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User Guide

November 2009

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Contents
1 ABOUT SPOTLIGHT ..................................................................................... 6
1.2 USING SPOTLIGHT TO SOLVE NETWORK PROBLEMS ...................................................... 7 1.3 ABOUT SPOTLIGHT PROJECTS ............................................................................... 9

2 IMPORTING CELL SITE DATA ....................................................................... 10
2.1 IMPORTING NETWORK DATA .............................................................................. 10 2.2 UPDATING CELL SITE DATA ............................................................................... 19 2.3 LOADING CELL SITE DATA ................................................................................ 19 2.4 CELL SITE DISPLAY ........................................................................................ 20 2.5 SETTING THRESHOLDS FOR DATA IMPORT .............................................................. 25

3 STARTING SPOTLIGHT ............................................................................... 26 4 CREATING A PROJECT ................................................................................ 27
4.1 STEP 1: CHOOSE NAME AND TEMPLATE ................................................................. 27 4.2 STEP 2: SET PREFERENCES AND THRESHOLDS ......................................................... 28 4.3 STEP 3: CHOOSE DATA ................................................................................... 31

5 USING THE SUMMARY DASHBOARD ................................................................ 33
5.1 NAVIGATING AROUND SPOTLIGHT ........................................................................ 34 5.2 THE TOP PANEL ............................................................................................. 35 5.3 THE ISSUES PANEL ......................................................................................... 36 5.4 THE MAP ..................................................................................................... 37

6 USING SPOTLIGHT REPORTS ........................................................................ 38 7 USING THE RADIO NETWORK EXPLORER .......................................................... 40
7.1 ABOUT THE RADIO NETWORK EXPLORER ................................................................ 40 7.2 CDMA / EVDO CELL COVERAGE ANALYSIS ............................................................ 42 7.3 CDMA / EVDO NEIGHBOR LIST ANALYSIS ............................................................. 48 7.4 CDMA / EVDO PILOT POLLUTION ANALYSIS .......................................................... 54 7.5 EVDO SYSTEM PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS ............................................................... 58 7.6 GSM CELL COVERAGE ANALYSIS ......................................................................... 63 7.7 GSM 2G MISSING NEIGHBORS ANALYSIS .............................................................. 73 7.8 LTE CELL COVERAGE ANALYSIS .......................................................................... 79 7.9 UMTS / HSPA 3G NEIGHBOR LIST ANALYSIS ......................................................... 83 7.10 UMTS / HSPA 3G-2G NEIGHBOR LIST ANALYSIS .................................................. 89 7.11 UMTS / HSPA CELL COVERAGE ANALYSIS ........................................................... 95 7.12 UMTS / HSPA CELL PILOT POLLUTION ANALYSIS ................................................. 102 7.13 ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE FACTOR (‗F‘ FACTOR) .................................................. 106

8 USING THE EVENT EXPLORER ..................................................................... 109
8.1 ABOUT THE EVENT EXPLORER ........................................................................... 109 8.2 DATA SERVICE ANALYSIS ............................................................................... 112 8.3 DRILL DOWN FROM THE EVENT EXPLORER ............................................................ 116

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9 PERFORMING A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS ..................................................... 121
9.1 BEFORE YOU START ...................................................................................... 121 9.2 TO LOAD DATA INTO ANALYZER CLASSIC.............................................................. 121

10 BATCH SECTOR PLOT ............................................................................ 123 11 CREATING A SPOTLIGHT PROJECT TEMPLATE ................................................. 126
11.1 STEP 1: CHOOSE NAME AND STARTING TEMPLATE ................................................ 127 11.2 STEP 2: CHOOSE DEVICES ............................................................................ 128 11.3 STEP 3: CHOOSE KPIS AND REPORTS............................................................... 132 11.4 STEP 4: CHOOSE ATTRIBUTES ........................................................................ 133 11.5 STEP 5: CHOOSE GLOBAL FILTERS .................................................................. 137

12 TROUBLESHOOTING SPOTLIGHT ................................................................ 138
12.1 NO REPOSITORY DETECTED ............................................................................ 138 12.2 THE MAPS IN YOUR REPORT ARE EMPTY .............................................................. 138

13 APPENDIX A: CELL SITE PARAMETERS ........................................................ 139
13.1 CDMA CELL SITE PARAMETERS ...................................................................... 139 13.2 GSM / GPRS / EDGE CELL SITE PARAMETERS ................................................... 140 13.3 LTE CELL SITE PARAMETERS ......................................................................... 141 13.4 UMTS / HSPA+ CELL SITE PARAMETERS .......................................................... 142

14 APPENDIX B: SPOTLIGHT REPORTS ............................................................ 144
14.1 CDMA SPOTLIGHT REPORT ........................................................................... 144 14.2 EVDO SPOTLIGHT REPORT ........................................................................... 147 14.3 EVDO REV A SPOTLIGHT REPORT ................................................................... 151 14.4 GSM SPOTLIGHT REPORT ............................................................................. 155 14.5 HSPA SPOTLIGHT REPORT ............................................................................ 160 14.6 UMTS SPOTLIGHT REPORT ........................................................................... 165

15 APPENDIX C: CDMA THRESHOLDS, KPIS AND DIAGNOSES ............................... 170
15.1 CDMA THRESHOLDS ................................................................................... 170 15.2 CDMA EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER ............................................................ 173 15.3 DROPPED CALL DIAGNOSIS FOR CDMA ............................................................. 174

16 APPENDIX D: DATA SERVICE ANALYSIS THRESHOLDS ...................................... 176
16.1 DSA THRESHOLDS...................................................................................... 176

17 APPENDIX E: EGPRS KPIS AND DIAGNOSES ................................................ 179
17.1 EGPRS THRESHOLDS .................................................................................. 179 17.2 EGPRS EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER........................................................... 181 17.3 EGPRS DIAGNOSES .................................................................................... 183

18 APPENDIX F: EVDO KPIS AND DIAGNOSES .................................................. 185
18.1 EVDO THRESHOLDS ................................................................................... 185 18.2 EVDO EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER ............................................................ 189 18.3 DROPPED CONNECTION DIAGNOSIS FOR EVDO .................................................... 190
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..............1 UMTS THRESHOLDS .................. 231 22......................... 206 20 APPENDIX H: HSPA THRESHOLDS................................................. 200 19.......... KPIS AND DIAGNOSES...3 HSDPA LOW THROUGHPUT EXAMPLE ................... 224 22 APPENDIX J: UMTS THRESHOLDS.......................... 205 19....................................... 225 22..................................................................................................................5 EXCESSIVE CALL DIAGNOSIS FOR UMTS....................................... 225 22.... 236 23.............1 LTE THRESHOLDS .......1 GSM THRESHOLDS ......................................................................6 HSDPA THRESHOLDS ........................................... 207 20...................... 201 19............................................. 210 20......................... 224 21..................................................................3 DROPPED CALLS DIAGNOSIS FOR UMTS ............................2 UMTS EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER ....... 196 19.......................4 LOW THROUGHPUT DIAGNOSIS FOR EVDO .........................................4 LOCATION UPDATE FAILURE DIAGNOSIS FOR GSM ............................ 203 19................................................................................... 235 23 APPENDIX K: INFORMATION FOR ADMINISTRATORS ............. 207 20......................... 218 20....................5 DROPPED CALLS DIAGNOSIS FOR GSM.....................................................6 HANDOVER FAILURE DIAGNOSIS FOR GSM ... 236 24 INDEX .............................................2 HSPA CALL DROP ANALYSIS EXAMPLE ...........................................4 HSPA EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER .........actix......2 GSM EVENTS IN THE EVENT EXPLORER......... KPIS AND DIAGNOSES .......... 207 20.................................................................. KPIS AND DIAGNOSES ............................................4 CALL SETUP FAILURE DIAGNOSIS FOR UMTS ............................................ 192 18................................... 224 21...... 196 19...........3 CALL SETUP FAILURE DIAGNOSIS FOR GSM ............. 214 20................... KPIS AND DIAGNOSES ...5 SCHEDULING ISSUES DIAGNOSIS FOR EVDO ........................................................................ 220 21 APPENDIX I: LTE THRESHOLDS....... 194 19 APPENDIX G: GSM THRESHOLDS....................... 237 www..........5 HSPA THROUGHPUT KPIS .2 SPOTLIGHT THRESHOLDS ............1 HIDING ANALYZER EVENT DIAGRAMS FROM SPOTLIGHT USERS .............1 HSPA EVENT EXPLORER ANALYSIS ......................................... 233 22......................18.......... 229 22.......com ....................................................................................................................................................

based on user-defined thresholds. Spotlight identifies key performance indicators. Designed by optimization engineers. coverage and interference identification.1.actix. Pilot Pollution – this automatically identifies inbound vs.1 Radio Network Analyses Spotlight provides the following analyses for examining the performance of the radio network: Coverage and Overspill Analysis – this determines the coverage footprint of cells and identifies overshoot against coverage design boundaries. for optimization engineers. Grade of Service – this determines the relative grade of service for cells. costly. provides automated root-cause troubleshooting. outbound pilot pollution. Spotlight automatically generates root-cause diagnostics for the most common subscriber problems—for example. dropped calls. Engineers can solve and report on more problems faster by eliminating time consuming data manipulation and manual deduction. professional-quality reports including embedded maps. Actix Spotlight lowers the overall cost of performance optimization by delivering maximum engineering productivity in a managed workflow. and concise reporting.com .2 Event-based troubleshooting Based on the drive test data provided for the analysis.1. 1. Prioritizes which cells in the network are strong candidates for tilts and coverage optimization.1. Neighbor List Analyses – this grooms 3G-3G and 3G-2G neighbor lists. based on scanner data for sites positioned within a user-defined radius. 1. and error prone. Engineering teams commonly use disparate tools that are poorly integrated lacking the automation and scalability fundamental for rolling out and maintaining complex wireless networks.3 Reporting Spotlight displays the results of its automatically generated analyses on integrated.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 6 1 About Spotlight Today‘s performance optimization and troubleshooting processes are typically inefficient. www. 1.

Examine the summary map (1) and then the appropriate report for the loaded data (2). Using Spotlight reports (see page 38) www. Cell coverage. 5 3 6 2 1 4 Some typical scenarios for using Spotlight are outlined below: 1. links to these are also shown as Important Issues (4) in the Issues panel of the Summary Dashboard. If there are any problems.1 Perform a quick overview of network performance Examine the available Spotlight report(s) to see whether any of the performance criteria thresholds have been exceeded. These might then point you at specific problem events which you can examine and diagnose using the Event Explorer (5). a typical general analysis of the data in Spotlight would be to start from the Summary Dashboard (shown below).2. which might indicate the presence of one or more problems. links to these are shown as Critical Issues (6) in the Issues panel. you can follow them up by using the Radio Network Explorer or Event Explorer investigation pages. However.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 7 1.com .2 Using Spotlight to solve network problems Spotlight is designed to allow you to follow your own investigations throughout the various analysis pages and reports.actix. missing neighbors and pilot pollution problems can be investigated from the Radio Network Explorer analyses (3).

CDMA/EVDO Pilot Pollution (see p54) UMTS/HSPA Cell Pilot Pollution (see p102) 1. 1.com .3 Determine cell coverage Use the Cell Coverage analyses in the Radio Network Explorer. outbound pilot pollution Use the Pilot Pollution analyses in the Radio Network Explorer.2.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 8 1.4 Identify inbound vs. or open the Event Explorer (p109).5 Identify sites failing their recommended design targets Use the EVDO System Performance analysis in the Radio Network Explorer (see p58). www. and throughout the life of the network as changes to traffic and tilt affect the coverage pattern and interference interaction between the cells. CDMA/EVDO Cell Coverage (see p42) GSM Cell Coverage (see p63) LTE Cell Coverage (see p79) UMTS/HSPA Cell Coverage (see p95) 1.2 Optimize neighbor lists and export suggested changes to the OMC Use the Neighbor List analyses in the Radio Network Explorer.2.2.2.2. This process should be performed as part of the rollout phase of a network to construct and optimize the adjacency lists of each cell.actix. You can visualize the offending sectors on the map. Now select the Drilldown option (see p112). CDMA/EVDO Neighbor List (see p48) GSM 2G Missing Neighbors (see p73) UMTS/HSPA 3G Neighbor List (see p79) UMTS/HSPA 3G-2G Neighbor List (see p89) 1. or open the Event Explorer.2.6 Investigate failure events Select a Critical Issue from the Summary Dashboard (p40). 1.7 Investigate problems in detail at the message level Select a Critical Issue from the Summary Dashboard. determine the relative degree of pollution for each cell and prioritize which cells in the network are strong candidates for downtilts and coverage optimization.

For these KPIs. missing neighbors. The term KPI (key performance indicator) means not simply a statistic that reflects network performance in some way. For all of the KPIs that represent an issue. This defines the extent of the data from the drive test files that you want to process and store within Spotlight's database. but also a related pre-defined analysis.actix. the Radio Network Explorer provides a detailed analysis that is very specific to the particular issue. an overall summary is shown in the Spotlight Summary Dashboard side panel.3 About Spotlight projects In Spotlight.Most of these KPIs relate to a specific type of call or session failure event. charts. and so on. the analysis is provided in either the Event Explorer or the Radio Network Explorer. www. tables. and include automated root cause diagnosis and drilldown to the sequential message data at the click of a button. and defines which KPIs and reports will be used in the project. a project is a collection of saved application settings and data files relating to a particular drive test initiative. Network information that you want to use (the cellrefs file). specifically the: Template used for the project. However. Preferences that determine how the data is to be loaded. Reports provide summaries. such as dropped calls or handover. pilot pollution.com . depending on the KPI type: Event KPIs . Drive test files that you want to examine.These KPIs relate to general issues for the radio network. Radio Network KPIs . some of these KPIs relate to general events (such as call attempts) in order to provide context for the failure events and these do not include diagnostics and drilldown functionality. call setup or location update failures. such as coverage. Thresholds that trigger particular conditions or Events in Spotlight's analyses. and maps that can be saved as an Excel workbook or Web page.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 9 1. etc. However.

1 Obtaining Site Data in Tabular Format In order to import cell site data from your own network.txt. Network Explorer also lets you browse and edit this network information once it has been loaded into Analyzer. Analyzer‘s network data import process requires two files: A delimited text file that contains unformatted data arranged in tabular form. Locates Site icons on map. All other parameters are optional. Azimuth CDMA_Cell Azimuth www. A full list of network parameters for different technologies is given in Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters. To maximize the benefit Analyzer can bring to network analysis. the parameters listed in bold in the table on the following page are required for cell data to function with logged data in the main workspace.1 Importing Network Data This chapter describes how to import delimited network element data into Spotlight.actix. 2. creating a cell plan file called cellrefs. you will need to obtain a delimited text file containing the data listed in the table below.com .1. CDMA Cell Site Parameters for Import: Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Analyzer Group CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Cell Analyzer Name SiteName SiteID Latitude Longitude Sector ID Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. CDMA network data is used as an example. containing only Analyzer header information. A blank file. In this chapter. Analyzer‘s Network Explorer feature allows you to import network element data. Analyzer will be able to import the data. using various Analyzer features.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 10 2 Importing Cell Site Data 2. As long as the data is in a tabular format. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps (can be alpha or numeric) Orients the sector icons on the map. Locates Site icons on map. with one row for each sector. with one row for each individual sector in a network. Numeric identifier for the Site. but the appendices show important information relating to other network technologies. The data may come from a network database or a planning tool configuration file. to be populated with formatted data.

Use to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 11 Parameter Beamwidth Analyzer Group CDMA_Cell Analyzer Name Beamwidth Purpose Governs the shape of the sector ‘wedge’ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site. For information only. For information only. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. For information only. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. Use to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. For information only. Use to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current neighbor list settings to those suggested by Analyzer. PN Offset CDMA_Cell PN Base Station Power Mobile Country Code System Identity Network Identity Broadcast Identity PctPilot PctTraffic PctPaging PctSync Active Set Search Window Setting CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell EIRP MCC SID NID BID PctPilot PctTraffic PctPaging PctSync SRCH_WIN_A Neighbor Set Search Window Setting CDMA_Cell SRCH_WIN_N List of neighbors CDMA_Cell CDMANeighborList Sector Display – Wildcard Sector Display – Wildcard Sector Display – Wildcard CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell Face_Display Azimuth_Display Phase_Display www. Base station power.actix. For information only. lines to neighbor cells and to color sector/site icons on maps to reflect PN planning.com . For information only. For information only. For information only.

Though the columns can be in any order for import into Analyzer.actix. Longitudes that have a 'West' notation should be represented as a negative decimal value. Site Names do not need to be unique – they are just used for labeling purposes. The figure below is an example of a delimited CDMA file that could be used to import a site list into Analyzer. as should latitudes with a 'South' notation. 2. Beware of non-unique Site IDs – that is. Sites will appear skewed on the map if the latitude and longitude fields are transposed. the Excel spreadsheet must be saved as a TEXT file for import into Analyzer.com . but to get the best results. the figure shows all of the REQUIRED fields. Additionally. www. entries that have multiple sets of latitudes and longitudes for the same Site ID.2 Guidelines for Formatting Tabular Data Analyzer does not need the cell site data fields to be listed in a particular order. Duplicated Site IDs will result in site markers appearing on the map without sector wedges. Position information must be accurate for Analyzer to correctly display sites in the right location on the map.1. follow these guidelines: The Site ID field must contain a unique value for each site location.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 12 Parameter Layer Type Analyzer Group CDMA_Cell Analyzer Name LayerType Purpose Use this field to manage multiple cell layers to be displayed and hidden separately.

com . The following example is for CDMA technology.actix. See Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters for more information on other technologies. To point the Analyzer to the file you wish to populate with the new cell site data.3 Importing the Data Once you have obtained your cell site database in delimited format and pointed Analyzer to a valid cellrefs file. ensure that Analyzer is pointing to a valid cell site database. 1 To access the Network Explorer. you are ready to open the Network Explorer and import the site information.txt‖. select Cells > Network Explorer.txt located in the directory called: C:\Program Files\Actix\Analyzer\Bin\Cellrefs The file to be populated need not be named ―cellrefs. A valid cell site database is a text file in which the first line contains the text below: . 2. but the method works across all network technologies. #NetworkData – datafile Every Analyzer installation comes with a clean file called cellrefs. use the File Location line in the Tools > Preferences dialog.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 13 Before importing new cells into Analyzer. Rename this file with a meaningful name in order to prevent the file from being overwritten during reinstallation. www. See the section on Loading Cell Site Data later in this document for more details.

Adjust these settings if necessary.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 14 The Network Explorer display consists of two panels. 5 6 7 Give the Template a meaningful Template Name. the default information under the General Settings and Coordinate Information headers will apply. If you have pointed Analyzer to a cellrefs file containing only header information. you will not see any cell site data at this time. 2 3 4 From the toolbar. Check the appropriate Delimiter. Click Open to display the Import Settings dialog. www. Select the appropriate network data file. Click Next. The right panel shows details about relevant parameters for the current selection. select Import > Import From New Template to open the Import dialog.com 8 . In most cases.actix. The left panel contains a tree view of the network element data.

com . Select the parameter name from your site database that corresponds to the Site_Name parameter. but this field is frequently used for the site label. Required Required www. and this field must be unique for each site in the database.actix. Click in the Column field next to the Site_Name parameter.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 15 9 Expand the CDMA_Site data node. Repeat for each of the required fields in the CDMA_Site data node. based on the table below (See Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters for more information on other technologies): Field Site_Name SiteID Latitude Longitude Mapping required for proper operation? Optional. Required.

com . 2 = blue. 3 = green). Select the parameter name from your site database that corresponds to the Sector_ID parameter. Click in the Column field next to the Sector_ID parameter. Required Required Optional Required Optional Optional Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP PN MCC SID www. based on the table below (See Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters for more information on other technologies): Field Sector_ID Required for proper operation? Required.actix. 1 = red.e. Repeat for each of the required fields in the CDMA_Cell data node.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 16 10 Expand the CDMA_Cell data node. This field can be used to color sectors on the map by face number (i.

but map this field to a custom integer field to color sectors on the map by that field. 13 Double-click on any site name in the right hand pane. Drill into the CDMA Cell Elements folder and examine the values corresponding to each sector.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 17 Field NID BID PctPilot PctTraffic PctPaging PctSync SRCH_WIN_A SRCH_WIN_N CDMANeighborList Face_Display Required for proper operation? Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional. The error log specifies the cause of each error encountered and can be found in: C:\Program Files\Actix\Analyzer\Bin\Cellrefs\ImportErrors. 11 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. as well as a folder containing CDMA Cell Elements. select the Save button. Cells can be displayed or hidden on the map by layer. Select Yes to overwrite existing data. The Name. 14 To save the formatted site information. If the current workspace contains existing site data. If any errors occur during the import. a pop-up message will indicate that an error log has been created.log 12 Inspect the cell data in the Network Explorer by expanding the All_CDMA_Site_Elements folder in the left-hand pane of the Network Explorer. An example of a custom field would be the phase of the site where: 1 = On Air 2 = Under Construction 3 = Planned for Next Year LayerType Optional. but map this field to the integer azimuth field in order to color sectors on the map by azimuth range. Optional. but map this field to a custom integer field to color sectors on the map by that field. you will be asked whether you want to remove existing data before importing new data.actix.com . Location and ID of the site will appear. An example of a custom field would be the phase of the site where: 1 = On Air 2 = Under Construction 3 = Planned for Next Year Azimuth_Display Phase_Display Optional. www. Select No to append to existing data. Use this field to manage multiple cell layers.

view a new map by selecting View > Display New Map. Sites can also appear skewed on the map if the latitude and longitude information has been transposed. 17 If cell icons do not appear on the map. Be sure to close the map with the ―X‖ at the upper right hand corner to save all changes to the map view.com . right click on the CDMA_Cell layer in the map legend at the left hand side of the map window. Select Zoom to Layer to zoom the map to the appropriate location. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 18 15 Close the Network Explorer by clicking the ―X‖ at the upper right hand corner. If you see site markers appearing on the map without sector wedges. this is probably due to nonunique Site IDs in the imported cell site data.actix. 16 After closing the Network Explorer.

click on the name of the current cellrefs file. on the File Location line. Therefore. Import the second technology and save that cellrefs file. etc. Be sure to save the modifications before exiting the Network Explorer! 2. From the Main Menu. Simply browse to find the site and sector of interest and double click on a single parameter to activate the text. Using a text editor such as Windows Notepad. 2.) directly from the Network Explorer. click View > Display New Map. A message box will be displayed saying that the new cellrefs file takes effect when a new workspace is loaded. Analyzer reads cell site data upon opening a new workspace. select Tools > Preferences. Click OK to close the message box. Follow these steps to point Analyzer to a formatted cell site file: 1 2 3 4 5 From the main menu. In the Open dialog. follow this procedure: 1 2 3 Import the first technology and save the cellrefs file. you must start a new workspace (or reopen Analyzer) in order for the changes to take effect. The previous section explained how to create a cell site file from a spreadsheet containing network parameters.com . In Analyzer. If cell icons do not appear on the map. Select Zoom to Layer to zoom the map to the appropriate location. if any changes to cell site data are made. In the Change Preferences dialog.4 Importing multiple technologies To import multiple technologies using the same cellrefs file. Analyzer loads cells upon opening Analyzer or starting a new workspace. and integrate cell site data with real-time measurements.actix.1. the formatted cell site file is known as the ‗cellrefs‘ file. a formatted cell site database must exist that contains location and configuration data for each cell site. PNs. copy all of the second cellrefs file apart from the first line. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog.3 Loading Cell Site Data In order to display cell sites in Analyzer. In the new workspace. the cell sites are now visible. right click on the CDMA_Cell layer in the map legend at the left hand side of the map window. You now have a cellrefs file that can import data for both technologies. although this file can have any name. and paste it in at the end of the first cellrefs file. choose File > New Workspace to create a new workspace.2 Updating Cell Site Data You can make minor cell plan changes (a few azimuths. 6 By default.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 19 2. navigate to the cellrefs file you would like to use and select Open. Be sure to close the map with the ―X‖ at the upper right hand corner to save all changes to the map view. www.

press the Labels button. Currently. ―sectors‖ are called ―cells‖ based on the European terminology. This allows you to display of Site Name or Site ID in addition to or instead of PN. select the site layer (named CDMA_SiteSite_Name) Under the Properties heading in the Layer Control dialog. 5 6 7 If you wish to offset the label from the cell site symbol. The site labels are displayed independently of cell labels. The Site Labels have been formatted.4 Cell Site Display 2. Check each of the following options: ▫ ▫ ▫ 4 Show Allow overlapped text (recommended) Hide adjacent duplicate text (optional) In the Label Properties box. Next. or Beamwidth. select the cell layer (named CDMA_CellBeamwidth-PN) Under the Properties heading in the Layer Control dialog. The KeyField label shows only the site ID. Select OK to exit the Label Properties dialog. Check each of the following options: ▫ ▫ ▫ Show Allow overlapped text (recommended) Hide adjacent duplicate text (optional) www.actix.1 Displaying Site Labels By default. there are two formats of labels from which to choose: ▫ ▫ The Site_Name (default) shows only the site name. The MapInfo-style Label Properties box will appear. Azimuth.com . use the Label Style button in the Properties dialog. modify the way they are displayed. press the Labels button The MapInfo-style Label Properties box will appear.4. then cell labeling: 1 2 3 In the Layer Control dialog box. use the drop down Data Field menu to determine the label format to display. If you wish to change the font of the labels. or turn them off entirely. In Analyzer. You can leave the labels as they are. format the Cell Labels: 1 2 3 In the Layer Control dialog box. The following instructions specify first site labeling.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 20 2. use the options in the Position box in the Label Properties dialog. site and cell labels will be displayed on the Analyzer map.

www. Sector_ID. To color the sectors according to a different field (i. use the options in the Position box in the Label Properties dialog.e. use the Label Style button in the Properties dialog.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 21 4 In the Label Properties box. use the drop down Data Field menu to determine the label format to display. Click OK in the Label Properties dialog.4. If you wish to offset the label from the cell site symbol. If you wish to change the font of the labels. and then OK in the Layers dialog to apply the labels. In the Series drop-down. All CDMA_Cell parameters are available as options for labeling. or to make all sectors the same color: 1 2 Click the Cell Sites button at the top of the map. The PN Label shows the PN for each sector.com .2 Coloring Sectors on the Map By default. to color sectors by face). choose CDMA_Cell. 5 6 7 2. sectors are colored by PN on the map. displayed next to the sector.actix.

com . To make all sectors the same color. The figure below shows sectors colored by Sector_ID and labeled with the PN. Site coloring will appear as specified.e. specify an unused field (i. Use the Layer Control dialog to adjust labeling as desired. 4 5 Note that the sector need not be colored and labeled by the same parameter. 3 = blue) choose Sector_ID. MCC). 2 = yellow. expand the CDMA_Cell parameter in the legend. Right-click on individual ranges and choose Selected Range’s Style to modify colors.actix. To modify face colors. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 22 3 Use the Cell Color drop-down choose how to color the field. Click OK to exit the Sites / Cell Properties dialog.e. To color sectors by face (i. 1 = red.

Click the Search Now button to show in the Results window all matching cell sites from the current cellrefs file. Use the Add. Click the Highlight All button to highlight all matching sectors on the map. From the main menu. To conduct a search: 1 2 3 Display site data of interest on the map.actix. www. select Cells > Search for Cells. Edit and Delete buttons to modify search criteria.com .3 Searching for Cells Search for Cells provides a mechanism for locating specific cell sites based on user-defined search criteria. Ensure that CDMA is visible in the Technology drop-down.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 23 2. select Window > Tile Horizontally or Window > Tile Vertically to arrange the CellRefs Search dialog and the map in the workspace.4. select a row to highlight and center the corresponding sector on the map. From the main menu. 4 5 6 7 8 From the Results window.

From the main menu. www.4. To obtain more detailed information on each site or sector: 1 2 3 4 Display site data of interest on the map. From the main menu.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 24 2.actix. select Window > Tile Horizontally or Window > Tile Vertically. select Cells > Display Cell Data. Details about that sector or site will appear in the Display Cell Data window. Click on a sector wedge or site dot on the map.4 Viewing Cell Site Information A cell‘s Azimuth. Beamwidth and Sector ID can be obtained by running the mouse over a sector on the map.

com . www. you set the appropriate technology thresholds to enable Spotlight to use your own criteria for identifying particular events and circumstances.5 Setting Thresholds for Data Import Ensure that before entering Spotlight.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 25 2. See the relevant appendix for details.

In the example screenshot shown above. you will want to create a New Project. without the Spotlight interface and analyses. note that you will be asked to confirm your choice. and directly investigate the data using Analyzer's rich tool set. Note that you can also choose to start in classic mode. This screen is now displayed: If you have just started using Spotlight. If you already have an existing project within Spotlight's database.com . If you want to Delete a listed project. click on Actix Software from the Windows Start menu (or. there are several existing projects. if you have a combination of licensed products. select Spotlight from the Engineering Process dialog).actix. www. click the project's related Open button to proceed to the Summary Dashboard.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 26 3 Starting Spotlight To start Spotlight.

actix. with all KPIs and reports selected. To delete a particular template. highlight it in the scrolling list and click Delete Template. Project templates define the extent of the data from the drive test files that you want to process and store within Spotlight's database under the project name.1 Step 1: Choose Name and Template This page is the first step in creating a new Spotlight project. Either select a predefined Template from the scrolling list.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 27 4 Creating a Project 4.com . Type in a unique Project Name. A Master Template is available at the bottom of the list. Note that templates that are shipped as standard with Spotlight may not be deleted. Templates shipped as standard with Spotlight are shown in blue and do not have creation dates associated with them. www. Click Next to go on to the next step. or click on New Template to create your own.

actix. the cellrefs file must contain the information for all of those technologies.2 Step 2: Set Preferences and Thresholds In the second step in creating a new Spotlight project. you must specify a cellrefs file for your project. so this should not present a problem – and if you do need to use the new cellrefs data. If you want to analyze data from more than one technology. www. and location.) of all of the cell sites and sectors that you want to analyze. ID. This has many options.com . in case the original cellrefs file is updated to reflect changes made to the network. etc. CellRefs – Select a valid cellrefs file that contains the details (name. The Spotlight project database relies on the associated cellrefs file remaining unchanged – if it is. Spotlight is designed to be used for short-duration drive test campaigns. many of which configure the way various specific types of data are decoded. and is usually created using the output from a planning tool. Settings – Click this link to open the Preferences dialog box. Note A cellrefs file contains network configuration information in a delimited text format. simply create a new project that references the new cellrefs file. There are also a number of neighbor list settings for CDMA and UMTS – these are used to fine-tune the algorithms used by the neighbor list analyses in the Radio Network Explorer. Note Spotlight always makes a local copy of the selected cellrefs file. You can also use the settings and thresholds links to set various other options for your project.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 28 4. the project will no longer work.

when incoming and outgoing call setup failures are stored in separate event attributes).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 29 Although you can change these settings using the Data Settings link in the Radio Network Explorer's top panel. The documentation provides a list of these thresholds for each technology. ▫ KPI definitions – Thresholds are used in the queries that define the raw data that is to be stored in the repository and from which the various KPIs are derived. www. The documentation provides information about the names of the event attributes that underlie each KPI and analysis. Note When you work in Spotlight.actix. you should set them using the link on this page when you create the project. where you can configure the user-defined thresholds that are used in Spotlight. Thresholds are also used in the calculations that are subsequently performed on the data as it is retrieved from the repository prior to display in Spotlight.com . make sure that you do not enable the Automatic Import options in the CellRefs group of Preferences. Thresholds – Click this link to open the Thresholds Editor. The thresholds used in the event detection mechanisms for the various technologies are documented in detail in the Settings and Preferences section of the help. you can configure the corresponding KPIs and analyses by changing those thresholds. the UMTS pilot pollution analyses are based on the UuPilotPollution and Uu_Scan_PilotPollution event attributes. This is useful when reading about event detection thresholds and helps you to look up the definition of those attributes in the Attribute Help system. These KPIs are usually based on a single event attribute (for example. Thresholds are used in Spotlight in two main ways: ▫ Event detection – Most of the KPIs in the Event Explorer are ultimately based on event attributes that are detected by the Actix event detection mechanism as the data is loaded into the project's repository. the GSM dropped call KPI is based on the EventCallDropped event attribute). Many of the analyses in the Radio Network Explorer are also based on event attributes. For example. which also provides information about which attributes are affected. although a few might be based on multiple event attributes (for example. When an event detection algorithm involves a user-definable threshold.

Although changing most of the preferences and thresholds will not affect the data stored in your project's repository. it can lead to confusion and the potential for different definitions being used to generate the same event. the changes will be lost when you reload the project. Although changing these settings after you have started loading data into the project should not invalidate the results. because changing the CellRefs file can cause incorrect results and changing the other settings is potentially confusing.1 What happens to the project‘s preferences and threshold settings After you click the last step‘s Done button. with a potential for confusing discrepancies between the two sets of results. As soon as you close the dialog box. it will affect drilldown data and any data that you load into Analyzer Classic for detailed analysis. By saving and reloading the cellrefs file and other preferences and thresholds with the project. You should therefore think through your requirements and set the settings and preferences accordingly before you start loading data. this is not recommended when using Spotlight. Spotlight automatically saves the preferences and thresholds that are currently selected (including a copy of the entire cellrefs file). it does mean that any changes you subsequently make to the preferences and thresholds while working on the project will be lost next time you reload the project.com .actix. These saved settings are automatically reloaded whenever you subsequently open the project. However.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 30 4. defines events and determines what to store in the repository. Spotlight avoids these potential problems. This is done for several reasons: Spotlight does not expect that the cellrefs file will change after you have started loading data—the addition of even a single cell sector in the cellrefs file can result in incorrect results within Spotlight (this is why Spotlight is not compatible with the Automatic Import option for cellrefs data. www. the neighbor list settings will revert to those that were selected when you originally created the project. next time you reload the project.) Changing other preferences and thresholds can result in subtle changes in how Spotlight decodes data. Click Next to go on to the next step. as explained earlier. the page will be updated to reflect the new settings. However. Note Although you can change preferences and settings at any time using the Display Thresholds and Preferences options on the main Tools menu. you can change the neighbor list preferences using the Data Settings link in the Radio Network Explorer's neighbor list pages. Also.2. For example.

3 Step 3: Choose Data In the third step in creating a new Spotlight project. The template selected in step 1 defines the information that will be loaded into the project database and how it will be processed.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 31 4. If you have a folder full of file to be processed into Spotlight. you must specify the data files that you want to examine.com . www.actix. click the Add Folder button and select the folder. click the Add Files button and select one or more files. check the Add all subfolders box. the file list is empty: Choose the data files to be processed by Spotlight: If you have just a few files to process. Initially. which will be added to the list of chosen files. If underneath the selected folder there are subfolders that also contain required data files.

www. Spotlight supports a maximum populated data volume of about 3GB.com . you can remove a specific file by clicking the remove link at the end of the row. aim for at least 1GB of free disk space per project. it can be reattached very quickly. However.actix. The project will be saved to this folder: \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Actix\Analyzer\Projects (depending on your current Windows user settings) For best use.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 32 Once the list of chosen files has been populated. once the data has been loaded into the repository. The entire process of loading data is dependent on the volume of data to be loaded into the project. You can also use the Remove All Files button if necessary. Click Done to load the data and open the Summary Dashboard.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 33 5 Using the Summary Dashboard The Summary Dashboard shows an overview of the data loaded in the current Spotlight repository project. Spotlight is designed to be used at full application window size.com .actix. Note that due to the potential amount of information on display. If you have configured multiple devices during the template configuration phase. www. so you should keep your Spotlight application window maximized at all times. a separate tab per device will appear in the dashboard.

note that you need to click the Add Filter link on the right to create the filter. www. the navigation bar allows you to move around in Spotlight. and allows you to filter by time (not shown above). If you have configured regional filtering. It also provides some useful functions from any stage of your analysis: If your current project uses Global Filters.1 Navigating around Spotlight At the top of the page. Click on the link to show a dialog similar to this: This dialog allows you to specify any files or streams that you want to exclude from the analysis. this dialog will also give you the option to filter by region. Once you have specified the filter.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 34 5. a related link appears in the navigation bar.actix.com .

The Log Files link displays a dialog listing the log files processed in the project.actix. The three tabs allow you to filter by File and Stream.com .2 The Top Panel The top panel has buttons linking to the Event Explorer and Radio Network Explorer pages. The panel also includes a Summary table consisting of information on the loaded dataset.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 35 5. or by Stream. The Reports link in this table displays all the existing reports defined to run on the template. The Analyzer Classic tab allows you to load selected files for analysis in Analyzer: www.

actix. If you have access to multiple technologies in the loaded data. failed call rate and rate of calls with excessive setup time. based on the current threshold settings. this panel highlights particular issues that have been identified in the loaded data. a drop-down menu at the top of the panel allows you to switch between the technologies.com . www. The Critical Issues section includes event-based key performance indicators (KPIs) like dropped call rate. click on one of these issues to open the appropriate analysis on either the Radio Network Explorer page or the Event Explorer page. Depending on the nature of the issue.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 36 5.3 The Issues Panel On the left of the screen. The Important Issues section includes the various radio network analyses.

using a Spotlight report or by following a link for a critical or important issue. by default the map view is docked in Spotlight. Cell sector wedges are color-coded as follows: green sectors were serving during part of the drive yellow sectors were seen during the drive but were never serving empty sectors were not seen during the drive Note that this image shows the map window undocked. resulting in the Map icon being displayed next to the File menu at the top left of the screen. However. any events displayed on the map will use the exact position rather than a binned position.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 37 5. you may be able to see one or more areas that may require investigation. Click on this icon to control the size of map window and its docked or undocked condition.actix. The Summary map shows the entire drive with the default (technology-dependent) attribute plotted: CDMA EVDO GSM UMTS / HSPA The drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template.4 The Map In Spotlight.com . so they may not necessarily align with the data points. www. EcIo_1stBest Consolidated_SINR_For_Nth_Best_Pilot[0] ServRxLevSub Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo[0] From this map. the map is an integral part of the interface.

Note that.actix. to be available. a report must have been activated in the current project's template. Spotlight provides the following reports: CDMA (see p144) EVDO (see p147) EVDO Rev A (see p151) GSM (see p155) HSPA (see p160) UMTS (see p165) www. Here's an example HSPA report: Navigation tabs on the bottom left let you explore the various pages of the report.com . These can be accessed by clicking on the Reports link from Spotlight's Summary Dashboard page.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 38 6 Using Spotlight reports Reports are a good place to start when attempting to identify problems in the loaded data. A report shows all unfiltered data in the project database for the associated technology.

you can use the functionality of Excel to perform further analyses on the data. the image files in each subfolder are always called image1. the Show Excel Report button lets you open the report as a Microsoft Excel file.actix. Note that the maps are inserted into the Excel file as linked bitmaps. However.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 39 On the bottom right. because otherwise the report will be updated with the maps from project B.gif.gif. or simply save the report as an Excel file or print it out. Note that the web page has an associated subfolder with a unique name containing various image and other files relating to that report. Excel will display a message saying that the workbook contains links to other data sources and asking whether you want to update them.com . From here. www. The Save button exports the report as a web page. This means that if you save the report in Excel for a project (A) and then run the report again on a different project (B). If you subsequently reopen the workbook that you saved for project A. which may cause you problems in some situations. the map bitmaps will be updated to reflect the data in project B. Make sure you choose the Don't Update option. image2.

or by clicking on an appropriate Issue link in the Issues panel on the left of the Summary Dashboard page: www.1 About the Radio Network Explorer You can access the Radio Network analyses from the Radio Network Explorer icon at the top of the Summary Dashboard page: ..Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 40 7 Using the Radio Network Explorer 7..com .actix.

you will see a tab for each of these.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 41 The available Radio Network analyses for all technologies are as follows: CDMA/EVDO Cell Coverage CDMA/EVDO Neighbor List CDMA/EVDO Pilot Pollution EVDO System Performance LTE Cell Coverage GSM 2G Missing Neighbors GSM Cell Coverage UMTS/HSPA 3G Neighbor List UMTS/HSPA 3G-2G Neighbor List UMTS/HSPA Cell Coverage UMTS/HSPA Cell Pilot Pollution When you are viewing a particular Radio Explorer analysis page. taking you to the appropriate analysis. you may find that several analysis conditions apply. At the top left.com . www.actix. depending on the data loaded in the project.

2.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis.2 CDMA / EVDO Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell. shown by the red line surrounding a selected cell. 7.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 42 7. www. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. based on user-defined thresholds.actix.2 Using the cell coverage analysis 1 Click on an appropriate issue link (or on the Radio Network Explorer image followed by the Cell Coverage tab) to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. Determine the relative grade of service as regards to EcIo.com . 7. Visualize where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary. Visualize where a cell is the best server.2. Mobile Rx Power and Mobile TX Power for selected cell(s).

any events displayed on the map (for example.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 43 Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. However. below 50) as these will not be statistically relevant.Site A. so events might not align with the data points. Sector 3. 2 3 From the top table. Look for differences between the # > Dist. www. click on the column heading # > Dist.actix. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. value and # Samples.com . Be careful not to include sectors with low sample counts (for example. to sort the table by this value. Some samples (highlighted) are shown well outside the overspill threshold (the red circle around the selected cell) and close to another cell. Here is one such site .

scanner data is available. so select the Analysis to be Scanner .Where Seen to visualize the coverage situation for the loaded data.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 44 4 In this example.actix. Note that as the samples are now no longer seen. this is not a problem. www.com .

There may be a problem with the highlighted neighboring sector. check that the two cells are twoway neighbors.com . we find another potential problem sector. www. which could be solved by downtilting the selected sector. First. Site B Sector 2.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 45 Continuing to investigate the sectors from the top table.actix.

configured using SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. Analysis – Select Scanner (Best Server/Where Seen) or Handset (Best Server/Where Seen) analysis. A table shows details of the sites: Best EcIo.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 46 7.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Side Panel .com . Events – List of the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. The red circle represents the coverage design boundary. Clicking on a row in this table causes the side panel to display more information about the site. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Attributes – List of most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. Where Seen mode shows the Ec/Io whenever the cell was measured. Select a PN to color red all the sites with this PN. and the map zooms to the site and displays its coverage.2.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. the side panel displays overview information. Map . and shows the coverage footprint for only those cells that were the best servers at some point in the drive. www. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. Overview – Displays in the left panel an overview of statistics. The map also shows the Grade of Service (the legend also shows sample counts). and CDMA Grade of Service. plus Grade of Service percentages for the entire drive.actix. When a site is selected. Data points outside this circle represent overspill. the panel shows various KPI values for the site and a histogram of the distances at which the cell was measured. EcIo and the CDMA_Important_Issues (CDMA Grade of Service) attribute. A red line indicates the maximum range for the analysis. the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell. The analysis can operate in two modes: Best Server and Where Seen. so you can quickly identify co-PN locations. PN Search – Visualize a PN on the map. Rx Power. Changing the mode affects the Ec/Io attribute that is displayed on the map.When no rows are selected. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages.Shows summary information. So while looking at pilot pollution you could dump the CDMA Dropped Call event on the map and quickly find out if the call dropped due to pilot pollution. Best Server mode shows the Ec/Io when the selected cell was the best server is displayed.

This condition is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.com .This condition is used in conjunction with Mobile Rx Power and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call. EcIo condition* Within Within Exceed Within Exceed Within MRx Power condition* Exceed Exceed Exceed Within Within Within MTX Power condition* Within Exceed Exceed Within Exceed Exceed www. Mobile Rx Power compared with CDMA_MobileRxPowerThreshold . Mobile Tx Power compared with CDMA_MobileTxPowerThreshold . Recommended value is 5 dBm. failed call and voice call with poor quality.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 47 This table shows how the CDMA Grade of Service is computed at each point: CDMA Grade of Service Excess interference External interference Weak reverse link Weak forward link Low Rx signal Poor coverage *Conditions: EcIo compared with CDMA_EcIoCombinedThreshold . Values should vary between 0 and 10 dBm. failed call and voice call with poor quality. Values should vary between -16 and -12 dB. failed call and voice call with poor quality. Recommended value is -12 dB.This condition is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Rx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call. Values should vary between -75 and -90 dBm. Recommended value is -80 dBm.actix.

7. 7. and these can be exported directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly. the project will need to contain scanner data. from the Summary Dashboard page click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 48 7.3. check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm. remove and retain neighbor recommendations for each site and cell based on scanner measurements. or click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel. If you have not done so before. www. You can now see the sector with the highest number of recommended additions to its neighbor list.com .3 CDMA / EVDO Neighbor List analysis This lets you use scanner data to optimize neighbor lists for sites within a userdefined radius of the selected cell.2 Using the neighbor list analysis 1 To start this analysis. 2 3 Go to the top table and sort by the Add column. The missing neighbor algorithm generates add.3.actix.1 Before you start For this analysis.

you may think that the number of samples was too small to justify the addition . For example. as occurs several times in this example). 5 Examine each suggested additional neighbor. you may know that one or more sites will be going off-air and should not be selected. However.in which case you may also want to alter the related data setting. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. and will need to make the correction to the switch manually (for example. The map also displays the data points used in the analysis.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 49 4 Click on the top row in the table to show information for that sector. Note that in this case you will not be able to output your choice. You may have reasons for refusing to accept the suggestion on geographical grounds (for example.actix. www. which will immediately update the analysis. by editing the CSV file). so events might not align with the data points. If you disagree with a suggested addition. any events displayed on the map (for example. or for reasons related to the data settings. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. The thickness of each line shows how well the suggestion meets the criteria of the analysis. Also. The map now shows green lines to each new neighbor recommendation.com . The circle represents the user-defined radius used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. you may want to use the PN Search feature to find an alternative sector to add to the neighbor list. existing cells between the sector and the suggested addition.

Note that by default the map does not show lines for removal recommendations. the number would show 0/6.com . Note that the number beside the button changes to match your selection. Once you are satisfied with the recommendations that you have selected.actix. 7 8 Repeat this process for each row in the top table. which shows each recommendation for a sector individually. From the top of the page. you can use the table in the side panel on the left. as necessary. So if you selected 3 additions. you can click the related button in the table to mark your choice. with none currently selected for export.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 50 6 If you accept all suggestions for a sector. you can output them to a CSV file. For example. click the Export data link. this would result in the number reading 3/6. If you do not want to select every recommendation for a sector. the number would read 6/6. if there were 6 suggested additions in the first row. 9 www. This can be useful if there are a large number of recommendations and you need to keep track of how many you have already selected. You can now go through the same process for the 'Removals' column. If you clicked the button.

Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. PN Search – Visualize a PN on the map. Clicking on a row in this table causes neighbor information for the selected cell to be displayed in the side panel. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. 7.Details of the neighbor recommendations are displayed on the side panel. Defines the percentage of samples that must be reached to trigger a cell being added as a suggested neighbor. This is used to reduce the effect of stray signals.3.Summary information is displayed in the top panel.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . removals and retains neighbor recommendations for every site. and lines to neighbors to be drawn on the map. lines to neighbors are drawn from that site. Map . Attributes – List of most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. Check boxes next to a recommendation can be selected for export to a CSV file. 13 1 www. Data Settings – This link opens up a dialog box for configuring the algorithm that Spotlight uses for the missing neighbor analysis. Input a PN to visualize on the map and this feature would color red all the sites with this PN. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. See below for more information.com . It includes in a tabular form number of addition. Events – List of the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. which can be used to build lists of suggested neighbor cells to add and remove. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. Export data – Select this link to export neighbor recommendations to a CSV file. Defines the maximum number of cells in the neighbor list. All of the options take effect immediately after you click OK.3.When a row is clicked in the top panel or a site is clicked on the map. Side Panel .4 Data Settings Setting Ec/Io Threshold (dB) Maximum Neighbors Addition Threshold (%) Default -17 Description Only scanner measurements above this used-defined EcIo threshold will be included in the analysis. This helps in quickly identifying co-PN locations.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 51 7. The circle represents the user defined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors.

When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. use a higher value. To disable this feature. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 52 Setting Removal Threshold (%) Default 0. Defines the maximum line-of-sight distance in meters between two cells for one to be considered for inclusion on the other's neighbor list.actix.com . set this value to 0. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list.2 Description Defines the minimum percentage of samples that cells in the current neighbor list must achieve in order to be recommended for retention in the list. cells will be recommended for removal from the list. the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc. Note that the algorithm works off Binned data. To disable this feature. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). set this value to 0. Minimum Measurements Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 50 20000 Angle to site threshold (degrees) 90 In this example. Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested. This threshold ensures that missing neighbors are not suggested from reflected signals or back-lobes.

they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list. Selected 32 Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. retentions and removals.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 53 Setting Include existing neighbors Only process first best PN Max Neighbor List Size Default Selected Description Select this option for the current neighbor list in the cellrefs file to be considered for additions and removals. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. www.actix. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. the longer it will take a handset to find appropriate neighbors. This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions.com . Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells within the reporting range.

such as Too Many Servers (a pilot pollution issue). The map shows the drive test data and the Pilot Pollution events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 54 7. www.4. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on the Cell Pilot Pollution tab. and view the offending sectors on the map. 7.4. 7. from the Summary Dashboard.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use their exact position rather than a binned position.com . However. You can determine the relative degree of pollution for each cell and prioritize which cells in the network are strong candidates for downtilts and coverage optimization. Alternatively.actix.2 Using the pilot pollution analysis 1 To start this analysis. click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel. so events might not align with the data points.4 CDMA / EVDO Pilot Pollution analysis This lets you quickly identify pilot pollution in the inbound (how the selected sector is being polluted by other sectors) and outbound (how the selected sector is polluting other sectors) directions. events plotted on the map (for example.

The arrow on each line points from the polluting sector to the polluted sector. In this example. Outbound pollution lines are drawn in red from the selected sector to the sectors being polluted. In this example that is CDMA_Site_41.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 55 2 Sort the top table by Pilot Pollution Events and click on the top row (that is. Sector 3. Inbound pilot pollution lines are drawn in blue. www. based on the loaded data. The map now highlights the selected sector. The left hand panel displays details of the outbound pollution for the selected sector.actix.com . Rolling over a line with the cursor shows a pop-up message box giving more information on the pollution. which has 183 pilot pollution events. the sector with the most associated pilot pollution problems). The thickness of the lines indicates the degree to which pilot pollution was detected for the selected sector. the selected sector is polluting three other sectors.

www.actix. The left hand panel displays details of the inbound pollution for the selected sector. In this example.com . Note that you can also sort this table . or if the serving cell needs uptilting for greater coverage.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 56 3 Now de-select the Outbound Pilot Pollution Total box to hide the outbound polluting lines and select the Inbound Pilot Pollution Total box. which helps you identify distant sectors that might need downtilting.for example by distance. the selected sector is being polluted by five other sectors.

Select one or more to plot on the map. lines to inbound as well as outbound pollution are drawn from that site. It includes in a tabular form the number of pilot pollution events for each site and the total number of inbound/outbound polluters.Shows details of the inbound and outbound pollution for the selected site.actix. Select a PN to color red all the sites with this PN so you can quickly identify co-PN locations. All the pilot pollution events involving the site are also plotted on the map.Shows summary information. Select one or more to plot on the map. www. and draws lines to polluters on the map. So.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . Overview – Click to display an overview of pilot pollution for the entire drive. Map . PN Search – Visualize a PN on the map. Events – Lists event attributes.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. Side Panel .com . Click on a column title to sort the table by this value. The lines to polluters have a direction arrow suggesting inbound or outbound pollution. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Clicking on a row in this table displays pilot pollution information for the selected cell in the side panel. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. while looking at pilot pollution you could dump the CDMA Dropped Call / EVDO Dropped Connections event on the map and quickly find out if the connection was dropped due to pilot pollution. Analysis – Select Scanner or Handset analysis.4.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 57 7. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages.

5. Examine the report to obtain an overview of the system performance. 7.2 Using the system performance analysis 1 Before using this analysis. and verify that the system meets the following recommended performance criteria: Signal to Interference & Noise Ratio (SINR) Packet Error Rate (PER) Mobile Tx Power Mobile Rx Power RLP Rx Throughput RLP Tx Throughput DRC Rate 7.5 EVDO System Performance analysis EVDO system coverage tests are intended to characterize network performance and coverage. 2 www.5.com . from the Summary Dashboard.1 Before you start For this analysis. Click on the Radio Network Explorer icon and then the System Performance tab.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 58 7. select the EVDO Report. the project will need to contain handset data.actix.

actix. However.for example.com . any Events displayed on the map (for example. Click the column title # < Threshold to show the sectors with the highest number of samples that exceed the performance threshold. Check the # Samples column to make sure that you are looking at data that is statistically significant . 5 Click on a row in the table to show various KPI values for the selected site and a distribution chart for the currently selected metric. by using the drop-down menu) will use the exact event position rather than a binned position. so events might not align with the data points. with 50 or more samples. 3 4 Select from the Metrics drop-down menu the performance metric that you want to examine. The Performance Met column shows whether the currently selected metric has been achieved or failed for each sector.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 59 The System Performance page provides information on whether a particular performance metric has been met for the various sectors shown in the top table. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. www.

including information such as the Average metric. You can select the metric on which to run the test from the Metrics drop-down menu. www. Clicking on a row in this table causes the side panel to display more information about the site and a distribution chart for the metric. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . Map . the map shows the corresponding metric for the selected site. A table shows information on individual sites.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. 7. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list.5. and by default the SINR analysis is presented.Displays various KPI values for the selected site and a distribution chart for the currently selected metric. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 60 6 Click on the sector icon next to the Performance Met column heading to show on the map those sectors that are not performing adequately. Side Panel . Attributes – List of most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. total samples.actix. overview information is displayed in the side panel and on the map.com . When no rows are selected. performance met/not met result etc.Shows summary information.

com . if: (1 . Specify a PN to color red all the sites with this PN.4 Performance metrics Metric SINR Notes Compares Consolidated_SINR_For_Nth_Best_Pilot_0 with the user-defined SINR threshold Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold.% of Low SINR) > (EVDO_SINR_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % PER Compares PER_Instantaneous with the user-defined PER threshold Average_PER_Threshold. 7. Metrics – Select the performance metric to be used for the analysis.actix. High TX Power % = (Meas Bins with TX Power > Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met. High PER % = (Measurement bins with PER > Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met. if: (1 . Low Rx Power % = (Meas Bins with Rx Power < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. to quickly identify Co-PN locations.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 61 Events – List of the event attributes that can be plotted on the map.% of Low RX) > (EVDO_RXPWR_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % Mobile Tx Power Compares TotalPower_Transmitted with the user-defined TX Pwr threshold EVDO_MobileTxPower_Threshold. PN Search – Visualize a PN on the map. if: ((1 .% of High TX) > (EVDO_TXPWR_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % www. if: (1 . You can easily switch between metrics. Low SINR % = (Measurement bins with SINR < Thresh) / (Total Measurement bins)) X 100 Performance criteria met. Overview – Click on this link to display an overview of system performance for the entire drive.5.% of High PER) > (EVDO_PER_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % Mobile Rx Power Compares AGCPower_Received_Antenna0 with the userdefined Rx Power threshold EVDO_MobileRxPower_Threshold.

if: (1 . if: (1 . Low RLP Rx Thpt % = (Meas Bins with RLP Rx Thpt < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met.com .% of Low RLP TX) > (RLPTxThpt_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % DRC Rate Compares DataRate_Requested_ShortTermAverage_Kbps with the user-defined DRC Rate threshold EVDO_DRC_Rate_Requested_Threshold.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 62 Metric RLP Rx Throughput Notes Compares EVDO_RLP_Rx_Throughput_Instantaneous with the user-defined RLP threshold Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold. if: (1 . Low RLP TX Thpt % = (Meas Bins with RLP TX Thpt < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met.% of Low RLP Rx) > (RLPRxThpt_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % RLP Tx Throughput Compares EVDO_RLP_Tx_Throughput_Instantaneous with the user-defined RLP threshold Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold.actix.% of Low DRC) > (EVDO_DRC_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % www. Low DRC % = (Bins with DRC < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met.

2 Example of No Dominance The Summary Dashboard shows an Important Issue: '% area with No Serving Cell Dominance'. Visualize where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold (drawn as a red circle on the map).6. www. for example the issue shown above. within the range G_Interference_Radius (drawn as a dotted blue circle on the map).6. click on an appropriate 'issue' link to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. based on a user-defined threshold.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis.6 GSM Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell.actix. Visualize the neighbor BCCH. 7. Determine the relative grade of service as regards to EcIo.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 63 7. and so are unreliable to use in this investigation. Note that several rows in the top table have a low sample count. See Coverage criteria to see how this was derived.com . 7. Mobile Rx Power and Mobile TX Power for selected cell(s). TCH and BSIC plans. 1 2 From the Summary Dashboard. '#'. Visualize where a cell is the best server.

actix. No Serving Cell Dominance): Attribute ServRxQualSub ServRxLevSub NumNeighbors within 5 dB Important Issue Poor Voice Quality Poor Signal Strength No Serving Cell Dominance The attribute is used in the calculation to identify the issue. select an attribute to plot on the map. www. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. However. say. 50 counts. base on the related Important Issue from the Summary Dashboard (for this example. apply a Filter with a threshold of. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. Click Add Filter and OK.com . as explained in Coverage criteria. 4 From the Attribute drop-down menu.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 64 3 To remove rows with low sample counts. any events displayed on the map (for example. so events might not align with the data points.

The second map image shows RxLev (Where Seen) plotted for the same sector.com . which highlights an area of poor dominance (drawn in red). a problem row has been selected. The first map image shows the 'NumNeighbors within 5 dB' attribute plotted. which shows that it covers an unnecessarily large area. This could be corrected by applying some downtilt to the sector. In the example below. www.actix. and select likely candidate rows.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 65 5 Examine the top table of the analysis for indications of poorly performing cells relating to the Important Issue.

6. up to four radio buttons are displayed at the top of the panel with which you can pick the required type of cell plan visualization. together with colored co-channel.actix. In this example. www. radio buttons will be displayed for the two TCH display options. Depending on the information available. Now from the side panel. 1 2 Use the top table to locate and select cells exhibiting this combination of poor RxQual and good RxLev. and TCHList information will appear in the pop-up sector information. and the cell plan visualization radius is shown as a dotted blue circle. you may need to see if there are any cells in the area that have the same frequencies. the Quality tab of the side panel shows a high percentage of Poor RxQual at the same time as Good RxLev. based on the information held in the cellrefs file. If you have interference. which is usually an indicator of interference. select the Visualization tab. The cell coverage radius is shown as a red circle. On the map you can see the selected sector in gray. adjacent lower and adjacent higher interference sectors.3 Example of GSM visualization This analysis can also be used to highlight and investigate interference issues.com . If TCH information is present in the cellrefs file.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 66 7.

Shows a table of summary information. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. RxLev.BTS Sensitivity + BTS Antenna Gain DL = BTS EIRP . Analysis – The page can operate in two analysis modes: Best Server and Where Seen. where: UL = UE Tx Power . The red circle represents the user-configured coverage design boundary. coverage footprints can only be seen for those cells that were best servers at least once during the drive. Min). and data points outside this circle represent overspill. > D(ist. The table containing the following information: ▫ Handset (Where Seen / Best Server) BCCH # . Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. SC Search – Visualize a SC on the map. if the difference is greater the 8 dB. Top Panel . This quickly identifies co-SC locations. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map.actix.6.Number of samples greater than the coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold). Note that clicking on the icon only displays the Average value. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. RxQual. Best Server mode shows the Ec/Io attribute when the selected cell was the best server (and also RxQual). The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell. Max.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 67 7. Ensure that the site you are looking at has a statistically viable number of samples.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel.Number of samples. (Average. Clicking on a row in this table causes the side panel to display more information about the site and the map zooms to the site and displays its coverage.4 Features of this analysis page Map . % > Beam – Percentage of points outside the cell beamwidth. % >180 Beam – Percentage of points outside a hypothetical beamwidth of 180 degrees. Link Diff – This is the difference between UL and DL pathloss and is used to highlight cell with possible LNA (TMA) issues. Input a SC to visualize on the map and this feature would color red all the sites with this SC.) . The Where Seen mode shows RxLev whenever the cell was measured.com .RxLevSub www. EcIo & RSCP.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 68 Poor Ql. www. ▫ Quality tab . and will need to click on a row in the top table to show them again.com .see Coverage criteria below for details.actix. you will lose the other tabs. Side Panel . Poor Lv and No Dom .(Handset data only) Shows the percentage of Good and Poor RxQual and RxLev in the data (see Coverage criteria for details). Note that if you have the Visualization tab selected and you select a sector not included in the visualization. ▫ Scanner (Where Seen / Best Server) As Handset but no RxQual or Link Diff information in the top table.Each tab displays various KPIs for the selected site.

BCCH adjacent lower.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 69 Distance tab . as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold (changeable from the Tools. the map will only show Where Seen data. TCH co-interference. See also the previous worked example of GSM visualization. Visualization tab . A red line at the top indicates the maximum range for the analysis (equating to the red circle on the map). out to a distance defined by the threshold G_Interference_Radius (which can be changed using the Tools. Display Thresholds command).and adjacent channel interference on the map by coloring in the interfering sectors. Note that the color is determined by the first satisfied condition.com . so if you set the Analysis (see below) to 'Where Seen'.Displays a histogram of the distances at which the cell was measured. Display Thresholds command).actix.Displays BCCH. in the following order: BCCH co-interference. TCH adjacent upper. TCH adjacent lower. Note that the side panel only shows Best Server data. TCH (if available in the cellrefs file) and Co BSIC co. so there may appear to be a discrepancy between the two views. www. BCCH adjacent upper.

actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 70 %Intrf or %Interference in the visualization table is the ratio between the number of interfering channels in common and the sum of all the channels on the cell. and so the %Intrf is 100% x 3/4 = 75%. So in the BCCH example below. there is 1 BCCH channel and 3 TCH channels used by the sector.com . In the TCH example below. Each row shows three interfering TCH channels. and so the %Intrf is 100% x 1/4 = 25%. www. Each row shows only one interfering BCCH channel. there is 1 BCCH channel and 3 TCH channels used by the sector.

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TCH Co/adjacent Channel % is shown below. This type of visualization is inappropriate for frequency hopping - that is, where baseband or synthesized traffic channels are being used.

Co BSIC visualization is shown below. This is used to distinguish between two different cells which are on the same BCCH. Orange sectors show that there is another cell on the same BSIC (co BSIC channel interference), and red sectors show that the cell also has the same BCCH.

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7.6.5 Coverage criteria
Condition Poor Voice Quality Poor Signal Strength No Serving Cell Dominance Top table column or Quality tab* Poor Quality, Poor Ql Poor Leverl, Poor Lv No Dom Criteria ServRxQualSub < G_RxQualSub_Max threshold ServRxLevSub < G_RxLevSub_Min threshold If the sum of all these conditions is > 2: ((ServRxLevSubNborRxLev[n])<5) * (abs(ServBCCHNborBCCH[n])<375), where n is 0 to 5. Where none of the above conditions is true.

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7.7 GSM 2G Missing Neighbors analysis
This lets you use scanner data to optimize neighbor lists for sites within a userdefined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) of the selected cell. Where the serving cell cannot carry a call due to interference or poor radio conditions, the call needs to be moved to a better cell. If the cellrefs file contains neighbor information, the analysis examines the relationship between the existing neighbors and the potential neighbors as seen by the scanner, and generates add, remove and retain recommendations for each site and cell. You can export the suggestions made by the analysis directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly.

7.7.1 Before you start
You will need to have loaded a suitable GSM scanner stream.

7.7.2 Using the neighbor list analysis
1 To start this analysis, from the Summary Dashboard page, click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab, or click on an appropriate link in the left-hand Issues panel. If you have not done so before, check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm. In this example, we will be interested in the Minimum Samples and the Addition Threshold. If you alter a data setting, the analysis will immediately update.

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Sort the top table by the Add column. You can now see the sector with the highest number of recommended additions to its neighbor list. Check that the Server Count column shows an acceptable value (you can also define a cutoff threshold using Minimum Samples in the Data Settings dialog as shown above).

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Click on the top row in the table to show information for that sector.

The map now shows lines to the recommended additions (there are many additions in this example as the cellrefs file does not contain any 3G-2G neighbor definitions - therefore there are also no retentions or removals suggested). The thickness of each line shows how well the suggestion meets the criteria of the analysis. The circle represents the radius of the Maximum Intersite Distance (defined in the Data Settings dialog) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. The map also displays the data points used in the analysis. The side panel on the left shows each recommendation for a sector individually, sorted by the % of data points that meet the recommendation algorithm. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. However, any events displayed on the map (for example, by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position, so events might not align with the data points.

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Note that the number beside the button changes to match your selection.actix. If you clicked the button. You could now go through the same process for the 'Removals' column (this example contains no 'removals' suggestions). This can be useful if there are a large number of recommendations and you need to keep track of how many you have already selected. If you do not want to select every recommendation for a sector.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 75 5 Examine each suggested additional neighbor. So if you selected 5 additions. Also. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors.com . Note that by default the map does not show lines for removal recommendations. you can click the related button in the table to mark your choice. You may have reasons for refusing to accept the suggestion on geographical grounds (for example. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. you may know that one or more sites will be going off-air and should not be selected. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. If you accept all suggestions for a sector. this would result in the number reading 5/12. You may well have an upper limit already defined by your internal guidelines. For example. but you can also control this using the Data Settings link at the top of the screen and specify a new Max Neighbor List Size value. 6 7 Repeat this process for each row in the top table. or for reasons related to the data settings. www. existing cells between the sector and the suggested addition). the number would read 12/12. if there were 12 suggested additions in the first row. as necessary. you can use the table in the side panel on the left. the number would show 0/12. with none currently selected for export.

Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. which can be used to build lists of suggested neighbor cells to add and remove. See below for more information. Side Panel .7. The circle represents the user-defined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. and draw lines to neighbors on the map.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 76 8 Once you are satisfied with the recommendations that you have selected.com . www.When you click a row in the table or a site on the map. lines to neighbors are drawn from that site.Shows details of the neighbor recommendations. The box beside each recommendation type shows which color it will be drawn in on the map click on the check box to show or hide that particular recommendation type (by default.Shows add. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. click the Export data link. Export data – Select this link to export neighbor recommendations to a CSV file. Data Settings – This link opens up a dialog box for configuring the algorithm that Spotlight uses for the missing neighbor analysis. Check boxes next to a recommendation can be selected for export to a CSV file.actix. Removals are not shown). 7. The map also shows the data points used in the analysis. removal and retention neighbor recommendations for every site. Clicking on a row in this table displays neighbor information for the selected cell in the side panel. Map .3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . All of the options take effect immediately after you click OK. together with related site information. From the top of the page. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. you can output them to a CSV file. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list.

Note that the algorithm works off Binned data. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells meeting the other criteria. Defines the percentage of samples that must be reached to trigger a cell being added as a suggested neighbor.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 77 7. set this value to 0. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. of samples where X is the serving cell) where the thresholds relate to whether Y should be added (or removed. This is used to reduce the effect of stray signals.4 Data settings for this page Setting RxLev Threshold (dB) Reporting Range (dB) Addition Threshold (%) Default -95 Description The RxLev of the serving cell must be better than this threshold value for the cell to be considered in this analysis. The RxLev of any candidate neighbor cell must be no worse than this value from the RxLev Threshold for the cell to be considered in this analysis (so no worse than –100 dB if using the default value for RxLev Threshold). Removal Threshold (%) 0.2 Defines the minimum percentage of samples that cells in the current neighbor list must achieve in order to be recommended for retention in the list. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis. Defines the maximum line-of-sight distance in meters between two cells for one to be considered for inclusion on the other's neighbor list.com . 5 1 Minimal Samples Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 50 5000 Only process first best ARFCN Max Neighbor List Size Selected 32 www.actix. see below) from X‘s neighbor list. of samples where cell X is the serving cell to Y) / (Total no. Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors.7. use a higher value. When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. cells will be recommended for removal from the list. To disable this feature. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment. where the percentage is: 100 * (No. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only.

This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions. the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc.com . they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list.actix. Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 78 Setting Angle to site threshold (degrees) Default 90 Description Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. To disable this feature. retentions and removals. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). set this value to 0. This threshold ensures that missing neighbors are not suggested from reflected signals or back-lobes. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side. In this example.

7. by selecting a cell.1 Before you start You can only use scanner data for this analysis. and changing the thresholds at this point will have no effect on the analysis. 1 From the Summary Dashboard. click on an appropriate issue link or the Radio Explorer icon to open the Cell Coverage analysis page.com . www. Note that these thresholds have already been applied to the loaded data.8 LTE Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell. Quickly visualize where a cell is the best server. Visually determine where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold). Hovering over the link shows the thresholds used to identify this issue.8.8. 7.2 Example The Summary Dashboard shows an Important Issue relating to Poor Coverage.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 79 7.

actix. To remove rows with low sample counts. apply a Filter with a threshold of.com . say. 3 4 Sort by Av RSRP by clicking on the column heading. Click Add Filter and OK. Note that several rows have a low sample count and so are unreliable to use in this investigation. so examine the top table of the analysis for indications of poorly performing cells. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 80 2 The Issues panel showed a high percentage of Poor Coverage issues. > and enter 50. 50 counts by selecting #Samples.

note that there are some samples with poor RSRP despite being very close to the problem sector.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 81 5 Color the cells by RSRP by clicking on the multi-cell icon beside the column heading (the icon should become colored to indicate this is toggled on). www.com . 7 Looking at the map.actix. 6 Select the top sector row.

as defined by LTE_Scan_PoorRSRP_Threshold and LTE_Scan_PoorRSRQ_Threshold. Dist tab – Displays a histogram of the distances at which the cell was measured.Number of samples greater than the coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold).When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Ave). RSRP and RSRQ. Cell Search – Visualize a cell on the map. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. Ensure that you are looking at a statistically sensible number of samples. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. www. Analysis – Select LTE Scanner Where Seen or Best Server analysis mode.Shows a table of summary information. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. Min. The red circle represents the user-configured coverage design boundary. Changing the mode affects the RSRP attribute that is displayed on the map.Number of samples. The map zooms to the site and displays its coverage. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Vis tab – Displays cell details.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 82 7. >180 Beam – Percentage of points outside an imaginary beamwidth of 180 degrees. Currently there are no events to display. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. Clicking on a row in this table causes the side panel to display more information about the site. Side Panel Quality tab – Displays a quadrant chart with the percentage values of points in good/bad RSRP and good/bad RSRQ.8. A red line indicates the maximum range for the analysis. The table contains the following information: ▫ Scanner # .actix. Sector ID or L1_CID to visualize. this feature would color red all the cell(s) matching the selected criteria. Best Server mode shows the RSRP when the selected cell was the best server. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. coverage footprints can only be seen for those cells that were best servers at least once during the drive. you can perform analyses from the perspective of one carrier. > Dist . the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . Map . > Beam – Percentage of points outside the cell beamwidth. The Where Seen mode shows the RSRP whenever the cell was measured. Input a Site Name. RSRP. and data points outside this circle represent overspill.com . RSRQ (Max. In multi-carrier environments.

In this example.2 Using the neighbor list analysis 1 To start this analysis. check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm. 7. If you alter a data setting. Check that the Server Count column shows an acceptable value (you can also define a cutoff threshold using Minimum Samples in the Data Settings dialog as shown above). the call needs to be moved to a better cell. If the cellrefs file contains neighbor information. remove and retain recommendations for each site and cell.com . www. You can now see the sector with the highest number of recommended additions to its neighbor list. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab. from the Summary Dashboard page. we will be interested in the Minimum Samples and the Addition Threshold.9.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 83 7. the analysis examines the relationship between the existing neighbors and the potential neighbors as seen by the scanner.9. You can export the suggestions made by the analysis directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly. or click on an appropriate link in the left-hand Issues panel. the analysis will immediately update. 7.9 UMTS / HSPA 3G Neighbor List analysis This lets you use scanner data to optimize neighbor lists for sites within a userdefined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) of the selected cell.actix. Where the serving cell cannot carry a call due to interference or poor radio conditions. If you have not done so before. and generates add. 2 3 Sort the top table by the Add column.1 Before you start You will need to have loaded a suitable GSM scanner stream.

actix. The side panel on the left shows each recommendation for a sector individually. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. sorted by the % of data points that meet the recommendation algorithm. However.com . Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. www. The map now shows lines to the recommended additions (there are many additions in this example as the cellrefs file does not contain any 3G-2G neighbor definitions . The map also displays the data points used in the analysis. The circle represents the radius of the Maximum Intersite Distance (defined in the Data Settings dialog) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 84 4 Click on the top row in the table to show information for that sector. The thickness of each line shows how well the suggestion meets the criteria of the analysis. so events might not align with the data points. any events displayed on the map (for example.therefore there are also no retentions or removals suggested).

You could now go through the same process for the 'Removals' column (this example contains no 'removals' suggestions). or for reasons related to the data settings. If you clicked the button. with none currently selected for export. Also. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. this would result in the number reading 5/12. as necessary. For example. You may have reasons for refusing to accept the suggestion on geographical grounds (for example. If you accept all suggestions for a sector. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. you can use the table in the side panel on the left. Note that by default the map does not show lines for removal recommendations. the number would read 12/12. but you can also control this using the Data Settings link at the top of the screen and specify a new Max Neighbor List Size value.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 85 5 Examine each suggested additional neighbor. the number would show 0/12.com . the longer it will take a handset to find appropriate neighbors. You may well have an upper limit already defined by your internal guidelines. www. If you do not want to select every recommendation for a sector. 6 7 Repeat this process for each row in the top table. So if you selected 5 additions. there were 12 suggested additions in the first row. you may know that one or more sites will be going off-air and should not be selected.actix. existing cells between the sector and the suggested addition). This can be useful if there are a large number of recommendations and you need to keep track of how many you have already selected. you can click the related button in the table to mark your choice. Note that the number beside the button changes to match your selection.

Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Specify an SC and this feature colors red all the sites using this SC.com . Removals are not shown). See below for more information.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . All of the options take effect immediately after you click OK. removal and retention neighbor recommendations for every site. and draw lines to neighbors on the map. Export data – Select this link to export neighbor recommendations to a CSV file.actix. The circle represents the user-defined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. Side Panel .9. Data Settings – This link opens up a dialog box for configuring the algorithm that Spotlight uses for the missing neighbor analysis.Shows add. From the top of the page. you can output them to a CSV file. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map.Shows details of the neighbor recommendations. lines to neighbors are drawn from that site. Map . The box beside each recommendation type shows which color it will be drawn in on the map click on the check box to show or hide that particular recommendation type (by default.When you click a row in the table or a site on the map. Scanner Frequency – The results can be filtered by carrier. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 86 8 Once you are satisfied with the recommendations that you have selected. Find SC – This link allows you to visualize an SC on the map. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. which can be used to build lists of suggested neighbor cells to add and remove. Clicking on a row in this table displays neighbor information for the selected cell in the side panel. The map also shows the data points used in the analysis. 7. www. click the Export data link. Check boxes next to a recommendation can be selected for export to a CSV file. together with related site information.

Defines the minimum percentage of samples that cells in the current neighbor list must achieve in order to be recommended for retention in the list. Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors.4 Data settings for this page Setting RxLev Threshold (dB) Reporting Range (dB) Addition Threshold (%) Removal Threshold (%) Default -95 Description The RxLev of the serving cell must be better than this value before the cell will be considered in the analysis. Note that the algorithm works off Binned data Defines the maximum line-of-sight distance in meters between two cells for one to be considered for inclusion on the other's neighbor list. 5 1 0. conceivably resulting in a dropped call.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 87 7. Defines the percentage of samples that must be reached to trigger a cell being added as a suggested neighbor. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis. set this value to 0. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. This is used to reduce the effect of stray signals. The RxLev of the serving cell must be no further than this from the RxLev Threshold before the cell will be considered in the analysis (so no worse than -100 dB if using the default values). Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment.9.actix. When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. cells will be recommended for removal from the list.com . the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors.2 Minimal Samples Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 50 5000 Only process first best ARFCN Max Neighbor List Size Selected 32 www. To disable this feature. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells meeting the other criteria. use a higher value.

This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions. In this example. Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list. This threshold ensures that missing neighbors are not suggested from reflected signals or back-lobes. retentions and removals. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list.com . To disable this feature. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle).actix. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side. set this value to 0.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 88 Setting Angle to site threshold (degrees) Default 90 Description Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. www.

which must contain a field called GSMNeighborList on the WCDMA_Cell network element. and generates add.are typically caused by missing neighbors. remove and retain recommendations for each site and cell. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab.com . or click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel: www.2 Using the neighbor list analysis 1 To start this analysis.actix. UMTS scanners are able to scan several frequencies (identified by the UARFCN) simultaneously. A GSM scanner or handset stream that was logged at the same time. If the cellrefs file contains neighbor information. it must have been logged in idle mode. 7. If a handset stream is used.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 89 7.1 Before you start You will need to have loaded the following: A UMTS scanner stream that relates to a single UMTS frequency. 7. Increasingly.10. from the Summary Dashboard page.10 UMTS / HSPA 3G-2G Neighbor List analysis This lets you use scanner data to optimize neighbor lists for sites within a userdefined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) of the selected cell.and the call needs to be carried out or completed in the 2G network . Situations where the 3G network cannot carry a call due to interference or poor radio conditions . These are cells that have not been defined in the neighbor list of the strongest cell at a given location. You can export the suggestions made by the analysis directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly. the analysis examines the relationship between the existing neighbors and the potential neighbors as seen by the scanner. These must have been loaded using a suitable matching cellrefs file. but which have an RxLevel good enough to be added to the UE‘s neighbor list as a potential cell to hand over from 3G to 2G.10.

Check that the Server Count column shows an acceptable value (you can also define a cutoff threshold using the Minimum Sample Count as shown above). 4 Click on the top row in the table to show information for that sector. You can now see the sector with the highest number of recommended additions to its neighbor list.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 90 2 If you have not done so before. check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm.actix. In this example. 3 Sort the top table by the Add column. we will be interested in the Minimum Sample Count and the Addition Threshold. If you alter a data setting. www. the analysis will immediately update.

5 Examine each suggested additional neighbor.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 91 The map now shows lines to the recommended additions (there are many additions in this example as the cellrefs file does not contain any 3G-2G neighbor definitions . any events displayed on the map (for example. However. the number would read 51/51. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. If you accept all suggestions for a sector. The side panel on the left shows each recommendation for a sector individually. if there were 51 suggested additions in the first row. So if you selected 13 additions. This can be useful if. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template.com . there are a large number of recommendations and you need to keep track of how many you have already selected.actix. so events might not align with the data points. you can use the table in the side panel on the left. If you clicked the button. The thickness of each line shows how well the suggestion meets the criteria of the analysis. The map also displays the data points used in the analysis. you can click the related button in the table to mark your choice. the number would show 0/51. with none currently selected for export. this would result in the number reading 13/51. For example.therefore there are also no retentions or removals suggested). as in this example. www. The circle represents the user-defined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. sorted by the % of data points that meet the recommendation algorithm. If you do not want to select every recommendation for a sector. Note that the number beside the button changes to match your selection.

3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . Check boxes next to a recommendation can be selected for export to a CSV file.When you click a row in the table or a site on the map.Shows details of the neighbor recommendations. you can output them to a CSV file. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. Repeat this process for each row in the top table. or for reasons related to the data settings. You may well have an upper limit already defined by your internal guidelines. by editing the CSV file). Also. existing cells between the sector and the suggested addition). Map . lines to neighbors are drawn from that site. you may want to use the SC Search feature to find an alternative sector to add to the neighbor list. 6 If you disagree with a suggested addition.com .actix. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 92 You may have reasons for refusing to accept the suggestion on geographical grounds (for example. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. The map also shows the data points used in the analysis. Side Panel . Another problem that arises from this example (due to no 3G2G neighbor data in the cellrefs file) is the sheer number of suggested additions: 51. and will need to make the correction to the switch manually (for example. www. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors. Note that by default the map does not show lines for removal recommendations. The circle represents the user-defined radius (Maximum Intersite Distance) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. Note that in this case you will not be able to output your choice.Shows add. The box beside each recommendation type shows which color it will be drawn in on the map click on the check box to show or hide that particular recommendation type (by default. From the top of the page. Removals are not shown). compared with the maximum permitted number of 32. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. You could now go through the same process for the 'Removals' column (this example contains no 'removals' suggestions). Clicking on a row in this table displays neighbor information for the selected cell in the side panel. as necessary. click the Export data link. and draw lines to neighbors on the map.10. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. 7 8 9 7. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. removal and retention neighbor recommendations for every site. Once you are satisfied with the recommendations that you have selected. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. together with related site information. you may know that one or more sites will be going off-air and should not be selected. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map.

10. All of the options take effect immediately after you click OK. This is used to reduce the effect of stray signals. Find SC – Visualize an SC on the map. EcIo or RSCP. now the potential neighbor must have a measured BSIC greater than or equal to this value to be included on the potential neighbor list. select EcIo. Specify an SC and this feature colors red all the sites using this SC. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment. see below) from X‘s neighbor list. set this value to 0. Scanner Frequency – The results can be filtered by carrier. use a higher value.4 Data settings for this page Setting UMTS Threshold Type EcIo Threshold (dBm) RSCP Threshold (dBm) GSM Neighbor Threshold (dBm) Minimal Sample Count Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 0 Default Description Depending on which measurement your network uses for determining when to hand over. RSCP.com . -100 -95 50 5000 Addition Threshold (%) 1 www. or EcIo and RSCP. If a potential neighbor has passed the UMTS threshold criteria described above. Note that the algorithm works off Binned data. of samples where X is the serving cell) where the thresholds relate to whether Y should be added (or removed. Defines the maximum line-of-sight distance in meters between two cells for one to be considered for inclusion on the other's neighbor list. which can be used to build lists of suggested neighbor cells to add and remove. Defines the percentage of samples that must be reached to trigger a cell being added as a suggested neighbor.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 93 Export data – Select this link to export neighbor recommendations to a CSV file. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis.actix. Data Settings – This link opens up a dialog box for configuring the algorithm that Spotlight uses for the missing neighbor analysis. 7. See below for more information. of samples where cell X is the serving cell to Y) / (Total no. where the percentage is: 100 * (No. A neighboring cell must have an RSCP of less than or equal to this value to be included on the potential neighbor list. To disable this feature. A neighboring cell must have an EcIo of less than or equal to this value to be included on the potential neighbor list.

Only process first best SC Max Neighbor List Size Selected 32 Angle to site threshold (degrees) 90 In this example. Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. To disable this feature.actix. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested. Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells meeting the other criteria. cells will be recommended for removal from the list. www. This threshold ensures that missing neighbors are not suggested from reflected signals or back-lobes. This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 94 Setting Removal Threshold (%) Default 0.2 Description Defines the minimum percentage of samples that cells in the current neighbor list must achieve in order to be recommended for retention in the list. they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list. retentions and removals. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. set this value to 0. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side.com . the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc.

Visually determine where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold).11.2 Example using handset data The Summary Dashboard shows an Important Issue relating to Poor Coverage.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 95 7. and changing the thresholds at this point will have no effect on the analysis. Quickly visualize where a cell is the best server. 7. Hovering over the link shows the thresholds used to identify this issue.11 UMTS / HSPA Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell. click on an appropriate issue link or the Radio Explorer icon to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. Note that these thresholds have already been applied to the loaded data.com . www. 7. by selecting a cell. so examine the top table of the analysis for indications of poorly performing cells. Note that several rows have a low sample count and so are unreliable to use in this investigation. 11 The Issues panel showed a high percentage of System Interference issues. 10 From the Summary Dashboard.11.actix.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis.

say. apply a Filter with a threshold of. 14 Color the cells by EcIo by clicking on the icon beside the column heading. Select the top sector row. www.com .actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 96 12 To remove rows with low sample counts. Click Add Filter and OK. 50 counts. 13 Sort by Ave EcIo by clicking on the column heading.

www. note that there are some samples with poor EcIo despite being very close to the problem sector. However. 16 So what other cells are interfering to cause this situation? Experiment with plotting various Events and Attributes . any events displayed on the map (for example.com . This may indicate a missing neighbor.plotting the Uu_ActiveSet_Count attribute shows that there is only one clear server. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position.actix. Site 8130 Sector B.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 97 15 Looking at the map. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. so events might not align with the data points.

com . Here we can see that there is a suggested addition to the neighbor list.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 98 17 Click on the 3G Neighbor List tab.actix. See the 3G Neighbor List analysis for more information. Note that the map and table keep the focus on the selected cell. so exporting and using that new neighbor should solve the problem. www.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 99 7. Select the top sector row. 1 2 3 4 Click on the issue link to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. Color the map cells by >180 Beam by clicking on the icon next to the column heading.com . sort by >180 Beam by clicking on the column heading. 5 www. as described in the previous example. As the problem concerns data points outside the serving cell beamwidth.11. Filter out any rows with low sample counts.actix. Note that the top two sectors are in the same site.3 Example using scanner data The Summary Dashboard shows an Important Issue where a large percentage of data points were identified as being outside the beamwidth of the serving cell.

Ave). Looking at the map. > Dist.Number of samples greater than the coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold).Number of samples greater than the coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold). Min. > Dist. if the difference is greater the 8 dB. www. >180 Beam.11. – Percentage of points outside an imaginary beamwidth of 180 degrees. RSCP (Max.4 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . > Beam. Link Diff. . EcNo. Ave). Min.Where Seen'.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 100 6 7 Ensure that in the top panel. – Percentage of points outside the cell beamwidth. ▫ Handset # .Number of samples. 7. note that the samples seen for the selected sector appear in the beam of the other offending sector. . The table contains the following information: ▫ Scanner # . Ensure that you are looking at a statistically sensible number of samples. – This is the difference between UL and DL pathloss and is used to highlight cell with possible LNA (TMA) issues. EcNo. RSCP (Max. Ensure that you are looking at a statistically sensible number of samples.Shows a table of summary information.com . you select the Analysis 'Scanner . Select the other sector from the table or the map to confirm that this is a crossfeeder situation.actix.Number of samples.

Best Server mode shows the Ec/Io when the selected cell was the best server. A red line indicates the maximum range for the analysis. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. The red circle represents the user-configured coverage design boundary. www. Changing the mode affects the Ec/Io attribute that is displayed on the map. The page can operate in two modes: Best Server and Where Seen.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 101 Downlink Interference factor. and data points outside this circle represent overspill. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. Side Panel . Map .When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Input a SC to visualize on the map and this feature would color red all the sites with this SC. This quickly identifies co-SC locations. the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell. SC Search – Visualize a SC on the map.com . EcIo & RSCP. The map zooms to the site and displays its coverage. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. coverage footprints can only be seen for those cells that were best servers at least once during the drive.Displays various KPI values for the site selected and a histogram of the distances at which the cell was measured. The Where Seen mode shows the Ec/Io whenever the cell was measured. Analysis – Select Scanner (Best Server/Where Seen) or Handset (Best Server/Where Seen) analysis. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages.actix. Note that in multi-carrier environments. you can perform analyses from the perspective of one carrier. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. System interference % Limited coverage % Poor UL & DL % Clicking on a row in this table causes the side panel to display more information about the site.

click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on the Cell Pilot Pollution tab. such as Too Many Servers (a pilot pollution issue). Alternatively. You can determine the relative degree of pollution for each cell and prioritize which cells in the network are strong candidates for downtilts and coverage optimization. 2 Sort the top table by Outbound Cells and click on the top row.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 102 7.actix. 7.2 Example using scanner data 1 To start this analysis. click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel.12. 7. and view the offending sectors on the map.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis. from the Summary Dashboard.12. www.12 UMTS / HSPA Cell Pilot Pollution analysis This lets you quickly identify pilot pollution in the inbound (how the selected sector is being polluted by other sectors) and outbound (how the selected sector is polluting other sectors) directions.com . You can also select single or multiple events to see lines to the sectors contributing to the pollution.

so events might not align with the data points. The arrow on each line points from the polluting sector to the polluted sector. 5 www. Rolling over the lines with the cursor displays more detailed information (see the example below). De-select Outbound Cells and select Inbound Cells. to show lines to cells. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. any events displayed on the map (for example. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position. as the selected sector 55662 looks like the best candidate for investigation as it has a high number of Too Many Servers events. Inbound pilot pollution lines are drawn in blue. and that you can hide or show these polluting lines by clearing or checking the related box in the top table.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 103 In this example. The thickness of the lines indicates the degree to which pilot pollution was detected for the selected sector. On the map. 4 The inbound polluters are shown by blue lines. and Outbound and Inbound Cell polluters. However. The map now highlights the selected sector. based on the loaded data.com . drag a box around the area with a cluster of Too Many Server events. 3 De-select the Inbound Cells box to hide the inbound polluting lines. Outbound pollution lines are drawn in red from the selected sector to the sectors being polluted. The map also shows the Too Many Server events.actix.

actix. from the top table. At this point you could use the Cell Coverage tab to see the best way to improve the coverage for the selected sector. www. and a few polluting cells are some distance away. In the image below. so you would need to improve the coverage in that area. the EcIo values have been plotted on the map to confirm the situation near the Too Many Server events.com . de-select Inbound Cells and select Outbound Cells.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 104 There is no clear dominator in this area. 6 To see how the selected sector is polluting other sectors.

Side Panel . This confirms that the selected sector may need some downtilt to avoid causing the pollution and to increase nearby coverage.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 105 The selected sector is causing pollution at quite a distance.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . lines to inbound as well as outbound pollution are drawn from that site. It includes in a tabular form the number of pilot pollution events for each site and the total number of inbound/outbound polluters.actix. The lines to polluters have a direction arrow suggesting inbound or outbound pollution.Shows details of the inbound and outbound pollution for the selected site. All the pilot pollution events involving the site are also plotted on the map. Map .Summary information is displayed in the top panel. Use the Cell Coverage tab to see how best to improve the coverage for the selected sector. past much closer sectors. Clicking on a row in this table causes pilot pollution information for the selected cell to be displayed in the side panel. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel.When you click a row in the top panel or a site on the map.com .12. www. 7. and lines to polluters to be drawn on the map.

so you can quickly identify co-SC locations.com . The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. So. As a result. Input a SC to color red all the sites with this SC. and therefore interference is directly linked to the coverage and capacity of such a network.actix. The F factor is also an indication of pilot pollution—coverage quality will suffer from an increased load as the F factor increases. Events – Lists event attributes.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 106 Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes. A satisfactory Eb/N0 value is of paramount importance in maintaining a satisfactory quality of service (measured using Frame Erasure Rate or Block Error Rate). such as in UMTS FDD mode. Select one or more to plot on the map. and affects both the cell range and capacity of the system. This is represented by the F factor. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. defined as Home cell noise/Total noise. while looking at pilot pollution.13 About the Interference factor (‗F‘ factor) With CDMA technology. The more users in the system. SC Search – Visualize a SC on the map. So. One important source of interference in a WCDMA network comes from the signals transmitted by surrounding cells (inter-cell interference). Analysis – Select Scanner or Handset analysis. the higher the interference and the smaller the cell range. The F factor can be calculated from measurements as follows: CPICH Ec/Io = CPICH RSCP – UE RSSI UE RSSI = Nt + Is + Io where: Nt = thermal noise of the UE (-100 dBm) Is = Interference (received power fraction) coming from same cell Io = Interference (received power fraction) coming from other cell as such the F factor. the interference level is directly related to the user density in the considered cell and neighbors. understanding the relationship between coverage and capacity— and how it is affected by interference and transmit power—is essential for UMTS network planning. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. interference is a critical factor because communication occurs on the same frequency band and time slot. whether you are looking at a totally new network or a secondgeneration network that is migrating to 3G. Io / Is can be written as: F = Io / Is =( UE RSSI – Nt – (CPICH RSCP)) / CPICH RSCP www. Select one or more to plot on the map. 7. you could plot the UMTS Dropped Call event on the map and quickly see if the call dropped due to pilot pollution.

actix.com . If a cell has a higher value.1 Example 1 . most of the DL interference (F-factor) is below 5 across most of the drive.13. 7. because at the edge of cells the F-factor will naturally be higher. Note When examining drive data.Low 'F' factor In the example below.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 107 A good value for the F factor is below 3 (or 4) over 95% of the cell area. the F-Factor is very dependent on the route. www. the capacity of this cell will be impacted. and even more so when the network becomes loaded.

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7.13.2 Example 2 - High 'F' factor
In the example below, there are areas where the DL interference is high, even with a cell site in the area (for example - middle bottom). The region could suffer from capacity issues as the network usage increases. Thus, the region needs some optimization, in the form of downtilts, azimuth changes, or new sites.

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8 Using the Event Explorer
8.1 About the Event Explorer
The Event Explorer provides a detailed analysis of critical failure events. You could arrive at this page from the Summary Dashboard as a result of clicking on an appropriate Issue or on the Event Explorer icon.

8.1.1 Worked example investigating dropped calls
In this case, we have chosen to analyze call drops and so all the dropped call events appear on the map. The cell wedges are color coded to represent dropped call numbers. The side panel lists all the critical events occurring in the drive. When using this page, you can work from the data in the top table or from the diagnostics panel on the left. The table in the top panel has a row for each site and lists the failure rates for that site. Note that the table shows a set of KPIs that correspond to the current Category (selected from a drop down menu above the top table – this prevents the table from becoming cluttered by only showing a small set of related KPIs at the same time).

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Selecting the heading sorts the table by that KPI. The symbol beside the top table heading indicates the additional effect of selection:

Selecting a heading with an on the map.

icon allows you to visualize the KPIs and events

Selecting a heading with an icon allows you to visualize the KPIs and events on the map and also displays the diagnostics on the left panel. If the top table shows high values for a particular problem KPI, check the top left hand box to enable the selection boxes for each row. Then check each row with high problem KPIs. The side panel is now filtered to show the events appearing for only the selected site/sector rows. If there are many rows in the table, you might want to sort by the Diagnostics column to see the diagnostic types grouped alphabetically.

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In this example, EcIo has been selected from the Attributes menu at the top and displayed on the map. There are some poor values surrounding the dropped call event, which is expected for a handover problem. Plotting pilot pollution events may also help you to understand the situation here.

Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. However, any events displayed on the map will use the exact position rather than a binned position, so they may not necessarily align with the data points. Drilldown allows you to view selected data related to the event on the Drilldown page, which shows a range of analysis views appropriate to the type of diagnosis. For more information, see the section on Drilldown on p112.

8.1.2 Features of this analysis page
Filters – The table on the top panel can be filtered by adding filters through this dialog Attributes drop-down menu – List of attributes that are most useful in analyzing drive data. For example, for UMTS data you could select Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo. From the map, you could see if EcNo is higher around a dropped call, which would suggest that the call quality was degrading immediately before the event. See the Attribute / Event Help (available from the Help menu) for more information. Events drop-down menu – List of the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. See the Attribute / Event Help (available from the Help menu) for more information.

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Typically this will be for an HSPA network. Make sure that you set the Data Service Analysis thresholds to suit your requirements before loading the data.Provides RF measurement data around the event 8.The left hand side panel provides a diagnosis for the failure event.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 112 Detailed event diagnostics .actix. www. To set the thresholds.2 Data Service Analysis You can use this analysis to examine the data service performance of your network. The screenshot below shows the Data Service Analysis Summary page. consisting of these sections: ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Causes – Shows possible causes for the event Further Explanation – Provides details on the causes for the event Further Analysis – Suggests how to proceed with further analysis Measurement Information . probably working in conjunction with some legacy UMTS or GPRS areas. from the top menu select Tools > Display Thresholds and go to the Data Service Analysis section.

Task is used to refer to any data upload or download. Clicking on an Issue link takes you to the Event Explorer page for Data Service Analysis: www. for example. see Appendix D: Data Service Analysis thresholds.actix.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 113 The Issues panel reports on the following issues: Task Failure Rate. browsing a web page or a ‗ping‘ test. Percentage of FTP upload or download tasks below the composite threshold value (consisting of the composite threshold value for each technology involved in the logged data). consider a data download Task where the UE spends 80% of the time in Cell_DCH and 20% in HSPA. The composite throughput threshold is: (80% x ApplicationLowTput_UMTS_DL_Threshold) + (20% x Application_LowTput_HSDPA_DL_Threshold) For more information on the thresholds used to identify these issues. an FTP ‗put‘ or ‗get‘. Percentage of FTP upload or download tasks below the absolute threshold value. As an example of how the composite threshold value is calculated.

showing the HSUPA Radio Chart from the drilldown analysis: HSUPA Radio Chart In the first half of the Task.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 114 Here is an example of a drilldown into upload data. we can see a correlation between higher SGI and higher throughput (labeled 1 in the screenshot). there are two main obvious causes for low throughput: Many spikes of high NACK rate Many radio drops In the second half of the Task.actix. www.

showing the HSDPA Radio Chart from the drilldown analysis: HSDPA Radio Chart Examining this HSPA call leads to three routes for improving the radio network performances (labeled in the above screenshot): 1 Low UE frame usage The throughput (the blue line at the top) clearly matches the UE frame usage (the histogram near the bottom). www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 115 Here is an example of a drilldown into download data.com .actix. Extended periods of low UE frame usage could indicate that the HSPA network is congested in this area. The possible causes and corresponding actions would be: Low radio bandwidth – deploy an additional frequency here. if the radio resources are sufficient you may need to balance the load properly between the sectors.

The possible causes would be: The Scheduler in the Node B periodically reduces the scheduling for this UE in order to average out the throughput between users.com . or an Iub capacity issue. www. The reason could be a data buffer dimensioning issue somewhere in the data transmission chain. The data buffer for the UE in the Node B empties periodically. on the bottom side panel. 2 Low throughput at HSPA cell change HSPA cell changes seem to be responsible for a high degradation in CQI and a low UE frame usage.3 Drill Down from the Event Explorer All Spotlight analyses in the Event Explorer and Radio Network Explorer pages use data from the project database. click on the check box next to an event to drill down further. The possible improvements would be: Change the HSPA cell change criteria in the RNC to speed up HSPA cell changes.1 Why use drilldown? Initially you will want to be reassured that the Spotlight diagnosis is correct. other reasons to use drilldown may be that you may have some engineering knowledge or familiarity with the locality that leads you to suspect that the diagnosis may not be considering these factors. As you become familiar with Spotlight‘s event diagnostics. 3 Spikes of low throughput In this example. we see regular spikes of low throughput. 8.3. because the data gets transferred on the air interface faster than the Node B gets data from the RNC. If you want to drill down further to investigate at the message level. 8.actix. Avoid ping pong between cells.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 116 The Iub link capacity cannot support the user traffic – add more Iub capacity for this Node B.

the window might not include the appropriate messages that trigger the event. Note If you do not define a large-enough drilldown window. although in practice it is more efficient to select multiple calls for the drilldown analysis. Spotlight will only load data for that time window. This is faster than loading the entire file. In this example on the right. This may take a long time for a large file.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 117 8. you can specify a window of time around the event using the Before Window and After Window fields. The Drilldown controls let you specify the amount of data you want to load from the related data file and display on the Drilldown page. The technology of the loaded data determines how the drilldown window actually operates: www.2 Specifying a drilldown window Check the Drill Down box for one or more events. A simple method is to check the Load Entire File box to load the whole file containing the event for further analysis.com .3. If you leave Load Entire File blank. there is only one dropped call event and that has been selected.actix.

actix. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 118 Once you have input the Before Window and After Window values. This will take you to the detailed Drilldown page. click on Begin Drilldown.com .

actix. The top Dropped Call event has been selected for drilldown. The table on the left shows a row for each Dropped Call event selected for further drilldown. clicking on the Begin Drilldown button starts the drilldown process and displays the drilldown page. together with a diagnosis of the cause. www.3.com .3 The Drilldown page In this example. we are examining a series of dropped call events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 119 8.

called a screen layout. is standard for this type of event.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 120 The page shows several views to help you analyze the event in more detail. EcNo.com . A Protocol Stack Browser provides detailed messaging around the event. The UMTS Event Navigator shows the event and the serving SC. also showing the originating data file name. A map and the UMTS Event Navigator window display attributes relating to the selected event. This set of views. www.actix. You can access standard Analyzer views from the View menu. Note All the views will have data only for the time window specified in the previous step. Each drilldown that is based on a different failure event will have its own screen layout. and also make use of the Replay control to step through the data. The charts give the SIR. RSCP and Tx power information around the event. This particular layout provides most of the information needed to diagnose a dropped call. Detailed Event Diagnostics are in a panel on the left.

9.2 To load data into Analyzer Classic 1 From the Summary Dashboard's Repository Summary table.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 121 9 Performing a more detailed analysis You may want to perform a detailed analysis of the selected data. click on the Log Files link.actix. 2 Click the Analyzer Classic tab to show a list of loaded files. In order to do this. www. 3 Check the box to the left of each file that you want to load into Analyzer Classic. you can view a list of the files loaded into the current project's repository and select which of them to load into Analyzer Classic. 9.1 Before you start You must already have created a project and loaded files into the repository.com .

Note that this will not close any files that have been loaded into Analyzer Classic which are not listed as loaded into the project repository. www. 4 Click the Load Files button. When you have finished using Analyzer Classic. 5 6 Perform analyses on the data using the advanced tools available in Analyzer Classic. you can click on the Return to Spotlight link. If you do not want to return to Analyzer Classic and re-examine the selected data. containing a single Return to Spotlight link. you can now click on the Unload All button to close files loaded into Classic.actix. which will restore the Spotlight view. Once the load is complete. and a new Task Window positioned in the top right corner of the available screen area. the current views are minimized and two new views are displayed: an Attribute Explorer on the left. This loads any checked files that are not already loaded.com . Note that this does not affect the project database in any way. and can be unloaded using the Unload All button (which is disabled if there are no loaded files).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 122 Files that are already loaded have their boxes checked and disabled.

click on the Reports link to open the Reports dialog. To use Batch Sector Plot 1 2 From the Spotlight Dashboard. www.com . GSM. you require a set of images to use in a management report that shows the results from drive test data imported into Actix Spotlight. where a set of selected criteria apply. 3 Select the appropriate Technology.actix. Now click on the Batch Sector Plot link. UMTS. for instance. Each image shows a particular attribute plotted in relation to a sector. but include Scanner and Handset for CDMA. and Handset only for EVDO. The available options will depend on the data currently loaded.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 123 10 Batch Sector Plot The Batch Sector Plot function lets you export a series of images. This would be useful if. This opens the Batch Sector Plot dialog.

5 6 Select how you want to Plot the results. plus a 4% padding. Only one attribute may be exported for each use of this function. Some sectors may appear on the screen very briefly – these failed to match the selected criteria. The cell is only included if it was best server at some point in the drive(s). 10 To display the coverage wedge and overspill circle. Spotlight will now cycle through the sectors and create an image for each one that matches your criteria. Select the Map Image Format: PNG – The default map image format option.actix. Cells on the same SC but that were not seen during the drive will not be highlighted. Where Best – the image only includes those points where the cell was the best server during the drive(s). and is only recommended if you intend to use the images with Microsoft Excel.com . then all sectors on that SC (and UARFCN if defined in the cellrefs) will be exported in one image. Only links to BMP files will show the actual image – other formats will only show an image icon. 7 Select the Min Sample Count threshold. you have the ability to link to a graphics file. click the Generate button. Sector or other selection that meets the other criteria entered in this dialog. If by SC (or BCCH etc. The available options will depend on the selected Technology. One image will be exported for each SC. The legend is not be exported by default. Now select the Footprint for the cell in each output image: Where Seen – the image only includes those points where the cell could be seen during the drive(s). 8 9 Enter the Map Image Size in pixels. check the Legend box. check the Coverage Wedge box. If you use Insert Object in Excel. 12 Once you are satisfied with your selections. as PNG files are small yet remain clear.) is chosen.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 124 4 Select the Attribute that you want to display on the output images. This depends on the selected Technology. The legend for a plot is always output in BMP format regardless of this selection. plus the highlighted cells. the example shown is for UMTS Scanner. The number of points for the attribute must be equal to or higher than this value for an image to be exported. BMP – This results in much larger graphics files. and the choice is By SC or By Sector. where Size X is the width of the image and Size Y is the height. Each image will cover the area of the Union of the bounds of the attributes. www. The coverage wedge and overspill distance circle are drawn by default 11 To export the legend for each image as a separate BMP image.

com . Any legend BMP files are output into the same folder using the same number. so they can easily be matched to the related plot file.png When the batch run ends.bmp yyyy-mm-dd-hhmm. Some sample results are shown below: www.actix. Windows Explorer opens at that folder.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 125 The images are consecutively numbered and placed in a folder with a time-stamped name: yyyy-mm-dd-hhmm.

During this process. You then need to fill out options on the following pages: Step 1: Choose Name and Starting Template Step 2: Choose Devices Step 3: Choose KPIs and Reports Step 4: Choose Attributes Step 5: Choose Global Filters www.com . and how the data is to be stored in the repository. For example. start a new Spotlight project and on the Creating a New Project: Step 1 page. but also when subsequently closing and reloading it. reports and attributes are available within Spotlight.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 126 11 Creating a Spotlight Project Template Spotlight project templates define which KPIs. To create a Spotlight project template. but also how the data is organized and this can affect the validity of the analysis. if you include KPIs and reports that are not relevant. In addition. Spotlight uses a default repository template that is supplied with Spotlight. the way you configure the project template can affect the performance of the projects that are based on it. project templates are not the same as repository templates.actix. When you create a project template using Spotlight's New Template option. click New Template. Configuring a project template correctly is important. particularly when creating the project and loading data into it. because it controls not only what analysis is available. Spotlight also generates a repository template based on the KPIs and other options that are selected. Although Spotlight is based on repository technology. performance may be slower than necessary.

com . Note For convenience. 11. Click Next to go the next page. you are returned to the New Project start page.Enter a unique name for the template. is at the bottom of the dropdown list. Based on Template . where the new template appears in the list of project templates. 3 www.Select the existing project template on which you want to base your new template. Spotlight appends the date on which it was created to the project template's name. which contains all available KPIs. This must not contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? " < > |. 1 2 Template Name . The Master Template. Note that templates shipped with the product are shown in blue.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 127 After clicking Done on the last page.1 Step 1: Choose Name and Starting Template This page is the first step in creating a new Spotlight project template.actix.

When determining how many devices to create. Combining the data would normally give misleading results. Typically.. Typically. However. one handset does a succession of short (approximately 90-second) calls separated by 30 seconds of idle time.2.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 128 11.1 How many devices do I need? Each additional device adds a performance overhead. 11. you should create the smallest number of devices that are required to separate the data in such a way that the KPIs and reports will provide statistically valid results. For www. For example. because generally. it would skew the dropped call rate. it is generally safe to combine the data from both logging devices into a single Spotlight device. you might want to separate the handset and scanner data into separate devices for convenience or clarity. The other handset is for "long calls". whereupon the dialer immediately starts a new long call. whereas the long calls provide data for measuring the radio performance.2 Step 2: Choose Devices The second step in creating a new Spotlight project template involves defining how you want the data to be stored. and so ideally. in which the handset stays in call until the call drops. you need to consider how and why the data was logged: The simplest scenario is when the data was logged by one handset and optionally one scanner in a single drive test unit. the short calls provide data for event KPIs.com . the long call data would by definition have an almost 100% dropped call rate and so if used for event KPIs. etc. the handset and scanner data is stored in different attributes and the KPIs and statistics are based on one type of attribute or another and therefore provide a means of separating the two types of data. In this scenario.actix. You can choose to combine all of the data (this is the default) or to separate it into silos called devices. you should separate the data into multiple devices when combining it would be statistically invalid and the structure of the attributes and KPIs and the statistics in the reports do not provide a mechanism for separating the data. such as the percentage of call setups that were successful. Another common scenario is when data is logged by two handsets and one scanner in a single drive test unit. Essentially.

it would typically be valid to combine short call data collected by different drive test units on the same days in different parts of a city or state. but one was used for voice calls and the other for data. generally. you must specify a filter for each one. you need to create a suitable filter for the device (as described below) in order to exclude all of the data from the other networks.actix. If you want to separate data into multiple devices. there is no reason why you should not combine data logged for the same purpose in the different drive test units. When Spotlight is to be used for this purpose. data streams that match the filter for device B will be loaded into device B. Note that data streams that match the filter for device A and B will be loaded into both devices. Spotlight creates a single all-purpose device that has no filter. For example. data logged from voice and data calls is stored in separate attributes. Sometimes you may want to base optimization and troubleshooting work on benchmarking data. However. if the data was logged for different purposes (such as the short and long call data described above). A and B. and data streams that do not match either filter will not be loaded. www. you would be interested in the data from your own network only. which is data that has been collected from several different operators' networks simultaneously in order that the KPIs from the various networks can be compared. When you subsequently select data files to load into the project. you would normally store it in one device.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 129 this scenario. The filter identifies the data streams that are to be loaded into that device. 11. data streams that match the filter for device A will be loaded into device A. Like scanner and handset data.com . For example. However. A similar scenario occurs when a single drive test unit has two devices. In this scenario. you should therefore create separate devices for the short and long call data. suppose you define two devices. and KPIs and statistics are typically based on one type or the other. When there are multiple drive test units driving different routes on the same days. However.2. you should generally separate it into different logical devices. This avoids any risk of combining data inappropriately and thereby creating invalid KPIs. by default. for clarity it is generally advisable to separate the data into different logical devices. provided all of the data for that network was logged for the same purpose. for the reasons explained earlier.2 Adding a device When you create a new project template. one vehicle plus logging equipment). All of the drive test scenarios that we have considered so far involve a single drive test unit (that is.

so try to make the name meaningful.actix.You can use this button to browse to a typical log file that will be loaded into the project. When you are ready. 4 5 www. Typically. Filter . When you select a name in the list. click Add to add the device to the project template.This is used to identify the device wherever it is used. in order to make the filter more generally applicable. which opens this dialog: 2 3 Device Name .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 130 1 You create a new device by clicking the Add Device button.This defines a single sequence of characters that must be present in the stream's long name in order for it to be loaded into this device. When you select the file.com . The long name is composed of the stream name preceded by the file name like this: FileName:StreamName. you would then edit it in the Filter box. Import From File . Spotlight inserts the stream name into the Filter box above. Spotlight lists the name of every data stream that it contains.

If necessary. consider a benchmarking study.2. in which the data for each network is written out to different files. you could rename the files. If necessary. If the slots in each drive test unit are given the same labels in all of the drive test units. These are often used successfully as filters. When filtering on the stream name part of the stream. the handsets for your network would need to be in the same slot in all of the drive tests units.you might need to consider filtering on the file name part of the long name.com . If the stream names include the phone numbers. Alternatively. because even if everything else is the same in each drive test unit. and these are generally incorporated into the stream names. For example. However. such as the mobile identification number (MIN) or phone number. (1). in which five handsets were used to log data from five different networks in one drive test unit (vehicle). you might need to rename the files manually or using a script. You could include the name or ID of the network in the log file names and then base the stream name filter on the network name or ID. long names cannot provide the results you require . suppose you are setting up a project template that will be used for troubleshooting your network's data from a benchmarking study. such as (0). Using the phone numbers will not achieve this. for this to work correctly.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 131 11. Some stream names include the handset's identifier. This technique can be particularly useful when working with TEMS data. Sometimes the slots can be configured with a label (such as the name of the network). Click Next to go the next page. you could base the filter on the phone number of the handset that was attached to your network. you would use the Import from File button on several of the log files that you want to use in the project. in order to examine the pattern of their stream names. the logging equipment has a number of slots into which the handsets are plugged. Typically.3 More on device filters Setting up good device filters takes some thought. and sometimes you can use this as the filter. etc. the slots might have an identifying number. Typically. suppose you have several drive test units logging the data and you want to combine your network data from all of the units. www.actix. which often appears in parentheses in the stream name. you could base the filter on the label. the phone numbers will always be different. For example. However.

2 www. deselect all of the KPIs and reports that do not relate to GSM voice calls.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 132 11. Click Next to go to the next page.3 Step 3: Choose KPIs and Reports The third step in creating a new Spotlight project template involves selecting the KPIs and reports that you want to include in the project. For example. select only those KPIs and reports that are relevant for the tasks you plan to perform and the data you plan to load into the projects based on this template. if you are planning to load only GSM voice data. Spotlight lists all of the KPIs and reports that are available.com . 1 For performance reasons.

4 Step 4: Choose Attributes The fourth step in creating a new Spotlight project template involves selecting the attributes that you want to include in the project and defining the binning settings.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 133 11.actix. www. One of the attributes is highlighted in red to indicate that it has been chosen from the Attribute Picker panel.com .

4. It is also used to populate the Radio Network Neighbor List analysis pages.This lists the binned data queries that relate to the KPIs and reports that you selected in Step 3. It is also used to populate the Radio Network Cell Coverage and Cell Pilot Pollution pages when the user has selected a 'handset' Analysis. Make sure you add the attributes to the appropriate binned data query as described above. etc. rather than expandable items.This is a special query that is used internally. Attributes . Do not add attributes to this query. and is used in the Radio Network Cell Coverage and Cell Pilot Pollution pages when the user has selected a 'scanner' Analysis. indicating that you can remove them.com . Typically each technology has two or more binned data queries.Contains the scanner attributes.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 134 11. For example. and is the main query used in the Event Explorer Drill Down pages. (You do this by selecting the attribute and clicking Remove Attribute. However. Select any attributes that you want to include. ▫ ▫ ▫ If you want to add additional attributes. Note that array attributes are shown in the tree view as individual items.actix. For example. What happens when you select an array attribute depends on the internal structure of the binned data query that is selected: ▫ Generally. UMTS UE SectorHandle BinnedData . The additional attributes are highlighted.) Attribute Picker . if you are adding a UMTS scanner attribute. Spotlight automatically adds a separate item to the list of attributes for each possible index position (provided there are less than 32 possible index positions). when you select an array attribute. you can add additional attributes using the Attribute Picker on the right side. Each of these contains a number of attributes and binned queries that are used for display on the map. because they are required for the features that are associated with the selected KPIs and reports. UMTS Scanner SectorHandle BinnedData . the attributes and binned queries it contains are listed in the central Attributes panel.This lists the attributes and binned queries that are in the binned data query that is selected on the left side and any additional attributes that you have added using the Attribute Picker on the right side.1 Choose Attributes The top part of this page has three panels: Binned Data Queries . Do not add attributes to this query.Contains the handset attributes. You cannot remove these. select the UMTS Scanner BinnedData query.This is a special query that is used internally. You can then delete any index positions that you www. UMTS Scanner BinnedData .This is a tree view that lists all of the possible attributes. for UMTS there are binned data queries as follows: ▫ UMTS UE BinnedData . select the appropriate binned data query to add them to. When you select a binned data query. Queries that have Sector Handle in their name are for internal use and you should not add any attributes to them.

but some use other operations. In addition when working with very large volumes of data. the results from the last drive will be displayed.) Spotlight always uses the location binning mechanism. 11. a simple average operation is performed. when you select an array attribute. for a "Top n" attribute. Units of measurement . This has the effect of smoothing the data and reducing the number of rows or data points that would otherwise be stored in the database and subsequently displayed.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 135 do not want to use. which sorts the raw data values into a geographical grid and then performs an averaging operation to produce a single value for each square in the grid (sometimes call a bin). For example. the increased accuracy is likely to be of limited value in practice. (However.4. there are limits imposed by the technologies that underlie the repository technology. Note that the fast binning option detailed below creates more compact databases and avoids problems with the limit to the number of "subselects" documented in the linked topic.The possible units are meters and arc seconds. Although this is technically more accurate. De-select this option if you want the results from all of the drives to be aggregated together. you might want to delete all but the first three or four index positions. See Fast Bin Aggregation in the online help for more information. For example. Spotlight adds it to the list of attributes as a single item (using the array indexer syntax) and automatically includes every index position for which there is data. particularly when displaying data on the map. The binning options are: Fast binning . it is considerably slower.Select this option if you want to use the fast bin aggregation method (this is recommended). ▫ However. The averaging operation that is performed is determined by the internal attribute definition. You cannot add array attributes that have 32 or more possible index positions. This means that in bins that the drive test(s) passed through more than once. Note Although Spotlight can handle a considerable number of attributes.com .2 Binning The binning settings control how the device's binned data is stored in the repository and how it is subsequently displayed on the map and the other binned data views. such as the mode or count. You must choose the unit that matches the projection system that you are using. Note that once the project is created. it does affect the drilldown data and any Spotlight data that you have loaded into Analyzer Classic. For most attributes. for some binned data queries (such as the GSM Scanner BinnedData query). the binning settings cannot be changed. These limits are documented in detail in the Repository Manager section.actix. changing the binning settings in the Preferences dialog does not affect data loaded into the Spotlight repository. If the data will be displayed on vector-based maps. you can www.

you should generally choose the projection system used in those maps and the correct units for that system. the approximate size in arc seconds can be calculated from a size in meters using the following formula: Where REarth is the radius of the earth (approximately 6. The sizes must be specified in the appropriate units for the projection system. However. However.By default. For the Y axis. by default.400 kilometers at the equator). if the data is to be displayed on raster maps. sometimes you may want to move the start point because. For example. You must specify the offset in the same units as you used to define the size of the bins (and this must correspond to the measurement system used by the projection system). because it depends on the radius of the earth at that latitude.actix. www. 0) defined for the selected projection system. the starting point for the geographical grid is the false origin (0.com . all of the location grids are the same. you want to align the grid with one used in another system. for example. X and Y bin size .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 136 generally use arc seconds and the default projection system. However. You do this by specifying an offset for either or both of the coordinates in the X origin and/or Y origin text boxes. This has the advantage that.These define the dimensions of the squares in the geographical grid. The X axis corresponds to longitude and the Y axis to latitude. Note that using larger bin sizes reduces the size of the database and improves performance. X and Y origin . the formula for converting between meters and arc seconds for the X axis is more complicated. using this formula shows that a Y axis bin size of 100 meters is approximately three arc seconds. which is used by GPS. which is the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84) projection system. The default sizes are 3 arc seconds and 50 meters. See Map Projections in the online help for an overview of the issues.

The options in the drop-down list are the projection systems that are supported directly by Analyzer and that use the units of measurement selected above.Select the projection system that you want to use. Click Next to go to the next page. but you can use one of the ED79 UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) system options. 11. you are returned to the new project page. If these options are enabled. Time and regional filtering in the project (as well as the Device filtering enabled in Step 2). you can activate or modify them by clicking on the Global Filters link in the top right of an analysis page.5 Step 5: Choose Global Filters The fifth step in creating a new Spotlight project template involves choosing whether to enable File/Stream. ED79 UTM is a generic map projection system that divides the globe up into a number of zones.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 137 Projection . you need to have already defined the regions. When you click Done. To enable filtering by region. See the online help section ED79 UTM Zone Lookup for more information. Note Regional filtering option is not shown in the above example. The Default option for arc seconds corresponds to the WGS 84 projection system. www. For the Regional Filters. you can choose to allow filtering by Cluster Name and Clutter Type.actix.com . where the new template appears in the list of project templates. You need to select the appropriate zone for the area in which the data was collected. created a new Spotlight Template and on the Filtering page checked the relevant region types under Region Filters. There is no default option for meters.

click on the Resume Service button. following these steps: 1 2 From the Windows Start menu. you will need to uninstall and reinstall Actix Spotlight. from the toolbar. 12. select Control Panel.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 138 12 Troubleshooting Spotlight 12. locate the 'SQL Server (ACTIXSQLEXPRESS)' row. which associates to itself a number of image file formats. In the table of services. Ensure that your MS SQL service is active and try to start your project again. 3 If the service does not restart. and from the Tools menu select File Types. Services. If the Status is blank. you will need to create a new project and reload the data.com . Ensure that the box for Windows Bitmap (. ▫ ▫ ▫ If the Status is 'Paused'.bmp) is left unchecked (that is.1 No repository detected Spotlight was unable to find your project database. go back to Spotlight and attempt to reload your project.2 The maps in your report are empty This is an issue cause by Microsoft Picture Manager.actix. empty). Open Picture Manager. www. If the Status is 'Started'. from the toolbar. If you changed your license after creating the project. Administrative Tools. click on the Start Service button.

used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. Numeric identifier for the Site. Locates Site icons on the map. Locates Site icons on the map. Governs the shape of the sector 'wedge' on the map to reflect the beamwidth of the antenna deployed at the site. www.com PN Offset CDMA_Cell PN Base Station Power* Mobile Country Code* System Identity* Network Identity* Broadcast Identity* PctPilot* PctTraffic* PctPaging* CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell EIRP MCC CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell SID NID BID PctPilot PctTraffic PctPaging . Sector-specific information useful for display on maps.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 139 13 Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters 13. For information only. For information only. or a combination of site numbers Azimuth Beamwidth Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map.2. Base station power. For information only. For information only. Azimuth Beamwidth CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell Orients the sector icons on the map. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. lines to neighbor cells and to color sectors/sites on maps to reflect PN planning.1 CDMA Cell Site Parameters Imported Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Analyzer Group CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Site CDMA_Cell Analyzer Name SiteName SiteID SiteLatitude SiteLongitude Sector ID Can be 1. For information only. For information only. Mobile Country Code. For information only.actix.3 etc.

actix. Locates Site icons on map. Used in Analyzer‘s CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer.2 GSM / GPRS / EDGE Cell Site Parameters Imported Parameter Site Name Site Number Analyzer Group GSM_Site GSM_Site Analyzer Name SiteName SiteID Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. Used in Analyzer‘s CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. by technology. www. Used to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. Text that specifies which cell layer (for example. Locates Site icons on map.com Latitude Longitude GSM_Site GSM_Site Latitude Longitude . band. Numeric identifier for the Site. Used as the linking column to associate the GSM_Site and GSM_Cell rows. purpose or status) that the site belongs to.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 140 Imported Parameter PctSync* Active Set Search Window Setting* Neighbor Set Search Setting* Analyzer Group CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell Analyzer Name PctSync SRCH_WIN_A Purpose For information only. 13. Used to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. Used to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. Used for multiple cell layers. CDMA_Cell SRCH_WIN_N List of neighbors* CDMA_Cell CDMANeighborList Sector Display – Wildcard* Sector Display – Wildcard* Sector Display – Wildcard* Layer type* CDMA_Cell Face_Display CDMA_Cell Azimuth_Display CDMA_Cell Phase_Display CDMA_Cell Layer_type *Optional. Used in Analyzer‘s CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer.

Cell ID value. purpose or status) that the site belongs to. Broadcast Control Channel. Used for multiple cell layers. Base Station Power. Azimuth Beamwidth GSM_Cell GSM_Cell Orients the sector icons on the map.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 141 Imported Parameter Sector Number Analyzer Group GSM_Cell Analyzer Name SectorID Can be 1. Text that specifies which cell layer (for example. or a combination of site numbers Azimuth Beamwith Purpose Sector-specific ID information useful for display on maps.actix.2. comprising of a concatenation of the NCC and BCC values. band. etc. GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell MCC LAC CI BSIC Mobile Color Code. Base Station Identity Code. Base Station Power Broadcast Control Channel Mobile Network Code Mobile Color Code Location Area Code Cell ID value Base Station Identity Code Layer type GSM_Cell GSM_Cell EIRP BCCH GSM_Cell MNC Mobile Network Code. GSM_Cell Layer_type 13.3 LTE Cell Site Parameters Imported Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Analyzer Group LTE_Site LTE_Site LTE_Site Analyzer Name Site_Name SiteID Latitude Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. www. Numeric identifier for the site. Governs the radius of the sector 'wedge' icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the sector. by technology. Location Area Code.3. Locates site icons on map.

The fields DL_EARFCN and L1_CID must be present to calculate lines to cells. The fields DL_EARFCN and L1_CID must be present to calculate lines to cells. National Domain Code – for informational purposes only.4 UMTS / HSPA+ Cell Site Parameters Imported Parameter Site Name Site Number Latitude Longitude Sector Number Analyzer Group UMTS_Site UMTS_Site UMTS_Site UMTS_Site UMTS_Cell Analyzer Name SiteName SiteID Latitude Longitude Sector_ID Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. LTE_Cell LTE_Cell Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP* LTE_Cell EIRP Downlink EARFCN LTE_Cell DL_EARFCN Layer1 Cell Identity LTE_Cell L1_CID MCC* MNC* * Optional. LTE_Cell LTE_Cell MCC MNC 13. Numeric identifier for the site.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 142 Imported Parameter Longitude Sector Number Azimuth Beamwidth Analyzer Group LTE_Site LTE_Cell Analyzer Name Longitude Sector_ID Purpose Locates site icons on map. The downlink EARFCN of the cell. Locates site icons on map. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps (can be alpha or numeric) Orients the sector icons on the map. Locates site icons on map. Mobile Country Code – for informational purposes only. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps (can be alpha or numeric) www. The physical layer cell identity. Governs the shape of the sector ―wedge‖ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site.actix. Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power – for informational purposes only.

SC EIRP* UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell SC EIRP MCC* MNC* LAC* CI* Neighbor List* UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell MCC MNC LAC CI WCDMANeighborList Layer Type* UMTS_Cell LayerType * Optional. Used to define a pre-defined neighbor list for each cell. Location Area Code – for informational purposes only.com . Governs the shape of the sector ―wedge‖ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site. Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power – for informational purposes only. Cell Identity – for informational purposes only. www. National Domain Code – for informational purposes only. band or status) the site belongs to.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 143 Imported Parameter Azimuth Beamwidth Analyzer Group UMTS_Cell UMTS_Cell Analyzer Name Azimuth Beamwidth Purpose Orients the sector icons on the map. Configurable text field that specifies which cell layer (for example. Used for multiple cell layers. Mobile Country Code – for informational purposes only. by technology.actix. Used for cell site identification and to calculate lines to cells. Used during neighbor list recommendations analysis.

14.1 CDMA Spotlight Report This report provides information on unfiltered CDMA data within the current project database.com . as the report indicates which thresholds have been passed and which have failed.actix. This is a good place to start using Spotlight.1. Related tables provide additional information to let you decide where to go to follow up any problems.1 Report tab This tab provides summary information on the loaded data.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 144 14 Appendix B: Spotlight reports 14. www.

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Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 170 15 Appendix C: CDMA thresholds. 15.1.2. Recommended value is 2. 15.1. www. high Tx.actix.2. Recommended value is -12 dB.1. Recommended value is 2. Display Thresholds command. good Rx problems cases less than the threshold. 15.5 CDMA_ImportantIssue_FwdLinkProblem This threshold is used to filter out the display of data in the CDMA Dashboard that have percentage of forward link problems cases less than the threshold.1 CDMA thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used.3 CDMA_ImportantIssue_ExcessInterference This threshold is used for filtering out files that have percentage of excess interference cases less than the threshold. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. 15.2 CDMA / Coverage 15.1 CDMA_AvgForwardFER This threshold is used for diagnosing areas of poor quality.1.1.1. Recommended value is 2.4 CDMA_ImportantIssue_ExternalInterference This threshold is used to filter out the display of data in the CDMA Dashboard that have percentage of bad EcIo.2. KPIs and diagnoses 15. Recommended value is 2. Values should vary between -16 and -12 dB.1. Default is 5000m.2.1 Spotlight Thresholds 15. 15.1.2 CDMA_EcIoCombinedThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with Mobile Rx Power and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call. failed call and voice call with poor quality. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.2. 15. To modify the value.1.com . if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.

www. failed call and voice call with poor quality. Default is 23.9 CDMA_ImportantIssue_RevLinkProblem This threshold is used to filter out the display of data in the CDMA Dashboard that have percentage of rev link problems cases less than the threshold.1.6 CDMA_ImportantIssue_LowRX This threshold is used to filter out the display of data in the CDMA Dashboard that have percentage of low rx problems cases less than the threshold. Recommended value is 2. Values should lie between 0 and 10 dBm. 15. 15.10 CDMA_MobileRxPowerThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call. Recommended value is 5 dBm.2.2.1. 15.1.1. Recommended value is 2.2.2.12 CDMA_MobileTxPowerMaxFilterThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with Mobile Tx Power Min Threshold to filter out messages when the transmitter is disabled due to high FFER.1.13 CDMA_MobileTxPowerThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Rx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.1.1.2.11 CDMA_MobileTxPowerMinFilterThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with Mobile Tx Power Max Threshold to filter out messages when the transmitter is disabled due to high FFER.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 171 15.2.2. 15. Recommended value is -14 dB.1.com .14 CDMA_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold This is the absolute number of pilots (with Ec/Ios above CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold) required to trigger a pilot pollution event.actix. Values should lie between -10 and -18 dB. Default is -30.15 CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold This threshold alerts the user of pilot pollution when the signal level falls below this threshold.2.7 CDMA_ImportantIssue_PoorCoverage This threshold is used for filtering out files that have percentage of poor coverage cases less than the threshold. 15. Values should vary between -75 and 90 dBm. 15. Recommended value is 2. Recommended value is -80 dBm. 15. failed call and voice call with poor quality. 15.2. 15. Recommended value is 2.1.2. The recommended value is 3 and values should lie between 2 and 4.8 CDMA_ImportantIssue_PoorQuality This threshold is used to filter out the display of data in the CDMA Dashboard that have percentage of calls with poor quality cases less than the threshold.

5 CDMA / Performance 15.1. The maximum should not be higher than 0 and minimum should not be lower than -25 dBm. EVDO Troubleshooter.4.2 EVT_CDMANeighborListIssueDetect 1 = Turns on the CDMA Neighbor List Issue Detect event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter. 0 = unique neighbor list analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds.1 EVT_CDMAImportantIssue 1 = Turns on the CDMA Important Issue Detect event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter.1.actix.1.1. 15.1.3 CDMA_TooManyActivePNsThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".1.4.com . If the resulting KPI is equal or less than this value.3 EVT_CDMAServerKey 1 = Turns on the CDMA Server Key event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter. 15. If it is higher than this value. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB.1.4 CDMA / Other 15. 15.1.3.3. 0 = CDMA Important Issue analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds. 0= CDMA Neighbor List Issue Detect analysis is turned off.1 CDMA_CallDropRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views. Default is 0.1. 15.1. 15.4. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB. Default is 0.3. 15.5. Default is 0.4 UniqueNeighborList 1 = Turns on the unique neighbor list analysis for CDMA. it creates a "too many server" event. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server. it creates a "too many server" event. www. 15. Default is 0.3.1. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server.2 CDMA_EVDO_TooManyActivePNsThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".3 CDMA / Events 15. 0 = CDMA Server Key analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds. The default value is 2%. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 172 15.1 CDMA_EcIoInterferenceThreshold Recommended value is -15 dBm. The Call Drop Rate should not exceed 2% of all successful calls in the busy hour.

The Overall Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour.3 CDMA_CallSetupTime This threshold is used for determining calls with excessive setup time.2 CDMA_CallSetupSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views. The default value is 98%. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.actix.5. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. The default value is 98%. The Call Setup Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. If it is less than this value.5.2 CDMA events in the Event Explorer The following events are displayed in the top table of the Event Explorer: # Call Attempts # Dropped Calls # Failed Calls # Excessive Setup These events are affected by the following thresholds: CDMA_AvgForwardFER CDMA_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold www.1.1.1.4 CDMA_OverAllSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views.5. 15. Recommended value is 2000 ms. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. If it is less than this value. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 173 15. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. 15. 15.

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Low EcIo.com . More investigation is needed. New originating PN (Sync PN) is not contained in the neighbor list of the serving cell. high MRx Power. High EcIo. Low EcIo. Low EcIo.actix. high MRx Power. High EcIo. low MRx Power. low MRx Power. low MRx Power. www. high MTx Power. high MTx Power. high MTx Power.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 175 Diagnosis Coverage Issue Excessive Interference Poor Coverage Reverse Link Problem External Interference Forward Link Problem Low Rx Signal Poor Quality Neighbor List Issue Pilot Pollution Other Condition and notes Evaluate the CDMA Important Issues parameter to identify the type of coverage issue present. low MTx Power. FER > Average Forward FER threshold. Low EcIo. high MTx Power. high MRx Power. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. high MTx Power. 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold.

It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.0 21.1.9 4. The HSUPA SGI format group controls the exact mapping of the threshold values to dB values (shown below).0 26. The default is 15. To modify the value. 16.0 17.7 -1.1 8.5 -4.0 14.1 5. Display Thresholds command. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value.1. Threshold Value 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 dB -9.com .0 19. The default value of 18 corresponds to ~10 dB.1 2.0 1.1 2. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.0 15.0 18.0 22.1.actix.0 7.0 25.1 23. 16.9 11.2 HSUPA_SGI_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable Serving Grant Index value.4 -2.0 27.0 13.5 -8.9 9.8 28.0 -6.0 16.6 -5.1 8.2 0.0 24.0 27.0 12.8 None N/Av www.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 176 16 Appendix D: Data Service Analysis thresholds 16.0 Threshold Value 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 63 dB 20.1 Threshold Value 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 dB 6.1 HSDPA_CQI_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable Channel Quality Indicator value.1 DSA thresholds You can modify threshold values for Data Service Analysis using the Tools.9 -1.

The default value is 10 kB/sec.1.1. 16.7 Application_LowTput_HSPA_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink in HSPA for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 177 16.1.2.1.3 Application_LowTput_GPRS_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink in GPRS for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.1. The default value is 600 kB/sec. The default value is 40 kB/sec.2.2. 16.2.actix.2.1 Absolute_ApplicationLowTput_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink for the Below Absolute Threshold KPI. www.1.1. 16.2.com . 16.6 Application_LowTput_HSDPA_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink in HSDPA for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.8 Application_LowTput_HSPAPlus_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink in HSPA+ for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.4 Application_LowTput_GPRS_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink in GPRS for the Below Composite Threshold KPI. The default value is 1000 kB/sec. The default value is 1000 kB/sec. 16.1.2.9 Application_LowTput_HSPAPlus_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink in HSPA+ for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.2.5 Application_LowTput_HSDPA_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink in HSDPA for the Below Composite Threshold KPI. 16.2. The default value is 1000 kB/sec. The default value is 40 kB/sec. 16.2 Absolute_ApplicationLowTput_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink for the Below Absolute Threshold KPI.2 Throughput thresholds 16. The default value is 1000 kB/sec.1. The default value is 1000 kB/sec. 16.

com .12 ApplicationLowTput_Idle_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application threshold value for uplink in Idle mode for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.2. 16. Default is the same as HSPA.actix.14 ApplicationLowTput_UMTS_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink in UMTS for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.2.1.11 ApplicationLowTput_Idle_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application threshold value for downlink in Idle mode for the Below Composite Threshold KPI.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 178 16. The default value is 600 kB/sec.10 Application_LowTput_HSUPA_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink in HSUPA for the Below Composite Threshold KPI. The default value is 40 kB/sec. The default value is 200 kB/sec.2.1. Change this to correspond to the network that you are testing. Change this to correspond to the network that you are testing. 16.2. 16. www.2.13 ApplicationLowTput_UMTS_DL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for downlink in UMTS for the Below Composite Threshold KPI. 16.1. Default is the same as HSPA.1.1.

1 EGPRS / Analysis 17.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 179 17 Appendix E: EGPRS KPIs and diagnoses 17. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.4 G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable CV BEP parameter.1. Default is 2. 17. Default is 4. 17. 17.5 G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable timeslot allocation.1. Typical values range from -80 to -95.1. Default is 15000ms.com .1. Display Thresholds command. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.1.actix. though this is highly dependent on the coding scheme employed.1 EGPRS thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.1. 17. Default is 25.6 G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable MEAN BEP parameter.1.8 G_RMAC_Sign_Var_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable signal quality variation as denoted by the RMAC_Sign_Var attribute. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. Default is 2. www. Default is 15000ms.1. To modify the value.1 G_Cell_Reselect_Duration This threshold determines the maximum time for a cell reselection.1. 17.1.1. Default is -85.1. Any two reselections occurring within this threshold will be flagged as abnormally high cell reselections.1.1.1. Default is 24.7 G_RMAC_Power_Reduction_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum acceptable Power reduction values on the RMAC interface. Any values above this threshold will be flagged as excessive high cell reselection time. 17. 17. 17.1.2 G_Cell_Reselect_Time This threshold determines the window during which cell reselections may take place.1.3 G_RMAC_C_Value_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable C Value criterion.

3. Default is 15000ms. 17. Default is 8000ms.1.1.2 G_T3310_AttachTimer This timer is used to determine the time (in ms) the system will wait for GPRS MM Attach Request messages to be answered with a GPRS MM Attach Accept before registering an Attach Failure.1. 17. Default is 15000ms. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.2.1. 17.1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. Default is 1. Default is 10.3.1.com .1. 17.4 G_T3380_PDPActTimer This timer is used to determine the time (in ms) the system will wait for GPRS SM Activate PDP Context Request messages to be answered with a GPRS SM Activate PDP Context Accept before registering a PDP Context Activation Failure. 17.3 EGPRS / Spotlight 17. 17.1. Default is 15000ms.2 EGPRS / Events 17.3. Default is 15000ms.1.2.1 EGPRS_Duration_Period This threshold is used to determine the period over which the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC / LLC are evaluated in EGPRS.3. Default is 10.2 EGPRS_LLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC downlink in EGPRS. www.1 G_T3240_RAUTimer This timer is used to determine the time (in ms) the system will wait for GPRS MM Routing Area Update Request messages to be answered with a GPRS MM Routing Area Update Accept before registering a Routing Area Update Failure.3 EGPRS_LLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC uplink in EGPRS.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 180 17.actix.2.3 G_T3321_DetachTimer This timer is used to determine the time (in ms) the system will wait for GPRS MM Detach Request messages to be answered with a GPRS MM Detach Accept before registering an Detach Failure. 17. Default is 5.1. 17. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.4 EGPRS_RLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC downlink in EGPRS.1.2.9 G_RMAC_TAI_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum acceptable TAI value.1.

1. 17.5 EGPRS_RLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC uplink in EGPRS.1. 0) > 5000 and GPRS_RAU_Reject or GPRS_RAU_Failure or GPRS_RAU_Aborted or TEMSEvent_GPRS_RAU_Failure or GPRS_Events==13 www.3.1. Default is 10.3.3. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.3.1. Default is 1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.actix. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. 17. Default is 2. Default is 5.10 GPRS_RLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC uplink in GPRS.3. 17.9 GPRS_RLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC downlink in GPRS.1. Default is 15000ms.6 GPRS_Duration_Period This threshold is used to determine the period over which the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC / LLC are evaluated in GPRS. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. 17.3.7 GPRS_LLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC downlink in GPRS.2 EGPRS events in the Event Explorer TASK Failure Low Throughput High Cell Reselection Long Cell Reselection RAU Failure (10 second window up to the event) Where time . Default is 2.default(prev_time_where(x).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 181 17.1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.8 GPRS_LLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC uplink in GPRS. 17.com . 17.

default(prev_time_where(x).actix. 0) > 5000 and GPRS_Attach_Reject or GPRS_Attach_Failure or GPRS_Attach_Aborted or TEMSEvent_GPRS_Attach_Failure or TEMSEvent_GPRS_Attach_Aborted or GPRS_Events==8 or GPRS_Events==9 or GPRS_Events==10 PDP Context Activation Failure (10 second window up to the event) Where time .default(prev_time_where(x). 0) > 5000 and GPRS_PDPContextAct_Reject or GPRS_PDPContextAct_Failure or GPRS_PDPContextAct_Aborted or TEMSEvent_GPRS_PDPContextActivation_Failure or GPRS_Events==2 or GPRS_Events==3 or GPRS_Events==4 www.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 182 or GPRS_Events==14 or GPRS_Events==15 Attach Failure (10 second window up to the event) Where time .

3 EGPRS diagnoses www.actix.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 183 17.

default(NborBCCH[n].Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 184 Diagnosis Poor Radio Conditions Rapidly Changing Radio Conditions Condition and notes default(RMAC_C_Value. 0) >= G_RxQualSub_Max + default(RMAC_8PSK_MEAN_BEP. 0) >= G_RMAC_Power_Reduction_Max default(GPRS_DL_Timeslot_Numbers_Num.actix. otherwise use the second value'. 7) <= G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max >0 default(RMAC_RxQual.com . 7) <= G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max + default(RMAC_GMSK_CV_BEP. 3) <= G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min >0 Σ[abs(ServBCCH . 0)) < 2] > 0 where n = 0 to 5 AND default(RMAC_C_Value. 0) >= G_RxQualSub_Max >0 default(RMAC_Power_Reduction. www. 3) <= G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min + default(RMAC_DL_NumTimeslots_Used_Actual. 0) >= G_RMAC_Sign_Var_Min + default(RMAC_8PSK_CV_BEP. 0) >= G_RMAC_TAI_Max The 'default' function means 'use the first value in brackets if possible. -110) > G_RxLevSub_Min Interference Excessive Power Reduction Low bandwidth allocation Co/Adjacent Channel allocations between neighbors Distant Serving Cell default(RMAC_TimingAdvanceIndex. -75) <= G_RMAC_C_Value_Min default(RMAC_Sign_Var. 31) <= G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max + default(ServRxQualSub. 31) <= G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max + default(RMAC_GMSK_Mean_BEP.

2 Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average SINR for PN_Nth_Best_0 (dB) for cluster acceptance. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold. 18.1.1 EVDO thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools. 18.1.1.1 Average_PER_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average PER (%) for cluster acceptance.7 Min_TxPower_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the minimum Transmit Power (in dBm) for cluster acceptance. To modify the value.1. Recommended value is -80 dBm.1 EVDO / Coverage 18.1. this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events (based on scanner info).1. 18.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 185 18 Appendix F: EVDO KPIs and diagnoses 18.1. 18.1.com .1. Default is 3.1. Values should vary between -75 and 90 dBm.1.1. failed call and voice call with poor quality.4 CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold This is the absolute number of pilots (with Ec/Io above CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold) required to trigger a pilot pollution event.3 CDMA_EVDO_MobileRxPowerThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.1. 18. a pilot pollution event is created. Display Thresholds command. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis. www.1. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. 18. 18. Default is 3.5 CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating pilot pollution.1. Default is 3. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.actix. Recommended valus is -15 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around -18 and -10 dB respectively.6 Max_TxPower_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the maximum Transmit Power (in dBm) for cluster acceptance.

1 EVT_EVDOLowThroughput 1 (default) = Sets low throughput for EVDO troubleshooter. 18. 18.2 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_1 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 1. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds.1. Default is 3. 18. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds. 18.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 186 18.1.4.1.3 ConnectionReleaseDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Connection Release time for cluster acceptance.1.1.3.3. Default is 1228800.3 EVT_VerituneEVDOPilotPollution 1 (default) = Turns on the analysis for EVDO pilot pollution.1.3. Default is 3. Default is 3.2 EVT_EVDOServerKey 1 (default) = Turns on the EVDO Server Key event diagram for EVDO troubleshooter.2 ConnectionAttemptDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Connection Attempt Setup time for cluster acceptance.3 EVDO / Network Parameters 18.actix. 18. 18. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds. 18.1.4 SchedulerAnalysis 1 (default) = Turns on the scheduler analysis for EVDO troubleshooter. 18.4.2. 18.3.1.1.3 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_10 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 10. Default is 38400. Default is 0.1.1.2.1 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_0 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 0.2 EVDO / Events 18.4 EVDO / Other 18.1.4.1.1 AccessAttemptDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Access Attempt Setup time for cluster acceptance. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds. 18.2. www.com .4 PPPSetupTime_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PPP Session Setup time for cluster acceptance.2. Default is 3.

17 CDMA_EVDO_EcIoInterferenceThreshold Recommended value is -15 dBm.1.4.13 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_6 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 6. Default is 153600.1. 18.4. Default is 307200. 18.4.4.4 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_11 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 11.14 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_7 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 7. 18. This value is reserved. Default is 921600. Default is 0.1.12 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_5 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 5.4.4.1.1.1.com .8 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_15 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 15.4. www.4. Default is 307200. 18. 18. Default is 1228800.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 187 18. 18.6 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_13 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 13. Default is 0. The maximum should not exceed 0 and the minimum should not be below -25 dBm. 18.4.1. 18. Default is 2457600.15 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_8 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 8.1.1. 18.4.4. Default is 614400. The DRC Channel is Off for Index 15. 18.9 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_2 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 2.4.10 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_3 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 3. 18. Default is 614400. 18.1.1.16 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_9 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 9.11 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_4 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 4.7 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_14 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 14.1.1.5 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_12 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 4.actix. Default is 0. Default is 76800.4. 18. This value is reserved. Default is 1843200.4.1.

3 Average_Rx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive RLP Retransmission rate for cluster acceptance.4 Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive RLP Throughput Inst. The default is 95%. 18.3.5.8 ConnectionAttemptFailRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Connection Attempt Fail rate for cluster acceptance.6 Average_Tx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Transmit RLP Retransmission rate for cluster acceptance.1.com .1. 18. The default is 100 kbps.5. 18.actix.5 EVDO / Performance 18.1 AccessAttemptFailRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Access Attempt Fail rate for cluster acceptance.1.11 PPPConnectionSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PPP Connection Success Rate for cluster acceptance.1.1.1. The default is .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 188 18. The default is . The default is 100 kbps. 18. 18.1.5. 18. The default is 95%. 18.1.5.7 Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Transmit RLP Throughput Inst.1.1. The default is 95%. The default is 25 kbps.5.2 AccessAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Access Attempt success rate for cluster acceptance. www.1.5. 18.9 ConnectionAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Connection Attempt success rate for cluster acceptance.5.5. (kbps) for cluster acceptance. 18.5 Average_RxTCHThroughput_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive TCH Throughput (kbps) for cluster acceptance.10 ConnectionReleaseSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Connection Release Success rate for cluster acceptance. The default is 95%. Default is 5%.5.5. 18. The default is 5%.3.1. (kbps) for cluster acceptance.5.

1. The default value is 10 dB. All RL Throughput values less than or equal to RL_Throughput_Threshold value for continuously RL_Throughput_TimeLimit_Threshold seconds will be flagged as Low RL Throughput issue.1 RL_Throughput_Threshold This threshold (in kbps) is used to set the Low Throughput event for RL for both HICAP and LOLAT modes over all packet sizes. 18.6 RevA 18.1.actix.3 SU_Rx_Throughput_Threshold This threshold (in kbps) is used to set the Low Throughput event for TC averaged over time including the time the AN did not serve the AT.1. 18. 18.6.6.com .6.1.2 EVDO events in the Event Explorer The following events are displayed in the top table of the Event Explorer: # Dropped Connections # Setup Failures # Access Attempt Failures # Excessive Setup # Low Throughput # Scheduling Issues % Low SU Throughput (RevA) % Low RL Throughput (RevA) These events are affected by the following thresholds: Average_PER_Threshold Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold EVDO_Number_of_Users T2P_Avg_Threshold (RevA) www.1.6.4 T2P_Avg_Threshold This threshold (in dB) indicates the optimum value above which the transmission data rate is satisfactory. Default is 15 seconds.2 RL_Throughput_TimeLimit_Threshold This threshold is used to set the time limit in seconds to be used in computing the Low Throughput event for RL Packets. All RL Throughput values less than or equal to RL_Throughput_Threshold value for all continuously RL_Throughput_TimeLimit_Threshold seconds will be flagged as a Low RL Throughput issue. All Single User Throughput values less than or equal to SU_Rx_Throughput_Threshold value for continuously SU_Rx_Throughput_TimeLimit_Threshold seconds will be flagged as a Low SU Throughput issue. Default is 500 kbps.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 189 18. 18. The default is 50 kbps.

3 Dropped Connection diagnosis for EVDO The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Dropped Connection events.com .actix. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 190 18.

actix. Poor Quality Low Signal Pilot Pollution Other www.com . More investigation is needed. 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold. PER > Average PER threshold Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 191 Diagnosis Abnormal Connection Release Condition and notes ConnectionRelease_Reason parameter gives the reason for any abnormal connection releases.

4 Low Throughput diagnosis for EVDO The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Low Throughput events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 192 18.com .actix. www.

4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold. Ave. Tx RLP Throughput < Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold. Rx RLP Throughput < Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold.com . Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. More investigation is needed.actix. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. Number of users > EVDO_Numberof_Users (Threshold).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 193 Diagnosis Low RLP Rx Throughput Low RLP Tx Throughput Network Overload Low Signal Poor Quality Pilot Pollution Other Condition and notes Ave. PER > Average PER threshold. www.

com . www.actix.5 Scheduling Issues diagnosis for EVDO The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Scheduling Issue events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 194 18.

Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. www.com . 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 195 Diagnosis Network Overload Low Signal Poor Quality Pilot Pollution Other Condition and notes Number of users > EVDO_Number_of_Users (Threshold). PER > Average PER threshold.actix. Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. More investigation is needed.

and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 196 19 Appendix G: GSM thresholds.1. Once a loss of dominance is triggered.1. 19. Dominance loss = ServRxLevSub < (Best_Nbr Hysteresis). The default value is 10000 ms. The default value is 5 dBm. To modify the value.actix. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.1 Dragged_Dominance_Hysteresis This threshold is the dBm hysteresis applied to the Best Neighbor Level to trigger a loss of dominance of the server. Typically. KPIs and diagnoses 19. Default is 5000m.1 Spotlight 19.1.1.1.1 G_Distance_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum distance allowed per cell. The default value is 6000 ms. then any subsequent Handover Failure or Dropped Call will trigger the Dragged Handover Failure or Dragged Drop.3.1. and not re-established before the Dragged_HO_Window timer expires. before a Dragged Handover Failure or Dragged Dropped Call is triggered.2 GSM / Advanced_Handover_Analysis 19.2.1 GSM thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.3 Ping_Pong_HO_Window This threshold is the number of milliseconds during which a handover back to the previous cell will trigger the Ping Pong Handover Event. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. 19.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref file.2 Dragged_HO_Window This threshold is the number of milliseconds that the MS must lose dominance for.1. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.2. Display Thresholds command.3 GSM / Analysis 19. 19.com . 19. www. 19.2. values in excess of 8000 meters are usually regarded as distant serving cells.1.

values in excess of 3 with good signal strength usually indicate the presence of interference.actix. www. Typically.1 G_Timeout_ChannelRequest This value is used to determine the time (in ms) the system will wait for RR Channel Request messages to be answered before registering a Call Setup Failure.1. Distance Units. 19.4 GSM / Cell_Plan_Viewer 19. 19.5.3.2 G_Handover_Min This threshold is used in conjunction with handover to determine the minimum possible signal difference for handover to take place.1 G_Interference_Radius This value is used to define a radius of analysis about a selected sector for coadjacent interference and neighbors visualizations in the Cell Plan Viewer. Any signal below this threshold is categorized as poor coverage. Recommended values are 56 dB.6 G_RxQualSub_Max This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength to determine whether there is interference present on the cell. 19.5 GSM / Events 19.4.4.5 G_RxLevSub_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable value for signal strength.1.3. This value is usually set to 0 to indicate maximum uplink power.1.2 G_ScanSortSigLevel_Min This value is used in relation to the scanner signal level.1.1. 19. You can set the units to be used (either miles or kilometers) in Preferences. Typically. 19.1. 19.4 G_Prolong_Interf_timer This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength and signal quality to determine prolong interference – that is.3. values over 16 (that is.3.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 197 19. approximately 8 km) are usually regarded as distant serving cells.1.1.3 G_MsTxPowStepOrdered_Min This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength to determine incorrect uplink power balance. Recommended value: -95 dBm. in the Channel Overlap analysis in the GSM Cell Plan Viewer.3. Default is 3000 ms.com .3. 19.1.1. for example. General Settings.1. 19. good signal strength but bad quality in this time window will cause a prolong interference event.7 G_TimingAdvance_Max This threshold is used in absence of the Distance parameter to determine the maximum distance allowed per cell.

1.1 SL_GSM_Ant_Gain_Threshold This threshold is the default Antenna gain.1. used in the calculation of DL pathloss.6. values of 5000 to 10000 ms are used. The default value is 3000 ms. but less attributes will be detected.6 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxQual_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. but with relatively low accuracy since the time under analysis is large.2 SL_GSM_BTS_Sens_Threshold This threshold is the default BTS receive sensitivity.6.4 dB.1. 19. a condition of which is that RxQual has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window. The default value is 18.1.1.7 GSM / Troubleshooter 19.6. www. The RxLev condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected. The default value is 5000m.1.6.3 SL_GSM_EIRP_Threshold This threshold is the default EIRP. 19.5 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxLev_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. 19. used in the calculation of pathloss.6.actix. Values less than 5000 ms will tend to be more accurate. a condition of which is that RxLev has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window.1.1.1 G_Analysis_Time_After This value is used to determine the time (in ms) allocated to investigate the radio conditions AFTER the detected event occurrence.1. 19.6.1. The default value is -120 dBm.6 GSM / Spotlight 19.7. 19.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 198 19. Typically. The RxQual condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected. The default value is 30. and only data within this distance from the site is considered for the analysis. The default value is 2.com . while values in excess of 10000 ms tend to have a high detection of attributes. 19.1.4 SL_GSM_High_TX_Power_Threshold This threshold is used for determining a ‗High TX‘ condition.6.8 SL_GSM_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used in the ‗outside beamwidth‘ analysis. 19.7 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold This threshold is used to define the window over which Rapid Pathloss is performed.6. 19. used in the calculation of UL pathloss. The default value is 55. The default value is 5 dB.

1.2 G_Analysis_Time_Before This value is used to determine the time (in ms) allocated to investigate the radio conditions PRIOR to the detected event occurrence. 19.4 G_CallSetupSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views.1. while values in excess of 10000 ms tend to detect a large number of attributes. If it is less than this value. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. www. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.7. but with relatively low accuracy since the time under analysis is large. 19. The Overall Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour.7. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value. Typically.5 G_HandoverSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views. 19. If the resulting KPI is equal to or less than this value. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.7. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.1. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value.com . If it is less than this value. The Location Update Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. The Handover Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. The Call Setup Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 199 19. If it is higher than this value.7 G_OverAllSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views.1. but fewer attributes will be detected.1. 19. If the resulting KPI is equal to or in excess of this value.3 G_CallDropRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views. values of 5000 to 10000 ms are used.7. 19.actix. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table.7.7. Values less than 5000 ms will tend to be more accurate. The Call Drop Rate should not exceed 2% of all successful calls in the busy hour. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. If it is less than this value. If it is less than this value.6 G_LocationUpdateSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views.1. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.

com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 200 19.actix.2 GSM events in the Event Explorer The following event information is displayed in the top table of the Event Explorer: GSM: Circuit Switched category # Call Attempts #Dropped Calls # Call Setup Failures # LU Fails GSM: Handover Issues category # HO Att # HO Fails GSM: NBR Neighbor Issues category % Strong NBR % Strong NBR Diff Band % NBRs with 5dB % NBRs with 5dB Diff Band GSM Diagnoses Call Setup Failure diagnosis Location Update Failure diagnosis Dropped Calls diagnosis Handover Failure diagnosis www.

com .actix. www.3 Call Setup Failure diagnosis for GSM The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Call Setup Failure events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 201 19.

If ServRxQualSub > G_RxQualSub_Max. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem.actix. www. If ServRxLevSub < G_RxLevSub_Min.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 202 Diagnosis RR Failed Condition and notes An RR Channel Request is not followed by an RR Immediate Assignment with matching establishment cause and random reference within the time period specified by the G_Timeout_ChannelRequest threshold. An Immediate Reject message was received. Another RR Channel Request with a different establishment cause or random reference occurs at any time after the RR Immediate Assignment and before the call setup is complete. Immediate Reject Another Call Started CM Service Abort / Reject User Release Poor Coverage Interference Other A CM Service Abort / Reject message was received. Another RR Channel Request with the same establishment cause and random reference occurs more than 200 milliseconds after the RR Immediate Assignment and before the call setup is complete. When a call setup procedure is aborted by the UE with a UL CC Disconnect message.com . More investigation is needed.

www.4 Location Update Failure diagnosis for GSM The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Location Update Failure events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 203 19.com .actix.

actix. Other www. Another RR Channel Request with the same establishment cause and random reference occurs more than 200 milliseconds after the RR Immediate Assignment and before the call setup is complete. 42) in either the NAS message or the RR Channel Release message.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 204 Diagnosis RR Failed Condition and notes An RR Channel Request is not followed by an RR Immediate Assignment with matching establishment cause and random reference within the time period specified by the G_Timeout_ChannelRequest threshold. If ServRxLevSub < G_RxLevSub_Min. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31.com . Immediate Reject Another Call Started LU Reject Poor Coverage Interference System Released A Location Update Failure message was received. Another RR Channel Request with a different establishment cause or random reference occurs at any time after the RR Immediate Assignment and before the call setup is complete. More investigation is needed. An Immediate Reject message was received. If ServRxQualSub > G_RxQualSub_Max.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 205 19. www.5 Dropped Calls diagnosis for GSM The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of Dropped Call events.com .actix.

If ServRxLevSub < G_RxLevSub_Min.6 Handover Failure diagnosis for GSM The diagnosis for Handover Failure is derived directly from the CauseCodeRR value. 42) in either the NAS message or the RR Channel Release message. See GSM Dragged Handovers. Missing Neighbor Handover Problem Poor Coverage Interference Other If stronger neighbors than the serving cell for a period. CauseCodeRR = 10 www. Handset: If after the drop. CauseCodeRR = 9 Handover Failure message. For example: Diagnosis Handover Impossible (TA out of Range) Channel mode unacceptable Frequency not implemented Condition and notes Handover Failure message.actix. More investigation is needed. CauseCodeRR = 8 Handover Failure message. 19. Scanner: If one of the top 6 BCH is not in the BA list before the drop. If ServRxQualSub > G_RxQualSub_Max. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 206 Diagnosis System Released Condition and notes When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31. BCH is not in the BA list. but was before the drop.

1.actix.2 Detailed Event Diagnostics Of the HSPA KPIs listed in the top table.1 HSPA Event Explorer analysis 20. An associated root cause analysis is shown in the diagnostic panel on the left. in the Drilldown options.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 207 20 Appendix H: HSPA thresholds. At the top of the Event Explorer page is a list of occurrences of HSPA Call drops. select the HSPA Call Drop from either the HSPA Summary Dashboard in the Critical Issues section. or the top table of the Event Explorer page.1 Event Explorer dashboard In the top table of the Event Explorer dashboard. aggregated by site: Call Attempts Dropped Calls Call Setup Failures Average RAW Throughput RAW Throughput Peak Cell Change Failures (not yet implemented) Low Raw Throughput Instances Low Net Throughput Instances 20. you select a long 'After Window' (in the tens of seconds). by default the following HSPA event KPIs are displayed. we strongly recommend that. KPIs and diagnoses 20.2 HSPA Call Drop Analysis example To access the HSPA Call Drop analysis.1. these have diagnostic information (and can be investigated further using the Drilldown mechanism): Call Drop Low Raw Throughput Low Net Throughput For failure scenarios where a transition to Idle mode occurs (such as the dropped call under investigation in this example). 20.com . www. Please refer to the description of HSPA KPIs on p207 for details of HSPA diagnostics.

such as the last SC under HSPA coverage (104). The diagnostic panel provides essential information. The dropped call under investigation in this example.com . we can confirm the diagnosis. and the target SC in R99 (45). FACH).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 208 The first example of an HSPA Dropped Call is a case of HSPA to R99 transition via Idle mode. so in the Drilldown options. which then re-establishes the radio connection on the new site in R99. includes a transition to Idle mode. a long 'After Window' of 30 seconds was selected.2. 20. which indicates what kind of resources (if any) are allocated to the UE (HSPA. The UE goes out of HSPA coverage and is forced into Idle mode by the network.actix. One interesting binned data attribute to display on the map is the UE state. and can visualize the transitions from HSPA to DCH_R99.1 Drilldown You can investigate all the KPIs with diagnostic information with the Drilldown mechanism. www. By plotting this binned data on the map. This can also be clearly seen on the map. DCH_R99.

Due to the UE dropping to Idle for several seconds. the HSPA connection provides a good performance up to a few seconds before the drops.com . the user is paged by the network.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 209 The drilldown screen looks like this: The main aspects to point out from the screen layout are: The Active Set analysis: it can be clearly seen that at the moment of the call drop. it is worth noting that the user consistently reports that SC_45 has a better signal than SC_104 (several Measurement Report messages). as the throughput remains at reasonable levels. and the radio connection is re-established on SC_45. but in R99. the HSPA radio performance is less essential for the analysis as the user experience is compromised anyway.actix. until the network decides to release the radio connection (RRC Connection Release message). SC_45 is much stronger than SC_104 (the current HSPA server) In the Protocol Stack Browser. However. www. The radio charts report the typical HSPA L1 measurements and give an idea of the quality of the HSPA connection before the call drops. Further down in the signaling.

the Event Explorer displays in the diagnostic panel a list of five occurrences of Low Throughput and associated root cause analyses. Cell Changes that involve a change of site cause longer interruptions therefore these are the most common in the diagnostic panel. These cases should introduce relatively short interruptions. Whenever an HSPA Call Drop event is detected. when the network points the user at another HS server cell. the technology seems not mature yet to allow Direct Cell Changes with change of frequency (but we have seen change of frequency cases with transitions to Idle mode).com . because transitions to Idle involve a service interruption noticeable by the user. or from the top table of the Event Explorer Once one of the Low Throughput KPIs is selected. Three different results from the root cause analysis are shown. a Low Throughput event is also pegged. It is important to highlight that the diagnostic information provides information on the type of Cell Change in terms of site and frequency. However. the interruption is normally even longer. as they coincide with the dropped call events seen above.that is. like in this demo.actix. www. The first case to analyze is the event caused by a Direct HS Cell Change .3 HSDPA Low Throughput example You can access the Low Throughput analysis by selecting either Low Raw HS Throughput or Low Net HS Throughput KPI from the Summary Dashboard's Critical Issues section. Skip the cases related to HSPA to R99 transition via Idle mode.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 210 20. so the settings of the thresholds that control Low Throughput detection (see above) play a fundamental role here. If a change of frequency occurs.

actix. the performance should improve following a Cell Change. as we will see shortly. That is not always the case. and this is a clear example of network not optimized. but as we can see. the quality of the signal (EcIo) in the target cell is already degrading. It highlights that numerous Cell Changes occurred in a very short time. For a well-designed network.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 211 Other useful information to mention is signal strength of source and target cell and all the HSPA physical layer measurement provided before and after the event. In the Drill-down section. Now look at the second case of Direct Cell Change shown on the right. www.com . casing a so-called ping-pong scenario. we will be able to see that the cell changes occur between the same two cells. The performance slightly increases right after the cell change.

remember to select a long ―after window‖ in the Drilldown options for scenarios that include Idle transitions. which justifies the high level of CQI (23) measured during the low throughput window of time.actix. 20. www.1 Drilldown All the KPIs with diagnostic information can be investigated further via the Drilldown mechanism.com . However. The noticeable quality degradation after the event is due to radio condition getting worse. In the map the user is very close to the serving cell.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 212 Another case that can be shown is the ―Lack of Data to Transmit‖ scenario.3. Just like for the HSDPA Call Drop KPI. the ―lack of data to transmit‖ scenario identified here is independent of the conditions occurring after. and this will be clear from the Drill-down page. where throughput is extremely low but the radio conditions are good.

www. an After Window of 5 seconds is enough.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 213 For the HS Direct Cell Change case. The Event Navigator below confirms the occurrence of several HS Cell changes within a short time. Finally.com . Also. the radio graphs give an overview of the level of degradation suffered from this poor design issue. the Protocol Stack Browser window shows the signaling associated with these mobility procedures.

Usually. but a HSPA Drop call is only pegged when the UE is in HSPA state at the moment the call drops. an HSPA Drop Call event is detected. and in fact. 20. Radio conditions get worse afterwards.com . maintain the Drill-down settings used above.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 214 For the ―Lack of Data to Transmit‖ case. The most recurrent scenarios are: Terminal spontaneously (that is. it is possible to see quite easily from the Event Navigator form that a HS Cell Change occurs. not network-forced) dropping the radio connection Network releasing the radio connection for causes other than user inactivity or normal PDP Context deactivation www. Therefore.4. Here we can see that despite good radio conditions (check the numeric values of CQI and its visual representation on the map) throughput is null before the event detection.4 HSPA events in the Event Explorer 20.actix.1 HSPA Call Drops An HSPA call is a UMTS PS Call where the UE is in 'HSPA' state. the trigger of HSPA Drop call is the same as UMTS PS Drop call. whenever the UE goes from HSPA to Idle without a normal call release. But as mentioned above this is another issue and completely unrelated to the lack of data to transmit.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 215 The following failure cases are supported: Deactivation of PDP Context due to abnormal situations When the network (SGSN) releases the PDP context for abnormal scenarios (this is detected via a Deactivation PDP Context Request downlink message with SM cause different from 'Regular deactivation'. please see the section HSPA Throughput KPIs on p218.) that the HSDPA throughput is allowed to stay under a certain value (Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh or Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh). to peg Low Net MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test.2. RRC Connection Release The network (RNC) releases the RRC Connection with a cause other than 'Normal' or 'User Inactivity'.com .4.No coverage . You can configure the detection mechanism via the following HSDPA thresholds: 20. The analysis can be based on Raw MAC-HS throughput or Net MAC-HS throughput.1 Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh The value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Raw HSDPA throughput is considered LOW .4.2. 20.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres. For more information on Raw and Net MAC-HS Throughput.2 Low Throughput Issues Low throughput conditions are detected when the user throughput exceeds a certain threshold for a specified period of time.2. Typical scenarios are: . If the throughput stays under those raw or net throughput thresholds for a period longer than Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres a Low Raw(Net) MAC-HS Throughput event is pegged for Drive Test www. 20.Excessive interference .3 Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres The time (in msec. UE drops to idle The UE drops to idle when radio link conditions becomes poor.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.actix.2 Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh The value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Net HSDPA throughput is considered LOW . 20.4. to peg Low Raw MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test.4.The UE is moving in an area where HSPA is not supported (and the network does not handle direct HSDPA to R99 transitions).

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 216 KPI/attribute Uu_LowRawHSDPAThroughput Uu_LowNetHSDPAThroughput Uu_HSCellNotBestPilot Low Tput KPI event (Used for diagnostic purposes only) Related threshold Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres Uu_WinTimeHSnotBest Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh Uu_HSDPAAvRegularSched_Thresh Uu_HSDPAAvLowSched_Thresh Uu_HSDPANet_To_L1_Throu_Thresh Uu_HSDPAL1_To_Raw_Throu_Thresh SL_UMTS_DT_Spotlight_CriticalIssues_HSDPAPea kTput HSDPA Peak Tput (threshold determines if this is a critical issue in the Summary dashboard) HSDPA Setup Failure rate Overall PS Setup Failure rate Average HSDPA Call Setup time HSDPA Call Drop rate Overall PS Call Drop rate Average EcIo 95 percentile MAC-HS Tput Average RSCP 95 percentile DL TCP Tput 95 percentile CQI Tput 95 percentile EcIo Tput 95 percentile RSCP Tput HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Failure_Rate HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_Overall_PS_Failure_Rate HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Setup_Time HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Drop_Rate HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_PS_Drop_Rate HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_EcIo_Threshold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_MACHS_T hroughput_Threshold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_RSCP_Threshold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_TCP_Thro ughput_Threshold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_CQI_Thre shold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_EcIo_Thr eshold HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_RSCP_Th reshold The following failure cases are supported: 20.or no data at all.4 Raw HS Throughput Mobility scenarios Whenever a mobility scenario occurs.actix.2. www. expect throughput degradation. as with Idle transitions. The level of degradation is proportional to the duration of the mobility procedure.4. during which the UE receives a limited amount of data .com .

which would explain why only Net Throughput issues are detected. the average scheduling rate (from the instantaneous scheduling rate dataset Uu_HSDPA_FrameUsage) is below the user-specified threshold Uu_HSDPAAvRegularSched_Thresh (0.2. 20. The threshold needs to be a factor ranging from 0 to 1 rather than an absolute CQI threshold between 0 and 30. However the diagnostic alerts you that the threshold for Low Raw Throughput event detection might not be restrictive enough. despite a good Raw Throughput. This scenario typically occurs when there is no activity (data). the Net Throughput does not reach satisfactory levels: Low Raw HS Throughput If Low RAW Tput is also detected.com . 30 is the maximum value a UE can report. However some useful measurement data are included in the table for the Net Tput KPI and this data might be sufficient). This may occur when more than one HSPA user is present in the HS Serving Cell where the event is detected. Low Raw HS Throughput not detected All the cases listed for Raw Throughput are still valid.5 Net HS Throughput A Low Net HS Throughput can usually be associated with an underlying Raw Throughput scenario.1). Low CQI values are an indication of poor radio downlink conditions.actix. and Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh is a number between 0 and 1. www. because under certain scenarios UEs might only report 15 as the maximum CQI. Lack of data to transmit This is detected when the Statistical Mode of the Instantaneous Raw Tput in the last 3 seconds is 0. the diagnostic simply reports that the cause of Net Tput degradation is related to underlying Raw Tput. but the handset is kept in HSPA mode by the network. However.. Check through the Low Raw Throughput KPI list of occurrences for the right event (timestamp would be the same as the Low Net Tput event. there are some interesting cases where.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 217 The sub-cases below are self-explanatory and are all mutually exclusive by definition: ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ HS Direct Cell change ongoing Intra-F HS Cell Change via Idle mode Inter-F HS Cell Change via Idle mode HS to DCH_R99 direct transition HS to DCH_R99 transition via Idle mode Low CQI values These are detected when the average CQI in the last 3 seconds is below the user-specified threshold Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh.4. Low scheduling rate This is detected when in the last 3 seconds.

4.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 218 If high levels of retransmission occur.5 HSPA Throughput KPIs The following types of HSPA throughput are provided in the HSPA Network Acceptance report: Raw MAC-HS throughput Net MAC-HS throughput www. the event can be missing from the diagnostic panel in the KPI dashboard. In these cases.4 HSPA Call Setup Failure This event is detected whenever a failure occurs during the setup of the HSPA bearer. it is not possible to know whether a R99 or a HSPA bearer would have been used. 20. the 'Further Information' section provides additional information regarding Net throughput.4. 20. Identifying zones with a lack of pilot dominance is a very important task in the rollout and optimization of HSDPA. However.4. HSPA Call Drop) occurs very close to the end of the logfile. leading to a discrepancy in the number of events displayed. the event will be flagged in both the initial dashboard (as part of the % Call Drop Critical Issue if the relevant threshold condition is fulfilled) and the top table of the KPI dashboard. Therefore. High retransmissions due to poor Uplink quality conditions This is detected when: Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_MAC Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 < Uu_HSDPANet_To_L1_Throu_Thresh For the definition of the different types of HSDPA throughput.actix.3 Lack of pilot dominance issues This is essentially very similar to 'Pilot pollution' or 'Too many servers' but focused on HSDPA. 20.com Net DL TCP throughput . the Call Setup Failure is pegged only as a UMTS PS Call Setup Failure. HSDPA requires clear pilot dominance for an efficient service delivery (good throughput). please refer to the section on HSDPA Throughput KPIs. An attempt to establish a HSPA call can be detected only when the bearer is being set up. please refer to the section on HSDPA Throughput KPIs.5 Known Issues If a particular KPI event (for example. 20. if a UMTS PS call fails at an early stage. Two scenarios are analyzed: High retransmissions due to packet incorrectly received in Downlink This is detected when: Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 < Uu_HSDPAL1_To_Raw_Throu_Thresh Uu_HSDPA_PayloadRate_L1 For the definition of the different types of HSDPA throughput.

Mean. Mode. Raw and Net MAC-HS throughput are equal.Actix Spotlight Desktop 1.actix.1 Notes In ideal scenarios. For the purpose of throughput calculation. www. For this reason.5. 95% percentile) are derived from the MAC-HS instantaneous throughputs. Both raw and net instantaneous throughputs are calculated every 200 msecs: MAC .HS instantaneous throughput = (bytes received by the UE over 200ms)/200ms The difference between Raw and Net MAC-HS throughput is that Raw throughput includes ALL the packets scheduled for the UE.com .2 User Guide 219 MAC-HS throughput KPIs (e. while Net throughput does not include packets unsuccessfully decoded or re-transmitted: Raw throughput -> All packets received by UE Net throughput -> Only successfully decoded (not re-transmitted) packets The following figure further clarifies the approach used for the calculation of Raw and Net MAC-HS throughput: Total # packets contributing to Raw MAC-HS throughput -> 7 Total # packets contributing to Net MAC-HS throughput -> 5 20. but in reality the Net throughput is always lower than the Raw throughput.g. the size of the entire MAC-HS PDU is used. MAC-HS net throughput and RLC throughput do not coincide: The Net DL TCP throughput is simply the downlink TCP throughput that excludes TCP re-transmissions. this includes MAC-HS header and padding.

The default value is 300 kbps.1 Spotlight Thresholds 20. if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 220 20.) that the HSDPA throughput is allowed to stay under a certain value (Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh or Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh). to peg Low Net MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test.1 IUB_THROUGHPUT_PERIOD_THRES This threshold is used to set the sampling period (in msec. 20.6. The default value is 1000 ms.). 20. etc. If the throughput stays under those raw or net throughput thresolds for a period longer than Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres a Low Raw(Net) MAC-HS Throughput event is pegged for Drive Test. The default value is 3000 ms. For a definition of Raw HSDPA Throughput see Uu_HSDPA_PayloadRate_L1. Display Thresholds command. see Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_MAC.6. IP. www.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.6. Default is 5000m.2. The default value is 1000 ms. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value.2 HSDPA thresholds The following thresholds are available under the root of the HSDPA node: 20.6.4 Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres This threshold is used to set the period of time (in msec.1. For a definition of Net HSDPA Throughput. 20.2. 20.2 Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Raw HSDPA throughput is considered LOW .actix.5 Uu_ThresGapBeforeThrComparison This parameter indicates the gap between the end of the Cell Change procedure and the start of the time interval used to calculate the TCP throughput for comparison with the throughput during the cell change.) for the calculation of MACd throughput over the Iub.6.6. To modify the value.com .1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used.6 HSDPA thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.6. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis. 20.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.2.2.2.6.3 Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Net HSDPA throughput is considered LOW . The time interval is as lons as the duration of the Cell Change procedure. Note that MACd throughput includes the header of RLC and layer above (PDCP. to peg Low Raw MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test. 20. The default value is 400 kbps.

3.3. 20.7 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_RSCP_Threshold This threshold is used in conjunction EcIo threshold.3 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Setup_Time This threshold is used to indicate an average HSPA call setup acceptance time. to setup thresholds above which measurements from the UE as seen good for HSPA Network acceptance.6.6. 20.6.3.3.6.3.6.3.3.3 HSDPA / HSDPA_NW_Acceptance Thresholds These are used for the HSPA Spotlight Reports. If the quality of the HS Serving Cell is below the best pilot in the AS for a period longer than this threshold a Uu_HSCellNotBestPilot event is pegged for Drive Test.6 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used in conjunction RSCP threshold.6.6.6. 20.1 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Failure_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the HSPA call setup failure rate.actix.6.com . 20.2 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_Overall_PS_Failure_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the overall PS call setup failure rate (HSPA and R99).3.9 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_TCP_Throughput_Thr eshold This threshold is used to indicate the lowest required TCP Throughput value at the 95 percentile for HSPA Network acceptance (unit is kbit/sec). 20. 20. 20. 20.6.6. 20.3. www.2.5 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_PS_Drop_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PS R99 call drop rate. 20.6 Uu_WinTimeHSnotBest This threshold is used to set the period of time (in msec.8 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_MACHS_Throughput_ Threshold This threshold is used to indicate the lowest required Raw MAC HS Throughput value at the 95 percentile for HSPA Network acceptance (unit is kbit/sec). The default value is 1000 ms.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 221 20.4 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Drop_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the HSPA call drop rate. to setup thresholds above which measurements from the UE a seen good for HSPA Network acceptance.) that the EcIo of the HS Serving Cell is allowed to be lower than the best pilot EcIo in the Active Set.

.4. 20.4.11 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate the lowest required EcIo value at the 95 percentile for HSPA Network acceptance.6. 20.1).2 Uu_HSDPAAvRegularSched_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value under which the average HS Scheduling is a possible sign of regular scheduling in presence of other HSPA users (average calculated on the 5 secs.4 HSDPA / Spotlight Thresholds 20.1).4. See also Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh and Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres www. The default value is 70%.6.6.com . See more information about this threshold under "HSPA Call Drop". NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0. The average of the Throughput values is calculated on the 5 secs. before the occurrence of a failure event).1 Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value under which the average CQI is considered low (average calculated on the 5 secs. 20. The default value is 0. See more information about this threshold in the help under "HSPA Low Raw Throughput".4 Uu_HSDPAL1_To_Raw_Throu_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value under which the ratio between L1 HS Throughput average and Raw HS Throughput average is considered low enough to assign the cause of Low Net HS Throughput not only to lack of data sent by the network. before the occurrence of the Low Net Throughput event).4. but for example due to high retransmission levels.3 Uu_HSDPANet_To_L1_Throu_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value under which the ratio between Net HS Throughput average and L1 HS Throughput average is considered low enough to assign the cause of Low Net HS Throughput not only to lack of data sent by the network.100). NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0.1) of the max achievable CQI. but for example due to high retransmission levels. NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0. The default value is 0. before the occurrence of a failure event).. The average of the Throughput values is calculated on the 5 secs. The max achievable CQI is a function of the UE category and the modulation used (QPSK or 16 QAM). 20.6. before the occurrence of the Low Net Throughput event).. and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_MAC for a definition of L1 and Net HS throughput.actix.3.3.4.12 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_RSCP_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate the lowest required RSCP value at the 95 percentile for HSPA Network acceptance.6.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 222 20.7.10 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_CQI_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate the lowest required CQI value at the 95 percentile for HSPA Network acceptance.6. See also Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh and Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres for the exact definition of the Low Net HS Throughput event.. 20. 20.6.3.6. NOTE: the threshold is expressed as a percentage value (0.

4. and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 and Uu_HSDPA_PayloadRate_L1 for a definition of L1 and Raw HS throughput. www. 20. The default value is 0.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 223 for the exact definition of the Low Net HS Throughput event.7.6.5 SL_UMTS_DT_Spotlight_CriticalIssues_HSDPAPeakTput This threshold is used to filter out HSDPA Raw Tput peak performance issues from the HSPA dashboard that are equal or less this value. The default value is 1500 (kbps).actix.com .

Default is 5000m.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used (for all Cell Coverage analyses) if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.1.2.1 Spotlight 21.1.1.actix.2 LTE_Scan_PoorRSRQ_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate poor RSRQ values from scanner data.1 LTE_Scan_PoorRSRP_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate poor RSRP values from scanner data.2 Spotlight 21.1. 21. Recommended value is 0. 21.com .2.1 LTE thresholds 21.1.1 SL_LTE_DT_Spotlight_ImportantIssues_Threshold This threshold is used to filter out Important Issues from the LTE dashboard that occur with a frequency greater than this value. www.2 Spotlight thresholds 21. KPIs and diagnoses 21.1. Recommended value is -95 dBm and the minimum should not be lower than -105 dBm.2. Recommended value is -13 dB and the value should range between -10 and -18 dB.1.1 Scan coverage 21.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 224 21 Appendix I: LTE thresholds. 21.

2. To modify the value. It is important to set your thresholds before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.1. Recommended value is 3 and the value should be between 2 and 4.2. 22. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold. Default is 5000m.actix.4 Uu_Scan_Poor_EcNoThreshold This is used to indicate poor EcIo values from scanner data. Recommended value is -95 dBm and should not be lower than -105 dBm.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 225 22 Appendix J: UMTS thresholds. 22. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB.1 UMTS thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.1. 22.1.2.1 Spotlight 22. www.1.2.1.5 Uu_Scan_Poor_RSCP_Threshold This is used to indicate poor RSCP values from scanner data. Recommended value is -15dB and the value should be between -18 and -10 dB.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used.3 Uu_Scan_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating Pilot Pollution. The default value is -100 dBm. if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.2 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution_RSCP_Threshold The RSCP threshold used by the ―Poor Interference with Strong Signal Strength‖ pilot pollution model (a Veritune feature). 22. 22. KPIs and diagnoses 22. and the value should be between -90 and -110 dBm.2 UMTS / Scan_coverage 22.com .1.2. this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events (based on scanner info). diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.1. it creates a pilot pollution event.1. Display Thresholds command.1.1 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold This is the absolute number of pilots (with Ec/Ios above Uu_Scan_PilotPollutionThreshold) required to trigger a pilot pollution event. 22.

it creates a "too many server" event (based on scanner info).1.3.2.3. The default value is -15 dB.1. 22. www.1. Recommended value is 6000 ms.1.7 SL_RapidPathloss_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. 22. 22.1.3.3 SL_BTS_Sens_Threshold This threshold is the default BTS receive Sensitivity. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB.3.3 UMTS / Spotlight 22.2.3.actix. The default value is -120 dBm. a condition of which is that EcIo has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window. The default value is -104 dBm and the value should be between -90 and -110 dBm.6 Uu_Scan_TooManyServers_Count_Threshold The absolute number of pilots (with Ec/Ios within Uu_Scan_TooManyServersThreshold of the Ec/Io of the best server) required to trigger a ―too many servers‖ event (based on scanner info).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 226 22. The default value is 50.2.8 Uu_Scan_TooManyServersThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".2 SL_BLER_Threshold This threshold is used for determining a UMTS ‗lost DL channel‘ condition.6 SL_MaxTimeBetweenRRC_REQandCallStart This threshold is used for determining UMTS CS calls with excessive setup time.1.1. The default value is 18.1.7 Uu_Scan_TooManyServers_RSCP_Threshold The CPICH RSCP threshold above which a Uu_Scan_TooManyServers event may be pegged. 22. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server. used in the calculation of UL pathloss. The default value is 5 dB. 22. used in the calculation of DL pathloss.1 SL_Ant_Gain_Threshold This threshold is the default Antenna gain. used in the calculation of pathloss.1. 22. 22. 22. The RSCP condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected. 22. The default value is 10 dB.4 SL_Detectedset_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used for determining if a detected set member strong enough to be consider as a neighbor.3. Recommended value is 3 and the value should be between 2 and 4.5 SL_EIRP_Threshold This threshold is the default EIRP.1.com .4 dB.3.1.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 227 22. and only data within this distance from the site is considered for the analysis. The default value is 3000 ms.3. then a System Interference event appears on the map.4.3. 22.12 SL_UMTS_DT_Troubleshooter_ImportantIssues_Threshold This threshold is used to filter out Important issues from the UMTS dashboard that are equal or less then this value.10 SL_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used in the outside beamwidth analysis. If the UeTransmittedPower is greater than Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold AND the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold AND the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold.2 Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold This is used in conjunction with the RSCP Interference Threshold for the System Interference event.3. Recommended value is 0.4. then Poor Uplink Coverage will appear on the map.com . 22. www.11 SL_UMTS_DT_Troubleshooter_CriticalIssues_Threshold This threshold is used to filter out critical issues from the UMTS dashboard that are equal or less then this value.4.1.1.1. 22.4 UMTS / UE_Coverage 22.1. The default value is 5.8 SL_RapidPathloss_RSCP_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. 22. Values should lie between -10 and -18 dBm. 22.1.3 Uu_HighUE_TxPower This is used in the Poor Uplink Coverage event. If the UeTransmittedPower is greater than Uu_HighUE_TxPower AND the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is greater than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold AND the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is greater than Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold. Recommended value is 10 dBm.1.1.1. a condition of which is that RSCP has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window. 22. then a Coverage Limited event will appear on the map. If the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is greater than Uu_RSCP_Interference_Threshold and the CPICH_EcNo_In_ActiveSet is less than Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold.1. 22.actix. Values should lie between 0 and 25 dBm. The minimum should not be lower than 0 and the maximum should not be higher than 25 dBm. The EcIo condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected.9 SL_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold This threshold is used to define the window over which Rapid Pathloss is performed. The default value is 5000m. Recommended value is -15 dB.1 Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold This is used in the Coverage Limited event.3. Recommended value is 0. Recommended value is 15 dBm.3.

it will trigger a Poor Uplink Coverage event. it creates a Pilot Pollution event. Recommended value is -95 dBm and should not be lower than -105 dBm.8 Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold This is used for the System Interference event.9 Uu_TooManyServersThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".1.com . then the Poor Downlink Coverage event will appear on the map. 22.4. 22.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 228 22. it will trigger either a Coverage Limited event or a Poor Downlink Coverage event. If the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_PoorEcNOThreshold AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold AND Ue_TransmittedPower is greater than Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold. Values should lie between -30 and 0 dBm. then a System Interference event appears on the map. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold. Recommended value is -15 dBm. www. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB. this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events.1. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server. In the case where it is greater than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold.4 Uu_LowUE_TxPower This is used in the Poor Downlink Coverage event. It is also used in the Poor Uplink and Downlink Coverage event.1.5 Uu_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating Pilot Pollution. then a Coverage Limited event will appear on the map.4.1. 22.4.1. 22.actix.4. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB. Recommended value is -80 dBm and should lie between -90 and -60 dBm.7 Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold This is used in three different events.4. 22. Other conditions must be satisfied for these events to occur please note the other thresholds involved. If the UeTransmittedPower is less than Uu_LowUE_TxPower AND the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold AND the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_PoorEcNoThreshold.4.1.6 Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold This is used in the Coverage Limited event. it creates a "too many server" event (based on scanner info). If the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is greater than this threshold and the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold. In the cases where CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is lower than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB.

# ActiveSet Failures This is the ratio of the number of active set update failures to the total number of active set update procedures.2 UMTS events in the Event Explorer Circuit Switched KPIs # Dropped Calls # Setup Failures # Excessive Call Setup Packet Switched KPIs # PS Attempts # Dropped PS # Failed Connection Handover Issues % Handoff Overhead Based on measurements made when the UE is in RRC connected mode. # Server Inconsistencies This is the number of times the event Uu_UE_Scan_Issue is set.actix. and the number of active set update failures corresponds to the number of active set update procedures for which the UE sends an RRC Active Set Update Failure message. www. Furthermore.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 229 22. or weaker by less than "Uu_Scan_UE_dB_Threshold" decibels.com . determined from the RRC signaling. The number of active set update procedures is determined from the RRC signaling. this event is only set if the following conditions are met: The UE is in RRC connected mode. Note that this statistic needs a valid cellrefs file in order to work correctly.e. and The scanner's best cell is stronger than the best cell in the active set. The thresholds "Uu_Scan_UE_Timer" and "Uu_Scan_UE_dB_Threshold" are configurable using Tools > Display Thresholds > UMTS > Event Control. 2 or more cells in the active set) to the time the UE spent with only 1 active cell. This event is set when the best cell measured by the scanner is not measured by the UE as an active or monitored cell over a period of time of "Uu_Scan_UE_Timer" milliseconds. this statistic gives the ratio (as a percentage) of the time the UE spent in handover (i. # ActiveSet Attempts This is the number of active set update procedures.

com .actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 230 Hard Handover Issues # 3G 2G Attempts # 3G 2G Failures # IF Attempts # IF Failures www.

com .actix. Note that the window size used to evaluate the condition is the period from 5 seconds before the drop.3 Dropped Calls diagnosis for UMTS The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of CS and PS Dropped Call events. up to the drop itself.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 231 22. www.

the system picks the diagnosis with the highest value. on average. More investigation is needed. Over 5-seconds.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 232 Diagnosis System Released Missing Neighbor Handover Problem Condition and notes When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31. providing it is higher than the specified threshold: Pilot Pollution Pilot Pollution: Too Many Servers Interference Problem 4+ pilots in Active or Monitored Set with Ec/No > Uu_PilotPollutionThreshold (-15 dB). 42) in either the NAS message or the RRC message. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_PoorEcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower < Uu_LowUE_TxPower (-15 dBm). Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet > Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower > Uu_HighUE_TxPower (15 dBm). CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower > Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold (10 dBm).com . Uu_Trch_DownlinkBLERAGG > SL_BLER_Threshold. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold (-80 dBm). Multiple Active Set update messages are received and a particular SC is not added to the Active Set. SC in Active Set after event < > SCs in Active Set and Neighbor list before event.actix. 4+ pilots in the Active or Monitored Set with Ec/No within Uu_TooManyServersThreshold dB of the best server (Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo_0). For the Raked RF Condition. Coverage Limitation Problem Poor DL Coverage Problem Poor UL Coverage Problem Lost DL Channel Investigate Further (unknown diagnosis) www.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 233 22.actix.4 Call Setup Failure diagnosis for UMTS The following diagram shows the procedure used by Spotlight to determine the diagnosis of CS and PS Call Setup Failure events: www.com .

www.actix. providing it is higher than the specified threshold: Pilot Pollution Pilot Pollution: Too Many Servers Interference Problem 4+ pilots in Active or Monitored Set with Ec/No > Uu_PilotPollutionThreshold (-15 dB). Over 5-seconds. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold (-80 dBm). Uu_Trch_DownlinkBLERAGG > SL_BLER_Threshold. For the Raked RF Condition.com Limited Coverage Problem Poor DL Coverage Problem Poor UL Coverage Problem Lost DL Channel Investigate Further (unknown diagnosis) . CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet > Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower > Uu_HighUE_TxPower (15 dBm). the system picks the diagnosis with the highest value. A CM Service Abort / Reject message was received. 42) in either the NAS message or the RRC message. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower > Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold (10 dBm). Multiple Active Set update messages are received and a particular SC is not added to the Active Set. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_PoorEcNoThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet < Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold (-95 dBm) AND UeTransmittedPower < Uu_LowUE_TxPower (-15 dBm). SC in Active Set after event < > SCs in Active Set and Neighbor list before event. When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31. on average. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. 4+ pilots in the Active or Monitored Set with Ec/No within Uu_TooManyServersThreshold dB of the best server (Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo_0).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 234 Diagnosis System Rejected / RRC Failure CM Service Abort / Reject System Released Missing Neighbor Handover Problem Condition and notes When an RRC message contains an RRC Reject.

5 Excessive Call diagnosis for UMTS The following diagram outlines the procedure used by Spotlight to determine the diagnosis of Excessive Call events. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 235 22. up to the drop itself. Note that the window size used to evaluate the condition is the period from 5 seconds before the drop.com .actix.

1 Hiding Analyzer Event Diagrams from Spotlight users Central tools teams may want to hide the details of particular KPI calculations from their Spotlight users.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 236 23 Appendix K: Information for Administrators 23. The checkbox is called ‗Hide diagram from read-only users‘. www.actix. when defining event diagrams (license permitting). A checkbox enables this in the Diagram Info dialog in Analyzer.com .

195 Average_RxTCHThroughput_Threshold. 137 C Call Setup Failure diagnosis for GSM. 8 cellrefs file. 178 CDMA_ImportantIssue_ExcessInterference. 29 Channel mode unacceptable. 114 Data Settings link. 192 Average_Rx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold. 70 Distant Serving Cell. 48. 8 CDMA Cell Coverage analysis. 177. 196 ConnectionAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold. 176 CDMA_ImportantIssue_LowRX. 193 ConnectionReleaseSuccessRate_Threshold. 38 Binned Data Queries. 218 Choose Attributes. 245 CM Service Abort / Reject. 132 Analyzer Classic. 195 Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold. 212. 197 www. 216 Dropped Calls diagnosis for UMTS. 8 CDMA_AvgForwardFER. 205 Dragged_HO_Window. 55 CDMA Spotlight Report. 196 Consolidated_SINR_For_Nth_Best_Pilot[0]. 123 Another Call Started.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 237 24 Index 9 95 95 95 95 95 percentile percentile percentile percentile percentile CQI Tput. 195 B Batch Sector Plot. 231 CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold. 193 CDMA_EVDO_EcIoInterferenceThreshold. 49 CDMA Pilot Pollution analysis. 119 Dropped Call diagnosis for CDMA. 175 CDMA_ImportantIssue_ExternalInterference. 118 Drilldown page. 195 Add Device. 43. 142 CDMA events in the Event Explorer. 195 Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. 135 Choose Devices. 212. 176 CDMA_MobileTxPowerMaxFilterThreshold. 178 CDMA_CallSetupTime. 177 CDMA_OverAllSuccessRate. 178 CDMA_EcIoCombinedThreshold. 247 Dropped Connection diagnosis for EVDO. 193 ConnectionAttemptFailRate_Threshold. 37 CSV file. 249 Critical Issues section. 175 CDMA_ImportantIssue_FwdLinkProblem. 230 RSCP Tput. 177. 175. 182 Coverage Limitation Problem. 175 CDMA_EcIoInterferenceThreshold. 191 ConnectionAttemptDuration_Threshold. 32 Data Service Analysis. 231 EcIo Tput.actix. 43 CDMA cell site parameters. 148 CDMA thresholds. 178 CDMA_CallSetupSuccessRate. 8 CDMA Neighbor List analysis. 175 CDMA/EVDO Pilot Pollution.com . 176 CDMA_ImportantIssue_PoorCoverage. 195 AccessAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold. 176 CDMA_MobileTxPowerThreshold. 230 Average_PER_Threshold. 178 cell coverage. 64 Coverage Issue. 231 DL TCP Tput. 251 CDMA Cell Coverage. 176 CDMA_ImportantIssue_PoorQuality. 176 CDMA_ImportantIssue_RevLinkProblem. 179 CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold. 192 Average_Tx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold. 199 AccessAttemptDuration_Threshold. 192 CDMA_EVDO_TooManyActivePNsThreshold. 230 Average RSCP. 136 Average EcIo. 177 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_0. 176 CDMA_MobileTxPowerMinFilterThreshold. 196 ConnectionReleaseDuration_Threshold. 195 CDMA_EVDO_MobileRxPowerThreshold. 43 coverage footprint. determining. 30 Detailed Event Diagnostics. 43. 136 binning settings. 191 Dragged_Dominance_Hysteresis. 205 DRC Rate. 48. 121 drilldown window. 178 CDMA_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold. 195 Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold. 51 A Abnormal Connection Release. 231 MAC-HS Tput. 130 Circuit Switched KPIs. 64 binned data. 192 D data files. 125 best serving cell. 252 Co/Adjacent Channel allocations between neighbors. 176 CDMA_MobileRxPowerThreshold. 179 CDMA_TooManyActivePNsThreshold. 38 coverage design boundary. 10. 179 CDMA_CallDropRate. 178 CDMA Neighbor List. 192 CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold. 48. 230 Average HSDPA Call Setup time. 122 device filters. 63 Drill Down. 133 Distance tab. 210 Call Setup Failure diagnosis for UMTS. 180 Dropped Calls diagnosis for GSM. 215 Attribute Picker. 193 AccessAttemptFailRate_Threshold.

8 EVDO Cell Coverage analysis. CDMA. 38 EDGE cell site parameters. 237 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_EcIo_Threshold. 209 G_Prolong_Interf_timer. 190 EGPRS events in the Event Explorer. 232 High retransmissions due to poor Uplink quality conditions. 187 EGPRS_LLC_DL_Min. 155 EVDO Spotlight Report. 253 Excessive Interference. 48 GSM 2G Missing Neighbors. 208 G_Cell_Reselect_Duration. 206 G_HandoverSuccessRate. 208 G_CallDropRate. 237 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_MACHS_Th roughput_Threshold. 208 G_Analysis_Time_Before. 30 Event Explorer. 177 EVT_CDMANeighborListIssueDetect. 8 exporting a series of images. investigating. 139 GPRS_Duration_Period. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_RSCP_Thre shold. 206 G_RxQualSub_Max. 187 EGPRS_LLC_UL_Min. 206 G_ScanSortSigLevel_Min. 230. 186 EGPRS_Duration_Period. 234 HSDPA Throughput KPIs. 197 EVDO Neighbor List. 64. 186 G_RMAC_Power_Reduction_Max. 193 EVT_VerituneEVDOPilotPollution. 233 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_CQI_Thres hold. 186 G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min. 104 HSDPA Low Throughput example. 186 G_Distance_Max. 208 G_Interference_Radius. 249. 209 G_MsTxPowStepOrdered_Min. 160 GSM thresholds. 8 GSM 2G Missing Neighbors analysis. 8 GSM Cell Coverage analysis. 8. 188 EGPRS thresholds. 144 E EcIo_1stBest. 187 G_T3321_DetachTimer. 187 G_RxLevSub_Min. choosing. 232 HS mobility. 165 HSDPA thresholds. 230. 206 G_RMAC_C_Value_Min. 186 G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max. 209 GSM Spotlight Report. 237 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_TCP_Throu ghput_Threshold. 222 HSDPA Peak Tput. 108 failure events. 67 GSM/GPRS cell site parameters. 111 EVT_CDMAImportantIssue. 186 G_Cell_Reselect_Time. 141 EVDO Cell Coverage. 230. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Drop_Rate. 218. 206 G_OverAllSuccessRate. 182 Excessive Power Reduction. 206 Global Filters. 186 G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max. 51 export suggested changes to the OMC. 74 GSM Cell Coverage. 192 event detection. 252 Hard Handover Issues. 64 GSM events in the Event Explorer. 90 HSDPA Call Drop rate.actix. 230 HSDPA Setup Failure rate. 193 EVT_EVDOServerKey. 168 HSDPA 3G Neighbor List analysis. 97 HSDPA Cell Pilot Pollution analysis. 193 Excessive Call diagnosis for UMTS. 188 grade of service. 151 EVDO System Performance analysis. 188 EGPRS_RLC_UL_Min. 137 Forward Link Problem. 207 G_TimingAdvance_Max. 59 EVDO thresholds. 188 empty maps. 188 GPRS_RLC_DL_Min. 218 G G_Analysis_Time_After. 9 Fast binning. 231. 55 EVDO Rev A Spotlight Report. 230 HSDPA Spotlight Report. 205 G_Handover_Min. 231. 186 . 49 EVDO Pilot Pollution analysis. 182 H Handover Impossible. 236 www. 84 HSDPA 3G-2G Neighbor List analysis. 245 Handover Problem. 230 HSDPA Cell Coverage analysis. 187 G_Timeout_ChannelRequest. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Failure_Rate. 187 G_RMAC_TAI_Max.com F F factor. 188 GPRS_RLC_UL_Min. 246 High retransmissions due to packet incorrectly received in Downlink. 144 EGPRS diagnoses. 188 GPRS_LLC_UL_Min. 43 Grade of Service. 182 Frequency not implemented. 231.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 238 G_RMAC_Sign_Var_Min. 230. 187 G_T3310_AttachTimer. 35 Global Filters. 177 EVT_CDMAServerKey. 237 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_95_Percentile_EcIo_Thres hold. 206 G_T3240_RAUTimer. 191 Export data. 177 EVT_EVDOLowThroughput. 205 GSM visualization. 43 EVDO events in the Event Explorer. 218 Handover Issues. 187 G_T3380_PDPActTimer. 8 EVDO Neighbor List analysis. 206 G_LocationUpdateSuccessRate. 188 GPRS_LLC_DL_Min. 187 EGPRS_RLC_DL_Min. 125 External Interference. 208 G_CallSetupSuccessRate. 231.

252 Investigate Further. optimize. 63 RR Failed. 204 Poor Radio Conditions. 41 Raked RF Condition. 219 HSPA Cell Coverage. 80 LTE cell site parameters. 230. 249. 252 S SchedulerAnalysis. 182. 253 Low bandwidth allocation. 252 Rapidly Changing Radio Conditions. 108 Interference Problem. 202. 249. 196 RLP Rx Throughput. 29 project template. 129 Projection. 119 Location Update Failure diagnosis for GSM. 182 RL_Throughput_Threshold. 182. 191 Poor UL Coverage Problem. 215. 230. 218 interference factor.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Setup_Time. 215 R Radio Network Explorer. 205 PN Search. 90. exporting a series of. 31 neighbor lists. 37 IUB_THROUGHPUT_PERIOD_THRES. 249. 128 No repository detected. 241 SL_BLER_Threshold. 139 Protocol Stack Browser. 7 New Project. 199. 40 Min_TxPower_Threshold. 193 Preferences dialog box. 231 Limited Coverage Problem. 134 L Lack of data to transmit. 201 Low RLP Tx Throughput. 202. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_PS_Drop_Rate. 199. 212. 213 Log Files link. 92 message level. 146 239 N Neighbor List Issue. 232 Low Raw HS Throughput not detected. 10 KPI. 50 Poor Coverage. 204. 231 www. 8 Interference. outbound pilot pollution. 85. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_Overall_PS_Failure_Rate. 253 PPPConnectionSuccessRate_Threshold. saving the project. 241 M Max_TxPower_Threshold. 249. 145 LU Reject. 245 PER. identifying. 236 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_RSCP_Threshold. 182 Low scheduling rate. 253 issues panel. 202. 230 LTE Cell Coverage analysis. 193 Missing Neighbor. 123 Lost DL Channel. 122 K key performance indicator. 191 relative grade of service. 196 RL_Throughput_TimeLimit_Threshold. 202. 38 setting thresholds for data import. 182 neighbor list preferences. selecting. 27 New Template. 212. 191. 8 HSPA Call Drop Analysis example. 53. 230. 249. 199. 249. 241 SL_BTS_Sens_Threshold. 199. 232 Low RLP Rx Throughput. 252 Load Entire File. 212. 8 HSPA Event Explorer analysis. 84. 203 ServRxLevSub. 249.actix. 62 Pilot Pollution. 249. 252 Ping_Pong_HO_Window. 215. 74. 31 Show Excel Report. 219 HSPA events in the Event Explorer. 37 inbound vs. 182. 9 Microsoft Excel. 124 Reverse Link Problem. 63 RLP Tx Throughput. 218. 125 Immediate Reject. 8 SL_Ant_Gain_Threshold. 8 Network Overload. 192 Maximum Intersite Distance. 196 PPPSetupTime_Threshold. 232 Low Signal. 75. 218 Poor DL Coverage Problem. 241 SL_Detectedset_EcIo_Threshold. identifying problems at the. 227 HSPA+ cell site parameters. 230 Overall PS Setup Failure rate. 62 sites failing recommended design targets. 26 settings. 62 Mobility scenarios. 204 network performance overview. 235 P Packet Switched KPIs. 230 I images. 215 Important Issues section. 40 SINR. identifying. 218 Overall PS Call Drop rate. 123 Return to Spotlight link. 204 Low Throughput diagnosis for EVDO. 200 Low Tput KPI event. 191 Low CQI values. 141 O Other. 193 Scheduling Issues diagnosis for EVDO. 43 Reports. 204. 252 Mobile Rx Power. 231 Low Raw HS Throughput. 212. 182. 236 HSPA 3G Neighbor List. 230. 62 Mobile Tx Power. 253 Poor Quality. 39 Repository Summary table. 10 KPIs and Reports. 214 RRC Failure.com . 52. 202 Low Rx Signal. 215. 202. 28. 212.

243 Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold. 236 UuPilotPollution. 8 3G Neighbor List analysis. 235 Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres. 217. 230. 80. 207 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxQual_Threshold. 207 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold. 239. 230. 243 Uu_PilotPollutionThreshold. 177 Unload Files button. 238 Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh. 230 Uu_LowRawHSDPAThroughput. 228. 240 SL_RapidPathloss_EcIo_Threshold. 243 Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold. 64. 208 SL_MaxTimeBetweenRRC_REQandCallStart. 124 Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo[0]. 242 Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold. 175. 38 System Rejected. 146 UMTS events in the Event Explorer. 243 Uu_HighUE_TxPower. 235 Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh. 240 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution_RSCP_Threshold. 97 UMTS Cell Pilot Pollution analysis. 242 SL_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold. 207 SL_GSM_High_TX_Power_Threshold. 235. 215. 241 SL_GSM_Ant_Gain_Threshold. setting for data import. 243 Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold. 97. 70 www. 104 UMTS cell site parameters. 230.actix. 8 SU_Rx_Throughput_Threshold. 30 thresholds. 26 Too Many Servers. 240 UMTS/HSPA Cell Pilot Pollution. 240 Uu_Scan_PilotPollutionThreshold. 230. 230. 235 Uu_HSDPANet_To_L1_Throu_Thresh. 228. 241 Uu_Scan_TooManyServers_Count_Threshold. 43. 237 Uu_HSDPAL1_To_Raw_Throu_Thresh. 207 SL_GSM_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold. 237 Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh. 241 Uu_Scan_TooManyServers_RSCP_Threshold. 242 SL_UMTS_DT_Troubleshooter_ImportantIssues_Th reshold. 34 Summary map. 242 SL_UMTS_DT_Spotlight_CriticalIssues_HSDPAPeak Tput. 30 T T2P_Avg_Threshold. 252 240 UMTS Cell Coverage analysis. 28 Spotlight Report. 243 Uu_HSCellNotBestPilot. 38 Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold. 36 U UMTS UMTS UMTS UMTS UMTS 3G Neighbor List. 207 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxLev_Threshold. 244 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution. 230. 242 Spotlight projects about. 230. 230. 230 Uu_HSDPAAvLowSched_Thresh. 230. 252 top panel. 252 System Released. 30 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution_Count_Threshold. 242 SL_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold. 228.com . 241 Uu_Scan_TooManyServersThreshold. 241 Uu_ThresGapBeforeThrComparison. 8 3G-2G Neighbor List analysis. 90 Cell Coverage. 242 SL_RapidPathloss_RSCP_Threshold. 245 UMTS Spotlight Report. 212. 242 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. 207 SL_GSM_BTS_Sens_Threshold. 237 Uu_LowNetHSDPAThroughput. 235 Uu_TooManyServersThreshold. 207 SL_GSM_EIRP_Threshold. 170 UMTS thresholds. 70.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 SL_EIRP_Threshold. 244 Uu_WinTimeHSnotBest. 230 Uu_LowUE_TxPower. 240 Uu_Scan_Poor_EcNoThreshold. 249. 249. 240 Uu_Scan_Poor_RSCP_Threshold. 84 3G-2G Neighbor List. 196 thresholds. 230 Uu_HSDPAAvRegularSched_Thresh. 8 V Visualization tab. 205. 10 creating. 196 Summary Dashboard. 8 UniqueNeighborList. 238 SL_UMTS_DT_Troubleshooter_CriticalIssues_Thres hold.

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