING RADIOPLAN ........................................................................................ 7 2.3 IMPORT PROCESS IN RADIOPLAN ............................................................................ 7 2.4 IMPORTED PROJECT IN RADIOPLAN ......................................................................... 9

3 IMPORT AND USE OF DRIVE TEST MEASUREMENTS .............................................. 11
3.1 IMPORT OF MEASUREMENT DATA .......................................................................... 11 3.2 COMPARISON OF PLANNING DATA AND MEASUREMENTS ............................................... 13 3.2.1 Comparison of the pilot RSCP values for the best servers .......................... 14 3.2.2 Comparison of the best serving cell areas ................................................ 15 3.2.3 Finding exchanged sectors and temporarily correcting them ...................... 16 3.2.4 Comparison of the pilot RSCP values for a single cell ................................ 18 3.3 PATHLOSS TUNING .......................................................................................... 20 3.4 REUSE OF THE TUNED PREDICTIONS ...................................................................... 23

4 TRAFFIC MATRIX GENERATION FROM CELL COUNTERS .......................................... 24
4.1 PREPARATIONS IN THE RADIOPLAN PROJECT............................................................. 24 4.2 TRAFFIC MATRIX GENERATION WIZARD.................................................................. 24

5 AUTOMATIC RADIO NETWORK OPTIMIZATION .................................................... 27
5.1 CONFIGURATION OF THE OPTIMIZATION CAPABILITIES ................................................ 27 5.1.1 Sites ................................................................................................... 27 5.1.2 Antenna definitions ............................................................................... 28 5.1.3 Cell parameters.................................................................................... 29 5.2 GENERAL CONFIGURATION OF THE OPTIMIZATION ...................................................... 30 5.2.1 General Settings .................................................................................. 30 5.2.2 Network Layer(s) and Active Cells .......................................................... 31 5.2.3 Clutter-specific coverage targets ............................................................ 31 5.2.4 Traffic matrix and traffic-relevant area .................................................... 32 5.2.5 Analysis settings .................................................................................. 32 5.2.6 Area definition and initial analysis .......................................................... 34 5.2.7 Duplicate the project ............................................................................ 35 5.2.8 Start the optimization: Optimization Wizard ............................................. 35 5.3 CAPACITY AND COVERAGE OPTIMIZATION ............................................................... 36 5.3.1 Configuration of the optimization algorithm ............................................. 36 5.4 SITE SELECTION OPTIMIZATION: MINIMUM NUMBER OF SITES AND CELLS ......................... 39 5.4.1 Preparative steps, specifics .................................................................... 39 5.4.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm ............................................. 40 5.5 SITE SELECTION OPTIMIZATION: INSERTING A NEW SITE AND ANTENNA HEIGHT OPTIMIZATION .................................................................................................... 41 5.5.1 Preparative steps, specifics .................................................................... 42 5.5.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm ............................................. 43
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5.6 SITE INTEGRATION OPTIMIZATION: INSERTING NEW SITES ........................................... 44 5.6.1 Preparative steps, specifics .................................................................... 45 5.6.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm ............................................. 45 5.7 PROGRESS AND ANALYSIS DURING THE OPTIMIZATION ................................................ 47 5.8 ANALYSIS AND REPORTING OF THE OPTIMIZATION RESULTS .......................................... 47 5.9 MULTI-LAYER OPTIMIZATION WITH CONSTRAINT LAYERS ............................................. 49

6 UPDATING THE PLANNING DATA IN ATOLL ........................................................ 52
6.1 UPDATE THE RADIO NETWORK CONFIGURATION ........................................................ 52 6.2 TUNE ATOLL PREDICTIONS ................................................................................. 53

7 ANNEX .................................................................................................. 55
7.1 PLOTS OF ARBITRARY CELL SPECIFIC DATA ............................................................. 55

8 ABBREVIATIONS ....................................................................................... 57 9 REFERENCES ........................................................................................... 57

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Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook

Aim of this Document 5

1 Aim of this Document
This document represents a short guide for the operation of the Actix Radioplan Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) tool in the radio network optimization process based on planning data imported from Atoll [A-UM]. The Radioplan ACP supports multi-technology optimization including UMTS, GSM, cdma2000, iDEN, WiMAX, and LTE. In this document, the optimization process is presented with the main focus on a UMTS network. The operation of the Radioplan ACP will be explained step by step for the following workflow:

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Import of the planning data from the radio network planning tool Atoll Import and use of the drive test measurement data for: ▫ ▫ Comparative analysis of the planning data and measurement data Pathloss tuning and

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Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters Automatic radio network optimization ▫ ▫ ▫ Configuration of the optimization capabilities Configuration of the optimization Site selection optimization: Minimum number of sites and cells or Site selection optimization: Inserting a new site as well as antenna height optimization …or Capacity and coverage optimization (i.e. antenna parameter reconfiguration) …or Site integration optimization Progress and analysis during the optimization Analysis and reporting of the optimization results

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Export of the optimization changes to the radio network planning tool Atoll

Import of Planning Data

Import of Drive Test Measurements and Comparative Analysis

Pathloss Tuning using Measurements

Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters

Network Optimization

Export of Optimization Changes

The customer-specific adjustments in the Radioplan ACP for CustomerXYZ, described in [XYZ], are assumed for this specification. This generic document is intended for customization according to the specifics of each customer’s planning and optimization guidelines, process implementation, and workflow. Further information for the operation of the Radioplan ACP optimization tool can be found in the product manuals, see chapter 9.
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2.g. This data must be imported from the planning tool. Sites  Remove the Polygon Filter or by removing the Filtering Zone defined in the Geo tab. Such a filter can be removed under e.8. Define the spatial limitation of the radio network to be optimized through the Computation Zone and the Focus Zone: ▫ ▫ The Focus Zone should contain the target area for optimization. Confirm that all transmitters which are to be imported into Radioplan are activated: ▫ ▫ Indoor transmitters should be deactivated. In order to import an Atoll project into Radioplan. Embedded maps are supported as well. www.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import of Planning Data from Atoll 6 2 Import of Planning Data from Atoll The radio network optimization in Radioplan is based on planning data. Candidate sites for site selection or integration should be activated. in Geo tab  Properties of the respective clutter or DEM map. click Statistics.g. then the value for Number of transmitters to recalculate should be equal to 0 / Number. the specified Source File should be valid.  Confirm that the pathloss data is valid for all active transmitters: e. Atoll version 2. during the optimization. The one-time preparation of this data is described in [R-Atoll]. under Transmitters  Properties  Propagation.0 or later is assumed for the following description. Confirm that the references to the clutter map and the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) map are valid: e.g. relevant influences from/on stations outside of the Focus Zone are taken into consideration.    Confirm that a filter does not hide sites which should be imported into Radioplan. the following steps are to be performed in Atoll:   Open the respective Atoll project. The Computation Zone should contain a larger area around the Focus Zone such that.1 Preparation in Atoll It is assumed that the Geo data of the traffic is located in a folder which Radioplan can access.actix.com .

from the menu.com .2 Starting Radioplan In Atoll... or by This opens the Radioplan application window.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import of Planning Data from Atoll 7 2. 2. select File  Import  Atoll Project.actix.3 Import Process in Radioplan To start the import process in Radioplan for an Atoll project. Radioplan can be started by clicking on the Actix Radioplan icon selecting Tools  Launch Actix Radioplan from the menu. This opens the Connect to Atoll host dialog. www. Select the Atoll host or indicate that Atoll runs locally and click Connect .

A more detailed description can be found in [R-Atoll].com . www. the Coordinate Systems dialog shows up. At the same time. This process is logged in the message window at the bottom of the Radioplan application window. If the Traffic Matrices field is empty or not pointing to the associated traffic data. then the appropriate Traffic data must be selected with the respective button . the import process starts. so normally no changes need to be applied.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import of Planning Data from Atoll 8 This opens the Atoll Import Project via COM dialog. It lists each imported traffic file together with the matching name of the traffic map item from the Atoll Geo tab tree. All other settings should remain unchanged. By clicking OK. If a traffic matrix is imported.actix. After clicking OK for these settings. all potential errors and warnings will be shown. The coordinate systems (projection and display) are taken from the Atoll project. then shortly after the import process has been started the Atoll traffic import dialog shows up.

actix... by clicking the icon for the clutter matrix). land maps or vector data such as streets) can be imported in addition to the automatically imported geo data (Clutter. Then. each technologyspecific Atoll project (e. nothing needs to be changed. DEM. www.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import of Planning Data from Atoll 9 If the matching is correct. for UMTS and for GSM) has to be imported separately. Otherwise. Further additional raster data (e. Atoll can now be closed.g.g. When the import process is finished.4 Imported Project in Radioplan The planning data from the imported project can now be inspected (e. the imported project is automatically opened and displayed in the main Radioplan window.. the association between the File Name and the Configuration can be defined by clicking the corresponding button. 2. Traffic) by selecting File  Import  Raster Image. or  Vector Image. from the menu.. After clicking OK the import process continues. For a multi-technology network optimization in the Radioplan ACP.g..com .. from the project name context menu of either of the Radioplan projects. the projects can be merged in Radioplan using Merge Projects. For more information refer to [R-UG].

actix. This is described in the Radioplan User Guide [R-UG]. In order to save memory. it is recommended that measurement data be used in order to increase the accuracy and reliability of the imported planning data (more on this in the next chapter). In contrast to Atoll.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import of Planning Data from Atoll 10 Furthermore. there is no “Save” button in Radioplan since the imported and input data is immediately written to a database. However.com . The functions File  Load Project Data and  Save Project Data instead refer to a directory structure with binary and ASCII data for the exchange of individual projects between Radioplan databases. www. Should individual layers need to be saved. The project is now ready to be optimized (more in chapter 5). the display settings can be adjusted by selecting Tools  Display Settings from the menu. Even in the event of a crash no changes in the project configuration data will be lost. all graphical illustrations will be deleted when Radioplan is closed or when the user changes to another project. this can be accomplished by selecting Lock from the context menu of the appropriate layer (also see [R-UG]).

g.1 Import of Measurement Data During the measurement data import.. UMTS or CDMA measurements are assigned to the cell of the Radioplan project where the measured Scrambling Code is configured and GSM or iDEN measurements are assigned to the cell where the measured frequency channel number and color code are configured. and compared to the planning data. The import of measurement data is started by selecting File  Import  Measurements.com . For the correct assignment of the measurements to the cells during the import. then the measurement data does not need to be imported again. 3. All measurement data to be imported should be in the same folder so that it can be assigned to a single Radioplan result set. The measurement data from one project in Radioplan can also be accessed by other projects for analysis and pathloss tuning. www. In addition to this. further scanner and other mobile (UE or MS) measurements can be imported. In order to perform pathloss tuning it is necessary to have e. UMTS scanner measurements in Agilent ASCII format will be used as an example for the following description.. in the menu. The handling of all other data formats is similar. UMTS or CDMA code plan or GSM frequency plan and color codes). UMTS measurements will be used as example for the following generic description. pilot RSCP measurements for UMTS or CDMA projects and BCCH carrier RxLev measurements for GSM or iDEN projects. Measurement data can be imported from a variety of formats of different measurement systems. examined. the Import Measurement Data dialog appears where the appropriate import plugin must be chosen.actix.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 11 3 Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements Radioplan has the capability to use scanner measurements from drive tests in order to increase the accuracy of the input data for the radio network optimization. Then. see [R-Meas]. the network status in the Radioplan project must be the same as in the real network at the time of the measurements (e.g. This will be explained in more detail in the next section. If measurement data that was imported in one project is needed in another one. The handling of measurements for other technologies is similar.

 The goal is to import outdoor ground-level measurements into Radioplan. For the parameters RSCP Threshold [dBm].   If the flag Import Mobile Measurements is set then (if applicable) UE measurement data contained in the files will be imported in addition to the scanner measurements and thus be available for display and analysis.g.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 12 After selecting the import plugin and confirming it by clicking OK. respectively.   The flag Restrict Data Import to Simulation Area should be set if the measurements cover a much larger area than the simulation area or if faulty GPS coordinates are presumed. but rather serve the purpose of deriving other quantities (e. however. do not have a direct influence on the measurement data import. The progress bar at the bottom of the display shows the progress of the import process.com . With this name one can distinguish between multiple result sets in the same or different projects when using the measurements (e. for pathloss tuning). The flag Map Cell Names … must be selected.g. www. Ec/Io Threshold [dB] and RSCP Overlap [dB] planning specific values can be given. Measurement data where the detected scrambling code or frequency channel number and color code are not configured in any cell in the Radioplan project is also imported. the appropriate measurement import dialog will appear where the following settings are necessary:   The measurement data must be selected. Selecting multiple files is possible by using the <Shift> and <Ctrl> keys. An explicit name for the Radioplan Result Set can be given in the field Result Set Title (optional). The selected measurement data will be imported after confirming the dialog by clicking Open. it will reference the measured scrambling code or frequency channel number and color code.) from UMTS or CDMA measurements.actix. The parameter Cable Loss [dB] refers to the attenuation in the cable before the antenna of the measurement system. A more detailed description can be found in [R-Meas]. pilot pollution etc. then the measurements will be assigned to the closest cell based on the geometric distance. All other settings should remain unchanged. Instead of pointing to a cell. These values. If the same scrambling code is configured in multiple UMTS or CDMA cells or the same frequency channel number and color code are configured in multiple GSM or iDEN cells. It can also correct a systematic measurement error (offset) during the import.

Measurement data can be used which was imported in another Radioplan project by selecting Show Results of all Projects from the context menu of the project name in the Results tab. corrected before the optimization.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 13 After the import process. www.2 Comparison of Planning Data and Measurements The imported measurements can now be compared with the predictions of the Radioplan project. where necessary.actix. Thereby. Thus. the result sets of all projects in the Radioplan database will be shown. deviations between the planning data and the situation in the real network can be identified and.com . the imported measurements will be located in a new result set in the Results tab. 3.

1 Comparison of the pilot RSCP values for the best servers The pilot RSCP predictions of the best servers can be displayed by clicking the icon Plot Received Power . both plots should have the same legend.com . The difference between both plots can be illustrated in another plot. If the mouse pointer is kept still over the plot then the Tooltip with the values in both layers will be shown.2. i. By using legend templates.. www. by means of the displayed colors.actix. among others. The numbering used begins in the layer list at the top. see [R-UG] (“color palette”.e. from the context menu of the result set name and then. Additionally. select Best Pilot RSCP [dBm]. must be chosen from the context menu of . In order to display the plots then on top of each other. Here the measurements should be listed above the predictions so that the measurement routes are displayed in front with the predictions as background. In order to compare the two created plots. the entry Coincide with other Layer. The pilot RSCP measurements of the best servers can be displayed through the Best Pilot RSCP Default Plot: for this select Create Default Plots. for the predictions and for the measurements.. both of them must be activated in the list of the Layers tab. The predictions plot must then be chosen as Reference Layer in the hereby opened dialog. DL Rx Power [dBm]) and the resolution (Pixel Size [m]) can be set for this plot.. the pixel resolution (Bin Size [m]) and the Area Filter for the display of the measurement data can be selected. For example. the minimum received power level to be displayed (Min.. “legend presets”).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 14 3. In the hereby opened Create Configuration Data Plot dialog. in the opened dialog. in order to illustrate the difference obtained from measurements minus predictions. In order to secure the created plots for further evaluation they can be fixed: for this select Lock from the context menu from each plot name. the legends can easily be carried over to other plots.

a histogram can be created from the plot: for this select Histogram from Surface Plot  Histogram (Analysis Area) from the context menu of the active difference plot view in the main window. By default. the mean and the standard deviation are shown.com . In the latter case. This color allocation applies to all best server plots (predictions as well as measurements). www.2. In addition to this.. otherwise the difference plot will be shown in the main window. 3. the color allocation in Radioplan is automatically set based on the Cell IDs in the project.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 15 The DIFFERENCE function is already preset. in the Analysis Area. e.actix.g. The color allocation can be shown by activating the icon Draw Additional Legend or it can be hidden by deactivating the icon. At the bottom of the histogram. The measured best serving cell areas can be displayed through the Best Serving Cell Default Plot: select Create Default Plots. If the <Shift> button is held while selecting this entry then the histogram will be opened in a separate window. The goal of the pathloss tuning will be to reduce the deviation between the predictions and the measurements through a modification of the pathloss predictions..2 Comparison of the best serving cell areas The predicted best serving cell areas can be displayed by clicking on the icon Plot Best Serving Cell . the plot can be limited to the Simulation Area or Analysis Area (see also [R-UG]). For the statistical evaluation of the difference. from the context menu of the result set name and then select Best Serving Cell [Cell] from the hereby opened dialog. the Surface Plot view can be restored by clicking on the icon Surface Plot from the Standard toolbar.

g. the measurement data must be correctly assigned to its cells (sectors) in the planning data.2.2. then Radioplan could assign the measurement data to the wrong cell. 3. If there are errors in the planning data or in the installation of the actual network (e. both must be active in the list in the Layers tab . In order to show the two created plots on top of each other.actix. If the mouse pointer is kept still above the plot then the Tooltip with the values in both layers will be shown. Exchanged sectors can often be found. The EQUAL function is recommended instead of the difference function in order to coincide both plots. as described in section 3.com . different colors in the joint display of both plots. exchanged feeders).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 16 In order to secure the created plots for further evaluation they can be fixed: for this select Lock from the context menu from each plot name. can easily be recognized. for the predictions and for the measurements. too. www. This takes place on the basis of the corresponding UMTS and CDMA scrambling codes or GSM and iDEN frequency channel numbers and color codes. Still. and . see section 3.2.3 Finding exchanged sectors and temporarily correcting them In order to perform pathloss tuning. the most reliable method is to compare the predicted with the measured best serving cell areas. Then. Such errors in the network configuration can be found with the help of Radioplan. The Tooltip also shows the different best server names. with the help of the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog.3.

: Cell12B and Cell12C) – see below. which then takes the newly assigned Tooltips due to the exchanged cell names into account.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 17 Some mismatch is of course always possible due to differences between measurements and predictions.actix. the plot must be regenerated. However... this can be done as follows:  The assignment of the imported measurement data to the respective cells must be exchanged: by selecting Edit.g. if the best server colors of two co-site cells are exchanged for the drive test routes compared to the underlying predicted best serving cell areas. Such cases of exchanged sectors must be corrected before the pathloss tuning in Radioplan. in the context menu of the result set name and changing the cell name in the New Value column in the opened dialog Edit Result Set Identifiers (here e. If there is just one or only a few such cases. then it is a clear indicator for exchanged sectors.  In order to show the new assignment.com . www.

The pilot RSCP measurements of a cell can be displayed by double-clicking on the parameter RSCP .Cell [dBm] in the Results tab. Moreover.2. the pilot RSCP predictions of a cell can be shown by selecting Show Received Power in the context menu of the individual cell (here e. can be chosen for the plot. A more detailed description can be found in [R-UG].4 Comparison of the pilot RSCP values for a single cell Pilot RSCP predictions and measurements can also be compared for individual cells for a more detailed analysis. the resolution (Pixel Size / Avg.g.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 18 This correction enables the correct execution of the pathloss tuning in Radioplan. (The other RSCP … result set parameters should not be used for this plot!) The respective cell must be chosen from the ID list in the hereby opened Parameters for Active Project dialog. It is of course understood that cases of exchanged sectors will be independently corrected in the real network and/or in the original planning data. [m]) and the Spatial Restrictions. switching off the Overwrite existing Layer flag ensures that a previously generated non-locked plot showing a (Best) Pilot Power is not overwritten. In addition to this.: Cell02A). It is recommended that a meaningful Plot Title is given (e.g. one with the cell name in it) in the hereby opened Create Configuration Data Plot dialog. www. Dist. In the Configurations tab.actix. among others.com . The other settings should remain unchanged. 3.

see [R-UG] (“color palette”. the legends can easily be carried over to other plots.actix. “legend presets”). In order to display the plots then on top of each other. in the list If the mouse pointer is kept still over the plot then the Tooltip with the values in both layers will be shown. By using legend templates. www. A difference plot and the statistical analysis can be performed in the same way as was described for the pilot RSCP values of the best servers. both must be activated of the Layers tab. both plots must have the same legend.com .Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 19 In order to compare the two created plots by means of the displayed colors.

e. the result set(s) must be marked (here: in blue). After confirming the dialog with OK.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 20 3. All other settings should usually remain unchanged. A more detailed description can be found in [R-Meas]. www. the raster will be shown as a graphical layer Tuning Grid (Control Points) according to the configured control points. The result is a statistical overview per cell in the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog.. from the main menu. Thus. The Measurement Data Bin Size [m] should be set equal to (but not smaller than) the pixel size of the pathloss matrices. It serves the purpose of condensing the measurements before pathloss tuning. It is a precondition that the measurements are correctly assigned to the cells in the planning data – as described before. then the corresponding “before” plots must be created before the tuning.. The Resolution of Control Points should be set to about the mean distance between the streets of the drive test.3 Pathloss Tuning The measurement data is used before the radio network optimization in order to increase the reliability of the pathloss data. Choose one or more result sets with the measurements to be used for pathloss tuning. i. By choosing Measurements  Tune Pathloss Matrices. the Pathloss Tuning dialog will be opened where the following settings are necessary:      Choose the project from which the imported measurements are to be used.com . if a “beforeafter” comparison is desired. By clicking Show Grid of Control Points. the measurements are preprocessed and thereby cellwise compared to the pathloss matrices.actix. The automatic pathloss tuning in Radioplan directly corrects the predicted pathloss matrices for UMTS and CDMA based on the pilot RSCP measurements and for GSM and iDEN based on the BCCH carrier measurements from the drive tests.

actix. a recommended pre-selection of the cells to be tuned is given (the flags: Enable Tuning. including those from the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialogs.    Before confirming the dialog. the entire table can be sorted. the cause for the large deviations should be determined in the cells with the comment Check Difference. the appropriate cell can be marked and the Find Selected Cell button should be pressed. in Radioplan.com . the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog can be minimized. A positive value may indicate a too pessimistic prediction on average. For cells with especially large deviations between the measurements and the predictions (more than +/-10 dB Global Offset). with the next double-click. all cell-specific values. The Global Offset [dB] is the mean value of all differences (measurements minus the co-located predictions) for all bins with measurements. if Enable Global Calibration had been checked before in the Pathloss Tuning dialog. can be displayed as a “Cell Visual” or a “Mapped Surface Plot”. In order to localize the problem cases. descending order. the comment Check Difference is used. If a cell without measurements (No Measurements) is found directly in the area that should be covered by the drive test. also Global Offset Correction). www. This will highlight and center the cell‟s site in the Radioplan main window (in the background).   In the last column Comment. whereas a negative value may indicate a too optimistic prediction.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 21 By double-clicking on the head of a column in that dialog. each of the preprocessed cells is classified. Local Shadowing) and. If there were Not Enough Measurements for a cell then further measurements should be performed. Based on the number of measurement bins per cell (columns Number of Measurements Bins for Global Tuning or … for Local Shadowing) and their distribution over the cell area. In order to see the main window. for the clicked parameter in ascending or. In addition to this. These flags can be individually modified by the user.1. see section 7. then it could be that this cell was not turned on during the drive test or that the UMTS and CDMA scrambling code or GSM and iDEN frequency channel number or color code do not correspond to the configured values in the planning data. If this is not possible then the cell could also be tuned with a similar Global Offset to the cells surrounding it.

by driving next to a large truck. clutter and building data  This is the main reason for the pathloss tuning. as described in section 3.actix. Incorrect configuration of the measurement system  Perform a new drive test or correct a systematic error during the import of the measurements by setting the appropriate cable loss. see section 3. Large deviations to the normal outdoor received level during the drive test at 1. by exchanged sectors (switched feeders) or changes in the UMTS and CDMA code plan or GSM and iDEN frequency plan and color codes  This must be avoided. 4. by clicking on the icon Plot Received Power servers will be displayed now. 5. DL cable loss)  In case of doubt.1 for the measurements and the original predictions. a new comparison can be made between the pilot RSCP measurements and the tuned pilot RSCP predictions . through a tunnel. If Global Offset Correction is enabled. Differences between the configuration of the planning data and the real network (antenna type. the values in the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog can be edited. it is strongly recommended to limit the Global Offset to +/-10dB. 2.g.g. The histogram created from the difference plot should show that the mean error. azimuth. Thus.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 22 Possible causes for large mean deviations (Global Offset [dB]) between measurements and predictions are: 1. it is recommended to perform a site audit. In case of doubt. This means that all plots of the configuration data will now use the tuned predictions. www. The reason is that. the pathloss tuning is executed and directly changes the pathloss matrices in the Radioplan project. the contents of the table in the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog should be copied via the clipboard (<Ctrl>-C) and archived in another application before executing the pathloss tuning. all areas of each pathloss matrix without measurements will be modified by the respective Global Offset. Limited accuracy of the prediction model and its input parameters like e. according to the Radioplan pathloss tuning method. modifications at areas without a crossing drive test will be limited to a maximum change of +/-10 dB. in the Pathloss Tuning dialog.2. 3.com . the flag Filter Measurement by Analysis Area must be set. as well as the standard deviation.5m above the ground e. the tuned pilot RSCP predictions of the best As a result. e. the tuning for a cell can also be completely turned off by deactivating the Enable Tuning flag. In order to save the settings that are used for the pathloss tuning.g.g. For that purpose. After confirming the settings in the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog with Commit.2. Thus possibly large jumps between the tuned and unchanged pathloss matrices must be accepted. close to a noise reduction wall. Wrong assignment of the measurements to the cells in the planning data. If the points 2 to 6 can be excluded with a high probability then an inexplicably large Global Offset can be manually corrected based on the values in surrounding cells with similar antenna installations. see section 3.3. Then. has been reduced. downtilt.1. e. 6. pilot power. or over a high bridge  The parts of the drive test in the tunnel or on a high bridge can be factored out through the definition of sub-polygons in the Analysis Area of the Radioplan project. Low number of measurement data for the corresponding cell and poor measurement coverage of the area where the cell should be well received  Collect further measurements if possible.

. they can be archived: in the project with the tuned predictions select File  Export  Export Tuned Predictions. dimension and resolution of the existing untuned pathloss matrices. This way the tuned predictions can be reused in other Radioplan projects where the respective cells are contained: after the import of the planning data with the untuned predictions select File  Import  Import Tuned Predictions.actix. from the menu and enter the intended folder. The pathloss matrices of the Radioplan project will then be saved in the given folder in the Radioplan format *. see also [R-UG].com ..Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Import and Use of Drive Test Measurements 23 3. www.4 Reuse of the Tuned Predictions If the pathloss predictions for a cell in a Radioplan project are tuned once.wpl. from the menu and then the corresponding folder with the tuned predictions. Thereby the tuned predictions will automatically be assigned to the corresponding cells based on their cell name and will replace the untuned pathloss matrices if they match the position...

dat) or be copied via the clipboard into the table. The values in a Radioplan traffic matrix always represent spatial densities: <anything> / km2 . www. The traffic is spread to the best serving cell areas. weighting by clutter and other maps (e. What kind of traffic values the matrix contains (e. 4.actix.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters 24 4 Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters If not available as part of the planning data import. The cell traffic values can either be loaded from a text file (*. *. it must be displayed as a surface plot in the Radioplan Layers tab. Define a Service Profile as part of the Radioplan project user configuration.   4.com .1 Preparations in the Radioplan Project Before starting the Traffic Matrix Generation. In either case the data must be provided in 2 columns:   in the 1st column: the cell name (as defined in the Radioplan project) in the 2nd column: the traffic value of that cell. optionally: If a map other than clutter shall be used for traffic weighting.txt. In contrast to such type of traffic maps created in a planning tool. the following preparative steps are required:   Select the network layer(s) and activate the cells for the best server calculation: The traffic matrix is created for the active cells of the selected network layer(s).g. data rate.g. Erlang. Thereby. number of users. the traffic map in Radioplan can be created for the best serving cell areas based on the tuned predictions.g. instead a traffic map can be created in Radioplan from cell counter traffic values (switch data). or *.csv. throughput) can be used as well. the traffic value represents Erlang or the number of users. but any other data (e. Define the Simulation Area such that it includes the best serving areas of the cells to be considered. This opens the first page of the wizard. to which the generated traffic matrix shall be attached to. population) as well as an Rx Power cut-off threshold for the serving area can be applied. throughput) depends on the input data and the configuration of the respective Service Profile. Typically. It is started by selecting Tools  Traffic Matrix Generation . A set of profiles representing a generic user can be created easily by selecting Add Generic User Profiles from the context menu of the User folder in the project tree.2 Traffic Matrix Generation Wizard A 3-page wizard guides the user through the traffic matrix generation.

1). weighting factors can be defined per clutter class. the traffic weighting can be specified:   In the table. the opened message box says “Traffic Input Data are valid” and.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters 25 Then the input data should be checked by clicking the Check Input Data button. thus creating zero traffic in their best serving areas. by clicking Next . By checking Permanently deactivate Cells without Traffic Value . eventually Check Input Data again. the second page of the wizard is shown.com . Here. the cells without traffic values will remain deactivated in the Radioplan project as a result of the traffic matrix generation. a raster layer can be selected for the weighting. There are two scenarios to cope with missing traffic values: ▫ Consider Cells with Traffic Value only : The traffic matrix generation will be executed as if only the cells with a traffic value would be active. Nevertheless. If each active cell in the active network layer(s) of the Radioplan project is associated with a traffic value. Below the table. This layer has to be created before starting the Traffic Matrix Generation wizard (see section 4. Then the following options are possible:   Simply add the missing traffic values by editing the respective fields in the grid. and proceed by clicking Next. ▫ By clicking Next the second page of the wizard is shown. the opened message box indicates that cells without traffic value were found and these cells are listed with “no Value found” in the table. Customized weighting factors are shown automatically. Otherwise. they can be edited by the user. Consider all Cells : The traffic matrix generation assumes zero traffic for the undefined cells. www.actix.

Optionally.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Traffic Matrix Generation from Cell Counters 26 Both methods can be used independently or in combination. The traffic can be scaled by a factor. This profile has to be created before starting the Traffic Matrix Generation wizard (see section 4. but still a minimum received power is not exceeded. there is also no traffic spread to those areas from the cell counter traffic. can be specified. the created traffic matrix can be plotted automatically at the end of the generation process.    By clicking Run the traffic matrix is generated and attached to the specified Service Profile. areas where a cell is best server. can be excluded from the traffic matrix generation. Assuming that no traffic could be served from such areas. the weights just inhomogeneously spread the cell traffic value to the pixels of the cell‟s best serving area while the total traffic in the cell area remains the same. Here. Optionally. www.actix.1). The unit. By clicking Next the third and last page of the wizard is shown.com . the following calculation and output options can be defined:   The resolution of the traffic matrix to be created. In any case. The Service Profile must be specified to which the created traffic matrix is attached. which only applies to that plot.

The changes to the site location or antenna configuration are generally limited technically or by regulatory restrictions. an improved radio network configuration is generated which maximizes the coverage and minimizes the interference and. 5. 5. entire antenna mast must be turned. the beacon signal transmit powers of the cells can be changed. The flag Is Reconfigurable must be deactivated for sites whose antenna configurations and transmit powers are not allowed to be changed at all by the optimization.. the antenna azimuth of any cell at this site can only be changed for all cells together without changing the azimuth relations between the cells.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 27 5 Automatic Radio Network Optimization By the automatic optimization using the Radioplan ACP. new sites can be integrated in an existing network.1. if applicable. Then. this goal is reached particularly through the choice of appropriate sites as well as of initial cell parameters. thus maximizes capacity and service quality. the Site Settings dialog will be opened. and type/pattern) and.com . azimuth. In the post-rollout phase. in the context menu of that site.1 Sites By double-clicking on the corresponding site name in the configuration tree or by choosing Settings. e.actix.. The flag Lock Angle between Cells during Azimuth Optimization must be activated for sites with an antenna installation with coupled azimuths. the antenna configurations (electrical and mechanical tilt. These optimization capabilities provide the outermost range for the changes by the Radioplan ACP.g. In this dialog the site-specific optimization capabilities can be defined.1 Configuration of the Optimization Capabilities The general optimization capabilities of the radio network configuration to be optimized are defined in the Radioplan project. www. In the pre-rollout phase. Moreover.

cost and effort limits) are only applied to changes at the Existent sites.1):   In Capacity and Coverage as well as Site Integration optimization: Cost parameters (“RPI” thresholds.actix. The term Existent refers for example to existing 2G sites in a 3G network plan that may or may not be used for the 3G network. During the optimization. 5. An antenna family is made up of a set of antenna definitions for the same antenna model just with different electrical tilts. By means of the parameter Site Candidate Group. In the “Remove Redundant Sites/Cells” task of a Site Selection: Removable sites are prioritized: Not Existent sites are examined at first.e. the antenna families are defined automatically during the import of the planning data.3. and finally by Existent sites. for example:   <antenna family name>_<electrical tilt [°]> <antenna family name>_T<electrical tilt [°]> Many further naming schemes can be customized in the planning tool import module. but different antenna heights. followed by Planned for Acquisition sites. These parameters can also be defined for multiple sites at once in the Site Settings Overview dialog by selecting Settings Overview… from the context menu of an arbitrary site or by selecting the menu entry File  Current Project  Site Settings. i. the antenna definition with the appropriate electrical tilt can be substituted. they are allowed to be removed from the radio network configuration during site selection optimization. In general. if “Consider Configured Rollout Status of Sites” is enabled in the Cost Control settings (refer to section 5.1. alternative site candidates can be grouped together for the “Site Candidate Groups” task of the site selection optimization.com . Already existing sites should normally not be removed.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 28 The flag Is Removable during Site Selection must be activated for sites which are not necessary. www. The parameter Rollout Status can serve two purposes. These may also be site candidates at the same location.2 Antenna definitions In order to optimize the electrical tilt. Therefore. of course. the antenna definitions should apply a defined naming scheme. the antenna definitions in Radioplan should be combined in families.

Antenna groups are defined by the parameter Alternative Antenna Group in the Antenna Settings dialog. see section 5. they can normally be imported automatically from the planning tool.1. By double-clicking on the corresponding cell name in the configuration tree or by choosing Settings. the original antenna definition of a cell can then be replaced with an antenna definition from up to 5 fixed antenna groups for a cell. In order to optimize the antenna type.actix.3. the reconfigurable parameters and their corresponding range of values can be set. A further prerequisite for this is that the site is configured as “Reconfigurable”. If the optimization capabilities of the cell parameters are already defined in the planning data. During the optimization. Antenna definitions that do not have a corresponding family are found in the No Family folder. 5.e.. the antenna definitions in Radioplan must be put into groups.com .Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 29 The corresponding antenna definitions for defined antenna families are sorted in the Antennas folder in the configuration tree in a subfolder for each antenna family. All antennas in a group should be given the same group name which can be freely defined by the user. electrical tilt optimization can be performed instead using the Additional Electrical Downtilt (AEDT) approximation (refer to [R-ACP] for details). In the Optimization tab. www. only the reconfigurable parameters of the cells can be changed and these parameters can only be changed within their defined range of values. by exchanging the antennas used.1. They should include the technical limitations of the changes for each antenna installation and therefore represent the largest range possible. An antenna group is made up of a set of antenna definitions of different antenna models.. i. the range of values for each cell and its reconfigurable parameters can be defined in Radioplan. These parameters can also be defined for multiple antennas at once in the Antenna Settings Overview dialog by selecting Settings Overview… from the context menu of an arbitrary antenna. of different antenna families. If the antenna definitions for an antenna family are not available. The Shared flag indicates whether the respective cell parameter can be changed only together for all of a site‟s cells that share this antenna. i. antenna family or in the Antennas folder or by selecting the menu entry File  Current Project  Antenna Settings. In this dialog the cell-specific optimization capabilities can be defined. the Cell Settings dialog will be opened.3 Cell parameters For the optimization of cell parameters. This flag can be used to define additional constraints in case of multi-band and multi-technology antennas. in the context menu of that cell.e. During the optimization. Further change limitations are possible in the configuration of the optimization algorithm.

com .2.2 General Configuration of the Optimization Before the optimization can be started through the Optimization Wizard. www. It is used for calculations and plots of interference (RSSI) or signal-to-interference ratios (Ec/Io and C/I). can also be loaded from an *. several underlying settings should be defined or the appropriate configuration should be verified. or by selecting the menu entry File  Current Project  Cell Optimization Settings (for all cells across all technologies and their technology-independent parameters). Note however that the pixel size applied internally to all optimization calculations is a separate parameter in the Analysis Settings.1. the highlighted parameters are also relevant for the optimization. see section 5. 5. These parameters can be defined for multiple cells at once in the Cell Optimization Settings Overview dialog by selecting Optimization Settings Overview… from the context menu of an arbitrary cell (for the technology of that cell).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 30 Parameter-dependent costs have to be defined for the ACP in the Optimization Wizard. For more information. All optimization settings.3. The pixel size in the Raster Matrix Display Settings determines the display resolution of all surface plots. refer to [R-ACP]. It is recommended to restrict the plots to the simulation area in order to speed up the plots.ini file by the menu entry Optimization  Load Configuration … . see section 5.5. 5. which are defined in the Analysis Settings and in the Run Optimization wizard.1 General Settings From the General Settings.actix.2. They can be opened by the menu entry Tools  General Settings…. The Noise Floor can be defined for each technology.

which is opened by clicking the icon (tooltip Manage Network Layers) from the Surface Plots toolbar.2. in the Surface Plots toolbar. e.5.9.:   for GSM and iDEN the Minimum RxLev_DL [dBm] and Minimum C/I [dB] and for UMTS and CDMA the Minimum Pilot RSCP [dBm] and Minimum Pilot Ec/Io [dB] . iDEN.. i. A base target for each coverage criterion is defined for the entire project area for each technology.2.3 Clutter-specific coverage targets In order to determine the portion of the covered area. its Active flag must be enabled in front of the respective cell symbol in the Radioplan Configuration tree or in the Active column of the Cell Settings Overview dialog. UMTS.9). In case of multi-layer optimization.g. the clutter-specific offsets are generally automatically defined. For a (mono-layer) Radioplan ACP optimization. these parameters can additionally be defined for the Constraint Layers at the respective page of the Optimization Wizard. Usually. refer to [R-UG]. see section 5. These parameters can be defined in the Analysis Settings dialog. GSM. with multiple GSM frequency bands. their definition is a result from the planning data import. from the menu.actix. 5. For more information on creating and modifying network layers in Radioplan. one or more Target Layers for optimization are defined by the checked boxes in the Network Layers dialog. The effective target is the sum of the base target and the offset. Restrictions to the selection apply.e.2 Network Layer(s) and Active Cells The network configuration to be optimized includes the selected network layer(s) and their active cells.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 31 5. LTE) as well as hierarchical cell structures by means of multiple network layers.3. see section 5. the network layer to be optimized can be selected from the combobox In case of multi-layer projects. www. see section 5. For a cell to be considered by the Radioplan ACP. The Clutter Classes Settings dialog can be opened by double-clicking Clutter Classes in the configuration tree under the folder Environment  Clutter.com . WiMAX. Since the planning data import allows them to be preconfigured. Constraint layers for optimization are defined at a later stage in the Optimization Wizard (refer to section 5. Clutter-specific offsets (relative to that base target) can be defined in the Clutter Classes Settings dialog.2. Radioplan supports projects with multiple technologies (CDMA. They can also be defined at the page of the Optimization Wizard for the Target Layers Settings. clutter-specific target thresholds can be defined for the GSM and iDEN BCCH carrier RxLev_DL and C/I or for the UMTS and CDMA pilot RSCP and Ec/Io.. which can be opened by the entry Optimization  Analysis Settings.

A traffic matrix can also be created easily from cell counter traffic values using the Traffic Matrix Generation.2.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 32 5. see section 5. the main function of a traffic matrix is to determine the significance of an area for optimization.. which can be opened by double-clicking on the corresponding UE Profile name in the configuration tree or by choosing Settings. see section 5. The contents of the dialog depend on the technology of the Network Layer(s) selected for optimization. for CDMA and UMTS network layers: www. If no traffic matrix is available. still an optimization for an assumed homogeneous traffic distribution is possible. see sections 5. In order to use the traffic matrices for optimization the Consider Traffic Distribution flag must be activated. the traffic of a UE Profile can be scaled by the Service Portion in the UE Profile Settings. The Analysis Settings dialog is opened by the menu entry Optimization  Analysis Settings. For the consideration of a traffic matrix. Then.2. High traffic values increase the significance of optimization of the respective pixels accordingly. if areas without traffic shall not be optimized and even disregarded by the optimization. a UE Profile is assigned to ALL network layers.9.. e. 5. Moreover...5 Analysis settings One or more network layer(s) selected for optimization. This means that its traffic is shared out equally among all optimized network layers in the project.com .5 and 5. Moreover. its Service Profile must be referenced by an active UE Profile. A UE Profile is activated by checking its box in the configuration tree.3. these traffic flags can additionally be defined for the Constraint Layers at the respective page of the Optimization Wizard. Furthermore. If traffic data is available. Pixels without traffic may be excluded from optimization. in the context menu of that UE Profile.. In case of multi-layer optimization.2. the total traffic effective to optimization can be displayed for any technology by the menu entry Optimization  (…) Analysis Plots  Absolute Traffic and for UMTS and CDMA additionally by the menu entry Optimization  CDMA & UMTS Analysis Plots  Equivalent Traffic per Pixel. can be analyzed using the analysis plots from the Optimization menu. a UE Profile with its traffic can be assigned to a specific Network Layer. Typically. it is usually imported as part of the planning data. the interpretation of the traffic matrix values may depend on the service profile. Both flags are contained in the Analysis Settings as well as in the Target Layers Settings page of the Optimization Wizard. see chapter 4. In case of a multi-layer project.2. Despite the displayed unit “Erl/km2”. It can be displayed by the entry Show this Matrix from its context menu. As default.2.actix.4 Traffic matrix and traffic-relevant area For Radioplan ACP. then the Mask Regions With Zero Traffic flag must be activated. The Analysis Settings are the basis for the analysis.g. A traffic matrix is attached to a Service Profile in the User / Service Profiles subfolder of the configuration tree. they represent a number of users simultaneously active with that service. see chapter 2. most of the analysis settings can also affect the optimization results. respectively.

g.3. Doubling the pixel size reduces the processing time by a factor of 4. since for a higher load. This means that in a quite full network it is more important to achieve a balanced traffic load in all cells even if not all changes to reduce the interference are possible as they would be in a rather empty network. 50 m. By selecting one of the other options. even more cells outside of the Analysis Area may be reconfigured as long as they are received at some point within the Analysis Area polygon within the configured margin below the best server. the corresponding parameters Minimum RxLev_DL [dBm] and Minimum C/I [dB] are available.e. Using even larger values is also good for comparing optimization strategies with each other (i. And with Selection of Reconfigurable Cells…  Cells Within Margin in Analysis Area. the cells whose reconfiguration should be evaluated for reaching an optimal network configuration in the Analysis Area are limited to cells within the Analysis Area polygon only. can be chosen as long as the smallest cell area can still be represented by several pixels. see section 5. With Selection of Reconfigurable Cells…  Best Cells in Analysis Area. e. For GSM and iDEN layers. the Radioplan ACP selects these cells automatically. The parameters Minimum Pilot RSCP [dBm] and Minimum Pilot Ec/Io [dB] are the projectwide basis for the consideration of the clutter-specific coverage targets for CDMA and UMTS pilot RSCP and pilot Ec/Io. In this respect. It controls the trade-off between the primary target “maximum interference minimization” (= 0%) and the side constraint “maximum traffic load balancing” (= 100%).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 33 The value Calculation Pixel Size [m] significantly determines the relative processing time as well as the amount of RAM needed for the optimization.com . a larger value. some cells may also be located outside of the Analysis Area as long as they are best server at some point within the Analysis Area polygon. different settings of the optimizer or constraints) in a short amount of time before the best settings are used for the actual optimization using a finer resolution. the same Ec/Io value is harder to achieve. especially the pathloss matrices. The parameter DCH Network Load has two purposes for CDMA and UMTS layers:  It is used for calculating the interference (Io) for Ec/Io. Constraint: Traffic Load Balancing  Target: Interference Minimization Maximum Interference Minimization for 0% Network Load Maximum Traffic Load Balancing for 100% Network Load By selecting Selection of Reconfigurable Cells…  Cells Located in Analysis Area.2. the Minimum Pilot Ec/Io [dB] parameter should be defined taking the DCH Network Load into consideration.actix. For very large areas. This value should not be smaller than the pixel resolution of the input data. www.

the corners are determined by simply clicking the left mouse button. Mask Regions With Zero Traffic can be checked in order to disregard any zero-traffic areas. see [R-UG] for further information. only active Site Candidate Groups within this area are optimized. The entire area to be considered (“Simulation Area”) should be larger than the “Analysis Area” in order to avoid a negative effect on the border regions during the optimization. Any area in the Areas folder can then be set as Analysis Area or as Simulation Area by the respective context menu entries. www. an existing polygon can be changed. Hence. It is one of the optimization constraints to in no way allow the initial conditions in the Simulation Area to worsen with respect to the optimization criteria applied in the Analysis Area. An area can be a combination of multiple subpolygons. Both areas can be configured in several ways:    Assuming the corresponding area definitions are contained in the planning data. i.g. Optionally.. By the option Add. By selecting another tool mode. The Analysis Area determines the optimization capabilities and targets:    Through the Selection of Reconfigurable Cells in the Analysis Settings. only sites within this area. are allowed to be switched off. The optimization target shall be maximized in the Analysis Area. then normally these are automatically imported. During the site selection optimization. Moreover. e.e. after drawing a new polygon the shown dialog appears. They can be drawn in Radioplan by selecting Add New Area in the context menu of the Areas folder in the configuration tree.2. the drawing mode is deactivated.com . 5. It activates the Add or Modify Area drawing mode ..actix. the Pointer . and double-clicking sets the last corner. this area determines which cells are actually allowed to be changed during the optimization. which are defined as “Removable”. but also the optimization constraints:   The entire area is calculated in order to take into account any interdependencies with the Analysis Area. it is the main target area for optimization in the Radioplan ACP. In the drawing mode a new polygon can be drawn or by selecting Edit this Area on an existing area. an area can be composed of several polygons.6 Area definition and initial analysis The “Analysis Area” sets the optimization focus. Further information can be found in [R-ACP]. They can be imported in vector data formats by the entry Import. a new area is created and replaces the existing one. When drawing a new polygon. in the context menu of the Areas folder in the configuration tree. By selecting Replace. The Simulation Area mainly determines the calculation time. An open polygon is automatically closed by connecting the beginning and ending points. Depending on the type of optimization. different targets and combinations of them are possible.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 34 Activating Consider Traffic Distribution is strongly recommended if a reliable traffic map is available in the project. when editing an existing polygon.

The appearance of this page depends on the technology of the Network Layer(s) selected for optimization (see section 5. This can be done either by clicking the Run Optimization icon or by selecting Optimization  Run Optimization from the menu. it can be useful to unlock the plots in the original project before the duplication. but lock them again before switching to the duplicate project. The new project is opened by double-clicking on the name of the project copy. for UMTS. but only the plots which are locked (with Lock) are saved.2). In this way. 5.2.2. Therefore. then Show Optimization Wizard must be activated and the Next button leads to the Optimization Task page of the wizard. At the first page of the Optimization Wizard. The project copy has the same name as the original project with the exception that the copy has an additional time stamp. The flag Automatic Plot Update causes the plots to be continuously refreshed during the optimization. The Remove Present Plots flag in the Plot Options serves the purpose of deleting all previously generated (but not locked) optimization plots before the automatic plots are generated. A copy of the project is created by selecting Duplicate Project from the context menu of the project which is to be copied. These plots are automatically generated during the optimization in order to give an overview of the individual improvements during the process and after the optimization. In the Project Settings dialog. When switching to the duplicated project. A selection of analysis plots is available in the Automatic Plots section. which is opened. The Optimization Wizard must be opened to configure and to start the optimization. In order to change the name of the project one can either double-click the project name again or select Settings.7 Duplicate the project The optimization should be performed with a copy of the Radioplan project.g. from the context menu. If no template shall be used. the user can select a predefined optimization template..8 Start the optimization: Optimization Wizard All necessary optimization settings can be reviewed step by step with the help of the Optimization Wizard.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 35 5.2. the parameter Project Title can be edited. The optimization algorithm must be chosen in the Optimization Task section. no step will be forgotten and the user is guided through the initialization process.actix.com . but not the Results data. www.. On the other hand. here e. all data of the Configuration and the Results tabs remain saved in the original project. the new duplicate project contains all Configuration data and all locked plots.

actix. The costs implied by the implementation of these changes in the live network are considered as a constraint. which are defined in the Run Optimization wizard. 5.2. The cell specific antenna configurations and the transmit powers. this causes extra calculation time.3. www. These settings. The user can also decide at any time during the optimization whether to use this function by clicking the icon Request Plot Update During Optimization Run . at the beginning of each optimization run.1 Capacity and Coverage Optimizer Settings At the Optimization Task page of the Optimization Wizard. Steps Up and Max. see section 5.3 Capacity and Coverage Optimization In order to maximize the coverage for a radio network configuration or to secure the coverage and to minimize the interference (and. 5. in conjunction with Max. 5.1. relative to the current setting of the corresponding parameter for each cell.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 36 however. Max. Number of Optimization Runs of 2 will result in a possible maximum azimuth change of +/.com .1 Configuration of the optimization algorithm All optimization settings. Number of Optimization Runs.3. as applicable. Capacity and Coverage must be chosen as the optimization algorithm. a capacity and coverage optimization is performed. The RPI values determine how large the benefit of a parameter change has to be before the optimization algorithm will accept the change. maximize the capacity and quality). Then. the Capacity and Coverage Optimizer Settings dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Optimizer button. The RPI value is a measure for the relative improvement of the objective function for coverage and/or capacity. by that.1. Steps Up and Down for Azimuth (Phi) together with a Max. Thus. result in the possible range of values for changing a parameter relative to the initial value of the cell. The step size is defined for each parameter in each cell: typically 1° for tilt steps and 10° for azimuth steps.8. Steps Down define a search window. can also be loaded from an *. The Radioplan ACP optimization result is a trade-off between performance improvement and implementation costs. values of 2 for Max. see section 5.3. This trade-off is controlled by the user through setting the possible range of values (Parameter Space) and the RPI values (Required Performance Improvement) and is illustrated in the adjoining figure. for example. the user can select the cell parameters to be optimized. can be changed to achieve these goals.ini file by the menu entry Optimization  Load Configuration … . By the Optimize checkboxes.40° through the optimization. if applicable.

In contrast to that. both of these settings should only be used as an exception. i.com . Parameter Space maximum Performance Improvement large medium small medium low lowest Cost for Implementation high RPI Values The example shown above refers to an existing network. For a single-layer optimization. generally both criteria increase when RSCP preferred or Ec/Io preferred is selected. Namely. 5x and 50x as much as RET respectively) because their implementation in the network is considerably more costly.g. (…) Covered Traffic define the target percentages for coverage in the Analysis Area. just click again Next to get to the page with the Settings for Target Network Layers.9.e.g. as low costs are associated with their implementation. and changes to the mechanical tilt or to the azimuth even more (e. www. The following page is opened by clicking Next at the current wizard page. the defined ratio of the pixels in the Analysis Area should be covered (Covered Area) or the defined ratio of the traffic should be covered by the covered pixels in the Analysis Area (Covered Traffic). The option Preferred Coverage Objective gives the user the possibility to choose the coverage definition. respectively. Area only counts the covered pixels only. RPI=5 for mechanical tilt. (…) Covered Area and Min. In case of Area and Traffic both calculations apply.e. 0. As the objectives of reducing interference increasing coverage are not always contradictive. see section 5.5. i.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 37 A small RPI value (0 … <1) leads to many changes whereas a large RPI value (>1 … 10) only allows a few changes with a large benefit. see section 5. By clicking OK.) The „Settings for Target Network Layers‟ page mainly contains the Analysis Settings that were already configured through the Optimization menu. the settings are applied and saved in the Radioplan project. The option Preferred Objective gives the user the possibility to choose between maximum coverage (UMTS and CDMA: RSCP or GSM and iDEN: RxLev_DL) and minimum interference / maximum capacity (UMTS and CDMA: Ec/Io or GSM and iDEN: Overlap) as the preference. Further changes to the electrical tilt are already more difficult for the optimization (RPI=1). (For the specifics of multi-layer optimization with Constraint Layers.actix. the Min.01) should be configured for a “Greenfield” optimization or for the optimization of the initial settings of a fill-in site. changes to the Remote Electrical Tilt (RET) are very easy (RPI=0. It is recommended to activate Use Clutter Dependent (…) Coverage Constraints in order to ensure that those coverage target percentages are equally applied to all clutter classes. as there are normally no costs for the changes at this stage. Therefore. just with a different emphasis.2. only the single indicated goal is followed even if there is a loss to the other. For the outer settings (…) only.1). Further information can be found in [R-ACP]. very low RPI values (e. whereas Traffic only accumulates the traffic values in the covered pixels. For each coverage calculation method.

Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 38 Then. the Cost Control Settings page is opened by clicking Next again. the final Configuration Summary page is opened.8. Additionally.1.actix.1. By clicking Next at this page. 5.2 Cost Control Settings The core Radioplan ACP concept of cost control are the “RPI” values. the optimization is started by clicking Run at the Configuration Summary page. An activated Consider configured Rollout Status of Sites flag has two effects:   In the Remove Redundant Sites/Cells tasks during a site selection optimization.3. if no constraint network layers were selected. even without a configured limit it is easy to derive the set of changes for a limited budget after a completed optimization by means of the Optimization Progress chart. Finally.1. During a Capacity and Coverage optimization costs and efforts are only accumulated for “Existent” sites. the cost and effort associated with each type of optimization change can be configured and the accumulated cost and effort can be monitored so that a rough estimation of the implementation cost and effort is possible. see section 5. the optimization will not perform any changes that would exceed these limits. By activating the options Use Cost Limit and Use Effort Limit and setting appropriate limits.com .1.3. also limits for the optimization process can be defined.2. In order to cope with a limited budget.4. see section 5. With according user rights the defined optimization settings can now also be saved as a new optimization template. see section 5. www. However. different priorities of removable sites are considered.

1.actix. this optimization scenario can be used to consolidate a post-rollout.com .4. specifics 5.1. especially all predicted pathloss data. see chapter 2. 5.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 39 5. The parameter Rollout Status can be used to prioritize the “removable” sites.1 Import of the planning data Every set of data for all sites must be created in the planning tool including all site and transmitter/cell parameters. www. should not be pre-optimized with the goal of minimizing interference.1. the Is Removable flag is activated by default for all sites. In the pre-rollout scenario.4. Likewise. see section 5.4. especially the tilts. cell overlapping. etc. if during the “Remove Redundant Sites/Cells” task of the site selection optimization certain sites should be kept in the optimized radio network configuration. live network if two radio networks are merged or shared. 5. the antenna properties of the radio network configuration.1. then their Is Removable flag must be deactivated. However.4 Site Selection Optimization: Minimum Number of Sites and Cells In the pre-rollout phase. and imported into Radioplan. pilot pollution. a radio network design can be validated and the initially planned number of new sites and cells can be automatically reduced until the minimum required coverage target has been reached.1 Preparative steps.2 Configuration of the optimization capabilities In a newly imported Radioplan project.

the site selection optimization can be performed such that only the initial coverage area is considered.3 Area definition All sites that shall be tested (“Removable”) must be located in the Analysis Area. the constraints for the antenna parameter changes should be set as freely as possible in order to give the optimization algorithm the largest amount of flexibility. it is therefore sufficient to define an Analysis Area which includes all these sites.4. Required (…) Covered Area [%] and/or … Covered Traffic [%]).ini file by the menu entry Optimization  Load Configuration … . Clicking the Configure Capacity and Coverage Optimizer. Since the CDMA and UMTS Pilot RSCP Coverage or GSM and iDEN RxLev_DL Coverage remains the same in the best case (however it mostly decreases) when sites are removed.1.5).2. Therefore. then the site selection algorithm will begin with an optimization of the cell parameters in order to raise the coverage at first. the Site Selection Settings dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Optimizer button. In defining the Analysis Area it should also be considered that it determines optimization capabilities and targets. which are defined in the Run Optimization wizard. button opens the Capacity and Coverage Optimizer Settings dialog. can also be loaded from an *. the flags Remove Redundant Sites and Capacity and Coverage must be activated. the Consider Initial (…) Coverage Area Only flag must be activated. 5.com .. 95 %).3) in order to maximize the coverage and capacity with clear emphasis on the coverage.1. which is given in the optimization configuration (Min. Then.2. If this option is not used and the Pilot RSCP or RxLev_DL Coverage in the Analysis Area before the optimization is less than the required percentage (e.g. see section 5.actix.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 40 The cell parameters of all sites remaining after site and cell removals can be optimized according to their optimization capabilities (see section 5. Site Selection must be chosen as the optimization algorithm. see section 5.8.4. www. For the “Remove Redundant Sites/Cells” function of the site selection optimization. At the Optimization Task page of the Optimization Wizard. In order to minimize the number of sites in connection with an optimization of the coverage for the remaining sites.. see section 5.4. 5. in the Analysis Settings dialog (see section 5. e.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm All optimization settings.6.g.2.2. If it should be checked in the radio network configuration with minimum sites which cells can still be removed then the flag Remove Redundant Cells must be activated as well. For the pre-rollout scenario.

a site or cell is not removed. 5. By clicking OK the settings are accepted and saved in the Radioplan project. Mech. as shown in section 5.3. if the respective cell constraints shall be considered. the built-in Performance Predictor calculates certain UMTS network performance statistics based on Monte-Carlo simulations for the status before and after optimization. the best site can be chosen based on coverage and capacity.1. More information on this can be found in [R-ACP]. search ring). Furthermore. Remote Electrical Tilt and Azimuth (Phi) flags) should be activated if possible.5. Then.1. These statistics are then additionally reported in the Extended Network Statistics tables of the Optimization Summary. if by that any DL cell transmit power would exceed the a cell‟s Maximum Output Power. The site selection Business Rules dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Business Rules… button in the Site Selection Settings dialog. The flag Check Maximum Users per Cell should be activated. www. If the flag Show Extended Summary Statistics is enabled. For further steps see section 5.a. By activating the flag Check Cell Load.k. Thereby. The flag Avoid Large Coverage Gaps should always be activated in order to ensure that any uncovered pixels or areas are evenly distributed in the optimization area. high values for the parameters Max. the built-in Performance Predictor estimates the absolute DL cell transmit powers using the Equivalent Traffic per Pixel. see section 5. Steps Up and Max. Tilt (Theta).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 41 Therefore. For that purpose. that would increase the number of users at any cell above the cell‟s constraint. no optimization parameter change is accepted. If it is reached during optimization. In addition to this.1. those settings should be defined according to the cost of the changes. the initial cell parameters of the new site and the existing sites in the surrounding will be optimized as well.actix. i. it can be prevented that the tool proposes undesired changes of cells far away from removed sites or cells. Steps Down as well as low RPI values (e.3.1).5 Site Selection Optimization: Inserting a new Site and Antenna Height Optimization In case multiple alternative candidates (“Site Candidate Group”) are available for a new site (a. the highlighted parameters in the Site Selection Settings dialog are relevant. then no further sites will be removed. a large search window is recommended. The Minimum Site Count defines the minimum target number of sites. since there are no cost for changing the initial settings of a planned site in the computer. for the post-rollout scenario. However. Electrical Tilt.g. all antenna parameters (Antenna Type. 0.2. Multiple new sites can be chosen and optimized at once. By activating the flag Limit Capacity Optimization to Surrounding Cells.com .e.

Otherwise. together with the planning data of the existing sites. the UMTS and CDMA pilot RSCP or GSM and iDEN RxLev_DL values of the new site are possibly not directly comparable to the existing sites. specifics 5. be imported into Radioplan. 5. In this case.1. 5. the Global Offset [dB] value for the cells of the new site can be edited in the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog. fewer parameter changes (e.actix. the flags Enable Tuning and Global Offset Correction for the cells of the new site must be activated. In order to avoid this. This is done by choosing Optimization Settings Overview. The Local Shadowing flags for these cells should be deactivated. all flags in the corresponding column can be deactivated as follows:  first deactivate the flag in the first row of the table.5. measurement data is not available for a planned site. only changes to the electrical tilt) from optimization are desired for existing sites than are possible in a newly planned site.1. This can be accomplished by selecting File  Import  Import Tuned Predictions. is used for the neighboring cells as well.. then these tuned predictions can be easily imported into the Radioplan project after the planning data import.g. see chapter 2.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 42 If the alternative candidates are just variations of the same site with different antenna heights. A Global Offset should be applied that is typical for sites in the vicinity with similar antenna heights.1 Preparative steps. www. the candidate groups are automatically recognized based on the equal site coordinates. The Enable Tuning flag is automatically deactivated for the Already Tuned predictions. can be configured as follows. from the context menu of an arbitrary cell. the optimization capabilities of the cell parameters. 5. The site parameter Site Candidate Group serves this purpose. In the opened Cell Optimization Settings Overview dialog. especially all predicted pathloss data.1. that cell-specific data can be plotted using a Cell Visual.2 Pathloss tuning If the pathloss predictions for the existing sites were already tuned and saved. on average. see section 5..5.1. see section 3. Normally. Since. from the menu. then automatic antenna height optimization can be performed. In addition to the description in section 3.1. For getting a quick overview of those characteristics of surrounding cells.3. All site candidates‟ Transmitter Activated flags may be enabled as well.com . unbalanced best server areas from the new site and the existing sites could result in an unrealistic optimization result. Up to 10 groups can be distinguished in the optimization. it is possible to tune the pathloss predictions for the new site with a Global Offset.3 Configuration of the optimization capabilities In the case of exclusively optimizing the antenna height.5.1 Import of the planning data Every set of data for all site candidates must be created in the planning tool including all site and transmitter/cell parameters.k. in general. First. as described in Annex 7.1.. instead of with measurements. search ring) must be declared as a candidate group. see section 5. Afterwards. and. at least at one site the Transmitter Activated flags of all cells must be enabled. As a result. Within each candidate group. the flags Reconfigurable Mechanical Tilt..a. each group of alternative candidates for a new site (a.1.3. Reconfigurable Azimuth and Reconfigurable Antenna Type for all cells are to be deactivated.5.3. In this way the pathloss predictions for the new site are corrected with a constant offset which.

This minimizes the calculation time for the optimization. the Relevant Cells plot can help. it should also be considered that it determines optimization capabilities and targets. can also be loaded from an *..5.1.ini file by the menu entry Optimization  Load Configuration … .6.com .4 Area definition All site candidates must be located in the Analysis Area. If the Simulation Area is larger than the colored illustration of the cell areas. optimization capabilities for the cells of the new site candidates can individually be expanded by clicking the Configure Sites or Cells icon and surrounding the site candidates with a polygon in the configuration mode. The Analysis Area or the Simulation Area can be modified by selecting Edit this Area from their context menu. Here. see section 5.2.5. If the <Ctrl> button is pressed while closing the polygon with a double-click. www. Then.. which is created by the menu entry Optimization  (…) Analysis Settings  Best Cell Areas  Relevant Cells. see section 5. it is therefore sufficient to define an Analysis Area that contains all site candidates to be optimized. the Reconfigurable (. it makes sense to reduce the size of the Simulation Area such that only the sites with colored cell areas are included. Site Selection must be chosen as the optimization algorithm. Only the Reconfigurable Electrical Tilt flag remains activated for all cells (as well as the Reconfigurable (…) Power flag since this option is typically not used in the optimization in connection with antenna parameter changes). only the best server areas of those cells are shown that are received in the Analysis Area within a given margin below the power received from the best cell. the Cell Optimization Settings Overview dialog is opened for the cells in the chosen area.2. In determining the size of the Simulation Area. In defining the Analysis Area.2. the deactivated status is copied down the entire column. 5. The margin (default: 15 dB) is configurable in the Analysis Settings. all cells that are relevant for the optimization of the Analysis Area are shown. In this plot. which are defined in the Run Optimization wizard. see section 5. Now.6.5.2.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm All optimization settings. the Site Selection Settings dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Optimizer button. 5. For the “Site Candidates Group” function of the site selection optimization. At the Optimization Task page of the Optimization Wizard. Thus.) flags can be reactivated as necessary in order to optimize the initial cell parameters in conjunction with the site candidate selection.actix.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 43   then click on the head of the table to mark the entire column and finally by selecting Fill Down from the context menu of an arbitrary element in the column (shortcut: <Ctrl>-D).8. see section 5.

see section 5.3. By clicking OK the settings are accepted and saved in the Radioplan project. This can be done in the pre-rollout phase as well as during the drive-test-based optimization immediately after the site installation. all antenna parameters (Antenna Type. the Alternative Antenna Heights only flag should be activated. Then the candidate groups will automatically be recognized and the antenna height will be optimized.g.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 44 The flags Site Candidate Groups. if one or more already selected sites are to be integrated in an existing network by an according antenna parameter optimization of the new sites and the existing sites. just with different antenna heights. Nevertheless.com . changes to the electrical tilt are then only allowed at the existing sites.actix. www. all changes may be made easy by low RPI values (e. If the site candidates only involve groups of sites at the same location. The Capacity and Coverage Optimizer Settings dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Capacity and Coverage Optimizer. 0. then the site integration optimization can be applied. 5.6 Site Integration Optimization: Inserting new Sites In contrast to the Site Candidate Groups task of the Site Selection optimization. the Site Integration is a simplified optimization process for the case that there are no alternative candidate locations anymore.1.. see section 5. Furthermore. the highlighted parameters are relevant. button. For further steps see section 5.1).5. Electrical Tilt. Further information can be found in [R-ACP].5. Remote Electrical Tilt and Azimuth (Phi) flags) can be activated here.1. Thus.. as there are no costs for changing the initial settings of a planned site candidate. Tilt (Theta). Provided that the different optimization capabilities at the existing sites and at the new site candidates are configured as in section 5. In addition to this. Mech. It is based on the Capacity and Coverage optimization.3. Optimize Site Candidates and Capacity and Coverage must be activated for a site candidate selection in conjunction with an optimization of the initial cell parameters as well as the coverage and capacity of the surrounding.3.

2.6.1.2. Site Integration must be chosen as the optimization algorithm. At the Optimization Task page of the Optimization Wizard. www.1.3 Configuration of the optimization capabilities The cell optimization settings should reflect the actual reconfiguration capabilities as accurate as possible. 5.2.2 Configuration of the optimization algorithm All optimization settings.4.1 Preparative steps. Then.com . especially all predicted pathloss data.actix. 5.1.1. see chapter 2. 5. see section 5.3. 5.1 Import of the planning data All data sets of all new and the existing sites including all site and transmitter/cell parameters.2 Pathloss tuning If the new sites have been installed already and drive tests have been carried out as part of the integration / optimization effort. see section 5. For the other rollout states as well as for the sites to be integrated. the drive test measurements can be used for pathloss tuning.8. the Relevant Cells plot can help.6. specifics 5. see section 5. refer to [R-ACP]. can also be loaded from an *.6. see section 5.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 45 5. The Analysis Area or the Simulation Area can be modified by selecting Edit this Area from their context menu. The Simulation Area should include a buffer zone of a few tiers of surrounding sites. It contains the same settings like the Capacity and Coverage optimization. For existing sites the Rollout Status must be set to “Existent” to ensure that the inherent cost thresholds (“RPI”. Which sites are to be integrated.6. see section 5. see chapter 3. In determining the size of the Simulation Area.1. Since the Analysis Area also determines optimization capabilities and targets. it should include at least the sites to be integrated plus the area around them.1.6.6. must be imported from the planning tool into Radioplan. see also section 5.6.5. which are defined in the Run Optimization wizard.1.1. the Site Integration Settings dialog is opened by clicking the Configure Optimizer button. where the optimization effort should be focused. which is created by the menu entry Optimization  (…) Analysis Plots  Best Cell Areas  Relevant Cells.ini file by the menu entry Optimization  Load Configuration … ..3.1) are applied during the optimization to any change at these sites.6. no cost will be assumed for any parameter change. which may be interdependent with the sites to be integrated. will be defined later in the Run Optimization wizard.4 Area definition All sites to be integrated must be located in the Analysis Area. And for more information.

By clicking Next.3.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 46 5.com .1.2.actix. where the sites “To Be Integrated” have to be selected. the configured Rollout Status of each site is displayed.2. then clicking Next opens the Site Integration page.1 and 5.1.6. All sites selected as “To Be Integrated” as well as all other sites with a Rollout Status other than “Existent” will be considered to imply no cost for changes. www.3. the same optimization wizard pages still follow as described for the Capacity and Coverage optimization in sections 5. For reference.1 Sites to be integrated If Site Integration has been selected at the Optimization Task page of the wizard.

Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 47 5. (Running Opt.3.3. The optimization progress.. in terms of the Covered Area and Covered Traffic improvements of the applicable measure in the Analysis Area (AA).7 Progress and Analysis During the Optimization At the beginning of the optimization. During the running optimization..com . This window is opened by clicking the Optimization Progress Chart icon. www.8 Analysis and Reporting of the Optimization Results The end of the optimization is indicated by the automatic opening of the .actix. optimization progress is continuously logged in the Optimization tab of the message window. the pilot RSCP and the pilot Ec/Io are the applicable measures). (Begin Opt. see section 5. The costs depend on the settings defined in the Cost Control Settings..). over the accumulated costs or effort of the changes. The performance improvements can be displayed over the evaluation steps of the optimization algorithm or... The automatic update is activated or deactivated by the menu entry Optimization  Automatic Plot Update . for UMTS.) and for the changed state during the running optimization .. The values given at the beginning of the lines run until 100% and give the ratio of the already checked parameters to the entire amount of parameters to be checked in all optimization runs. can be observed in the Optimization Progress Chart (here. The plots can be updated during the optimization by clicking the Request Plot Update During Optimization Run icon of the optimization toolbar. Results dialog.1. The following example is the result of a UMTS coverage and capacity optimization.2 5. alternatively. the plots selected at the second Optimization Wizard page (Automatic Optimization Plots) are created for both the initial state of the optimization . see section 5.

Results dialog is minimized.. complete optimization result. For site selection optimization. Results dialog contains a table with all the cells of the project as well as the reconfigurable cell parameters.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 48 The . respectively. which opens the Optimization Progress Chart ... whether final or intermediate. Then.actix. also any intermediate result can easily be selected and analyzed further in exactly the same manner like the final result by clicking the Pick Intermediate Results from History Dialog button.. For any result. Changes to a parameter are highlighted in green. www. Tilt and Azimuth. the changed cells as well as the tilt and azimuth changes can be displayed by clicking the buttons Overview. These plots can be seen best when the . Instead of the final.com . the intermediate optimization results for every point can be shown in the Optimization Results dialog by a right mouse click on the point and selecting Show in Results Dialog… . the Active State is also reconfigurable for each cell.

The changed Azimuth values are applied to the displayed cell symbols only after Submit New Values is confirmed. Results dialog is minimized then the automatically generated optimization plots can be evaluated.8: one for the original (.... In order to close the Radioplan application after the optimization or in order to switch the Radioplan project.g. button or via the clipboard (<Ctrl>-<Shift>-c. e. in the context menu of a plot name) By clicking the Submit New Values button in the .)). <Ctrl>-v) to another application (e. the entire table can be easily marked by clicking on the upper left element..com . a multi-layer optimization distinguishes Target and Constraint network layers. Results dialog must be closed: therefore click the Close Dialog button and if Submit New Values was already performed as described above.. Among others.. An overview table of the optimization results.e..g. then the button Close (Retain Last Submitted Values) can be clicked in the Dismiss Optimization Results dialog. If the .actix. MS Excel or a text editor)..2. Further information can be found in [R-ACP]. (Begin Opt. which should be confirmed with Yes. (End Opt. While a capacity and coverage optimization is performed on one or more target layers. i.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 49 The available overview of all changes should be saved from here:   to text file (TAB-delimited ASCII) by clicking the Save Changelist. by the menu entry Tools  Radioplan KPI Analysis .. Since the contents of the Radioplan database will be changed by executing Submit New Values.. This report contains a summary of the most important optimization settings as well as the optimization results (parameter changes and performance statistics). the Optimization Summary Report. the optimization results are saved in the active Radioplan project and thus available for further analysis. a standardized KPI analysis can be performed. see section 5. you are prompted by the query (“Do you want to write the new settings to the database?”). the . Results dialog.9 Multi-Layer Optimization with Constraint Layers In case of multi-band and multi-technology antennas.. an antenna parameter change may affect at the same time more than one frequency band or technology. A direct comparison of the situation before and after the optimization can be performed easily with the help of the following Radioplan functions. two layers are provided for each type of plot as previously selected in the Optimization Wizard.. 5... for copying.)) and one for the optimized network configuration (. www. the multi-layer optimization ensures that the change of a target layer antenna that is shared with a constraint layer does not degrade the performance of that constraint layer.. is opened by clicking the Summary Report button in the . Results dialog. see [R-UG]:   Layer Slide Show function ( icon) or generating a difference plot (the entry Coincide with other Layer. In the list of the Layers tab.. Therefore.

iDEN. which performance must be maintained in the constraint layer(s) while optimizing the target layer(s).1.g. If the Radioplan project contains more network layers than those selected as target. They define. see section 5. or LTE). all constraint network layers must have the same technology. then there comes after the Target Layer Settings page an additional page for the Constraint Layer Settings (here e. if the Lock Angle between Cells during Azimuth Optimization flag is activated at a site. Like the target network layers.1.2.2. UMTS. must be defined beforehand by the cells‟ Shared flags. see section 5. WiMAX. see section 5. Then.1. see section 5. a multi-layer optimization can consider such parameter dependencies as additional constraint to a capacity and coverage optimization. And CDMA or UMTS constraint layers must have the same frequency band. The target network layer(s) for optimization is/are defined by the selected Network Layers. And CDMA or UMTS target layers must have the same frequency band. If the Consider Constraints by Shared Antenna Parameters box is checked. www. for GSM).Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 50 Whether an antenna parameter at a cell in one network layer is shared with other network layers. Moreover. GSM.com . this property applies to all cells in all network layers at this site.actix. If constraint layers have been selected at the Multi-Layer Optimization page of the optimization wizard. All target network layers for optimization must have the same technology (either CDMA. then the possible constraint layers are shown at the second page of the Optimization Wizard.3.3. then one or more network layers to be considered as constraint can be selected from the list below.

www.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Automatic Radio Network Optimization 51 Further information can be found in [R-ACP].actix.com .

Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Updating the Planning Data in Atoll 52 6 Updating the Planning Data in Atoll Atoll version 2.. This opens the Select the Atoll project to update dialog.actix.com . the changes can be transferred to Atoll.. this opens the Update Atoll Project (Submit Changes) dialog.8. open the respective project in Atoll that shall be updated by the network optimization results from Radioplan ACP.0 or later is assumed for the following description. Before the export from Radioplan ACP. Select the Atoll host or indicate that Atoll runs locally and click Connect . . This opens the Connect to Atoll host dialog.1 Update the Radio Network Configuration The optimization results are saved in the Radioplan database and can be further analyzed from there. 6. In order to store the optimized radio network configuration after verification in the planning database. Make the selection from the dropdown list of the projects currently open in Atoll and click OK. After an automatic comparison of the network configurations in the Atoll project and in Radioplan project. Then. the changes to the radio network configuration through Radioplan ACP optimization can be transferred to Atoll by selecting the menu entry File  Export  Update Atoll Project. www.

they must not be embedded in the Atoll project. Atoll prediction tuning by Radioplan is subject to the following requirements:    The Atoll pathloss maps must be saved in a directory (\. the corresponding pathloss data in Atoll is invalid and must be recalculated. That directory must be accessible to the Radioplan application.e. the tuning function can be called by the menu entry File  Export…  Tune Atoll Predictions… . The Radioplan settings are transferred to the Atoll project by confirming with Commit. If the flag Hide unchanged cells is set. It should be noted that in Atoll the changes are initially only in RAM and must still be saved.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Updating the Planning Data in Atoll 53 The table contains the result of that comparison showing all the reconfigurable parameters and their current values in the Atoll and Radioplan (formerly “WiNeS”) projects. which lists the Atoll transmitters and corresponding pathloss files that can be tuned. www. The prediction files to be tuned must not be locked by any open Atoll project.losses folder of the Atoll project and the select Pathloss.losses).2 Tune Atoll Predictions The changes to the pathloss predictions through Radioplan Pathloss Tuning can also be transferred to the original Atoll predictions. This opens the Tune Atoll Predictions dialog. then only the cells with different settings in Atoll and Radioplan are listed. 6. In the opened dialog.dbf file.actix.com . In addition to this. i. browse to the \. after changing the transmitter parameters. Then.

further data analysis and processing in Atoll is based on the same status of the data like in Radioplan after pathloss tuning and network optimization.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Updating the Planning Data in Atoll 54 By clicking Commit. www.com . both types of pathloss matrices are tuned: those calculated for the main propagation model as well as those calculated for the extended propagation model. For more information.actix. these Atoll pathloss files are changed to the status of the tuned Radioplan pathloss matrices. please refer to [R-Atoll]. Then. Thereby.

Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Annex 55 7 Annex 7.g. In order to insert it.g. the first cell in the Embedded Clipboard must be selected by clicking on it (without activating the cursor in the cell though). Numerical values (e. e. Now the “Embedded Clipboard” must first be opened by selecting Edit  Embedded Clipboard (Table) from the menu. in the Create Surface Plot from Table dialog. The surface plot is created as follows:    mark the column with the values to be displayed by clicking on the column header (e. simulation results from a planning tool the data of all cell-based tables in Radioplan. i. Global Offset [dB] in column E) as well as string values (e. for: performance counters from the live network cell-specific data from other tools. e. make the following settings: ▫ ▫ If the data contains a header. The following example uses data that was copied from the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog (including the column headers).e.1 Plots of Arbitrary Cell Specific Data Surface plots can be created for arbitrary cell specific data in Radioplan.actix. The cell-specific data must be copied into this table.g.3. in order to avoid the contents affecting the plots (here: row 1) In the Cell Name field. Comment in column K) can be displayed. then this line from the table should be set as a Header Row field. the data of the Pathloss Tuning Overview dialog The data must be available in tabular form. see section 3. column 02).g. the column must be given that contains the cell name (here: column B.g. which is now opened.g. e. select Graph Selection  Mapped Surface Plot (Colored Best Cell Area) from the context menu of an arbitrary element inside this column.com . “E”). www. where one column contains the cell name and further columns contain the cell-specific values.

the legend in the created plot is only shown if a unit is given in the Unit field.g. in the field Caption and Tree Label. Here the Best Server areas are filled with values and colors according to the values for each cell and based on the used legend. Histogram. The plot can best be viewed if the Embedded Clipboard is minimized. Cell Statistics. which replaces the cell symbol (normally a simple arrow).actix. For both types of plots.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Annex 56 ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ A name for the surface plot can be given. typical Radioplan analysis and export functions of such surface plots are available.com . The cell visual is colored according to the values for each cell and based on the used legend. www. e. the surface plot is created in the Radioplan main window. When displaying numerical values. for the Raster Layer type (right figure). The Pixel Size for the plot can be specified.) ▫ Cell Visual: The cell-specific data is mapped to a wedge-like form. Raster Layer: The cell-specific data is mapped to the Best Server areas that are visible in the plot. ▫  By confirming with OK. including:     Tool tips Legend and Layer Settings Furthermore. Select the type of the Mapped Surface Plots: (Note that the Raster Layer takes more time to generate than the Cell Visual. Clutter Statistics etc. including: Coinciding with other layers Functions of the Layer context menu. the typical Radioplan display functions are available.

actix. Actix Radioplan. [R-Meas] [R-ACP] [R-UG] www. Actix Radioplan. User Manual.12. Version 3. User Guide. Actix GmbH. Actix GmbH. October 2009.12. June 2009. Forsk. Actix Radioplan. Actix GmbH. February 2010. Germany. Germany. Germany. December 2009. Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) User Guide. Atoll Synchronization Guide. Germany. Dresden.com . Dresden. Actix Radioplan. Version 3.6. France. Actix GmbH. Dresden.Actix Radioplan ACP Cookbook Abbreviations 57 8 Abbreviations ARFCN ASM BCCH BSIC CDMA COM DEM GSM iDEN LTE MS PCPICH RET RSCP RSSI UE UMTS UTRAN WiMAX Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number Atoll Synchronization Module Broadcast Control Channel Base Station Identity Code Code Division Multiple Access Component Object Model Digital Elevation Model Global System for Mobile Communication Integrated Digital Enhanced Network Long-Term Evolution Mobile Stations Primary Common Pilot Channel Remote Electrical Tilt(ing) Received Signal Code Power Received Signal Strength Indicator User Equipment Universal Mobile Telecommunications System UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access 9 References [A-UM] [R-Atoll] Atoll.12. Global RF Planning Solution.8. Measurements Guide. Dresden. Version 3.12. Version 3.

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