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**for Different Spreading Factors
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Robert Akl and Son Nguyen

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas

Denton, Texas, 76207

Email: {rakl, stn}@cse.unt.edu

Abstract—An analytical model for calculating capacity

in multi-cell UMTS networks is presented. Capacity is

maximized for different spreading factors and for perfect

and imperfect power control. We also design and implement

a local call admission control (CAC) algorithm which allows

for the simulation of network throughput for different

spreading factors and various mobility scenarios. The design

of the CAC algorithm uses global information; it incorpo-

rates the call arrival rates and the user mobilities across

the network and guarantees the users’ quality of service

as well as pre-speciﬁed blocking probabilities. On the other

hand, its implementation in each cell uses local information;

it only requires the number of calls currently active in that

cell. The capacity and network throughput were determined

for signal-to-interference threshold from 5 dB to 10 dB and

spreading factor values of 256, 64, 16, and 4.

Index Terms—WCDMA, Call Admission Control, Mobil-

ity, Network Throughput, Optimization.

I. INTRODUCTION

3G cellular systems are identiﬁed as International

Mobile Telecommunications-2000 under International

Telecommunication Union and as Universal Mobile

Telecommunications Systems (UMTS) by European

Telecommunications Standards Institute. Besides voice

capability in 2G, the new 3G systems are required to

have additional support on a variety of data-rate services

using multiple access techniques. Code Division Multiple

Access (CDMA) is the fastest-growing digital wireless

technology since its ﬁrst commercialization in 1994. The

major markets for CDMA are North America, Latin

America, and Asia (particularly Japan and Korea). In total,

CDMA has been adopted by more than 100 operators

across 76 countries around the globe [1].

Since the ﬁrst comparisons of multiple access schemes

for UMTS [2], which found that Wideband CDMA

(WCDMA) was well suited for supporting variable bit

rate services, several research on WCDMA capacity has

been considered. In [3], the authors present a method

to calculate the WCDMA reverse link Erlang capacity

based on the Lost Call Held (LCH) model as described in

[4]. This algorithm calculates the occupancy distribution

and capacity of UMTS/WCDMA systems based on a

Based on Capacity Allocation in Multi-cell UMTS Networks for

Different Spreading Factors with Perfect and Imperfect Power Control,

by R. Akl and S. Nguyen, which appeared in the Proceedings of IEEE

CCNC 2006: Consumer Communications and Networking Conference,

vol. 2, pp. 928-932, January 2006.

system outage condition. The authors derive a closed form

expression of Erlang capacity for a single type of trafﬁc

loading and compare analytical results with simulations

results.

The same LCH model was also used in [5] to calculate

the forward link capacity of UMTS/WCDMA systems

based on the system outage condition. In the forward

link, because many users share the base station (BS)

transmission power, the capacity is calculated at the BS.

The transmission power from the BS is provided to each

user based on each user’s relative need. The access in

the calculation of forward link capacity is one-to-many

rather than many-to-one as in the reverse link. The au-

thors provide capacity calculation results and performance

evaluation through simulation.

An alternate approach, where mobile stations (MSs)

are synchronized on the uplink, i.e., signals transmitted

from different MSs are time aligned at the BS, has

been considered. Synchronous WCDMA looks at time

synchronization for signal transmission between the BS

and MS to improve network capacity. The performance

of an uplink-synchronous WCDMA is analyzed in [6].

Scrambling codes are unique for each cell. MSs in the

same cell share the same scrambling code, while different

orthogonal channelization codes are derived from the set

of Walsh codes. In [6], the potential capacity gain is

about 35.8% in a multi-cell scenario with inﬁnite number

of channelization codes per cell and no soft handoff

capability between MSs and BSs. However, the capacity

gain in a more realistic scenario is reduced to 9.6%

where soft handoff is enabled. The goal of this uplink-

synchronous method in WCDMA is to reduce intra-cell

interference. But the implementation is fairly complex

while the potential capacity gain is not very high.

Our contributions are two-fold. First, we calculate

the maximum reverse link capacity in UMTS/WCDMA

systems for both perfect and imperfect power control

with a given set of quality of service requirements and

for different spreading factors. Second, we also design,

analyze, and simulate a local CAC algorithm for UMTS

networks by formulating an optimization problem that

maximizes the network throughput for different spreading

factors using signal-to-interference constraints as lower

bounds. The solution to this problem is the maximum

number of calls that can be admitted in each cell. The

design is optimized for the entire network, and the im-

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plementation is simple and considers only a single cell

for admitting a call. Numerical results are presented for

signal-to-interference thresholds from 5 dB to 10 dB and

spreading factor values of 256, 64, 16, and 4.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows.

The user and interference models are presented in Section

II. In Section III, we analyze capacity for perfect and

imperfect power control. In Section IV, we describe our

call admission control algorithm. Network throughput is

determined in Section V. Spreading factors are discussed

in Section VI. Numerical results are presented in Section

VII, and ﬁnally Section VIII concludes the paper.

II. USER AND INTERFERENCE MODEL

This study assumes that each user is always com-

municating and is power controlled by the BS that has

the highest received power at the user. Let r

i

(x, y) and

r

j

(x, y) be the distance from a user to BS i and BS j,

respectively. This user is power controlled by BS j in the

cell or region C

j

with area A

j

, which BS j services. This

study assumes that both large scale path loss and shadow

fading are compensated by the perfect power control

mechanism. Let I

ji,g

be the average inter-cell interference

that all users n

j,g

using services g with activity factor v

g

and received signal S

g

at BS j impose on BS i. Modifying

the average inter-cell interference given by [7], it becomes

I

(g)

ji

= S

g

v

g

n

j,g

e

(βσ

s

)

2

A

j

_ _

C

j

r

m

j

(x, y)

r

m

i

(x, y)

w(x, y) dA(x, y),

(1)

where β = ln(10)/10, σ

s

is the standard deviation of

the attenuation for the shadow fading, m is the path loss

exponent, and w(x, y) is the user distribution density at

(x, y). Let κ

ji,g

be the per-user (with service g) relative

inter-cell interference factor from cell j to BS i,

κ

ji,g

=

e

(βσ

s

)

2

A

j

_ _

C

j

r

m

j

(x, y)

r

m

i

(x, y)

w(x, y) dA(x, y). (2)

The inter-cell interference density I

inter

ji

from cell j to

BS i from all services G becomes

I

inter

ji

=

1

W

G

g=1

I

(g)

ji

, (3)

where W is the bandwidth of the system. Eq. (3) can be

rewritten as

I

inter

ji

=

1

W

G

g=1

S

g

v

g

n

j,g

κ

ji,g

. (4)

Thus, the total inter-cell interference density I

inter

i

from

all other cells to BS i is

I

inter

i

=

1

W

M

j=1,j=i

G

g=1

S

g

v

g

n

j,g

κ

ji,g

, (5)

where M is the total number of cells in the network.

If the user distribution density can be approximated,

then, κ

ji,g

needs to be calculated only once. The user

distribution is modeled with a 2-dimensional Gaussian

function as follows [8]

w(x, y) =

η

2πσ

1

σ

2

e

−

1

2

(

x−µ

1

σ

1

)

2

e

−

1

2

(

y−µ

2

σ

2

)

2

, (6)

where η is a user density normalizing parameter.

By specifying the means µ

1

and µ

2

and the standard

deviations σ

1

and σ

2

of the distribution for every cell,

an approximation can be found for a wide range of user

distributions ranging from uniform to hot-spot clusters.

These results are compared with simulations to determine

the value of η experimentally.

III. UMTS CAPACITY

A. Capacity with Perfect Power Control

In WCDMA, with perfect power control (PPC) between

BSs and MSs, the energy per bit to total interference

density at BS i for a service g is given by [9]

_

E

b

I

0

_

i,g

=

S

g

R

g

N

0

+ I

inter

i

+ I

own

i

− S

g

v

g

, (7)

where N

0

is the thermal noise density, and R

g

is the

bit rate for service g. I

inter

i

was calculated in section II.

I

own

i

is the total intra-cell interference density caused by

all users in cell i. Thus I

own

i

is given by

I

own

i

=

1

W

G

g=1

S

g

v

g

n

i,g

. (8)

Let τ

g

be the minimum signal-to-noise ratio, which

must received at a BS to decode the signal of a user with

service g, and S

∗

g

be the maximum signal power, which

the user can transmit. Substituting (5) and (8) into (7), we

have for every cell i in the UMTS network, the number

of users n

i,g

in BS i for a given service g needs to meet

the following inequality constraints

τ

g

≤

S

∗

g

R

g

N

0

+

S

∗

g

W

_

G

g=1

n

i,g

v

g

+

M

j=1,j=i

G

g=1

n

j,g

v

g

κ

ji,g

−v

g

_

,

for i=1,...,M. (9)

After rearranging terms, (9) can be rewritten as

G

g=1

n

i,g

v

g

+

M

j=1,j=i

G

g=1

n

j,g

v

g

κ

ji,g

−v

g

≤ c

(g)

eff

,

for i=1,...,M, (10)

where

c

(g)

eff

=

W

R

g

_

1

τ

g

−

R

g

S

∗

g

/N

0

_

. (11)

The maximized capacity in a UMTS network is de-

ﬁned as the maximum number of simultaneous users

(n

1,g

, n

2,g

, ..., n

M,g

) for all services g = 1, ..., G that

satisfy (10).

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B. Capacity with Imperfect Power Control

The calculation of UMTS network capacity, which

was formulated in section III-A, assumes perfect power

control between the BSs and MSs. However, transmitted

signals between BSs and MSs are subject to multi-path

propagation conditions, which make the received

_

E

b

I

o

_

i,g

signals vary according to a log-normal distribution with

a standard deviation on the order of 1.5 to 2.5 dB [4].

Thus, in the imperfect power control (IPC) case, the

constant value of (E

b

)

i,g

in each cell i for every user

with service g needs to be replaced by the variable

(E

b

)

i,g

=

i,g

(E

b

)

o,g

, which is log-normally distributed.

We deﬁne

x

i,g

= 10log

10

_

i,g

(E

b

)

o,g

I

0

_

, (12)

to be a normally distributed random variable with mean

m

c

and standard deviation σ

c

.

According to [4], by evaluating the nth moment of

i,g

using the fact that x

i,g

is Gaussian with mean m

c

and

standard deviation σ

c

, then taking the expected value, we

have

E

_

(E

b

)

o,g

I

0

i,g

_

=

(E

b

)

i,g

I

0

e

(βσ

c

)

2

2

. (13)

As a result of (13), c

(g)

eff IPC

becomes c

(g)

eff

/ e

(βσ

c

)

2

2

.

IV. UMTS CALL ADMISSION CONTROL

A. Feasible States

Recall from section III-A that the number of calls in

every cell must satisfy (10). A set of calls n satisfying

(10) is said to be in feasible call conﬁguration or a feasible

state, which meet the

E

b

I

0

constraint.

Denote by Ω the set of feasible states. Deﬁne the set

of blocking states for service g in cell i as

B

i,g

=

_

_

_

n ∈ Ω :

_

_

n

1,1

... n

1,G

... ... ...

n

M,1

... n

M,G

_

_

∈ Ω

_

_

_

. (14)

If a new connection or a handoff connection with the

service g arrives to cell i, it is blocked when the current

state of the network, n, is in B

i,g

.

B. Mobility Model

There are several mobility models that have been

discussed in the literature [10]–[12]. These models have

ranged from general dwell times for calls to ones that have

hyper-exponential and sub-exponential distributions. For

the CAC problem that we are investigating here, however,

such assumptions makes the problem mathematically in-

tractable. The mobility model that we use is presented in

[13] where a call stops occupying a cell either because

user mobility has forced the call to be handed off to

another cell, or because the call is completed.

The call arrival process with service g to cell i is

assumed to be a Poisson process with rate λ

i,g

inde-

pendent of other call arrival processes. The call dwell

time is a random variable with exponential distribution

having mean 1/µ, and it is independent of earlier arrival

times, call durations and elapsed times of other users.

At the end of a dwell time a call may stay in the same

cell, attempt a handoff to an adjacent cell, or leave the

network. Deﬁne q

ii,g

as the probability that a call with

service g in progress in cell i remains in cell i after

completing its dwell time. In this case, a new dwell time

that is independent of the previous dwell time begins

immediately. Let q

ij,g

be the probability that a call with

service g in progress in cell i after completing its dwell

time goes to cell j. If cells i and j are not adjacent,

then q

ij,g

= 0. We denote by q

i,g

the probability that a

call with service g in progress in cell i departs from the

network.

This mobility model is attractive because we can easily

deﬁne different mobility scenarios by varying the values

of these probability parameters [13]. For example, if q

i,g

is constant for all i and g, then the average dwell time of

a call of the same service in the network will be constant

regardless of where the call originates and what the values

of q

ii,g

and q

ij,g

are. Thus, by varying q

ii,g

’s and q

ij,g

’s

for a service g, we can obtain low and high mobility

scenarios and compare the effect of mobility on network

attributes (e.g., throughput).

We assume that the occupancy of the cells evolves

according to a birth-death process, where the total arrival

rate or offered trafﬁc for service g to cell i is ρ

i,g

, and

the departure rate from cell i when the network is in

state n is n

i,g

µ

i,g

= n

i,g

µ(1 −q

ii,g

). Let ρ be the matrix

of offered trafﬁc of service g to the cells, µ the matrix

of departure rates, and let p(ρ, µ, n) be the stationary

probability that the network is in state n. The new call

blocking probability for service g in cell i, B

i,g

, is given

by

B

i,g

=

n∈B

i,g

p(ρ, µ, n). (15)

This is also the blocking probability of handoff calls due

to the fact that handoff calls and new calls are treated in

the same way by the network.

Let A

i

be the set of cells adjacent to cell i. Let ν

ji,g

be

the handoff rate out of cell j offered to cell i for service g.

ν

ji,g

is the sum of the proportion of new calls of service

g accepted in cell j that go to cell i and the proportion of

handoff calls with service g accepted from cells adjacent

to cell j that go to cell i. Thus

ν

ji,g

= λ

j,g

(1 −B

j,g

)q

ji,g

+ (1 −B

j,g

)q

ji,g

x∈A

j

ν

xj,g

.

(16)

Equation (16) can be rewritten as

ν

ji,g

= ν(B

j,g

, ρ

j,g

, q

ji,g

) = (1 −B

j,g

)q

ji,g

ρ

j,g

, (17)

where ρ

j,g

, the total offered trafﬁc to cell j for service g,

is given by

ρ

j,g

= ρ(v, λ

j,g

, A

j

) = λ

j,g

+

x∈A

j

ν

xj,g

, (18)

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and where v denotes the matrix whose components are

the handoff rates ν

ij

for i, j = 1, ...M.

The total offered trafﬁc can be obtained from a ﬁxed

point model [14], which describes the offered trafﬁc as a

function of the handoff rates and new call arrival rates, the

handoff rates as a function of the blocking probabilities

and the offered trafﬁc, and the blocking probabilities as

a function of the offered trafﬁc. For a given set of arrival

rates, we use an iterative method to solve the ﬁxed point

equations. We deﬁne an initial value for the handoff rates.

We calculate the offered trafﬁc by adding the given values

of the arrival rates to the handoff rates. The blocking

probabilities are now calculated using the offered trafﬁc.

We then calculate the new values of the handoff rates

and repeat. This approach has been extensively utilized in

the literature to obtain solutions of ﬁxed point problems

[15]–[20]. The questions of existence and uniqueness of

the solution and whether the iterative approach in fact

converges to the solution (if a unique solution exists)

are generally difﬁcult to answer due to the complexity

of the equations involved. Kelly has shown that for ﬁxed

alternate routing the solution to the ﬁxed point problem

is in fact not unique [21]; in all the numerical examples

we solved, the iterative approach converged to a unique

solution.

C. Admissible States

A CAC algorithm can be constructed as follows. A

call arriving to cell i with service g is accepted if and

only if the new state is a feasible state. Clearly this CAC

algorithm requires global state, i.e., the number of calls

in progress in all the cells of the network. Furthermore, to

compute the blocking probabilities, the probability of each

state in the feasible region needs to be calculated. Since

the cardinality of Ω is O(c

eff

MG

), the calculation of

the blocking probabilities has a computational complexity

that is exponential in the number of cells combined with

number of available services.

In order to simplify the CAC algorithm, we consider

only those CAC algorithms which utilize local state, i.e.,

the number of calls in progress in the current cell. To this

end we deﬁne a state n to be admissible if

n

i,g

≤ N

i,g

for i = 1, ..., M and g = 1, ..., G, (19)

where N

i,g

is a parameter which denotes the maximum

number of calls with service g allowed to be admitted

in cell i. Clearly the set of admissible states denoted Ω

**is a subset of the set of feasible states Ω. The blocking
**

probability for cell i with service g is then given by

B

i,g

= B(A

i,g

, N

i,g

) =

A

N

i,g

i,g

/N

i,g

!

N

i,g

k=0

A

k

i,g

/k!

, (20)

where A

i

= ρ

i,g

/µ

i,g

= ρ

i,g

/µ(1 − q

ii,g

) is the Erlang

trafﬁc in cell i with service g. We note that the complexity

to calculate the blocking probabilities in (20) is O(MG),

and the bit error rate requirement is guaranteed since Ω

⊂

Ω.

Once the maximum number of calls with different

service that are allowed to be admitted in each cell, N,

is calculated (this is done ofﬂine and described in the

next section), the CAC algorithm for cell i for service

g will simply compare the number of calls with service

g currently active in cell i to N

i,g

in order to accept

or reject a new arriving call. Thus our CAC algorithm

is implemented with a computational complexity that is

O(1).

V. NETWORK THROUGHPUT

The throughput of cell i consists of two components:

the new calls that are accepted in cell i minus the forced

termination due to handoff failure of the handoff calls into

cell i for all services g. Hence the total throughput, T, of

the network is

T(B, ρ, λ) =

M

i=1

G

g=1

{λ

i,g

−B

i,g

ρ

i,g

} , (21)

where B is the vector of blocking probabilities and λ is

the matrix of call arrival rates.

A. Calculation of N

We formulate a constrained optimization problem in

order to maximize the throughput subject to upper bounds

on the blocking probabilities and a lower bound on the

signal-to-interference constraints in (10). The goal is to

optimize the utilization of network resources and provide

consistent GoS while at the same time maintaining the

QoS, β

g

, for all the users for different services g. In this

optimization problem the arrival rates are given and the

maximum number of calls that can be admitted in all the

cells are the independent variables. This is given in the

following

max

N

T(B, ρ, λ),

subject to B(A

i,g

, N

i,g

) ≤ β

g

,

G

g=1

N

i,g

v

g

+

M

j=1,j=i

G

g=1

N

j,g

v

g

κ

ji,g

−v

g

≤ c

(g)

eff

,

for i = 1, ..., M. (22)

The optimization problem in (22) is solved ofﬂine to

obtain the values of N.

B. Maximization of Throughput

A second optimization problem can be formulated in

which the arrival rates and the maximum number of calls

that can be admitted in all the cells are the independent

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Fig. 1. Generation of OVSF codes for different Spreading Factors.

variables and the objective function is the throughput.

This is given in the following

max

λ, N

T(B, ρ, λ),

subject to B(A

i,g

, N

i,g

) ≤ β

g

,

G

g=1

N

i,g

v

g

+

M

j=1,j=i

G

g=1

N

j,g

v

g

κ

ji,g

−v

g

≤ c

(g)

eff

,

for i = 1, ..., M. (23)

The optimized objective function of (23) provides an

upper bound on the total throughput that the network can

carry. This is the network capacity for the given GoS and

QoS.

VI. SPREADING FACTOR

Communication from a single source is separated by

channelization codes, i.e., the dedicated physical channel

in the uplink and the downlink connections within one

sector from one MS. The Orthogonal Variable Spreading

Factor (OVSF) codes, which were originally introduced

in [22], were used to be channelization codes for UMTS.

The use of OVSF codes allows the orthogonality and

spreading factor (SF) to be changed between different

spreading codes of different lengths. Fig. 1 depicts the

generation of different OVSF codes for different SF

values.

The data signal after spreading is then scrambled with

a scrambling codes to separate MSs and BSs from each

other. Scrambling is used on top of spreading, thus it only

makes the signals from different sources distinguishable

from each other. Fig. 2 depicts the relationship between

the spreading and scrambling process. Table I describes

the different functionality of the channelization and the

scrambling codes.

The typical required data rate or Dedicated Trafﬁc

Channel (DTCH) for a voice user is 12.2 Kbps. However,

the Dedicated Physical Data Channel (DPDCH), which

is the actual transmitted data rate, is dramatically in-

creased due to the incorporated Dedicated Control Chan-

nel (DCCH) information, and the processes of Channel

Fig. 2. Relationship between spreading and scrambling.

TABLE I

FUNCTIONALITY OF THE CHANNELIZATION AND SCRAMBLING

CODES.

Channelization code Scrambling code

Usage Uplink: Separation of

physical data (DPDCH)

and control channels

(DPCCH) from same MS

Downlink: Separation of

downlink connections to

different MSs within one

cell.

Uplink: Separation of

MSs

Downlink: Separation of

sectors (cells)

Length Uplink: 4-256 chips same

as SF

Downlink 4-512 chips

same as SF

Uplink: 10 ms = 38400

chips

Downlink: 10 ms =

38400 chips

Number of codes Number of codes under

one scrambling code =

spreading factor

Uplink: Several millions

Downlink: 512

Code family Orthogonal Variable

Spreading Factor

Long 10 ms code: Gold

Code

Short code: Extended

S(2) code family

Spreading Yes, increases transmis-

sion bandwidth

No, does not affect trans-

mission bandwidth

Coding, Rate Matching, and Radio Frame Alignment. Fig.

3 depicts the process of creating the actual transmitted

signal for a voice user. Fig. 4 shows the DPDCH data

rate requirement for 64 Kbps data user. Table II shows

the approximation of the maximum user data rate with

1

2

rate coding for different values of DPDCH.

VII. NUMERICAL RESULTS

The results shown are for a twenty-seven cell network

topology used in [23], [24]. The COST-231 propagation

model with a carrier frequency of 1800 MHz, average

base station height of 30 meters and average mobile height

Fig. 3. 12.2 Kbps Uplink Reference channel.

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Fig. 4. 64 Kbps Uplink Reference channel.

TABLE II

UPLINK DPDCH DATA RATES.

DPDCH Spreading Factor DPDCH bit rate User data rate

1

2

rate coding

256 15 Kbps 7.5 Kbps

128 30 Kbps 15 Kbps

64 60 Kbps 30 Kbps

32 120 Kbps 60 Kbps

16 240 Kbps 120 Kbps

8 480 Kbps 240 Kbps

4 960 Kbps 480 Kbps

4, with 6 parallel codes 5740 Kbps 2.8 Mbps

of 1.5 meters, is used to determine the coverage region.

The path loss coefﬁcient m is 4. The shadow fading

standard deviation σ

s

is 6 dB. The processing gain

W

R

g

is

6.02 dB, 12.04 dB, 18.06 dB, and 24.08 dB for Spreading

Factor equal to 4, 16, 64, and 256, respectively. The

activity factor, v, is 0.375. Fig. 5 shows the 2-D Gaussian

approximation of users uniformly distributed in the cells

with σ

1

= σ

2

= 12000.

The UMTS network with 27 omnidirectional antenna

cells (1 sector per cell) was analyzed for evaluation of

capacity using user modeling with the 2-D Gaussian

function and traditional methods of modeling uniform

user distribution. The network with different values for

E

b

I

0

was analyzed for different SF values of 4, 16, 64, and

256.

Fig. 5. 2-D Gaussian approximation of users uniformly distributed in

the cells. σ

1

= σ

2

= 12000, µ

1

= µ

2

= 0.

Fig. 6. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect

power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 256.

Fig. 7. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect

power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 64.

A. Capacity Allocation with SF of 256

First, we set SF to 256, which is used to carry data for

the control channel. Fig. 6 shows the maximized average

number of slots per sector for the 27 cells UMTS network

as the

E

b

I

0

is increased from 5 dB to 10 dB and the standard

deviation of imperfect power control is increased from

0 to 2.5 dB. Because of IPC, to get the same average

number of slots per sector as PPC, we have to decrease the

SIR threshold by 0.5 dB to 1.5 dB. Fig. 6 also shows that

the traditional uniform user distribution modeling matches

well with the 2-D Gaussian model.

B. Capacity Allocation with SF of 64

As a result of lowering the SF to 64, the number of slots

per sector decreases by almost a factor of 4 compared to

SF equal 256 (from 60.58 to 15.56 slots when

E

b

I

o

= 7.5

dB in PPC) as shown in Fig. 7.

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Fig. 8. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect

power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 16.

Fig. 9. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect

power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 4.

C. Capacity Allocation with SF of 16

As a result of lowering the SF to 16, the number of slots

per sector decreases by almost a factor of 4 compared to

SF equal 64 (from 15.56 to 4.30 slots when

E

b

I

o

= 7.5 dB

in PPC) as shown in Fig. 8.

D. Capacity Allocation with SF of 4

Next, we set SF to 4, which is used for 256 kbps

data communication between BSs and MSs. As a result

of lowering the SF to 4, the number of slots per sector

decreases signiﬁcantly to 1.49 while keeping

E

b

I

o

= 7.5 dB

in PPC as shown in Fig. 9.

The following set of results are for the calculation

of throughput. Three mobility scenarios: no mobility,

low mobility, and high mobility of users are considered.

We assume that the mobility characteristics for a given

service g stays the same throughout different cells in the

network. The following parameters are used for the no

mobility case: q

ij,g

= 0, q

ii,g

= 0.3 and q

i,g

= 0.7 for

all cells i and j. Tables III and IV show respectively the

TABLE III

THE LOW MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS AND PARAMETERS.

A

i

q

ij,g

q

ii,g

q

i,g

3 0.020 0.240 0.700

4 0.015 0.240 0.700

5 0.012 0.240 0.700

6 0.010 0.240 0.700

TABLE IV

THE HIGH MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS AND PARAMETERS.

A

i

q

ij,g

q

ii,g

q

i,g

3 0.1 0 0.700

4 0.075 0 0.700

5 0.060 0 0.700

6 0.050 0 0.700

• A

i

is the number of cells, which are adjacent to cell i.

• q

ii,g

is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i

remains in cell i after completing its dwell time.

• q

ij,g

is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i after

completing its dwell time goes to cell j.

• q

i,g

is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i departs

from the network.

mobility characteristics and parameters for the low and

high mobility cases. In all three mobility scenarios, the

probability that a call leaves the network after completing

its dwell time is 0.7. Thus, regardless of where the call

originates and mobility scenario used, the average dwell

time of a call in the network is constant. In the numerical

results below, for each SF value, we analyze the average

throughput per cell by dividing the results from (23) by

the total number of cells in the network and multiplying

by the maximum data rate in Table II.

E. Throughput Optimization with SF of 256

First, we set SF equal to 256, which is used to carry

data for the control channel. Table V shows the optimized

values of N for each cell for all three mobility models with

perfect power control and 2% blocking probability. Fig.

10 shows the optimized throughput per cell for a blocking

probability from 1% to 10%. The results for the average

throughput for no mobility and high mobility cases are

almost identical while the throughput for low mobility

is higher for each blocking probability. The low mobility

case has an equalizing effect on trafﬁc resulting in slightly

higher throughput.

F. Throughput Optimization with SF of 64

Next, we set SF equal to 64, which is used for voice

communication as shown in Fig. 3. As a result of low-

ering the SF to 64, the number of possible concurrent

connections within one cell is also decreased. Because

the throughput is calculated based on the number of

simultaneous connections between MSs and BSs, the

lower trunking efﬁciency leads to lower throughput as

shown in Fig. 11. Table VI shows the optimized values

of N for each cell for all three mobility cases and SF

equal to 64.

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Fig. 10. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 256.

TABLE V

CALCULATION OF N FOR UNIFORM USER DISTRIBUTION WITH SF =

256 AND BLOCKING PROBABILITY = 0.02.

No Mobility Low Mobility High Mobility

Cell ID N

i

N

i

N

i

Cell

1

52.86 52.86 52.86

Cell

2

53.95 53.95 53.95

Cell

3

51.84 51.84 51.84

Cell

4

51.84 51.84 51.84

Cell

5

53.95 53.95 53.95

Cell

6

51.85 51.85 51.85

Cell

7

51.85 51.85 51.85

Cell

8

53.00 53.00 53.00

Cell

9

50.73 50.73 50.73

Cell

10

62.74 62.74 62.74

Cell

11

63.29 63.29 63.29

Cell

12

62.73 62.73 62.73

Cell

13

50.73 50.73 50.73

Cell

14

53.01 53.01 53.01

Cell

15

50.73 50.73 50.73

Cell

16

62.71 62.71 62.71

Cell

17

63.27 63.27 63.27

Cell

18

62.71 62.71 62.71

Cell

19

50.74 50.74 50.74

Cell

20

73.40 73.40 73.40

Cell

21

71.84 71.84 71.84

Cell

22

71.86 71.86 71.86

Cell

23

73.43 73.43 73.43

Cell

24

73.43 73.43 73.43

Cell

25

71.83 71.83 71.83

Cell

26

71.82 71.82 71.82

Cell

27

73.40 73.40 73.40

G. Throughput Optimization with SF of 16

Next, we set SF equal to 16, which is used for 64 Kbps

data communication as shown in Fig. 4. As a result of

lowering the SF to 16, the average number of slots within

one cell decreases to 4.30. The resulting throughput, as

shown in Fig. 12, is much lower compared to the case

with SF equal to 64 or 256. Table VII shows the optimized

values of N for each cell for all three mobility cases with

SF equal to 16.

H. Throughput Optimization with SF of 4

Next, we set SF equal to 4, which is normally used for

256 Kbps data communication between BSs and MSs.

As a result of lowering the SF to 4, the average slots per

Fig. 11. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 64.

TABLE VI

CALCULATION OF N FOR UNIFORM USER DISTRIBUTION WITH SF =

64 AND BLOCKING PROBABILITY = 0.02.

No Mobility Low Mobility High Mobility

Cell ID N

i

N

i

N

i

Cell

1

13.58 13.58 13.58

Cell

2

13.86 13.86 13.86

Cell

3

13.32 13.32 13.32

Cell

4

13.32 13.32 13.32

Cell

5

13.86 13.86 13.86

Cell

6

13.32 13.32 13.32

Cell

7

13.32 13.32 13.32

Cell

8

13.61 13.61 13.61

Cell

9

13.03 13.03 13.03

Cell

10

16.11 16.11 16.11

Cell

11

16.26 16.26 16.26

Cell

12

16.11 16.11 16.11

Cell

13

13.03 13.03 13.03

Cell

14

13.62 13.62 13.62

Cell

15

13.03 13.03 13.03

Cell

16

16.11 16.11 16.11

Cell

17

16.25 16.25 16.25

Cell

18

16.11 16.11 16.11

Cell

19

13.03 13.03 13.03

Cell

20

18.85 18.85 18.85

Cell

21

18.45 18.45 18.45

Cell

22

18.46 18.46 18.46

Cell

23

18.86 18.86 18.86

Cell

24

18.86 18.86 18.86

Cell

25

18.45 18.45 18.45

Cell

26

18.45 18.45 18.45

Cell

27

18.85 18.85 18.85

sector decreases signiﬁcantly to 1.49 with perfect power

control and

E

b

I

0

= 7.5 dB as shown in Fig. 9. Table VII

shows the optimized values of N for each cell for all

three mobility models with SF equal to 4. The average

throughput for all three mobility cases are almost identical

as shown in Fig. 13.

VIII. CONCLUSIONS

An analytical model has been presented for calculating

capacity in multi-cell UMTS networks. Numerical results

show that the SIR threshold for the received signals is

decreased by 0.5 to 1.5 dB due to the imperfect power

control. As expected, we can have many low rate voice

users or fewer data users as the data rate increases. The

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Fig. 12. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 16.

TABLE VII

CALCULATION OF N FOR UNIFORM USER DISTRIBUTION WITH SF =

16 AND BLOCKING PROBABILITY = 0.02.

No Mobility Low Mobility High Mobility

Cell ID N

i

N

i

N

i

Cell

1

3.75 3.75 3.75

Cell

2

3.83 3.83 3.83

Cell

3

3.68 3.68 3.68

Cell

4

3.68 3.68 3.68

Cell

5

3.83 3.83 3.83

Cell

6

3.68 3.68 3.68

Cell

7

3.68 3.68 3.68

Cell

8

3.76 3.76 3.76

Cell

9

3.60 3.60 3.60

Cell

10

4.46 4.46 4.46

Cell

11

4.50 4.50 4.50

Cell

12

4.46 4.46 4.46

Cell

13

3.60 3.60 3.60

Cell

14

3.77 3.77 3.77

Cell

15

3.60 3.60 3.60

Cell

16

4.45 4.45 4.45

Cell

17

4.49 4.49 4.49

Cell

18

4.45 4.45 4.45

Cell

19

3.60 3.60 3.60

Cell

20

5.21 5.21 5.21

Cell

21

5.10 5.10 5.10

Cell

22

5.10 5.10 5.10

Cell

23

5.22 5.22 5.22

Cell

24

5.22 5.22 5.22

Cell

25

5.10 5.10 5.10

Cell

26

5.10 5.10 5.10

Cell

27

5.21 5.21 5.21

results also show that the determined parameters of the

2-dimensional Gaussian model matches well with tradi-

tional methods for modeling uniform user distribution.

An analytical model was also presented for CAC algo-

rithm for optimizing the throughput in multi-cell UMTS

networks. Numerical results show that as the spreading

factor increases, the optimized throughput is better, due

to the trunking efﬁciency for all three mobility models

(no, low, and high mobility). Our methods for maximizing

capacity and implementing the CAC algorithm are fast,

accurate, and can be implemented for large multi-cell

UMTS networks.

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Fig. 13. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 4.

TABLE VIII

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No Mobility Low Mobility High Mobility

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. with perfect power control (PPC) between BSs and MSs. Numerical results are presented in Section VII. Network throughput is determined in Section V. we have for every cell i in the UMTS network. 3. and Sg be the maximum signal power. which BS j services. y) Let τg be the minimum signal-to-noise ratio. Let ri (x. g=1 inter Ii (4) from ni. κji.j=i g=1 where M is the total number of cells in the network. y) = 1 x−µ1 2 1 y−µ2 2 η e− 2 ( σ1 ) e− 2 ( σ2 ) .g Sg Rg inter + I own − S v N0 + Ii g g i .g vg + g=1 j=1. 2πσ1 σ2 (6) where η is a user density normalizing parameter. y) m (x.j=i g=1 nj. The user and interference models are presented in Section II.g .M . respectively. In Section IV.g needs to be calculated only once. By specifying the means µ1 and µ2 and the standard deviations σ1 and σ2 of the distribution for every cell. nj.g κji. y) be the distance from a user to BS i and BS j.j=i g=1 (3) for i=1. the total inter-cell interference density all other cells to BS i is inter Ii 1 = W M G W Rg 1 Rg . These results are compared with simulations to determine the value of η experimentally.. Let Iji. Let κji. (10) (g) for i=1. and w(x. (9) can be rewritten as G M G (9) where W is the bandwidth of the system.g − vg ≤ cef f . Capacity with Perfect Power Control In WCDMA. g=1 (g) g N0 + W S∗ G G . . (5) (g) Thus. (3) can be rewritten as inter Iji 1 = W G Sg vg nj. Ii was calculated in section II. the energy per bit to total interference density at BS i for a service g is given by [9] Eb I0 = i. we describe our call admission control algorithm. y) dA(x. it becomes (g) Iji distribution is modeled with a 2-dimensional Gaussian function as follows [8] w(x. . After rearranging terms. U SER AND I NTERFERENCE M ODEL This study assumes that each user is always communicating and is power controlled by the BS that has the highest received power at the user. Spreading factors are discussed in Section VI.. In Section III. n2. own Ii is the total intra-cell interference density caused by own all users in cell i.g be the average inter-cell interference that all users nj. This study assumes that both large scale path loss and shadow fading are compensated by the perfect power control mechanism. which the user can transmit.g ) for all services g = 1.. which must received at a BS to decode the signal of a user with ∗ service g.g . The user © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER The maximized capacity in a UMTS network is deﬁned as the maximum number of simultaneous users (n1. III. JULY 2006 41 plementation is simple and considers only a single cell for admitting a call.. then. y).g = e(βσs ) Aj 2 1 W G Sg vg ni..M . y).g e(βσs ) Aj 2 Cj m rj (x. and 4. 1. Thus Ii is given by own Ii = (1) where β = ln(10)/10. the number of users ni. and ﬁnally Section VIII concludes the paper. and Rg is the inter bit rate for service g. (2) m ri (x. g=1 (8) Cj m rj (x.g κji.g vg + g=1 j=1. II.. 64... Modifying the average inter-cell interference given by [7]. m is the path loss exponent. − ∗ τg Sg /N0 (11) j=1. If the user distribution density can be approximated. where cef f = Sg vg nj. Substituting (5) and (8) into (7).g be the per-user (with service g) relative inter-cell interference factor from cell j to BS i..g in BS i for a given service g needs to meet the following inequality constraints τg ≤ ∗ Sg Rg M inter The inter-cell interference density Iji from cell j to BS i from all services G becomes inter Iji = 1 W G Iji ..g −vg ni. The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. y) w(x. NO. y) dA(x. This user is power controlled by BS j in the cell or region Cj with area Aj . Eq. 16. κji. y) and rj (x. VOL.g . . ri where N0 is the thermal noise density.. nM.. Numerical results are presented for signal-to-interference thresholds from 5 dB to 10 dB and spreading factor values of 256. an approximation can be found for a wide range of user distributions ranging from uniform to hot-spot clusters.g vg κji. (7) = Sg vg nj. UMTS C APACITY A. we analyze capacity for perfect and imperfect power control.JOURNAL OF NETWORKS..g vg κji. y). σs is the standard deviation of the attenuation for the shadow fading.g using services g with activity factor vg and received signal Sg at BS j impose on BS i. G that satisfy (10).g . y) w(x. y) is the user distribution density at (x.g .

and let p(ρ. We assume that the occupancy of the cells evolves according to a birth-death process.. is given by ρj.g = λj. VOL. assumes perfect power control between the BSs and MSs.g )qji. then qij.g signals vary according to a log-normal distribution with a standard deviation on the order of 1.g = 10log10 I0 to be a normally distributed random variable with mean mc and standard deviation σc . a new dwell time that is independent of the previous dwell time begins immediately. However. nM. Deﬁne the set of blocking states for service g in cell i as n1.g ). (16) Equation (16) can be rewritten as νji. We denote by qi. or because the call is completed.. n). Capacity with Imperfect Power Control The calculation of UMTS network capacity. the total offered trafﬁc to cell j for service g. Let νji.g the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i departs from the network. (13) i.g + x∈Aj νxj. attempt a handoff to an adjacent cell. At the end of a dwell time a call may stay in the same cell.g = ν(Bj. Mobility Model There are several mobility models that have been discussed in the literature [10]–[12].g as the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i remains in cell i after completing its dwell time. IV. NO. Aj ) = λj. According to [4]. The new call blocking probability for service g in cell i..g .g ) = (1 − Bj.1 . If cells i and j are not adjacent.g . Let Ai be the set of cells adjacent to cell i.g (βσc )2 E = e 2 . which meet the E0 constraint.g . which is log-normally distributed..g = n∈Bi. by evaluating the nth moment of i.g (Eb )i. Let ρ be the matrix of offered trafﬁc of service g to the cells. We deﬁne i. Feasible States Recall from section III-A that the number of calls in every cell must satisfy (10). The call dwell © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER time is a random variable with exponential distribution having mean 1/µ. we can obtain low and high mobility scenarios and compare the effect of mobility on network attributes (e.g = n ∈ Ω : . then the average dwell time of a call of the same service in the network will be constant regardless of where the call originates and what the values of qii.g (Eb )o.g . n.g = 0. such assumptions makes the problem mathematically intractable. n) be the stationary probability that the network is in state n. µ. n1. cef f (g) IP C becomes cef f / e (g) (βσc )2 2 . Thus νji. JULY 2006 B.g I0 I0 As a result of (13).5 to 2.5 dB [4]. which make the received Eo I i.g = i.g .g + (1 − Bj.g = ρ(v.. ρj.g .g )qji. UMTS C ALL A DMISSION C ONTROL A. by varying qii. call durations and elapsed times of other users. where the total arrival rate or offered trafﬁc for service g to cell i is ρi. I Denote by Ω the set of feasible states. B. (17) where ρj.g . (14) Bi.1 ..g be the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i after completing its dwell time goes to cell j. the constant value of (Eb )i.g ’s for a service g. which was formulated in section III-A.g ’s and qij.g is constant for all i and g.G . throughput).g This is also the blocking probability of handoff calls due to the fact that handoff calls and new calls are treated in the same way by the network.g . nM. For the CAC problem that we are investigating here.g independent of other call arrival processes.g using the fact that xi. and the departure rate from cell i when the network is in state n is ni. ∈ Ω . is given by p(ρ. µ..g. is in Bi.g is the sum of the proportion of new calls of service g accepted in cell j that go to cell i and the proportion of handoff calls with service g accepted from cells adjacent to cell j that go to cell i.g be the handoff rate out of cell j offered to cell i for service g. transmitted signals between BSs and MSs are subject to multi-path b propagation conditions. Thus.. 1.. A set of calls n satisfying (10) is said to be in feasible call conﬁguration or a feasible b state. νji. µ the matrix of departure rates.g µi.g . or leave the network. The mobility model that we use is presented in [13] where a call stops occupying a cell either because user mobility has forced the call to be handed off to another cell. .g ρj.42 JOURNAL OF NETWORKS. For example. 3. and it is independent of earlier arrival times. then taking the expected value. Let qij.g µ(1 − qii.g . if qi. In this case. This mobility model is attractive because we can easily deﬁne different mobility scenarios by varying the values of these probability parameters [13].g = ni. however. (18) .g are. (12) xi. we have (Eb )o.g )qji..g and qij.G If a new connection or a handoff connection with the service g arrives to cell i. in the imperfect power control (IPC) case. λj.. The call arrival process with service g to cell i is assumed to be a Poisson process with rate λi. Thus. it is blocked when the current state of the network.g is Gaussian with mean mc and standard deviation σc .g in each cell i for every user with service g needs to be replaced by the variable (Eb )i.g . qji.g (Eb )o. Bi.g .g x∈Aj νxj. These models have ranged from general dwell times for calls to ones that have hyper-exponential and sub-exponential distributions. (15) Bi. Deﬁne qii.g (1 − Bj.

to compute the blocking probabilities. We note that the complexity to calculate the blocking probabilities in (20) is O(M G). The total offered trafﬁc can be obtained from a ﬁxed point model [14]. the handoff rates as a function of the blocking probabilities and the offered trafﬁc. 1.g Ai. G M G subject to where Ni.g −vg ≤ cef f . Once the maximum number of calls with different service that are allowed to be admitted in each cell.g .g ) is the Erlang trafﬁc in cell i with service g. In order to simplify the CAC algorithm.g /µi. the calculation of the blocking probabilities has a computational complexity that is exponential in the number of cells combined with number of available services.g vg κji.g in order to accept or reject a new arriving call..g ! Ni.g ρi. the CAC algorithm for cell i for service g will simply compare the number of calls with service g currently active in cell i to Ni. which describes the offered trafﬁc as a function of the handoff rates and new call arrival rates.g ) ≤ βg . we use an iterative method to solve the ﬁxed point equations. for all the users for different services g. Kelly has shown that for ﬁxed alternate routing the solution to the ﬁxed point problem is in fact not unique [21]..g /µ(1 − qii. in all the numerical examples we solved. The blocking probabilities are now calculated using the offered trafﬁc. For a given set of arrival rates. λ). M.. Maximization of Throughput A second optimization problem can be formulated in which the arrival rates and the maximum number of calls that can be admitted in all the cells are the independent Ni.g ) = i.. G. We deﬁne an initial value for the handoff rates. A call arriving to cell i with service g is accepted if and only if the new state is a feasible state. .. ρ.. we consider only those CAC algorithms which utilize local state. . the number of calls in progress in the current cell. . Admissible States A CAC algorithm can be constructed as follows.. the iterative approach converged to a unique solution. © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER .g } .g . .g Ak /k! i. M and g = 1. i.g vg + g=1 j=1.g is a parameter which denotes the maximum number of calls with service g allowed to be admitted in cell i. This approach has been extensively utilized in the literature to obtain solutions of ﬁxed point problems [15]–[20]. N.JOURNAL OF NETWORKS. is calculated (this is done ofﬂine and described in the next section). 3. (22) N The optimization problem in (22) is solved ofﬂine to obtain the values of N. Hence the total throughput.e.j=i g=1 (g) Nj. To this end we deﬁne a state n to be admissible if ni. JULY 2006 43 and where v denotes the matrix whose components are the handoff rates νij for i. Calculation of N We formulate a constrained optimization problem in order to maximize the throughput subject to upper bounds on the blocking probabilities and a lower bound on the signal-to-interference constraints in (10). of the network is M G T (B.g k=0 where Ai = ρi.. (21) where B is the vector of blocking probabilities and λ is the matrix of call arrival rates. βg .g ≤ Ni. i. We calculate the offered trafﬁc by adding the given values of the arrival rates to the handoff rates. the probability of each state in the feasible region needs to be calculated.g for i = 1. B(Ai. C. Ni. (20) B. Clearly this CAC algorithm requires global state. Ni.. j = 1. This is given in the following max N T (B. (19) and the bit error rate requirement is guaranteed since Ω ⊂ Ω.. The questions of existence and uniqueness of the solution and whether the iterative approach in fact converges to the solution (if a unique solution exists) are generally difﬁcult to answer due to the complexity of the equations involved. A.. λ) = i=1 g=1 {λi. Thus our CAC algorithm is implemented with a computational complexity that is O(1). Since the cardinality of Ω is O(cef f M G ). VOL.e. T . The goal is to optimize the utilization of network resources and provide consistent GoS while at the same time maintaining the QoS. Clearly the set of admissible states denoted Ω is a subset of the set of feasible states Ω. The blocking probability for cell i with service g is then given by Bi. We then calculate the new values of the handoff rates and repeat. ρ. Furthermore. In this optimization problem the arrival rates are given and the maximum number of calls that can be admitted in all the cells are the independent variables.g = B(Ai... N ETWORK T HROUGHPUT The throughput of cell i consists of two components: the new calls that are accepted in cell i minus the forced termination due to handoff failure of the handoff calls into cell i for all services g. the number of calls in progress in all the cells of the network.g − Bi. and the blocking probabilities as a function of the offered trafﬁc.g /Ni.g = ρi. . V.M . for i = 1. NO.

Fig. VOL. the dedicated physical channel in the uplink and the downlink connections within one sector from one MS. Generation of OVSF codes for different Spreading Factors. is dramatically increased due to the incorporated Dedicated Control Channel (DCCH) information. 1 depicts the generation of different OVSF codes for different SF values. which were originally introduced in [22]. 2 depicts the relationship between the spreading and scrambling process. Fig. 4 shows the DPDCH data rate requirement for 64 Kbps data user. The data signal after spreading is then scrambled with a scrambling codes to separate MSs and BSs from each other. VII. and the processes of Channel © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER Coding.2 Kbps. (23) Spreading Yes. . [24]. M. Table II shows the approximation of the maximum user data rate with 1 2 rate coding for different values of DPDCH. were used to be channelization codes for UMTS. TABLE I F UNCTIONALITY OF THE CHANNELIZATION AND SCRAMBLING CODES . for i = 1. Fig. VI. The use of OVSF codes allows the orthogonality and spreading factor (SF) to be changed between different spreading codes of different lengths. 12. N UMERICAL R ESULTS The results shown are for a twenty-seven cell network topology used in [23]. Scrambling is used on top of spreading.g vg + g=1 j=1. NO. thus it only makes the signals from different sources distinguishable from each other. Ni.j=i g=1 (g) Nj. Usage variables and the objective function is the throughput. 1. G M G Length subject to Number of codes Ni. i. JULY 2006 Fig...g Code family Channelization code Uplink: Separation of physical data (DPDCH) and control channels (DPCCH) from same MS Downlink: Separation of downlink connections to different MSs within one cell. The COST-231 propagation model with a carrier frequency of 1800 MHz.g .g ) ≤ βg .44 JOURNAL OF NETWORKS. 3 depicts the process of creating the actual transmitted signal for a voice user. Rate Matching. B(Ai. Relationship between spreading and scrambling. This is given in the following max λ. However. 3. 2. average base station height of 30 meters and average mobile height Fig. Fig. Uplink: 4-256 chips same as SF Downlink 4-512 chips same as SF Number of codes under one scrambling code = spreading factor Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor Scrambling code Uplink: Separation of MSs Downlink: Separation of sectors (cells) Uplink: 10 ms = 38400 chips Downlink: 10 ms = 38400 chips Uplink: Several millions Downlink: 512 Long 10 ms code: Gold Code Short code: Extended S(2) code family No.e. λ). The typical required data rate or Dedicated Trafﬁc Channel (DTCH) for a voice user is 12. does not affect transmission bandwidth −vg ≤ cef f . This is the network capacity for the given GoS and QoS. which is the actual transmitted data rate.. Table I describes the different functionality of the channelization and the scrambling codes.2 Kbps Uplink Reference channel. the Dedicated Physical Data Channel (DPDCH).g vg κji. The Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor (OVSF) codes. Fig. N T (B. S PREADING FACTOR Communication from a single source is separated by channelization codes.. . increases transmission bandwidth The optimized objective function of (23) provides an upper bound on the total throughput that the network can carry. 3. and Radio Frame Alignment. 1. ρ.

2-D Gaussian approximation of users uniformly distributed in the cells. 5. 64. Because of IPC. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 64. The activity factor. 5 shows the 2-D Gaussian approximation of users uniformly distributed in the cells with σ1 = σ2 = 12000. 6 also shows that the traditional uniform user distribution modeling matches well with the 2-D Gaussian model.5 meters.06 dB. Fig. 64. The shadow fading W standard deviation σs is 6 dB. Fig.5 dB to 1. respectively. σ1 = σ2 = 12000. v. B. The processing gain Rg is 6. 6 shows the maximized average number of slots per sector for the 27 cells UMTS network b as the E0 is increased from 5 dB to 10 dB and the standard I deviation of imperfect power control is increased from 0 to 2. A. the number of slots per sector decreases by almost a factor of 4 compared to b SF equal 256 (from 60. 7. 16. © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER .5 dB. DPDCH Spreading Factor 256 128 64 32 16 8 4 4. to get the same average number of slots per sector as PPC. 3. Fig. and 256. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 256. 4. of 1. TABLE II U PLINK DPDCH DATA RATES . is used to determine the coverage region.JOURNAL OF NETWORKS. we set SF to 256. 6. 16.375. Capacity Allocation with SF of 256 First. Capacity Allocation with SF of 64 As a result of lowering the SF to 64. and 24. 12. is 0.5 I dB in PPC) as shown in Fig.02 dB. we have to decrease the SIR threshold by 0. NO. 18.56 slots when Eo = 7. 7. µ1 = µ2 = 0.08 dB for Spreading Factor equal to 4. JULY 2006 45 Fig. which is used to carry data for the control channel. The network with different values for Eb I0 was analyzed for different SF values of 4.5 dB. 64 Kbps Uplink Reference channel. and 256.5 Kbps 15 Kbps 30 Kbps 60 Kbps 120 Kbps 240 Kbps 480 Kbps 2. with 6 parallel codes DPDCH bit rate 15 Kbps 30 Kbps 60 Kbps 120 Kbps 240 Kbps 480 Kbps 960 Kbps 5740 Kbps 1 User data rate 2 rate coding 7.04 dB. Fig. The UMTS network with 27 omnidirectional antenna cells (1 sector per cell) was analyzed for evaluation of capacity using user modeling with the 2-D Gaussian function and traditional methods of modeling uniform user distribution. The path loss coefﬁcient m is 4. VOL. 1.8 Mbps Fig. Fig.58 to 15.

qii. which is used to carry data for the control channel.g 0. The following set of results are for the calculation of throughput.30 slots when Eo = 7. low mobility. 10 shows the optimized throughput per cell for a blocking probability from 1% to 10%. qij. Three mobility scenarios: no mobility.700 0.49 while keeping Eo = 7. NO. we analyze the average throughput per cell by dividing the results from (23) by the total number of cells in the network and multiplying by the maximum data rate in Table II. Thus. Throughput Optimization with SF of 256 Fig. The low mobility case has an equalizing effect on trafﬁc resulting in slightly higher throughput.g is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i after completing its dwell time goes to cell j. we set SF to 4.700 0. which are adjacent to cell i. the number of slots per sector b decreases signiﬁcantly to 1.700 0.240 qi.46 JOURNAL OF NETWORKS. 9. As a result of lowering the SF to 4.700 0.7. regardless of where the call originates and mobility scenario used. E. 1. In all three mobility scenarios. the number of slots per sector decreases by almost a factor of 4 compared to b SF equal 64 (from 15. the average dwell time of a call in the network is constant. Table V shows the optimized values of N for each cell for all three mobility models with perfect power control and 2% blocking probability.012 0. the number of possible concurrent connections within one cell is also decreased.700 0.56 to 4. Because the throughput is calculated based on the number of simultaneous connections between MSs and BSs.3 and qi. As a result of lowering the SF to 64.075 0. the probability that a call leaves the network after completing its dwell time is 0. 11.240 0. which is used for voice communication as shown in Fig. C. which is used for 256 kbps data communication between BSs and MSs. Ai 3 4 5 6 qij. and high mobility of users are considered. qi.5 dB I in PPC as shown in Fig.1 0.5 dB I in PPC) as shown in Fig.060 0. The results for the average throughput for no mobility and high mobility cases are almost identical while the throughput for low mobility is higher for each blocking probability. .020 0. VOL.g is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i remains in cell i after completing its dwell time. JULY 2006 TABLE III T HE LOW MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS AND PARAMETERS . Capacity Allocation with SF of 4 Next. we set SF equal to 64. mobility characteristics and parameters for the low and high mobility cases. for each SF value. Fig. the lower trunking efﬁciency leads to lower throughput as shown in Fig. qii. 8.g 0. 8.240 0.700 Fig.g = 0. Capacity Allocation with SF of 16 As a result of lowering the SF to 16.050 qii. D.g 0 0 0 0 qi. F.010 qii.g 0. 3.g 0.700 TABLE IV T HE HIGH MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS AND PARAMETERS .g 0.g = 0. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 16. In the numerical results below.g = 0. 3. we set SF equal to 256. The following parameters are used for the no mobility case: qij.015 0. Table VI shows the optimized values of N for each cell for all three mobility cases and SF equal to 64.700 0. Tables III and IV show respectively the © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER First. Ai 3 4 5 6 • • qij. Throughput Optimization with SF of 64 Next. Average number of slot per sector for perfect and imperfect power control analysis with a Spreading Factor of 4. We assume that the mobility characteristics for a given service g stays the same throughout different cells in the network.240 0.7 for all cells i and j. • • Ai is the number of cells.g is the probability that a call with service g in progress in cell i departs from the network. 9.

86 18.84 51.11 16. Throughput Optimization with SF of 4 Next. 4.86 13.86 18.73 50. VOL.5 to 1. Throughput Optimization with SF of 16 Next.86 18. is much lower compared to the case with SF equal to 64 or 256.26 16.43 71.26 16.46 18.74 63. 1.83 71.11 16.25 16.85 18.95 51.71 63.03 16.29 62.46 18.84 71.00 50.01 50.85 High Mobility Ni 13.11 16.43 73.40 High Mobility Ni 52.00 50.JOURNAL OF NETWORKS.86 18.30. The .86 53.61 13.84 53. 10.86 73.85 18.45 18.73 62. we set SF equal to 16.03 16.86 13.73 50.32 13.25 16.32 13.11 16.61 13. VIII.5 dB due to the imperfect power control. as shown in Fig.85 53.74 73.73 62.58 13.26 16.86 73. NO.43 73.62 13.85 53.95 51.86 53.71 63.95 51.86 13.03 16.29 62.5 dB as shown in Fig.82 73.86 13.11 13.43 71. The average throughput for all three mobility cases are almost identical as shown in Fig.01 50.45 18.85 Cell ID Cell1 Cell2 Cell3 Cell4 Cell5 Cell6 Cell7 Cell8 Cell9 Cell10 Cell11 Cell12 Cell13 Cell14 Cell15 Cell16 Cell17 Cell18 Cell19 Cell20 Cell21 Cell22 Cell23 Cell24 Cell25 Cell26 Cell27 Cell ID Cell1 Cell2 Cell3 Cell4 Cell5 Cell6 Cell7 Cell8 Cell9 Cell10 Cell11 Cell12 Cell13 Cell14 Cell15 Cell16 Cell17 Cell18 Cell19 Cell20 Cell21 Cell22 Cell23 Cell24 Cell25 Cell26 Cell27 G.32 13.43 71. As expected.45 18.11 13.86 73. 11. the average slots per © 2006 ACADEMY PUBLISHER sector decreases signiﬁcantly to 1. 12.58 13.85 51.03 13.45 18. Table VII shows the optimized values of N for each cell for all three mobility cases with SF equal to 16.84 51. which is normally used for 256 Kbps data communication between BSs and MSs. No Mobility Ni 13. which is used for 64 Kbps data communication as shown in Fig.86 53.85 Low Mobility Ni 13. H.25 16.03 13.82 73.40 71.40 71.02.46 18.74 73.73 50.32 13. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 64.49 with perfect power b control and E0 = 7.74 73.73 53. C ONCLUSIONS An analytical model has been presented for calculating capacity in multi-cell UMTS networks.71 50.95 51.73 62.27 62.86 18. we can have many low rate voice users or fewer data users as the data rate increases.11 13. we set SF equal to 4.58 13.43 73. Table VII I shows the optimized values of N for each cell for all three mobility models with SF equal to 4. JULY 2006 47 Fig. The resulting throughput.32 13.84 53.02.32 13. 13.27 62.03 16.32 13. the average number of slots within one cell decreases to 4.45 18.40 71.84 71.01 50.32 13.27 62.61 13.32 13.84 53.71 63.03 18.32 13.83 71.45 18.84 51.11 16. As a result of lowering the SF to 4. TABLE V Fig.86 18.45 18.03 16.03 18.74 63. Average throughput in each cell for SF = 256.03 18.73 62.73 62.71 50.73 62.45 18.00 50.71 50. C ALCULATION OF N FOR UNIFORM USER DISTRIBUTION WITH SF = 256 AND BLOCKING PROBABILITY = 0.62 13.29 62.11 13.32 13.84 71.11 13.85 51. 3. 9.82 73.83 71. No Mobility Ni 52.45 18.40 Low Mobility Ni 52.73 53.03 16.85 18. Numerical results show that the SIR threshold for the received signals is decreased by 0.95 51. As a result of lowering the SF to 16.32 13.62 13.11 13.03 13.11 16.73 53.40 TABLE VI C ALCULATION OF N FOR UNIFORM USER DISTRIBUTION WITH SF = 64 AND BLOCKING PROBABILITY = 0.85 53.74 63.95 51.86 13.86 13.85 51.

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