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

3 Reporting Spotlight displays the results of its automatically generated analyses on integrated. Spotlight identifies key performance indicators. based on user-defined thresholds. and error prone.actix.1. professional-quality reports including embedded maps. costly. for optimization engineers. Prioritizes which cells in the network are strong candidates for tilts and coverage optimization. Engineering teams commonly use disparate tools that are poorly integrated lacking the automation and scalability fundamental for rolling out and maintaining complex wireless networks. 1. based on scanner data for sites positioned within a user-defined radius. Grade of Service – this determines the relative grade of service for cells. Actix Spotlight lowers the overall cost of performance optimization by delivering maximum engineering productivity in a managed workflow.com .1. www.1.1 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. provides automated root-cause troubleshooting. Neighbor List Analyses – this grooms 3G-3G and 3G-2G neighbor lists. coverage and interference identification. dropped calls.2 Event-based troubleshooting Based on the drive test data provided for the analysis. Engineers can solve and report on more problems faster by eliminating time consuming data manipulation and manual deduction. 1. 1. outbound pilot pollution. and concise reporting. Spotlight automatically generates root-cause diagnostics for the most common subscriber problems—for example. Designed by optimization engineers.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 6 1 About Spotlight Today‘s performance optimization and troubleshooting processes are typically inefficient. Pilot Pollution – this automatically identifies inbound vs.

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

or open the Event Explorer (p109).com .2.5 Identify sites failing their recommended design targets Use the EVDO System Performance analysis in the Radio Network Explorer (see p58).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.4 Identify inbound vs. You can visualize the offending sectors on the map.2. CDMA/EVDO Cell Coverage (see p42) GSM Cell Coverage (see p63) LTE Cell Coverage (see p79) UMTS/HSPA Cell Coverage (see p95) 1. and throughout the life of the network as changes to traffic and tilt affect the coverage pattern and interference interaction between the cells. 1. determine the relative degree of pollution for each cell and prioritize which cells in the network are strong candidates for downtilts and coverage optimization. This process should be performed as part of the rollout phase of a network to construct and optimize the adjacency lists of each cell.2. www.2. CDMA/EVDO Pilot Pollution (see p54) UMTS/HSPA Cell Pilot Pollution (see p102) 1.2 Optimize neighbor lists and export suggested changes to the OMC Use the Neighbor List analyses in the Radio Network Explorer. 1. Now select the Drilldown option (see p112).6 Investigate failure events Select a Critical Issue from the Summary Dashboard (p40).7 Investigate problems in detail at the message level Select a Critical Issue from the Summary Dashboard. 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 8 1.2.2.actix. or open the Event Explorer.

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

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

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.actix.com . For information only. Use to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. 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. For information only. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current neighbor list settings to those suggested by Analyzer. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. For information only. For information only. Base station power. For information only. Use to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. lines to neighbor cells and to color sector/site icons on maps to reflect PN planning. For information only. 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. used in CDMA Toolkit calculations.

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

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

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

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 15 9 Expand the CDMA_Site data node. but this field is frequently used for the site label.com . Repeat for each of the required fields in the CDMA_Site data node.actix. Required Required www. Required. and this field must be unique for each site in the database. 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. Click in the Column field next to the Site_Name parameter. Select the parameter name from your site database that corresponds to the Site_Name parameter.

e. Required Required Optional Required Optional Optional Azimuth Beamwidth EIRP PN MCC SID www. This field can be used to color sectors on the map by face number (i.actix. 1 = red. 2 = blue. Repeat for each of the required fields in the CDMA_Cell data node. 3 = green). 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. Click in the Column field next to the Sector_ID parameter.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 16 10 Expand the CDMA_Cell data node.com . Select the parameter name from your site database that corresponds to the Sector_ID parameter.

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. www. 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. but map this field to a custom integer field to color sectors on the map by that field. a pop-up message will indicate that an error log has been created. Select Yes to overwrite existing data.actix. 14 To save the formatted site information. as well as a folder containing CDMA Cell Elements. Optional.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. select the Save button. Select No to append to existing data. you will be asked whether you want to remove existing data before importing new data. Use this field to manage multiple cell layers. If any errors occur during the import. but map this field to the integer azimuth field in order to color sectors on the map by azimuth range. If the current workspace contains existing site data.com . The error log specifies the cause of each error encountered and can be found in: C:\Program Files\Actix\Analyzer\Bin\Cellrefs\ImportErrors. Location and ID of the site will appear. 13 Double-click on any site name in the right hand pane. Cells can be displayed or hidden on the map by layer. The Name. 11 Click Finish when all the columns have been assigned. 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. but map this field to a custom integer field to color sectors on the map by that field.

actix. 17 If cell icons do not appear on the map. www. Select Zoom to Layer to zoom the map to the appropriate location. 16 After closing the Network Explorer. Be sure to close the map with the ―X‖ at the upper right hand corner to save all changes to the map view. Sites can also appear skewed on the map if the latitude and longitude information has been transposed. 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 Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 18 15 Close the Network Explorer by clicking the ―X‖ at the upper right hand corner. right click on the CDMA_Cell layer in the map legend at the left hand side of the map window. view a new map by selecting View > Display New Map.com .

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

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

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

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

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

select Window > Tile Horizontally or Window > Tile Vertically. select Cells > Display Cell Data.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 24 2.4 Viewing Cell Site Information A cell‘s Azimuth.4. www.com . From the main menu. Details about that sector or site will appear in the Display Cell Data window. To obtain more detailed information on each site or sector: 1 2 3 4 Display site data of interest on the map.actix. Beamwidth and Sector ID can be obtained by running the mouse over a sector on the map. Click on a sector wedge or site dot on the map. From the main menu.

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

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

or click on New Template to create your own. 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. To delete a particular template. A Master Template is available at the bottom of the list. Click Next to go on to the next step. with all KPIs and reports selected.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. Type in a unique Project Name.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 27 4 Creating a Project 4.actix. Note that templates that are shipped as standard with Spotlight may not be deleted. highlight it in the scrolling list and click Delete Template.com . www. Templates shipped as standard with Spotlight are shown in blue and do not have creation dates associated with them.

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

when incoming and outgoing call setup failures are stored in separate event attributes). For example. These KPIs are usually based on a single event attribute (for example. ▫ 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.actix. www. although a few might be based on multiple event attributes (for example. you can configure the corresponding KPIs and analyses by changing those thresholds. The documentation provides information about the names of the event attributes that underlie each KPI and analysis. 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.com .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. where you can configure the user-defined thresholds that are used in Spotlight. Thresholds – Click this link to open the Thresholds Editor. make sure that you do not enable the Automatic Import options in the CellRefs group of Preferences. When an event detection algorithm involves a user-definable threshold. 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. 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. Note When you work in Spotlight. the UMTS pilot pollution analyses are based on the UuPilotPollution and Uu_Scan_PilotPollution event attributes. The documentation provides a list of these thresholds for each technology. which also provides information about which attributes are affected. 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. 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. you should set them using the link on this page when you create the project.

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

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

www. you can remove a specific file by clicking the remove link at the end of the row. However. The entire process of loading data is dependent on the volume of data to be loaded into the project. it can be reattached very quickly.actix.com . Spotlight supports a maximum populated data volume of about 3GB.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. You can also use the Remove All Files button if necessary. 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. aim for at least 1GB of free disk space per project. Click Done to load the data and open the Summary Dashboard.

www.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 . so you should keep your Spotlight application window maximized at all times.actix. Note that due to the potential amount of information on display. If you have configured multiple devices during the template configuration phase. a separate tab per device will appear in the dashboard.

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

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

failed call rate and rate of calls with excessive setup time. www. The Important Issues section includes the various radio network analyses. based on the current threshold settings. If you have access to multiple technologies in the loaded data.com . a drop-down menu at the top of the panel allows you to switch between the technologies. this panel highlights particular issues that have been identified in the loaded data.3 The Issues Panel On the left of the screen. The Critical Issues section includes event-based key performance indicators (KPIs) like dropped call rate.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 36 5. 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.

any events displayed on the map will use the exact position rather than a binned position. EcIo_1stBest Consolidated_SINR_For_Nth_Best_Pilot[0] ServRxLevSub Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo[0] From this map. However. so they may not necessarily align with the data points. Click on this icon to control the size of map window and its docked or undocked condition. using a Spotlight report or by following a link for a critical or important issue. the map is an integral part of the interface.4 The Map In Spotlight. resulting in the Map icon being displayed next to the File menu at the top left of the screen.actix.com . 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 37 5. by default the map view is docked in Spotlight. 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. www. you may be able to see one or more areas that may require investigation.

com .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. These can be accessed by clicking on the Reports link from Spotlight's Summary Dashboard page.actix. Here's an example HSPA report: Navigation tabs on the bottom left let you explore the various pages of the report. Note that. A report shows all unfiltered data in the project database for the associated technology. 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.

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

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 40 7 Using the Radio Network Explorer 7.com ..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..or by clicking on an appropriate Issue link in the Issues panel on the left of the Summary Dashboard page: www.

com . you may find that several analysis conditions apply.actix. At the top left.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. you will see a tab for each of these. www. depending on the data loaded in the project. taking you to the appropriate analysis.

2. Visualize where a cell is the best server.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 42 7. shown by the red line surrounding a selected cell. Mobile Rx Power and Mobile TX Power for selected cell(s). 7.2. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold.actix.com . Determine the relative grade of service as regards to EcIo. Visualize where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary. 7. based on user-defined thresholds.2 CDMA / EVDO Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis.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. www.

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

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

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

Side Panel . The red circle represents the coverage design boundary. Where Seen mode shows the Ec/Io whenever the cell was measured. so you can quickly identify co-PN locations. Analysis – Select Scanner (Best Server/Where Seen) or Handset (Best Server/Where Seen) analysis. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. Changing the mode affects the Ec/Io attribute that is displayed on the map. A table shows details of the sites: Best EcIo.When no rows are selected.Shows summary information.2. PN Search – Visualize a PN on the map. Overview – Displays in the left panel an overview of statistics. plus Grade of Service percentages for the entire drive.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Map . and shows the coverage footprint for only those cells that were the best servers at some point in the drive. 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. The analysis can operate in two modes: Best Server and Where Seen. Data points outside this circle represent overspill. configured using SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. www. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. the panel shows various KPI values for the site and a histogram of the distances at which the cell was measured. The map also shows the Grade of Service (the legend also shows sample counts). the side panel displays overview information. the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 46 7. Select a PN to color red all the sites with this PN. 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.actix. Best Server mode shows the Ec/Io when the selected cell was the best server is displayed. A red line indicates the maximum range for the analysis. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. and the map zooms to the site and displays its coverage. and CDMA Grade of Service.com . Events – List of the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. Rx Power.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . When a site is selected. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. Attributes – List of most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map. EcIo and the CDMA_Important_Issues (CDMA Grade of Service) attribute.

actix.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 . failed call and voice call with poor quality. failed call and voice call with poor quality. Mobile Rx Power compared with CDMA_MobileRxPowerThreshold . Values should vary between -75 and -90 dBm. Recommended value is -12 dB.This condition is used in conjunction with Mobile Rx Power and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.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 0 and 10 dBm. Recommended value is 5 dBm. 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.com . Values should vary between -16 and -12 dB.This condition is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call. failed call and voice call with poor quality. Recommended value is -80 dBm. Mobile Tx Power compared with CDMA_MobileTxPowerThreshold .

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

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

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

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

for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment. When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. To disable this feature. cells will be recommended for removal from the list. set this value to 0.com . Note that the algorithm works off Binned data. the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis. use a higher value. 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. set this value to 0. Minimum Measurements Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 50 20000 Angle to site threshold (degrees) 90 In this example. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 52 Setting Removal Threshold (%) Default 0.actix. Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. 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.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. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. To disable this feature. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested.

Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. conceivably resulting in a dropped call.com . www. the longer it will take a handset to find appropriate neighbors. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells within the reporting range. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only. they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list. This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions.actix.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. Selected 32 Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. retentions and removals. Note that the more potential neighbors you add.

com .2 Using the pilot pollution analysis 1 To start this analysis. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on the Cell Pilot Pollution tab. 7.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis. www. The map shows the drive test data and the Pilot Pollution events.4. from the Summary Dashboard. click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel. and view the offending sectors on the map. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use their exact position rather than a binned position. events plotted on the map (for example. Alternatively. 7.actix. such as Too Many Servers (a pilot pollution issue). 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. 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. However.4. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 54 7.

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

The left hand panel displays details of the inbound pollution for the selected sector. which helps you identify distant sectors that might need downtilting.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. www. the selected sector is being polluted by five other sectors. or if the serving cell needs uptilting for greater coverage. In this example.for example by distance.actix.com . Note that you can also sort this table .

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

the project will need to contain handset data. Examine the report to obtain an overview of the system performance.actix.5 EVDO System Performance analysis EVDO system coverage tests are intended to characterize network performance and coverage.1 Before you start For 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. 7.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 58 7.2 Using the system performance analysis 1 Before using this analysis.com . select the EVDO Report.5. 2 www.5. from the Summary Dashboard. Click on the Radio Network Explorer icon and then the System Performance tab.

actix. Check the # Samples column to make sure that you are looking at data that is statistically significant . 3 4 Select from the Metrics drop-down menu the performance metric that you want to examine. with 50 or more samples. 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. www. The Performance Met column shows whether the currently selected metric has been achieved or failed for each sector.for example. by using the drop-down menu) will use the exact event position rather than a binned position.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. so events might not align with the data points. Click the column title # < Threshold to show the sectors with the highest number of samples that exceed the performance threshold. any Events displayed on the map (for example. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template.com . However.

Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. Map . The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list. When no rows are selected. Attributes – List of most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map.actix. 7.Displays various KPI values for the selected site and a distribution chart for the currently selected metric. total samples.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map.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.com . www. You can select the metric on which to run the test from the Metrics drop-down menu. including information such as the Average metric. overview information is displayed in the side panel and on the map. and by default the SINR analysis is presented. A table shows information on individual sites. performance met/not met result etc. Side Panel . the map shows the corresponding metric for the selected site.5.3 Features of this analysis page Top Panel . 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.Shows summary information.

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

actix. Low RLP Rx Thpt % = (Meas Bins with RLP Rx Thpt < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met.% of Low DRC) > (EVDO_DRC_Recommended_Performance_Threshold) % www.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 .% 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.com . if: (1 . Low DRC % = (Bins with DRC < Thresh) / (Total measurement bins) X 100 Performance criteria met. if: (1 .% 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. Low RLP TX Thpt % = (Meas Bins with RLP TX Thpt < 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'. www.actix. Visualize where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold (drawn as a red circle on the map). 7. click on an appropriate 'issue' link to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. Mobile Rx Power and Mobile TX Power for selected cell(s). within the range G_Interference_Radius (drawn as a dotted blue circle on the map). See Coverage criteria to see how this was derived. based on a user-defined threshold. '#'.com .1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis. TCH and BSIC plans.6.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 63 7. for example the issue shown above.6. 7.6 GSM Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell. 1 2 From the Summary Dashboard. Note that several rows in the top table have a low sample count. Visualize where a cell is the best server. and so are unreliable to use in this investigation. Determine the relative grade of service as regards to EcIo. Visualize the neighbor BCCH.

Click Add Filter and OK. so events might not align with the data points. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template. base on the related Important Issue from the Summary Dashboard (for this example. 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. However. apply a Filter with a threshold of. 4 From the Attribute drop-down menu. 50 counts. as explained in Coverage criteria. any events displayed on the map (for example.com .actix. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 64 3 To remove rows with low sample counts. say. www. select an attribute to plot on the map.

The second map image shows RxLev (Where Seen) plotted for the same sector. In the example below. which shows that it covers an unnecessarily large area. a problem row has been selected. which highlights an area of poor dominance (drawn in red). and select likely candidate rows.actix. The first map image shows the 'NumNeighbors within 5 dB' attribute plotted.com . www. This could be corrected by applying some downtilt to the sector.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.

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

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

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

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

and so the %Intrf is 100% x 3/4 = 75%.com . there is 1 BCCH channel and 3 TCH channels used by the sector. and so the %Intrf is 100% x 1/4 = 25%. So in the BCCH example below. Each row shows only one interfering BCCH channel.actix. In the TCH example below. Each row shows three interfering TCH channels.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. www. 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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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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conceivably resulting in a dropped call. Note that the number beside the button changes to match your selection. the number would show 0/12. with none currently selected for export. If you accept all suggestions for a sector.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 75 5 Examine each suggested additional neighbor. So if you selected 5 additions.com . as necessary.actix. 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. existing cells between the sector and the suggested addition). 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. You may have reasons for refusing to accept the suggestion on geographical grounds (for example. Note that by default the map does not show lines for removal recommendations. if there were 12 suggested additions in the first row. the number would read 12/12. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors. You could now go through the same process for the 'Removals' column (this example contains no 'removals' suggestions). you can use the table in the side panel on the left. www. you may know that one or more sites will be going off-air and should not be selected. If you clicked the button. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. If you do not want to select every recommendation for a sector. You may well have an upper limit already defined by your internal guidelines. or for reasons related to the data settings. For example. 6 7 Repeat this process for each row in the top table. Also. this would result in the number reading 5/12.

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

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

retentions and removals. In this example. and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. www. To disable this feature. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested.com . Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width.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. set this value to 0. 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. the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc.actix. This is compared with the existing list to calculate which are additions.

1 From the Summary Dashboard.com .actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 79 7. Hovering over the link shows the thresholds used to identify this issue. Note that these thresholds have already been applied to the loaded data. and changing the thresholds at this point will have no effect on the analysis.8 LTE Cell Coverage analysis You can use this analysis to: Determine the coverage footprint for each cell. by selecting a cell.1 Before you start You can only use scanner data for this analysis.2 Example The Summary Dashboard shows an Important Issue relating to Poor Coverage. 7. Quickly visualize where a cell is the best server.8. 7.8. www. click on an appropriate issue link or the Radio Explorer icon to open the Cell Coverage analysis page. Visually determine where cells are overshooting their coverage design boundary (defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold).

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

actix. 6 Select the top sector row. www.com . note that there are some samples with poor RSRP despite being very close to the problem sector. 7 Looking at the map.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).

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

In this example. the analysis will immediately update. Where the serving cell cannot carry a call due to interference or poor radio conditions.2 Using the neighbor list analysis 1 To start this analysis. www.9.com . 7. we will be interested in the Minimum Samples and the Addition Threshold. and generates add. remove and retain recommendations for each site and cell. If you alter a data setting.actix. If the cellrefs file contains neighbor information. If you have not done so before. 7. the call needs to be moved to a better cell. 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).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. or click on an appropriate link in the left-hand Issues panel. check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 83 7. from the Summary Dashboard page.9.1 Before you start You will need to have loaded a suitable GSM scanner stream. the analysis examines the relationship between the existing neighbors and the potential neighbors as seen by the scanner. You can now see the sector with the highest number of recommended additions to its neighbor list. You can export the suggestions made by the analysis directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly. 2 3 Sort the top table by the Add column. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab.

The map also displays the data points used in the analysis. sorted by the % of data points that meet the recommendation algorithm. www. The circle represents the radius of the Maximum Intersite Distance (defined in the Data Settings dialog) used by the analysis to identify potential neighbors. Note that drive test data is binned according to the selections made in step 4 of defining the project template.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.actix. by using the Events drop-down menu) will use the exact position rather than a binned position.therefore there are also no retentions or removals suggested). so events might not align with the data points. However.com . any events displayed on the map (for example. 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 side panel on the left shows each recommendation for a sector individually.

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

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

2 Minimal Samples Maximum Intersite Distance (meters) 50 5000 Only process first best ARFCN Max Neighbor List Size Selected 32 www. set this value to 0. For rural areas where the average intersite distance is naturally greater than a dense urban environment. Only sectors which have been measured above the Ec/Io Threshold at least this many times will be included in the analysis. 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).com . Defines the percentage of samples that must be reached to trigger a cell being added as a suggested neighbor. 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 87 7. Note that the more potential neighbors you add. 5 1 0. 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.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. Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. This is used to reduce the effect of stray signals.9.actix. cells will be recommended for removal from the list. use a higher value. When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors. De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells meeting the other criteria. To disable this feature. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only.

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

UMTS scanners are able to scan several frequencies (identified by the UARFCN) simultaneously.2 Using the neighbor list analysis 1 To start this analysis. A GSM scanner or handset stream that was logged at the same time. the analysis examines the relationship between the existing neighbors and the potential neighbors as seen by the scanner. These are cells that have not been defined in the neighbor list of the strongest cell at a given location. remove and retain recommendations for each site and cell. Situations where the 3G network cannot carry a call due to interference or poor radio conditions . 7. These must have been loaded using a suitable matching cellrefs file. which must contain a field called GSMNeighborList on the WCDMA_Cell network element.10.10 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. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on this tab.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 89 7.com .1 Before you start You will need to have loaded the following: A UMTS scanner stream that relates to a single UMTS frequency.actix. Increasingly. If the cellrefs file contains neighbor information. 7.10.are typically caused by missing neighbors. from the Summary Dashboard page. and generates add. You can export the suggestions made by the analysis directly to a CSV file for easy import and to update the switch directly. If a handset stream is used.and the call needs to be carried out or completed in the 2G network . 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. it must have been logged in idle mode. or click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel: www.

the analysis will immediately update. we will be interested in the Minimum Sample Count and the Addition Threshold.com . check the data settings that control the neighbor list analysis algorithm. In this example.actix. 3 Sort the top table by the Add column. www. 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 the Minimum Sample Count as shown above).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 90 2 If you have not done so before. 4 Click on the top row in the table to show information for that sector. If you alter a data setting.

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

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

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

and are also within the Maximum Intersite Distance (the blue circle). the beam width is shown as a darker blue arc. Acceptable data points are within this threshold of the candidate sector's beam width. When the percentages of samples fall below this threshold. Allows you to define the maximum number of recommended neighbors. Note that the more potential neighbors you add.actix.com . De-select this option if you want to analyze the neighbor list of all of the cells meeting the other criteria. and the angle to site threshold in lighter blue arcs on either side. Defines the maximum angle between the edge of a cell's beam width and the data point. 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.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. Select this option to analyze the neighbors of the best cell only. Only process first best SC Max Neighbor List Size Selected 32 Angle to site threshold (degrees) 90 In this example. they are aggregated by serving cell to produce the recommended neighbor list. for that cell to be considered for inclusion in the serving cell's neighbor list. and also that only cells angled towards the data point are suggested. set this value to 0. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 94 Setting Removal Threshold (%) Default 0. To disable this feature. retentions and removals. the longer it will take for a handset to find appropriate neighbors. Once a potential neighbor list has been calculated for each data point. conceivably resulting in a dropped call. cells will be recommended for removal from the list.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The red circle represents the user-configured coverage design boundary. Map . Input a SC to visualize on the map and this feature would color red all the sites with this SC. EcIo & RSCP. Best Server mode shows the Ec/Io when the selected cell was the best server. The map zooms to the site and displays its coverage. Currently plotted attributes are shown in red in the list.When you click a row in the top table or on a site on the map. Analysis – Select Scanner (Best Server/Where Seen) or Handset (Best Server/Where Seen) analysis. SC Search – Visualize a SC on the map. Note that in multi-carrier environments. Filters – Select this link to specify filters for the table on the top panel. The currently selected attributes will be kept as you move between Spotlight's analysis pages. Side Panel . The Where Seen mode shows the Ec/Io whenever the cell was measured. www. Events – Lists the event attributes that can be plotted on the map. you can perform analyses from the perspective of one carrier. Currently plotted events are shown in red in the list. and data points outside this circle represent overspill. 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. Attributes – Lists the most commonly used attributes that can be plotted on the map.actix. 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.com . A red line indicates the maximum range for the analysis. 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. as defined by SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold. This quickly identifies co-SC locations.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 101 Downlink Interference factor. the map shows the coverage wedge for the selected cell.

such as Too Many Servers (a pilot pollution issue).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.12. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 102 7. You can also select single or multiple events to see lines to the sectors contributing to the pollution. and view the offending sectors on the map. 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 Example using scanner data 1 To start this analysis. click on the Radio Network Explorer button and click on the Cell Pilot Pollution tab.com . 2 Sort the top table by Outbound Cells and click on the top row. 7. 7. from the Summary Dashboard. Alternatively.1 Before you start You can use scanner or handset data for this analysis.actix.12. click on an appropriate Issue in the left-hand Issues panel.

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

At this point you could use the Cell Coverage tab to see the best way to improve the coverage for the selected sector. from the top table. 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. de-select Inbound Cells and select Outbound Cells.com .actix. and a few polluting cells are some distance away. 6 To see how the selected sector is polluting other sectors.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 104 There is no clear dominator in this area. In the image below. www.

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

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

www.13. the F-Factor is very dependent on the route. most of the DL interference (F-factor) is below 5 across most of the drive. If a cell has a higher value.Low 'F' factor In the example below.actix. Note When examining drive data.1 Example 1 . 7.com . because at the edge of cells the F-factor will naturally be higher. and even more so when the network becomes loaded.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 capacity of this cell will be impacted.

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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.

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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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The screenshot below shows the Data Service Analysis Summary page.Provides RF measurement data around the event 8.2 Data Service Analysis You can use this analysis to examine the data service performance of your network. probably working in conjunction with some legacy UMTS or GPRS areas. www. Typically this will be for an HSPA network.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 112 Detailed event diagnostics . 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 .actix.com . To set the thresholds.The left hand side panel provides a diagnosis for the failure event. Make sure that you set the Data Service Analysis thresholds to suit your requirements before loading the data. from the top menu select Tools > Display Thresholds and go to the Data Service Analysis section.

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

actix. showing the HSUPA Radio Chart from the drilldown analysis: HSUPA Radio Chart In the first half of the Task.com . 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. we can see a correlation between higher SGI and higher throughput (labeled 1 in the screenshot). www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 114 Here is an example of a drilldown into upload data.

Extended periods of low UE frame usage could indicate that the HSPA network is congested in this area.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 115 Here is an example of a drilldown into download data. 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). if the radio resources are sufficient you may need to balance the load properly between the sectors. The possible causes and corresponding actions would be: Low radio bandwidth – deploy an additional frequency here.com . www.

If you want to drill down further to investigate at the message level. 3 Spikes of low throughput In this example. The possible improvements would be: Change the HSPA cell change criteria in the RNC to speed up HSPA cell changes.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. on the bottom side panel.com . or an Iub capacity issue.1 Why use drilldown? Initially you will want to be reassured that the Spotlight diagnosis is correct. 8. 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.3. As you become familiar with Spotlight‘s event diagnostics.actix. because the data gets transferred on the air interface faster than the Node B gets data from the RNC. 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. 8.3 Drill Down from the Event Explorer All Spotlight analyses in the Event Explorer and Radio Network Explorer pages use data from the project database. The data buffer for the UE in the Node B empties periodically. www. The reason could be a data buffer dimensioning issue somewhere in the data transmission chain. Avoid ping pong between cells. 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. we see regular spikes of low throughput. click on the check box next to an event to drill down further.

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

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

together with a diagnosis of the cause. clicking on the Begin Drilldown button starts the drilldown process and displays the drilldown page.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 119 8.com .3.3 The Drilldown page In this example. www. The table on the left shows a row for each Dropped Call event selected for further drilldown. we are examining a series of dropped call events. The top Dropped Call event has been selected for drilldown.

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

9. 3 Check the box to the left of each file that you want to load into Analyzer Classic. www. 2 Click the Analyzer Classic tab to show a list of loaded files.1 Before you start You must already have created a project and loaded files into the repository. 9.com . click on the Log Files link.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. In order to do this.actix.2 To load data into Analyzer Classic 1 From the Summary Dashboard's Repository Summary table. 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.

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

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

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

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. Some sample results are shown below: www.actix. Windows Explorer opens at that folder.bmp yyyy-mm-dd-hhmm. so they can easily be matched to the related plot file.png When the batch run ends.com . Any legend BMP files are output into the same folder using the same number.

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

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

one handset does a succession of short (approximately 90-second) calls separated by 30 seconds of idle time. whereas the long calls provide data for measuring the radio performance. Typically. However. 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. Essentially.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 128 11. and so ideally. For www. the long call data would by definition have an almost 100% dropped call rate and so if used for event KPIs.1 How many devices do I need? Each additional device adds a performance overhead.com .actix. 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. it would skew the dropped call rate. Another common scenario is when data is logged by two handsets and one scanner in a single drive test unit. The other handset is for "long calls". In this scenario. Combining the data would normally give misleading results. such as the percentage of call setups that were successful. you might want to separate the handset and scanner data into separate devices for convenience or clarity. 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.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. 11. because generally. the short calls provide data for event KPIs.. Typically.2. For example. it is generally safe to combine the data from both logging devices into a single Spotlight device. 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. etc. When determining how many devices to create. You can choose to combine all of the data (this is the default) or to separate it into silos called devices. in which the handset stays in call until the call drops. whereupon the dialer immediately starts a new long call.

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

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

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

Spotlight lists all of the KPIs and reports that are available. For example. 1 For performance reasons. if you are planning to load only GSM voice data. 2 www. 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 132 11.com . Click Next to go to the next page.actix. deselect all of the KPIs and reports that do not relate to GSM voice calls.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.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 133 11. One of the attributes is highlighted in red to indicate that it has been chosen from the Attribute Picker panel.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.com .actix. www.

select the appropriate binned data query to add them to. UMTS Scanner BinnedData . select the UMTS Scanner BinnedData query. because they are required for the features that are associated with the selected KPIs and reports. Attributes .This is a special query that is used internally. you can add additional attributes using the Attribute Picker on the right side. The additional attributes are highlighted. the attributes and binned queries it contains are listed in the central Attributes panel.) Attribute Picker . etc.1 Choose Attributes The top part of this page has three panels: Binned Data Queries . You can then delete any index positions that you www. Queries that have Sector Handle in their name are for internal use and you should not add any attributes to them. It is also used to populate the Radio Network Neighbor List analysis pages. For example. ▫ ▫ ▫ If you want to add additional attributes.This lists the binned data queries that relate to the KPIs and reports that you selected in Step 3.4.Contains the handset attributes. indicating that you can remove them.com . You cannot remove these. (You do this by selecting the attribute and clicking Remove 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).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.This is a special query that is used internally. When you select a binned data query. Select any attributes that you want to include. Each of these contains a number of attributes and binned queries that are used for display on the map. for UMTS there are binned data queries as follows: ▫ UMTS UE BinnedData .actix. and is used in the Radio Network Cell Coverage and Cell Pilot Pollution pages when the user has selected a 'scanner' Analysis. Do not add attributes to this query. Typically each technology has two or more binned data queries. if you are adding a UMTS scanner attribute. Do not add attributes to this query. What happens when you select an array attribute depends on the internal structure of the binned data query that is selected: ▫ Generally. Make sure you add the attributes to the appropriate binned data query as described above. rather than expandable items. UMTS Scanner SectorHandle BinnedData .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 134 11.Contains the scanner attributes. when you select an array attribute. UMTS UE SectorHandle BinnedData . It is also used to populate the Radio Network Cell Coverage and Cell Pilot Pollution pages when the user has selected a 'handset' Analysis.This is a tree view that lists all of the possible attributes. Note that array attributes are shown in the tree view as individual items. and is the main query used in the Event Explorer Drill Down pages. However. For example.

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). 11. For example. a simple average operation is performed. 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. For most attributes.com . Note that once the project is created. the binning settings cannot be changed. changing the binning settings in the Preferences dialog does not affect data loaded into the Spotlight repository. particularly when displaying data on the map. The averaging operation that is performed is determined by the internal attribute definition.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 135 do not want to use. for some binned data queries (such as the GSM Scanner BinnedData query). Note Although Spotlight can handle a considerable number of attributes. De-select this option if you want the results from all of the drives to be aggregated together. These limits are documented in detail in the Repository Manager section. 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. This means that in bins that the drive test(s) passed through more than once.) Spotlight always uses the location binning mechanism. for a "Top n" attribute. In addition when working with very large volumes of data. but some use other operations. 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.actix.Select this option if you want to use the fast bin aggregation method (this is recommended).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. there are limits imposed by the technologies that underlie the repository technology. you can www. it does affect the drilldown data and any Spotlight data that you have loaded into Analyzer Classic. ▫ However. You must choose the unit that matches the projection system that you are using. (However.4. when you select an array attribute. See Fast Bin Aggregation in the online help for more information. the increased accuracy is likely to be of limited value in practice. the results from the last drive will be displayed. it is considerably slower. You cannot add array attributes that have 32 or more possible index positions. Although this is technically more accurate. Units of measurement . If the data will be displayed on vector-based maps. For example. The binning options are: Fast binning . you might want to delete all but the first three or four index positions.The possible units are meters and arc seconds. such as the mode or count.

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

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

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

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 . For information only.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. Locates Site icons on the map. Azimuth Beamwidth CDMA_Cell CDMA_Cell Orients the sector 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. Locates Site icons on the map. or a combination of site numbers Azimuth Beamwidth Purpose Text description of the Site for display on map. For information only.actix. For information only. For information only. used in CDMA Toolkit calculations.2. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps. lines to neighbor cells and to color sectors/sites on maps to reflect PN planning.3 etc. www. For information only. Numeric identifier for the Site. Mobile Country Code. Used in CDMA Toolkit calculations. For information only. Base station power. For information only.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 139 13 Appendix A: Cell Site Parameters 13.

Used for multiple cell layers. band. 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.com Latitude Longitude GSM_Site GSM_Site Latitude Longitude . Numeric identifier for the Site. Locates Site icons on map. Used in Analyzer‘s CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. Text that specifies which cell layer (for example. Used as the linking column to associate the GSM_Site and GSM_Cell rows. purpose or status) that the site belongs to. 13.actix. 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 to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. www.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. by technology. Used to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. Used in Analyzer‘s CDMA Toolkit calculations to compare current search window settings with those suggested by Analyzer. Used to color sectors on the map by a custom integer field. Locates Site icons on map.

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. GSM_Cell Layer_type 13. Cell ID value.actix. Governs the radius of the sector 'wedge' icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the sector. Used for multiple cell layers.com . Locates site icons on map.3. band.2. Broadcast Control Channel. purpose or status) that the site belongs to. GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell GSM_Cell MCC LAC CI BSIC Mobile Color 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. Numeric identifier for the site. Azimuth Beamwidth GSM_Cell GSM_Cell Orients the sector icons on the map. etc. Text that specifies which cell layer (for example. Base Station Power. Location Area Code. Base Station Identity Code. www.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 141 Imported Parameter Sector Number Analyzer Group GSM_Cell Analyzer Name SectorID Can be 1. or a combination of site numbers Azimuth Beamwith Purpose Sector-specific ID information useful for display on maps. comprising of a concatenation of the NCC and BCC values. by technology.

Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power – 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. Governs the shape of the sector ―wedge‖ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site.actix. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps (can be alpha or numeric) Orients the sector icons on the map. Sector-specific information useful for display on maps (can be alpha or numeric) www. The physical layer cell identity. 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. The fields DL_EARFCN and L1_CID must be present to calculate lines to cells. Locates site icons on map. The fields DL_EARFCN and L1_CID must be present to calculate lines to cells. Mobile Country Code – for informational purposes only. LTE_Cell LTE_Cell MCC MNC 13. The downlink EARFCN of the cell. Locates site icons on map. National Domain Code – for informational purposes only.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.com . Numeric identifier for the site.

Used to define a pre-defined neighbor list for each cell. Cell Identity – for informational purposes only. Used for cell site identification and to calculate lines to cells. Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power – for informational purposes only. Used during neighbor list recommendations analysis. Used for multiple cell layers.actix. Governs the shape of the sector ―wedge‖ icon to reflect the beamwidth of antenna deployed at the site.com . Configurable text field that specifies which cell layer (for example. 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. 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. Mobile Country Code – for informational purposes only. www. Location Area Code – for informational purposes only. by technology.

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

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14.5.actix.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 163 Median Maximum Minimum Total # samples 95% Percentile The HARQ statistics section shows the distribution between ACK. Details per call can be accessed at the bottom of the page by clicking on the link below the table.com . NACK and DTX samples of all the HARQ processes recorded.4 HS mobility www.

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actix. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. Default is 5000m.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used.1 Spotlight Thresholds 15. Recommended value is 2.5 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.1.3 CDMA_ImportantIssue_ExcessInterference This threshold is used for filtering out files that have percentage of excess interference cases less than the threshold. 15. if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.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.1. failed call and voice call with poor quality. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.2. 15.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 170 15 Appendix C: CDMA thresholds. Display Thresholds command.1. Values should vary between -16 and -12 dB.2.2. 15. Recommended value is 2.1. To modify the value.1 CDMA thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools. KPIs and diagnoses 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.2. 15.1.1.com . good Rx problems cases less than the threshold.2 CDMA / Coverage 15. 15. high Tx.1 CDMA_AvgForwardFER This threshold is used for diagnosing areas of poor quality.1. www. 15. Recommended value is 2. Recommended value is 2. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.1. Recommended value is -12 dB.

www.1.15 CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold This threshold alerts the user of pilot pollution when the signal level falls below this threshold. Recommended value is 5 dBm. 15. 15.1.2.7 CDMA_ImportantIssue_PoorCoverage This threshold is used for filtering out files that have percentage of poor coverage cases less than the threshold. Values should vary between -75 and 90 dBm. 15.1.com . failed call and voice call with poor quality. Default is 23. 15.1. Recommended value is -14 dB.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. 15. Recommended value is 2. Recommended value is 2. Recommended value is 2. Recommended value is -80 dBm. Values should lie between -10 and -18 dB.2.10 CDMA_MobileRxPowerThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Tx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.2.1.1.2.9 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. Recommended value is 2.13 CDMA_MobileTxPowerThreshold This threshold is used in conjunction with EcIo and Mobile Rx Power Thresholds to determine the diagnosis for the dropped call.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. 15.1. 15. The recommended value is 3 and values should lie between 2 and 4.11 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.2.2.2. 15. Default is -30.1.1.2.2. failed call and voice call with poor quality.actix. Values should lie between 0 and 10 dBm.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.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 Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 171 15. 15.

3. 15.1.3 CDMA / Events 15. Default is 0.2 CDMA_EVDO_TooManyActivePNsThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers". The default value is 2%.1. The Call Drop Rate should not exceed 2% of all successful calls in the busy hour.2 EVT_CDMANeighborListIssueDetect 1 = Turns on the CDMA Neighbor List Issue Detect event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter. 15. 15. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB. If it is higher than this value.1.3.4.4 UniqueNeighborList 1 = Turns on the unique neighbor list analysis for CDMA.3 EVT_CDMAServerKey 1 = Turns on the CDMA Server Key event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter. EVDO Troubleshooter.1. 0 = CDMA Important Issue analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds.1. 0 = unique neighbor list analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds. 0= CDMA Neighbor List Issue Detect analysis is turned off.3 CDMA_TooManyActivePNsThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers". www. 15. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table.3. 15. 15.5.1 EVT_CDMAImportantIssue 1 = Turns on the CDMA Important Issue Detect event diagram for CDMA Troubleshooter. Default is 0.4. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server.actix. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server.com . it creates a "too many server" event.4 CDMA / Other 15.1. 15.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 172 15. Default is 0. 0 = CDMA Server Key analysis is turned off to improve file load speeds.1.1 CDMA_EcIoInterferenceThreshold Recommended value is -15 dBm.1 CDMA_CallDropRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views.1.1.4.1. The maximum should not be higher than 0 and minimum should not be lower than -25 dBm. If the resulting KPI is equal or less than this value.5 CDMA / Performance 15. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. Default is 0.3.1. it creates a "too many server" event.

1.actix. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. 15. The Call Setup Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value. If it is less than this value. The Overall Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. If it is less than this value.1.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. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. 15.2 CDMA_CallSetupSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views. Recommended value is 2000 ms. The default value is 98%.4 CDMA_OverAllSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the Repository views.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.5.3 CDMA_CallSetupTime This threshold is used for determining calls with excessive setup time. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. The default value is 98%.1.5. 15. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value.5.com .

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Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. high MRx Power.com . www. high MTx Power. high MTx Power. Low EcIo. low MRx Power. high MRx Power. More investigation is needed. FER > Average Forward FER threshold. low MRx Power. high MTx Power. Low EcIo. Low EcIo. High EcIo. Low EcIo. low MTx Power. High EcIo. high MTx Power.actix. high MTx Power. low MRx 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. 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_PilotPollutionThreshold. high MRx Power. New originating PN (Sync PN) is not contained in the neighbor list of the serving cell.

0 13.0 -6.0 26. To modify the value.2 HSUPA_SGI_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable Serving Grant Index value.1 2.1 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 2.9 11. Threshold Value 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 dB -9.9 9.8 28.0 1.9 -1.1 23.0 27.1.6 -5.1.0 12.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 176 16 Appendix D: Data Service Analysis thresholds 16.actix.com .5 -8. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.4 -2.0 14.0 7.0 17.0 16.9 4.1 8.1 DSA thresholds You can modify threshold values for Data Service Analysis using the Tools.8 None N/Av www.0 15.1 5.1. The default value of 18 corresponds to ~10 dB. Display Thresholds command.1 8. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value.0 21.0 27.2 0.1.0 Threshold Value 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 63 dB 20. The HSUPA SGI format group controls the exact mapping of the threshold values to dB values (shown below). 16.0 25.0 19. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.0 18. 16. The default is 15.5 -4.7 -1.0 22.0 24.

16.2.1. The default value is 1000 kB/sec. The default value is 10 kB/sec.2.3 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.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. 16.1.2.2 Absolute_ApplicationLowTput_UL_Threshold This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable application throughput value for uplink for the Below Absolute Threshold KPI.2.1. The default value is 1000 kB/sec.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.2 Throughput thresholds 16.1. The default value is 40 kB/sec. 16.1.1.1. The default value is 40 kB/sec. 16. 16. 16.1.9 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. www.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. The default value is 1000 kB/sec.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. 16. 16.1.2.2.1. The default value is 600 kB/sec.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. The default value is 1000 kB/sec.2. The default value is 1000 kB/sec.2.6 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 177 16.com .actix.

2. 16.actix. Change this to correspond to the network that you are testing. 16.1. 16.2.1.1.com . The default value is 600 kB/sec.2.1.12 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. www. 16.1. Default is the same as HSPA.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.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. Default is the same as HSPA.2. Change this to correspond to the network that you are testing.2.11 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 16.13 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. The default value is 200 kB/sec.

To modify the value.com . It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis. Any two reselections occurring within this threshold will be flagged as abnormally high cell reselections. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. Default is 2.1. Default is 25. 17.1. 17.1. Default is -85. Default is 15000ms. 17.1. Typical values range from -80 to -95. Default is 2. 17.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 179 17 Appendix E: EGPRS KPIs and diagnoses 17.actix.1.3 G_RMAC_C_Value_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable C Value criterion.1.7 G_RMAC_Power_Reduction_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum acceptable Power reduction values on the RMAC interface.1 EGPRS thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.1.1.1 G_Cell_Reselect_Duration This threshold determines the maximum time for a cell reselection.1.6 G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable MEAN BEP parameter. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.5 G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable timeslot allocation. 17. Default is 24. Default is 4.1.1. Default is 15000ms. www.1.4 G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable CV BEP parameter. Any values above this threshold will be flagged as excessive high cell reselection time.1.1 EGPRS / Analysis 17.2 G_Cell_Reselect_Time This threshold determines the window during which cell reselections may take place. 17.8 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.1. 17. though this is highly dependent on the coding scheme employed. Display Thresholds command.1.1. 17.

1. www.1. Default is 15000ms. Default is 15000ms. Default is 15000ms.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.1.1 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.3.3.2. Default is 10.1.3.4 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. 17.2. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. 17.1.3 EGPRS_LLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC uplink in EGPRS. Default is 5.3 EGPRS / Spotlight 17.4 EGPRS_RLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC downlink in EGPRS. 17. Default is 15000ms.1.1. 17.1. 17. 17.1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.2. 17.1.1 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. Default is 1. Default is 8000ms.1.2 EGPRS / Events 17. 17.3 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 180 17.actix.2 EGPRS_LLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC downlink in EGPRS.2.com . Default is 10.1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.3.9 G_RMAC_TAI_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum acceptable TAI value.

This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network.1. 17.3.5 EGPRS_RLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC uplink in EGPRS. Default is 10.3.1.1.1.1.3.7 GPRS_LLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC downlink in GPRS. Default is 2.actix. 17. 17.com .8 GPRS_LLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for LLC uplink in GPRS.3.9 GPRS_RLC_DL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC downlink in GPRS.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.1. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. 17.3. Default is 15000ms. Default is 2. 17. Default is 5.2 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 .10 GPRS_RLC_UL_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable throughput value for RLC uplink in GPRS. Default is 1.default(prev_time_where(x).Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 181 17. This factor is highly dependent on the typical allocation of static / dynamic pdTCHs in your network. 17. 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.

default(prev_time_where(x).actix. 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. 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).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 .com .

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

0) >= G_RxQualSub_Max + default(RMAC_8PSK_MEAN_BEP.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 184 Diagnosis Poor Radio Conditions Rapidly Changing Radio Conditions Condition and notes default(RMAC_C_Value. 31) <= G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max + default(ServRxQualSub. 7) <= G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max >0 default(RMAC_RxQual. 31) <= G_RMAC_MEAN_BEP_Max + default(RMAC_GMSK_Mean_BEP. 0) >= G_RxQualSub_Max >0 default(RMAC_Power_Reduction. 3) <= G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min >0 Σ[abs(ServBCCH . 0) >= G_RMAC_Sign_Var_Min + default(RMAC_8PSK_CV_BEP. otherwise use the second value'.com . 0) >= G_RMAC_TAI_Max The 'default' function means 'use the first value in brackets if possible. 7) <= G_RMAC_CV_BEP_Max + default(RMAC_GMSK_CV_BEP. 0)) < 2] > 0 where n = 0 to 5 AND default(RMAC_C_Value. 3) <= G_RMAC_DL_TS_Min + default(RMAC_DL_NumTimeslots_Used_Actual.default(NborBCCH[n]. www.actix. -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. 0) >= G_RMAC_Power_Reduction_Max default(GPRS_DL_Timeslot_Numbers_Num.

simply click on the associated number and type in the new value.1. failed call and voice call with poor quality.1. a pilot pollution event is created.actix.1. 18. Recommended valus is -15 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around -18 and -10 dB respectively. Default is 3.1 EVDO thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools. 18.1.1. 18.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 185 18 Appendix F: EVDO KPIs and diagnoses 18. this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events (based on scanner info).1.2 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.1. Values should vary between -75 and 90 dBm.5 CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating pilot pollution. www.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. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.com .6 Max_TxPower_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the maximum Transmit Power (in dBm) for cluster acceptance. 18.1.1. Recommended value is -80 dBm.1.1.1 Average_PER_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average PER (%) for cluster acceptance. 18. 18.7 Min_TxPower_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the minimum Transmit Power (in dBm) for cluster acceptance.1 EVDO / Coverage 18. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold.1. To modify the value. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.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. 18. Default is 3. Display Thresholds command. Default is 3.1.1.

18.3 EVT_VerituneEVDOPilotPollution 1 (default) = Turns on the analysis for EVDO pilot pollution.4.2 EVT_EVDOServerKey 1 (default) = Turns on the EVDO Server Key event diagram for EVDO troubleshooter. Default is 3.1. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds.1. Default is 0. www.1.actix. 18.3 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_10 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 10.4 SchedulerAnalysis 1 (default) = Turns on the scheduler analysis for EVDO troubleshooter.3 EVDO / Network Parameters 18. 18.3. Default is 38400.2.3. Default is 1228800.2 ConnectionAttemptDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Connection Attempt Setup time for cluster acceptance.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 186 18.2. 18.2.4 PPPSetupTime_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PPP Session Setup time for cluster acceptance.1.3. 18.1. 18.1. 18.1. 18. 18. Default is 3.4.3 ConnectionReleaseDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Connection Release time for cluster acceptance. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds.1 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_0 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 0.2 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_1 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 1.4 EVDO / Other 18.1.1 EVT_EVDOLowThroughput 1 (default) = Sets low throughput for EVDO troubleshooter. Default is 3.3.1.2 EVDO / Events 18.com .4. Default is 3. 0 = this analysis is turned off to gain on file load speeds.2.1.1.1.1. 18.1 AccessAttemptDuration_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Access Attempt Setup time for cluster acceptance.

The DRC Channel is Off for Index 15.6 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_13 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 13.1.4. Default is 1843200.1. 18.4.1.4. 18.17 CDMA_EVDO_EcIoInterferenceThreshold Recommended value is -15 dBm.8 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_15 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 15. This value is reserved. 18.4.1.4. 18.5 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_12 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 4. Default is 0. 18. Default is 614400.actix.4.4. 18.1.13 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_6 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 6.4.com .4 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_11 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 11. www. Default is 1228800. Default is 307200. Default is 76800.1.1.1. 18. Default is 2457600.14 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_7 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 7.1. Default is 921600.12 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_5 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 5.9 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_2 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 2. 18.7 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_14 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 14.4. 18.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 187 18. Default is 307200.4. Default is 0.16 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_9 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 9.4.1.1. Default is 153600. 18.1.11 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_4 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 4.4. 18.1. The maximum should not exceed 0 and the minimum should not be below -25 dBm. 18. Default is 614400.4. This value is reserved.10 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_3 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 3.1.4.15 CDMA_EVDO_DRCRate_8 This is the data rate requested in bps for DRC Index 8. 18. Default is 0.

1. The default is 95%.5. 18.5. 18. The default is . www.2 AccessAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Access Attempt success rate for cluster acceptance. The default is 95%.5.4 Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive RLP Throughput Inst.5.5 Average_RxTCHThroughput_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive TCH Throughput (kbps) for cluster acceptance.5. The default is 5%.1.5.3. The default is 95%. 18.1.1.5.5.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 188 18.1 AccessAttemptFailRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Access Attempt Fail rate for cluster acceptance.actix. The default is 95%. 18.com . The default is 100 kbps.3 Average_Rx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Receive RLP Retransmission rate 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.6 Average_Tx_RlpRetransmissionRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Transmit RLP Retransmission rate for cluster acceptance. 18.5.11 PPPConnectionSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PPP Connection Success Rate for cluster acceptance.1.1. Default is 5%.5 EVDO / Performance 18.9 ConnectionAttemptSuccessRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Connection Attempt success rate for cluster acceptance. The default is 25 kbps.1.3.5. The default is 100 kbps.7 Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the Average Transmit RLP Throughput Inst.1. (kbps) for cluster acceptance. 18.5. 18.1.1.1. 18.1. (kbps) for cluster acceptance. 18. 18.8 ConnectionAttemptFailRate_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the EVDO Connection Attempt Fail rate for cluster acceptance. The default is .

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.1. 18. 18. 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.1. 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.6.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 189 18. The default value is 10 dB. Default is 500 kbps. 18. 18.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.6.6.1. Default is 15 seconds. The default is 50 kbps.1.1.2 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.com .6 RevA 18.6.4 T2P_Avg_Threshold This threshold (in dB) indicates the optimum value above which the transmission data rate is satisfactory.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.

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

More investigation is needed. Poor Quality Low Signal Pilot Pollution Other www. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem.actix. PER > Average PER threshold Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold.com .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.

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

actix. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. PER > Average PER threshold. Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. Tx RLP Throughput < Average_TxRlpThputInst_Threshold. More investigation is needed.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. www. 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold. Number of users > EVDO_Numberof_Users (Threshold). Rx RLP Throughput < Average_RxRlpThputInst_Threshold.com . Ave.

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

com . Average 1st Best SINR < Average_SINR_PN0_Threshold. PER > Average PER threshold. More investigation is needed.actix. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. www.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). 4+ pilots have EcIo > CDMA_EVDO_PilotPollutionThreshold.

2. The default value is 6000 ms.1.3 GSM / Analysis 19. then any subsequent Handover Failure or Dropped Call will trigger the Dragged Handover Failure or Dragged Drop. 19. Once a loss of dominance is triggered.1. The default value is 10000 ms.1.1. 19.2 Dragged_HO_Window This threshold is the number of milliseconds that the MS must lose dominance for.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.1.actix.1. and not re-established before the Dragged_HO_Window timer expires.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref file. To modify the value.1.1 Spotlight 19. 19. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.com . before a Dragged Handover Failure or Dragged Dropped Call is triggered. and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve. 19. KPIs and diagnoses 19. Default is 5000m. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.2 GSM / Advanced_Handover_Analysis 19. values in excess of 8000 meters are usually regarded as distant serving cells.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. Typically.2. 19.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 196 19 Appendix G: GSM thresholds.1.1 GSM thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools. Dominance loss = ServRxLevSub < (Best_Nbr Hysteresis).3.1.1 G_Distance_Max This threshold is used to determine the maximum distance allowed per cell.2. The default value is 5 dBm. Display Thresholds command. www.

19.6 G_RxQualSub_Max This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength to determine whether there is interference present on the cell. This value is usually set to 0 to indicate maximum uplink power.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 197 19.1. 19.1. General Settings. Recommended value: -95 dBm.3. in the Channel Overlap analysis in the GSM Cell Plan Viewer. values in excess of 3 with good signal strength usually indicate the presence of interference.1.1 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.com . www.1.1. 19. values over 16 (that is.2 G_ScanSortSigLevel_Min This value is used in relation to the scanner signal level. Recommended values are 56 dB. 19.1 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.5. 19.5 G_RxLevSub_Min This threshold is used to determine the minimum acceptable value for signal strength.3. You can set the units to be used (either miles or kilometers) in Preferences.1. approximately 8 km) are usually regarded as distant serving cells.5 GSM / Events 19.3. Default is 3000 ms. for example.1.7 G_TimingAdvance_Max This threshold is used in absence of the Distance parameter to determine the maximum distance allowed per cell.1.actix.3. Typically.3 G_MsTxPowStepOrdered_Min This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength to determine incorrect uplink power balance.4 GSM / Cell_Plan_Viewer 19. good signal strength but bad quality in this time window will cause a prolong interference event. 19.1.4. Any signal below this threshold is categorized as poor coverage.4.2 G_Handover_Min This threshold is used in conjunction with handover to determine the minimum possible signal difference for handover to take place. Distance Units.4 G_Prolong_Interf_timer This threshold is used in conjunction with the signal strength and signal quality to determine prolong interference – that is.3.1.3. 19. Typically. 19.

19.6.5 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxLev_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection.3 SL_GSM_EIRP_Threshold This threshold is the default EIRP. The default value is -120 dBm. 19.6 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_RxQual_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection.7 GSM / Troubleshooter 19. The default value is 5 dB.1. 19.actix.1.6. 19. and only data within this distance from the site is considered for the analysis.6. 19. used in the calculation of pathloss. while values in excess of 10000 ms tend to have a high detection of attributes.6. but with relatively low accuracy since the time under analysis is large.6 GSM / Spotlight 19. but less attributes will be detected. used in the calculation of UL pathloss. The RxQual condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected. a condition of which is that RxQual has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window. 19. www.1. 19. The default value is 5000m. The default value is 18. 19.1 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. Typically.1.1 SL_GSM_Ant_Gain_Threshold This threshold is the default Antenna gain.6.7 SL_GSM_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold This threshold is used to define the window over which Rapid Pathloss is performed.1. a condition of which is that RxLev has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window.6. The default value is 3000 ms.1.6.1. values of 5000 to 10000 ms are used. The default value is 55.1.4 dB.com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 198 19. The RxLev condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected.1. The default value is 2.4 SL_GSM_High_TX_Power_Threshold This threshold is used for determining a ‗High TX‘ condition.6. The default value is 30. Values less than 5000 ms will tend to be more accurate.1. used in the calculation of DL pathloss.7.2 SL_GSM_BTS_Sens_Threshold This threshold is the default BTS receive sensitivity.8 SL_GSM_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used in the ‗outside beamwidth‘ analysis.1.

1. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table.4 G_CallSetupSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value. 19.1.3 G_CallDropRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views.7. 19. If it is less than this value.actix. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. The Overall Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour.7. Values less than 5000 ms will tend to be more accurate. 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 higher than this value. The Location Update Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour.1. Typically. 19.7. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. The Handover Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value.7.7. but with relatively low accuracy since the time under analysis is large. If the resulting KPI is equal to or in excess of this value. If the resulting KPI is equal to or less than this value. The Call Drop Rate should not exceed 2% of all successful calls in the busy hour.1. 19. while values in excess of 10000 ms tend to detect a large number of attributes. If it is less than this value.1. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. The Call Setup Success Rate should be in excess of 98% for most GSM networks in the busy hour. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table.com . values of 5000 to 10000 ms are used.5 G_HandoverSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views.6 G_LocationUpdateSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views. it will be flagged as failed and will show up as a red cross in the KPI table. but fewer attributes will be detected.1. 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 199 19.2 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.7. If the resulting KPI is equal or in excess to this value. www. it will be flagged as accepted and will show up as a green tick mark in the KPI table. 19.7 G_OverAllSuccessRate This threshold is used to determine the criterion for KPI acceptance in the repository views. If it is less than this value.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 200 19.2 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.actix.com .

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 201 19.com . 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.

More investigation is needed.com . An Immediate Reject message was received.actix. If ServRxQualSub > G_RxQualSub_Max. Immediate Reject Another Call Started CM Service Abort / Reject User Release Poor Coverage Interference Other A CM Service Abort / Reject message was received. www. If ServRxLevSub < G_RxLevSub_Min. 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. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. When a call setup procedure is aborted by the UE with a UL CC Disconnect message.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. 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.

com .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. www.actix.

Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. 42) in either the NAS message or the RR Channel Release message. 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. An Immediate Reject message was received.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. 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 the same establishment cause and random reference occurs more than 200 milliseconds after the RR Immediate Assignment and before the call setup is complete.actix. More investigation is needed. Other www. If ServRxQualSub > G_RxQualSub_Max.

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

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

1. Please refer to the description of HSPA KPIs on p207 for details of HSPA diagnostics. 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).com .1.1 HSPA Event Explorer analysis 20. 20. we strongly recommend that. by default the following HSPA event KPIs are displayed. An associated root cause analysis is shown in the diagnostic panel on the left.actix. www. you select a long 'After Window' (in the tens of seconds). or the top table of the Event Explorer page. KPIs and diagnoses 20.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 207 20 Appendix H: HSPA thresholds.1 Event Explorer dashboard In the top table of the Event Explorer dashboard.2 Detailed Event Diagnostics Of the HSPA KPIs listed in the top table. At the top of the Event Explorer page is a list of occurrences of HSPA Call drops.2 HSPA Call Drop Analysis example To access the HSPA Call Drop analysis. select the HSPA Call Drop from either the HSPA Summary Dashboard in the Critical Issues section. 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. in the Drilldown options.

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

actix. the user is paged by the network. as the throughput remains at reasonable levels. the HSPA connection provides a good performance up to a few seconds before the drops. Further down in the signaling. until the network decides to release the radio connection (RRC Connection Release message). www. Due to the UE dropping to Idle for several seconds. However. SC_45 is much stronger than SC_104 (the current HSPA server) In the Protocol Stack Browser.com . it is worth noting that the user consistently reports that SC_45 has a better signal than SC_104 (several Measurement Report messages).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. the HSPA radio performance is less essential for the analysis as the user experience is compromised anyway. and the radio connection is re-established on SC_45. but in R99. The radio charts report the typical HSPA L1 measurements and give an idea of the quality of the HSPA connection before the call drops.

www. Skip the cases related to HSPA to R99 transition via Idle mode. Whenever an HSPA Call Drop event is detected. when the network points the user at another HS server cell.actix. the interruption is normally even longer. like in this demo. Three different results from the root cause analysis are shown. The first case to analyze is the event caused by a Direct HS Cell Change .com . If a change of frequency occurs. because transitions to Idle involve a service interruption noticeable by the user. 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). so the settings of the thresholds that control Low Throughput detection (see above) play a fundamental role here. However.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. the Event Explorer displays in the diagnostic panel a list of five occurrences of Low Throughput and associated root cause analyses. It is important to highlight that the diagnostic information provides information on the type of Cell Change in terms of site and frequency. a Low Throughput event is also pegged. 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. as they coincide with the dropped call events seen above.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 210 20. or from the top table of the Event Explorer Once one of the Low Throughput KPIs is selected.that is.

the performance should improve following a Cell Change. as we will see shortly. That is not always the case. For a well-designed network.actix. casing a so-called ping-pong scenario. The performance slightly increases right after the cell change. and this is a clear example of network not optimized. www. Now look at the second case of Direct Cell Change shown on the right. but as we can see.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. It highlights that numerous Cell Changes occurred in a very short time. we will be able to see that the cell changes occur between the same two cells.com . the quality of the signal (EcIo) in the target cell is already degrading.

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

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

4 HSPA events in the Event Explorer 20. not network-forced) dropping the radio connection Network releasing the radio connection for causes other than user inactivity or normal PDP Context deactivation www. maintain the Drill-down settings used above. 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.actix. but a HSPA Drop call is only pegged when the UE is in HSPA state at the moment the call drops.1 HSPA Call Drops An HSPA call is a UMTS PS Call where the UE is in 'HSPA' state. But as mentioned above this is another issue and completely unrelated to the lack of data to transmit.com . 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.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 214 For the ―Lack of Data to Transmit‖ case.4. it is possible to see quite easily from the Event Navigator form that a HS Cell Change occurs. The most recurrent scenarios are: Terminal spontaneously (that is. Usually. an HSPA Drop Call event is detected. Therefore. 20. Radio conditions get worse afterwards. and in fact.

2 Low Throughput Issues Low throughput conditions are detected when the user throughput exceeds a certain threshold for a specified period of time. For more information on Raw and Net MAC-HS Throughput. Typical scenarios are: . You can configure the detection mechanism via the following HSDPA thresholds: 20.Excessive interference .2 Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh The value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Net HSDPA throughput is considered LOW .2.4.3 Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres The time (in msec. to peg Low Raw MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test.4. 20.4. 20.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres. 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'.2.The UE is moving in an area where HSPA is not supported (and the network does not handle direct HSDPA to R99 transitions). 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.com .) that the HSDPA throughput is allowed to stay under a certain value (Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh or Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh). The analysis can be based on Raw MAC-HS throughput or Net MAC-HS throughput.actix.4.1 Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh The value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Raw HSDPA throughput is considered LOW . 20.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'. UE drops to idle The UE drops to idle when radio link conditions becomes poor.No coverage . please see the section HSPA Throughput KPIs on p218.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.

4 Raw HS Throughput Mobility scenarios Whenever a mobility scenario occurs. www.com . during which the UE receives a limited amount of data . expect throughput degradation.or no data at all.4.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. The level of degradation is proportional to the duration of the mobility procedure. as with Idle transitions.actix.2.

there are some interesting cases where. the Net Throughput does not reach satisfactory levels: Low Raw HS Throughput If Low RAW Tput is also detected. 20.4. However some useful measurement data are included in the table for the Net Tput KPI and this data might be sufficient). because under certain scenarios UEs might only report 15 as the maximum CQI.com . the diagnostic simply reports that the cause of Net Tput degradation is related to underlying Raw Tput. 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. Low scheduling rate This is detected when in the last 3 seconds.actix. which would explain why only Net Throughput issues are detected..1). Low Raw HS Throughput not detected All the cases listed for Raw Throughput are still valid. but the handset is kept in HSPA mode by the network. This scenario typically occurs when there is no activity (data). despite a good Raw Throughput. This may occur when more than one HSPA user is present in the HS Serving Cell where the event is detected. www. The threshold needs to be a factor ranging from 0 to 1 rather than an absolute CQI threshold between 0 and 30. Low CQI values are an indication of poor radio downlink conditions. Lack of data to transmit This is detected when the Statistical Mode of the Instantaneous Raw Tput in the last 3 seconds is 0.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. However. 30 is the maximum value a UE can report. and Uu_HSDPALowCQI_Thresh is a number between 0 and 1.5 Net HS Throughput A Low Net HS Throughput can usually be associated with an underlying Raw Throughput scenario. However the diagnostic alerts you that the threshold for Low Raw Throughput event detection might not be restrictive enough.2. the average scheduling rate (from the instantaneous scheduling rate dataset Uu_HSDPA_FrameUsage) is below the user-specified threshold Uu_HSDPAAvRegularSched_Thresh (0.

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. In these cases. Identifying zones with a lack of pilot dominance is a very important task in the rollout and optimization of HSDPA.3 Lack of pilot dominance issues This is essentially very similar to 'Pilot pollution' or 'Too many servers' but focused on HSDPA.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. if a UMTS PS call fails at an early stage. the event can be missing from the diagnostic panel in the KPI dashboard. 20. please refer to the section on HSDPA Throughput KPIs. the Call Setup Failure is pegged only as a UMTS PS Call Setup Failure. the 'Further Information' section provides additional information regarding Net throughput. 20.com Net DL TCP throughput . it is not possible to know whether a R99 or a HSPA bearer would have been used. 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. However. HSPA Call Drop) occurs very close to the end of the logfile.4 HSPA Call Setup Failure This event is detected whenever a failure occurs during the setup of the HSPA bearer.actix. 20.4. 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. Therefore.4. HSDPA requires clear pilot dominance for an efficient service delivery (good throughput). 20. leading to a discrepancy in the number of events displayed.5 Known Issues If a particular KPI event (for example.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 218 If high levels of retransmission occur. please refer to the section on HSDPA Throughput KPIs.4. An attempt to establish a HSPA call can be detected only when the bearer is being set up.

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.g. Raw and Net MAC-HS throughput are equal.actix.5. 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. 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. Mode.Actix Spotlight Desktop 1.1 Notes In ideal scenarios. Both raw and net instantaneous throughputs are calculated every 200 msecs: MAC . but in reality the Net throughput is always lower than the Raw throughput.2 User Guide 219 MAC-HS throughput KPIs (e. this includes MAC-HS header and padding. Mean. 95% percentile) are derived from the MAC-HS instantaneous throughputs. For this reason. For the purpose of throughput calculation.com . www.

) that the HSDPA throughput is allowed to stay under a certain value (Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh or Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh).6.com . Note that MACd throughput includes the header of RLC and layer above (PDCP. The default value is 400 kbps. if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve.2 HSDPA thresholds The following thresholds are available under the root of the HSDPA node: 20.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.6.1 IUB_THROUGHPUT_PERIOD_THRES This threshold is used to set the sampling period (in msec. 20.6.2.5 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.3 Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Net HSDPA throughput is considered LOW . www. It is important to set your threshold before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.2. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value. For a definition of Raw HSDPA Throughput see Uu_HSDPA_PayloadRate_L1.) for the calculation of MACd throughput over the Iub.6. To modify the value.2 Uu_HSDPALowRawThrou_Thresh This threshold is used to set the value (in kbps) under which the instantaneous Raw HSDPA throughput is considered LOW . see Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_MAC.2.It is used in conjunction with the threshold Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres.6 HSDPA thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.6. The default value is 3000 ms.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 220 20.6.1. IP.). 20. to peg Low Net MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test. The default value is 1000 ms. 20. 20.6. 20.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight.2.2. to peg Low Raw MAC-HS Throughput events in Drive Test. The default value is 1000 ms.actix. 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.6.4 Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres This threshold is used to set the period of time (in msec. The default value is 300 kbps. 20. For a definition of Net HSDPA Throughput. etc. Default is 5000m.1 Spotlight Thresholds 20. The time interval is as lons as the duration of the Cell Change procedure. Display Thresholds command.

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). www. to setup thresholds above which measurements from the UE as seen good for HSPA Network acceptance.com .3.8 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).3.2. 20.) that the EcIo of the HS Serving Cell is allowed to be lower than the best pilot EcIo in the Active Set.5 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_PS_Drop_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the PS R99 call drop rate.4 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Drop_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the HSPA call drop rate. 20.6.6.3. 20.6.6. 20.6.6.3. 20. 20. 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.3 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Setup_Time This threshold is used to indicate an average HSPA call setup acceptance time.3.actix.6 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used in conjunction RSCP threshold.1 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_HSDPA_Failure_Rate This threshold is used to indicate a pass threshold for the HSPA call setup failure rate.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 221 20.3. 20. 20.6.7 HSDPA_NW_Acceptance_RSCP_Threshold This threshold is used in conjunction EcIo threshold. 20. The default value is 1000 ms.6.6.3 HSDPA / HSDPA_NW_Acceptance Thresholds These are used for the HSPA Spotlight Reports.3.2 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). to setup thresholds above which measurements from the UE a seen good for HSPA Network acceptance. 20.6 Uu_WinTimeHSnotBest This threshold is used to set the period of time (in msec.3.6.3.6.

4 HSDPA / Spotlight Thresholds 20. NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0. 20.7. but for example due to high retransmission levels. before the occurrence of a failure event)..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.4. 20. before the occurrence of a failure event). NOTE: the threshold is expressed as a percentage value (0. NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 222 20.4.4. before the occurrence of the Low Net Throughput event)..3.1 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. The default value is 0. 20..6.6.11 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.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.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.6. The default value is 0.com .1) of the max achievable CQI. See also Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh and Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres for the exact definition of the Low Net HS Throughput event.6.3.1).3. 20. 20. but for example due to high retransmission levels.. The average of the Throughput values is calculated on the 5 secs. and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_MAC for a definition of L1 and Net HS throughput.6.actix.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. See more information about this threshold in the help under "HSPA Low Raw Throughput". See also Uu_HSDPALowNetThrou_Thresh and Uu_HSDPALowThrouMaxTimeWin_Thres www. The average of the Throughput values is calculated on the 5 secs.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. 20.100). NOTE: the threshold is expressed as the ratio (0.4.6.6. See more information about this threshold under "HSPA Call Drop". The max achievable CQI is a function of the UE category and the modulation used (QPSK or 16 QAM). before the occurrence of the Low Net Throughput event).6. The default value is 70%.1).4.

20.actix.4. www.7. The default value is 0. The default value is 1500 (kbps).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.6. and Uu_HSDPA_Throughput_L1 and Uu_HSDPA_PayloadRate_L1 for a definition of L1 and Raw HS throughput.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 223 for the exact definition of the Low Net HS Throughput event.com .

1. www.2 Spotlight 21.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 224 21 Appendix I: LTE thresholds. Recommended value is -13 dB and the value should range between -10 and -18 dB.2.com . Recommended value is -95 dBm and the minimum should not be lower than -105 dBm.1.2 Spotlight thresholds 21.2 LTE_Scan_PoorRSRQ_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate poor RSRQ values from scanner data.actix.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.1 LTE_Scan_PoorRSRP_Threshold This threshold is used to indicate poor RSRP values from scanner data.1 Spotlight 21.1.1. 21. Default is 5000m.1. 21. KPIs and diagnoses 21.1.1.1 Scan coverage 21.2. Recommended value is 0. 21.1 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.2.1 LTE thresholds 21.

4 Uu_Scan_Poor_EcNoThreshold This is used to indicate poor EcIo values from scanner data.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 225 22 Appendix J: UMTS thresholds. if there is no Max_ServerDist information in the cellref and indicates the maximum serving distance (in meters) a cell should serve. Recommended value is 3 and the value should be between 2 and 4.2.2 Uu_Scan_PilotPollution_RSCP_Threshold The RSCP threshold used by the ―Poor Interference with Strong Signal Strength‖ pilot pollution model (a Veritune feature). KPIs and diagnoses 22. Recommended value is -15dB and the value should be between -18 and -10 dB.1. Display Thresholds command.1.1. Recommended value is -95 dBm and should not be lower than -105 dBm.com . and the value should be between -90 and -110 dBm.1.1. 22. simply click on the associated number and type in the new value.1. diagnosis and display of data in Spotlight. 22.1 UMTS thresholds You can modify threshold values for event detection using the Tools.2. The default value is -100 dBm.2.2 UMTS / Scan_coverage 22. It is important to set your thresholds before loading the data because it will affect the analysis.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. 22.1 SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used.actix.1. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold.2.1. To modify the value. it creates a pilot pollution event.3 Uu_Scan_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating Pilot Pollution. 22. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB.5 Uu_Scan_Poor_RSCP_Threshold This is used to indicate poor RSCP values from scanner data. this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events (based on scanner info). www.2.1 Spotlight 22. 22. Default is 5000m. 22.

Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB.2.3.actix.1.1.6 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). 22.3 SL_BTS_Sens_Threshold This threshold is the default BTS receive Sensitivity.1. used in the calculation of pathloss.8 Uu_Scan_TooManyServersThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".1. www.4 dB.3. The default value is -15 dB.5 SL_EIRP_Threshold This threshold is the default EIRP.3. Recommended value is 6000 ms.3. 22. The default value is 10 dB. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server. 22.1. 22. a condition of which is that EcIo has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window. Recommended value is 3 and the value should be between 2 and 4. 22.2 SL_BLER_Threshold This threshold is used for determining a UMTS ‗lost DL channel‘ condition.1. The default value is -104 dBm and the value should be between -90 and -110 dBm.com . The default value is -120 dBm.1 SL_Ant_Gain_Threshold This threshold is the default Antenna gain. used in the calculation of DL pathloss. The RSCP condition must also be met for Rapid Pathloss to be detected.1.3. used in the calculation of UL pathloss.2.1. 22. The default value is 5 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.7 Uu_Scan_TooManyServers_RSCP_Threshold The CPICH RSCP threshold above which a Uu_Scan_TooManyServers event may be pegged.3. The default value is 50. 22.1. The default value is 18.3.1.7 SL_RapidPathloss_EcIo_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. 22.6 SL_MaxTimeBetweenRRC_REQandCallStart This threshold is used for determining UMTS CS calls with excessive setup time.3 UMTS / Spotlight 22.2. it creates a "too many server" event (based on scanner info). 22.1.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 226 22.

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. 22.3 Uu_HighUE_TxPower This is used in the Poor Uplink Coverage event.1.3.4 UMTS / UE_Coverage 22. then a System Interference event appears on the map.1.1.3.3. Recommended value is 10 dBm. 22.4.9 SL_RapidPathloss_Time_window_Threshold This threshold is used to define the window over which Rapid Pathloss is performed. 22.3.1.8 SL_RapidPathloss_RSCP_Threshold This threshold is used in Rapid Pathloss detection. a condition of which is that RSCP has dropped by at least this threshold value within the defined time window.2 Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold This is used in conjunction with the RSCP Interference Threshold for the System Interference event.com .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. 22. The default value is 5000m.1. www. Recommended value is -15 dB.1. 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.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. The default value is 3000 ms. then a Coverage Limited event will appear on the map. Values should lie between -10 and -18 dBm. Recommended value is 0. If the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is greater than Uu_RSCP_Interference_Threshold and the CPICH_EcNo_In_ActiveSet is less than Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold. Recommended value is 0. 22.1. and only data within this distance from the site is considered for the analysis.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 227 22. then Poor Uplink Coverage will appear on the map. Values should lie between 0 and 25 dBm. The default value is 5.4. Recommended value is 15 dBm.1.actix.10 SL_Site_Issues_Dist_Threshold This threshold is used in the outside beamwidth analysis. 22. 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.3. 22.1.1 Uu_CoverageLimitedUE_TxPowerThreshold This is used in the Coverage Limited event.4.

7 Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold This is used in three different events. 22. If the CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is greater than this threshold and the CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet is less than Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold. Recommended value is -95 dBm and should not be lower than -105 dBm. Values should lie between -30 and 0 dBm. it creates a Pilot Pollution event. It is also used in the Poor Uplink and Downlink Coverage event.5 Uu_PilotPollutionThreshold In calculating Pilot Pollution.1.4. when 4 or more pilots (including the best server) are within the threshold value in dB of the best server. 22. In the cases where CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet is lower than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold.4. then the Poor Downlink Coverage event will appear on the map. In the case where it is greater than Uu_Poor_RSCP_Threshold. it will trigger a Poor Uplink Coverage event.9 Uu_TooManyServersThreshold In calculating "Too Many Servers".4. When 4 or more pilots are above this threshold. 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.8 Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold This is used for the System Interference event.1.4. it creates a "too many server" event (based on scanner info). www. then a Coverage Limited event will appear on the map.1. then a System Interference event appears on the map. 22.1. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB. 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. Recommended value is -15 dBm. Other conditions must be satisfied for these events to occur please note the other thresholds involved.6 Uu_Poor_EcNoThreshold This is used in the Coverage Limited event.4. 22.com . this threshold sets up the level of interference required for pegging the events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 228 22. Recommended value is 5 dB and the minimum and the maximum should be around 1 and 10 dB.actix.1. Recommended value is -15 dB and should lie between -18 and -10 dB. 22.1. it will trigger either a Coverage Limited event or a Poor Downlink Coverage event. Recommended value is -80 dBm and should lie between -90 and -60 dBm.4 Uu_LowUE_TxPower This is used in the Poor Downlink Coverage event.4.

Note that this statistic needs a valid cellrefs file in order to work correctly. Furthermore.com . # Server Inconsistencies This is the number of times the event Uu_UE_Scan_Issue is set. and The scanner's best cell is stronger than the best cell in the active set. 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. # ActiveSet Failures This is the ratio of the number of active set update failures to the total number of active set update procedures.e. The number of active set update procedures is determined from the RRC signaling. determined from the RRC signaling.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 229 22. www. 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. or weaker by less than "Uu_Scan_UE_dB_Threshold" decibels.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. this event is only set if the following conditions are met: The UE is in RRC connected mode. 2 or more cells in the active set) to the time the UE spent with only 1 active cell.actix. The thresholds "Uu_Scan_UE_Timer" and "Uu_Scan_UE_dB_Threshold" are configurable using Tools > Display Thresholds > UMTS > Event Control. 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.

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

www.3 Dropped Calls diagnosis for UMTS The following diagram outlines Spotlight's procedure for determining a diagnosis of CS and PS Dropped Call events.Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 231 22.actix. 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 .

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). 42) in either the NAS message or the RRC message. 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).com . 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). 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. on average. 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 232 Diagnosis System Released Missing Neighbor Handover Problem Condition and notes When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31. 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). Over 5-seconds. Uu_Trch_DownlinkBLERAGG > SL_BLER_Threshold.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). More investigation is needed. the system picks the diagnosis with the highest value. CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold (-80 dBm). For the Raked RF Condition.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 233 22.com .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.actix.

Over 5-seconds. Uu_Trch_DownlinkBLERAGG > SL_BLER_Threshold.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. 42) in either the NAS message or the RRC message. SC in Active Set after event < > SCs in Active Set and Neighbor list before event. For the Raked RF Condition. 4+ pilots in the Active or Monitored Set with Ec/No within Uu_TooManyServersThreshold dB of the best server (Uu_ActiveSet_EcNo_0). on average. Use other tools and views to refine your understanding of the problem. Multiple Active Set update messages are received and a particular SC is not added to the Active Set. 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). www. 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). CPICH_EcNo_in_ActiveSet < Uu_EcNoInterferenceThreshold (-15 dB) AND CPICH_RSCP_in_ActiveSet > Uu_RSCP_InterferenceThreshold (-80 dBm). 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). the system picks the diagnosis with the highest value. 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).com Limited Coverage Problem Poor DL Coverage Problem Poor UL Coverage Problem Lost DL Channel Investigate Further (unknown diagnosis) .actix. When the cause code is Not Normal (0-31. A CM Service Abort / Reject message was received.

Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 235 22.5 Excessive Call diagnosis for UMTS The following diagram outlines the procedure used by Spotlight to determine the diagnosis of Excessive Call events.com . Note that the window size used to evaluate the condition is the period from 5 seconds before the drop. up to the drop itself.actix. www.

com .Actix Spotlight Desktop User Guide November 2009 236 23 Appendix K: Information for Administrators 23.actix. The checkbox is called ‗Hide diagram from read-only users‘. www.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. A checkbox enables this in the Diagram Info dialog in Analyzer. when defining event diagrams (license permitting).

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

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

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

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

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