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EVOLIUM A9155 RNP

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A9155 RNP A9155 V6.6 Product Definition PLC Design Specification J.ANDRES, A. IVAN

R. CRACIUN & L.ARPINTE

A9155 V6.6 System Feature Description

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents ............................................................................................ 2 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 2 3 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 5 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 6 Scope .................................................................................................. 5 History ................................................................................................. 6 Referenced Documents ............................................................................. 6 Related Documents .................................................................................. 6 List of Features ...................................................................................... 7 Open Points ........................................................................................... 7 Alcatel-Lucent Specific Features .................................................................. 7 API evolutions ........................................................................................ 7 RMS: Dummy neighbours in cycles ................................................................ 8 RMS: RMS interference formula calculation ..................................................... 9 RMS: RMS co-channel interference................................................................ 9 RMS: Neighbour clean-up ........................................................................... 9 RNP2OMC Interface ................................................................................ 10 IPlanner Interface ................................................................................. 10 Maintenance Features............................................................................. File Properties...................................................................................... A9155 License management...................................................................... Autosave Capabilities ............................................................................. Geo Data Formats improvements ............................................................... Database management improvement........................................................... Archiving Data in database using transactions ................................................ Exporting to MS Access 2000 format ............................................................ Using site lists to archive data................................................................... Improvement in memory management ......................................................... Support of new unit............................................................................. Adding new transmitters ....................................................................... Repeaters and Remote Antennas ............................................................. Managing Calculation Progress ................................................................ Calculating unmasked path loss matrices ................................................... Displaying the Path-loss Matrices ............................................................. Neighbours improvement ...................................................................... Support of multiple zones ..................................................................... Coverage export zone .......................................................................... Common resolution for Coverage Predictions .............................................. Live Traffic Data................................................................................. Printing Zone of the map ...................................................................... Improvement in test mobile data graphic analysis ........................................ Import configurations for test mobile data ................................................. Import configurations for CW Measurements ............................................... Exclusion zones for CW Measurement points ............................................... Erceg-Greenstein (SUI) propagation model available ..................................... Assisted calibration for Standard propagation model ..................................... WinProp Urban Dominant Path model improvement ...................................... WinProp module improvement ................................................................ 11 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS Features ...................................................................... 19

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6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 8 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 9 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Antennas improved ........................................................ GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Transmitters table improved ............................................. GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Subcells table improved .................................................. GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Handling Multi-Band Networks ........................................... GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Serving Transmitter Calculation in Same Priority HCS Layers ....... GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Radiated Power Definition ................................................ GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: TWIN TRX equipment support ............................................ GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Neighbour importance..................................................... GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Automatic Frequency Planning improvement.......................... GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Point Analysis window .................................................. UMTS Features...................................................................................... UMTS HSPA Project Template..................................................................... Transmitter GUI .................................................................................... Improvement at the cell level ................................................................... UMTS: Traffic maps improved .................................................................... UMTS: Inter-Carrier interference................................................................ UMTS: Specific Studies ............................................................................ UMTS: Simulations results ........................................................................ UMTS: HSDPA modelling ........................................................................... UMTS: HSUPA modelling ........................................................................... UMTS: Test Mobile Data Path .................................................................. UMTS: Dual-Band Networks improvement ................................................... UMTS: Adding a new cell to a transmitter................................................... UMTS: Automatic Neighbour Allocation improved.......................................... UMTS: Scrambling Code Analysis.............................................................. UMTS: SC Interference zone prediction improved ......................................... UMTS: Scrambling code Allocation improved ............................................... CDMA Features...................................................................................... CDMA: Inter-Carrier interference ............................................................... CDMA: Transmitter GUI............................................................................ CDMA: Cells modelling ............................................................................ CDMA: PN Offset Allocation improved .......................................................... CDMA: PN Offset Analysis ......................................................................... CDMA: Power Pooling .............................................................................. CDMA: Specific Studies............................................................................ CDMA: Automatic Neighbour Allocation improved ............................................ CDMA: Test Mobile Data Paths ................................................................... TD-SCDMA Features ................................................................................ TD-SCDMA: Transmitter GUI improved .......................................................... TD-SCDMA: Cells improvements ................................................................. TD-SCDMA: HSDPA Modelling ..................................................................... TD-SCDMA: Coverage predictions improved ................................................... TD-SCDMA: N-Frequency Mode modelling ...................................................... TD-SCDMA: Neighbours allocation improved................................................... TD-SCDMA: Scrambling Code allocation improved ............................................ TD-SCDMA: Simulations improved ............................................................... TD-SCDMA: Traffic maps ..........................................................................

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10 Co-planning Features.............................................................................. 31 10.1 Automatic Neighbour Allocation .............................................................. 31 11 Microwave Link Features ......................................................................... 31 11.1 Microwave Link Values along the Profile .................................................... 31 11.2 Microwave Link Management on the map ................................................... 31

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11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18

Analysis of Microwave Sites ................................................................... Handling Equipment table ..................................................................... Port parameters ................................................................................. Managing Antenna import...................................................................... Improvement of Antenna/Equipment Compatibilities..................................... Handling Microwave Link....................................................................... Improvement of IRF definition ................................................................ Creating IRF graphs ............................................................................. Microwave Link Analysis Window improved ................................................. Multi-Hops report improved ................................................................... Improvement of Computation and Focus Zones ............................................ Tropospheric scattering modelling ........................................................... Calculation progress ............................................................................ Site Parity ........................................................................................ Repeaters improved ............................................................................ Interference calculation improved ...........................................................

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12 WiMAX Features .................................................................................... 12.1 WiMAX: General ................................................................................. 12.2 Defining frequency bands...................................................................... 12.3 New global transmitter parameters available .............................................. 12.4 Defining Frame Configuration................................................................. 12.5 Defining Permutation Zones ................................................................... 12.6 Limitation by distance for permutation zones ............................................. 12.7 Antenna diversity techniques at permutation zone level................................. 12.8 Allocating secondary sub-channel groups ................................................... 12.9 Defining WiMAX radio bearers................................................................. 12.10 Defining cell output power .................................................................... 12.11 WiMAX station templates ...................................................................... 12.12 Neighbour allocation ........................................................................... 12.13 Modelling AAS supported ....................................................................... 12.14 Modelling MIMO supported..................................................................... 12.15 Smart Antenna Power Combination Gain .................................................... 12.16 Modelling services............................................................................... 12.17 Modelling terminals............................................................................. 12.18 Modelling user profiles ......................................................................... 12.19 Traffic database ................................................................................. 12.20 Modelling WiMAX Reception Equipment ..................................................... 12.21 Subscriber Database ............................................................................ 12.22 Automatic server allocation for subscribers ................................................ 12.23 WiMAX Monte Carlo simulations .............................................................. 12.24 Simulation results display improvement .................................................... 12.25 Backhaul Planning............................................................................... 12.26 Uplink Power Control Margin .................................................................. 12.27 New coverage prediction studies available ................................................. 12.28 Coverage predictions improvements ......................................................... 13

List of Abbreviations............................................................................... 46

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Scope
This document defines all the new features that are to be implemented into A1955 V6.6 It should be available at the SDR/DR1 meeting. It applies to all people involved in the product life cycle of A9155 V6 RNP. The objective of the document is to list and define all the features that are going to be implemented into A9155 V6.6 in a way that specification people are able to derive the necessary specifications out of it and that product people can generate the feature list and feature descriptions out of it. Please send your comments, update wishes referring to this lavinia.arpinte@alcatel-lucent.ro and document to Ramona.craciun@alcatel-lucent.ro . They will be considered in a next edition of the document. To get related information and documents on this topic, please use the intranet link http://aro.tm.alcatel.ro/ of Network Engineering. This is the list of persons, who receive the DRAFT versions of the document: Eric Mottier, Jerome Andres, Vincent Muniere, Ovidiu Craiu, Florent Colin, Ioana Balint, Oana Marina, Mirela Bianu, Daniel Bojneagu, Herve-Julien Majcher, Louis-Francois Gonnot, Chagny Dhainaut, Xiaohu Jiao, Pierre Sabatier, Cristian Inta, Tibor Asztalos, Andrei Oana, Adrian Ivan, Keith Butterworth, Christian Bauer, Matthew Knightley, Oliviu Burlacu, Erwan Le Ho, Stanislas de Bouvier. The abbreviation IDDL means (Alcatel-Lucent) internal document distribution list. This is the list of persons, who receive an announcement, that the document is RELEASED and available in DIAMS.

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1.1
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History
27 July 2007 20 March 2007 Reason of changes and short description of significant changes to previous edition This edition was created because new features are to be implemented in A9155 V6.6 Two new features integrated in A9155 V6.6: RNP2OMC interface between RNP tool and WiMAX OMC and IPlanner the interface between RNP tool and UMTS OMC

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Referenced Documents
[1] [2] [3] 3DF 01955 6640 PEZZA Contract Reference 3DF 01955 6620 DTZZA A9155 V6.6 Technical Feature List Maintenance Contract between Alcatel Lucent and Forsk A9155 V6.6 Specification: WiMAX RNPOMC Interface Module Functional Description

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Related Documents
3BK 10002 0001 DSZZA Product control plan for BSS system A900/1800

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List of Features
A complete list of the features that are going to be implemented in the version A9155 V6.6 can be found in [1]

Open Points
There are currently no open points.

Alcatel-Lucent Specific Features


This section is describing in detail all the features that are implemented on request of Alcatel-Lucent and specifically for Alcatel-Lucent and are not part of the features made generally available under the maintenance contract between AlcatelLucent and Forsk [2].

4.1

API evolutions
Feature Description General API: Support for VC++ 6.0 (Microsoft Visual Studio 98) will be discontinued. Development environments that will be supported are VC++ 7.1 and VC++ 8.0. Where applicable, VBScript arrays will be supported as input parameters. Improvements in error detection and messages will be added. New HCS layers rules will be integrated into the GetSortedSignals function. It will be possible to start calculating a Interference Matrix using the API (in batch mode). This will permit automatic background preparation for the AFP. Managing interference matrices will be possible from API. Reading and writing to interference matrix data, as well as accessing the scope and context, will be possible using API. It will be possible to create add-ins that is aware of licence token utilisation.

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The API will allow access to general properties such as antenna height and offset, radiated power, antenna gain units, and the private pathloss folder. The API will allow you to view the differences between the current state of the document and the state of the data on the data base. You will be able to filter and sort radio data using the API. You will be able to enable co-planning features using the API, creating linked items in the Explorer window. It will be possible to create a UMTS simulation using the API. There will be a new "CalculatePoints document service, allowing you to compute the best signals on an arbitrary set on points, with no need for pathloss matrices. Add-ins will be able to request standard as well as custom services from Atoll and from other add-ins. It will be possible to run automatic intra and inter technology neighbour allocation from API. The user will be able to choose whether to load neighbours when refreshing data from a database using the API. TabularData Objects: Will have access to filed titles (as opposed to field names). It will be possible to know which fields are part of the key definition It will be able to import CW Measurements It will be possible to import Test Mobile Data

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Sample scripts (compatible with A9155 V6.6.0 or above) will be available on the Support webpage for: o Radio Data Import/Export Files: A set of files demonstrating access to Radio Data. o Propagation Models Import/Export: A set of files demonstrating access to Propagation models. o CW Measurements Import/Export: A set of files demonstrating access to CW Measurements o Test Mobile Data Import/Export: A set of files demonstrating access to Test Mobile Data A9155 module

4.2

RMS: Dummy neighbours in cycles


Feature Description There is one limitation in declaring dummy neighbors in the field: 32 different BCCH. Therefore in networks where the BCCH band contains more than 32 frequencies, the final interference matrix may not be complete, since some frequencies are not scanned.

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The solution is to have the possibility to create several cycles of dummy neighbor, in order to cover the whole band and implement then in cycles. Impacted Modules A9155 module, RMS module

4.3

RMS: RMS interference formula calculation


Feature Description The current formula of interference probability is performed on each cell basis, with no correlation between cells. Therefore the RMS interference matrix cannot be mixed with predicted one, due to different approach. The formula has been tuned and calibrated accordingly and can be mixed with the predicted one. Another aspect is the absolute value of the RMS interference probability which is much lower than the predicted interference matrix. In order to mix them with equal weighting factors the RMS interference matrix has to be calibrated. A9155 module, RMS module

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4.4

RMS: RMS co-channel interference


Feature Description The RMS files used for the interference matrix creation are providing the C/I information only for cells using different frequencies. Therefore the final interference matrix may be uncompleted. The solution is to compute the co-channel interference matrix, as well, out of RMS files. A9155 module, RMS module

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4.5

RMS: Neighbour clean-up


Feature Description Usually the neighbors in the network are increasing with time. This is mainly due to the network densification without revising the neighborhood plan. An increased number of neighbors is not recommended especially in a frequency planning campaign due to: Impossible to solve all the necessary channel separation between neighbors Too many neighbor leaves low space for declaring dummy neighbors, for RMS FP Up to now there was no method developed to optimize the neighbor plan, only one method to create one out of predictions. This feature will propose a method to delete the unnecessary neighbors based on different inputs: T180 statistics RMS Predictions Inter-site distance

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A9155 module, RMS module

4.6

RNP2OMC Interface
Feature Description The RNP2OMC Module is the interface between A9155 V6 tool and WiMAX OMC and is used by network planers to import and export data to/from A9155 V6. The RNP2OMC module has the following main functionalities: RNP Configuration Data Export o Mandatory Support for W3MR1Ed2 Release/Provide functionality for supported Technology version selection o Provide functionality for Export folder/path indication/selection o Provide functionality for selecting of exported file options and storing the created export *.rnp file set to an indicated local machine/local folder o Exported parameter values are checked for range and consistency. Forbid export in case of critical problems o Provide a GUI component to invoke the aforementioned functionalities RNP Configuration Data Import o RNP data import: read in (browse/select) for input data o Preview project version of imported files o Imported parameter values are checked for range and consistency. Forbid import in case of critical problems RNP Configuration Data internal mapping o At RNP Export: - check dependencies/apply checking rules at RNP Export o At RNP Import: - check dependencies/apply checking rules at RNP Import o At Export/Import - Check RNP parameter ranges at RNP Export and Import Impacted Modules A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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IPlanner Interface
Feature Description IPlanner is the interface between A9155 Radio Network Planning tool and the UMTS OMC and is used by network planers to export data from A9155 V6 RNP tool. IPlanner exports all specific fields in DRF XML format compatible with WPS Access V3.1 and WPS Access V4.1RNC. The DRF (Data Request Form) is an exchange functionality for RNS parameters setting. It covers the creation, extension and optimization steps of network configuration. Despite it can be

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used for unitary purposes, its main interest is massive configuration. IPlanner exports all specific fields in CP XML format compatible with WPS Access V4.2. The CP XML format is an XML document format used to describe the configuration of network element resources. This file format is used to export from iPlanner and import into the WPS Access tool in order to set/retrieve the cell planning configuration. A9155 core application, UMTS module

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Maintenance Features
Due to the maintenance contract between Alcatel-Lucent and Forsk [2], there are several features that are implemented in new releases on request of Alcatel-Lucent or due to general requests from other customers of Forsk without an official and single ordering of Alcatel-Lucent. In meetings held with Forsk those features have been synchronized with the features requested by Alcatel-Lucent internal and external users.

5.1

File Properties
Feature Description The version and build number of A9155 that is used to last save an A9155 document will be stored in the properties of each A9155 file. The user will find out what version and build was used to the last save any A9155 document by right-clicking it in Windows Explorer, selecting Properties from the context menu and clicking the Advanced button on the Summary tab. A9155 module

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5.2

A9155 License management


Feature Description A9155 will display information about the time remaining on a license in the About A9155 dialogue. The Access to WiMax and TD-SCDMA modules will be restricted by Administrator by blocking access to the licenses on a floating license server. A9155 module

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5.3

Autosave Capabilities
Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will be able to automatically save each open

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document at a defined interval of time. In order to make autosave backups of documents they will have to have a file name assigned first. For each document, A9155 will create an autosave backup file (filename.atl.backup) in the same working folder as the original ATL file and will autosave backup file from time to time. The autosave configuration properties will be available using the File option of the Menu bar and will allow the activation/deactivation of the autosave feature and setting the interval of time between successive saves. A9155 core application

5.4

Geo Data Formats improvements


Feature Description Coordinates system information will be imported in MapInfo (MIF and TAB files) and ArcView (SHP//PRJ) files. This feature will be activated by using the initialization file atoll.ini and will define the mapping between the coordinate system in A9155 and the coordinate system defined in the header files of MapInfo(.MIF) and ESRI(.prj) vector files that will be imported. When importing files in ArcView format*SHP/PRJ), A9155 will use the information from a SHX file, if it exist, to complete any missing information from the PRJ file. A9155 V6.6 will allow to import and export BIL and Vertical Mapper (GRD and GRC) files larger than 2Gb. A9155 V6.6 will support the import and export of vector objects in TAB file formats. Eclipses and arcs in MapInfo files (MIF and TAB files) could be implemented and use by A9155.

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It will be possible to set a resolution for conversion of vector population maps into raster data for generating reports on coverage predictions. In order to have this feature, the following lines will be added in the Atoll.ini file: [Population] ReportResolution = X. A9155 core application

5.5

Database management improvement


Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will allow the creation of sets of custom database fields. When custom fields will be added to tables, it will be possible to define the group that will have access to them. The name of the group will be specified by a separate column in the Custom Fields table.

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When a user will open a document from a database, he will have the possibility to select which set of custom fields he accesses. A list with the names of the groups defined for the custom fields of the database will be displayed. This will allow users to have access to the database fields they need while reducing the use of computer resources. It will be possible to define a name and a legend entry for each field. The name will appear in the database and the legend entry in the ATL file. For the legend entry a new field Caption will be added in the Custom fields table. A9155 core application

5.6

Archiving Data in database using transactions


Feature Description A9155 will support transactions for archiving data to database. This approach ensures that users will always get consistent data when refreshing from database, even when another user is archiving his modifications. This feature will be activated using a new line in Atoll.ini file: [Database] UseTransaction=1 A9155 core application

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5.7

Exporting to MS Access 2000 format


Feature Description A new option in the Atoll.ini file will allow A9155 V6.6 to export radio network data to MS Access 2000 format. By default, A9155 will export the radio network data in MS Access 95 format. The following line will be added in atoll.ini to export radio network data to MS Access 2000 format: OLEDB_EngineType=5 A9155 core application

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5.8

Using site lists to archive data


Feature Description In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to select a site list from the project when archiving data from the work project to the master database. A new option Site list will be added to the list of Tables for Archive dialog. By selecting the sites list the data to be archived will be restricted to the sites included in the sites list. It will be possible to retrieve the primary key fields names, necessary when importing and exporting using the API. A9155 core application, GUI

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5.9

Improvement in memory management


Feature Description Impacted Modules In A9155 V6.6, memory management will be optimized when exporting coverage plots in vector formats. A9155 core application

5.10

Support of new unit


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to express the antenna gain in dBd in addition to dBi. This option will be added in the Units section together with the other supported units. A9155 core application

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5.11

Adding new transmitters


In A9155 new options will be added to the context menu of both site and transmitters icons. The user will be able to add a new transmitter to an existing site by right clicking the site icon on the map and selecting the option from the context menu. A9155 module

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5.12

Repeaters and Remote Antennas


Repeaters and Remote antennas will be accessible separately from the Transmitter folder context menu. The user will be able to create either a repeater or a remote antenna using the New Repeater or Remote Antenna button, by first selecting what you want to create. A9155 V6.6 will assign different symbols to repeaters and to remote antennas allowing the user to see on the map which is which. It will be possible to globally calculate the donor site propagation losses of all off-air repeaters from the Transmitters folder context menu. A9155 module

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5.13

Managing Calculation Progress


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to stop any calculations in progress by clicking the Stop Calculations button ( ) in the toolbar. The Stop button from Event viewer window will not be available any more. A9155 core application

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Calculating unmasked path loss matrices


It will be possible to modify the Standard Propagation Model in order to calculate path loss matrices without considering the effect of transmitter antenna attenuation, resulting in unmasked path losses. Unmasked path losses are used by Automatic Cell Planning tools for optimizing network parameters. A9155 core application

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5.15

Displaying the Path-loss Matrices


When viewing the path loss matrices for a project, it will be available the option of viewing all the path loss matrices or only the invalid path loss matrices. When updating a large project, this will give a rapid overview of both the number of invalid path loss matrices and the causes for invalidity. Additionally, the user will view a summary of the causes for invalidity and the number of transmitters for each cause. A9155 V6.6 will display the reason for invalidity in the Event Viewer of each path loss matrix before recalculating it. When saving a document under a new name using the Save As command, a new option will let you to save copies of the corresponding path loss matrices. A9155 module

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5.16

Neighbours improvement
It will be possible to start automatic neighbor allocation on a single transmitter. When opening or creating a document from a database, the user will have the option to select whether to load intra or inter technology neighbors, both or neither. A9155 module

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5.17

Support of multiple zones


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to import MapInfo files with several polygons as computation, focus or filtering zone. In previous versions, only a single multi-contour polygon was supported. A9155 core application

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5.18

Coverage export zone


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to create a coverage export

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zone in order to export a defined part of coverage as an image file. The coverage export zone could be created by drawing it or by importing it from a vector file. As well, the coverage export zone could be exported to a file to be used in other projects and other applications. All the functions that are available for the other zones (Computation, Focus, Filtering zones), will be available for coverage export zone. The coverage export zone will be manageable in Zones folder (Geo tab) in the same way as the other zones (Computation, Focus, Filtering zones). A9155 core application

5.19

Common resolution for Coverage Predictions


It will be possible to create coverage predictions that will always take the default resolution set in the Predictions properties. This will allow the user to redefine the resolution of a series of coverage predictions without having to charge it in each individual coverage prediction. The user will activate this feature by adding a new line in atoll.ini file: [Studies] SpecifyResolutionAfterComputation = 0. A9155 module

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5.20

Live Traffic Data


When importing live traffic data, e.g. traffic maps based on transmitters and services, A9155 V6.6 will filter out and list only the coverage predictions created with a 0 dB margin. In order to have this option add the following lines in Atoll.ini file: [Studies] SelectNullMarginOnly = 1 A9155 module

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5.21

Printing Zone of the map


It will be possible to create a printing zone which will define the portion of the map to be printed. The user will create the printing zone by drawing it or by importing it from a vector file, As well; it will be possible to export the printing zone to a file to be used in other projects. The printing zone will be managed in the Zones folder (Geo tab) in the same way than the existing zones in previous versions (Computation, Focus, Filtering zones). A9155 module

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5.22

Improvement in test mobile data graphic analysis


In A9155 V6.6, for test mobile data, it will be possible to display a secondary axis in the test mobile data graphic analysis, in order to display values having different orders of magnitude in the same window. A9155 core application

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5.23

Import configurations for test mobile data


In A9155 V6.6, for test mobile data, the file containing the import configuration could be placed in any folder to which you have write access. All import configurations contained in a file will be displayed in the import dialog. It will be possible to preview any defined configuration in the import dialog by clicking it. The effect pf the selected configuration on the imported file it will be immediately displayed in the import dialog. A9155 core application

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5.24

Import configurations for CW Measurements


In A9155 V6.6, for CW Measurements, the file containing the import configuration could be placed in any folder to which you have write access. All import configurations contained in a file will be displayed in the import dialog. It will be possible to preview any defined configuration in the import dialog by clicking it. The effect pf the selected configuration on the imported file it will be immediately displayed in the import dialog. A9155 core application

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5.25

Exclusion zones for CW Measurement points


In A9155 V6.6, a new possibility to filter CW measurement points on a path will be available by using exclusion zones. Exclusion zones will be easily accessible from the context menu of a CW Measurement path and will be drawn using Draw tool like any other polygon. All the points contained in the created polygons will be excluded from statistics and consequently from a future model calibration. By removing the Exclusion zones the filtered CW measurement point will be again visible and considered in statistic. A9155 core application

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5.26

Erceg-Greenstein (SUI) propagation model available


Erceg-Greenstein(SUI) propagation model will be available in A9155 V6.6 for any technology. The new model will be integrated in Propagation Model section from Modules tab of Explorer Window. The model will be used with a default formula if no clutter class map is available or environment formulas could be created or modified in case that a clutter class map is available. A9155 core application

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5.27

Assisted calibration for Standard propagation model


For Standard Propagation Model, in addition to the automatic calibration process, an assisted calibration procedure will be available. The error correlation function along the path will be displayed for each variable, allowing the manual adjustment of the strategy to be used for an accurate standard propagation model calibration. A9155 core application

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5.28

WinProp Urban Dominant Path model improvement


WinProp-UDP model will be improved in the way that: Further acceleration of the UDP model: Reuse of visibility checks during computation Fast access to prediction list

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

Consideration of vegetation objects (parks, forest) for UDP model. A9155 core application, WinProp module

5.29

WinProp module improvement


WinProp model will be improved in the way that: Fast modus of IRT model: including knife-edge model in vertical plane ray-optical modelling in horizontal plane

Feature Description

Calibration of material properties for WiMAX frequency bands Integration of plug-in into A9155 (v6.6), by usage of new header files for API Consideration of two decimals (behind point) for propagation exponents, break point factor and offset (UDP & IRT)

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6.1

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS Features
GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Antennas improved
Feature Description Impacted Modules A9155 V6.6 will allow the user to specify the number of antennas used in a subcell when modelling transmitter diversity. A9155 core application, GUI

6.2

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Transmitters table improved


Feature Description The Administrator will be able to make information that appears in both the transmitters and subcells tables read-only. This will ensure that information is not inadvertently modified. Some of the fields (BCCH and Number of TRXs) in the Transmitters table are redundant with other fields in the Subcells table. Modifying values in one table might cause inconsistencies between the two tables. In A9155 V6.6 will be possible to make these redundant fields un-editable in the Transmitters table by adding the following lines in atoll.ini file: [GSM] CanEditTRXInfoAtTXLevel = 0 A9155 core application, AFP module

Impacted Modules

6.3

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Subcells table improved


Feature Description Subcell property dialogues will be created and will be accessed from the Subcell table or from Subcell grid in a transmitter property dialogue. A9155 core application, GUI

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GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Handling Multi-Band Networks


Feature Description The support of multi-band networks will be enhanced. It will be possible to assign several propagation settings in each transmitter according to the frequency bands on which it transmits: Each frequency band will have a different antenna Each frequency band will use a different propagation model with its own corresponding path loss matrices. This feature will be activated using the atoll.ini file and adding there a new line: [Studies] MultiBandManagement = 1. Also it will be possible to modify all multi-band-related subcell parameters in a table. A9155 V6.6 will allow to be created a multi-band station template with different antenna and propagation settings for each frequency band. A9155 core application, AFP module

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6.5

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Serving Transmitter Calculation in Same Priority HCS Layers


Feature Description By default if there are two HCS layers with the same priority, the calculated serving transmitter is the one for which the difference between the received signal and its HCS layers minimum reception threshold is the highest. A new strategy for calculating the serving transmitter, based on received signal levels only it will be available in A9155 V6.6. This feature will be activated adding a new line in the Atoll.ini file. [Studies] UseThresholdForSameLayerPriorities = 0 A9155 core application, GUI

Impacted Modules

6.6

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Radiated Power Definition


Feature Description Impacted Modules It will be possible to express the radiated power of transmitters in terms of ERP in addition to EIRP. A9155 core application, GUI

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GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: TWIN TRX equipment support


Feature Description This Twin TRX module is an ultra-compact TRX module that can be used in configurations in all generations of EVOLIUM BTS cabinets and can be mixed with TRX of previous generations. The Twin TRX can work in two modes: "No TX Diversity", or "Capacity" mode: in this mode, two TRX (2 x 8 radio TS) are used in the twin module. The two TRXs can be connected to different Antenna Networks belonging to different sectors (Twin TRX sharing).

Impacted Modules

"TX Diversity or "Coverage" mode: in this mode, one TRX (8 radio TS) is used in the twin module, with TX Diversity function: the two branches of the twin module send the same signal, with an optimized time delay between both signals. Thanks to on-air combining and diversity gain, this mode is equivalent to a very high TX power (up to 175 W in dense urban and GSM 900, assuming a diversity gain of 2.9 dB). For the uplink path, either 2 way (optionally with TMA) or 4 way Receive Diversity can be used in order to balance the link budget. There are several features which fit with the TWIN TRX in Coverage mode: TX Diversity, 2RX Diversity, 4 RX Diversity and B9 unbalanced power feature. A9155 core application, GUI

6.8

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Neighbour importance


Feature Description In the new version of A9155 the user will be able to calculate the neighbour importance (i.e. the weight of each neighbour) of an existing neighbour plan. This value will be used to give priority to different neighbours in the AFP process. A9155 core application

Impacted Modules

6.9

GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Automatic Frequency Planning improvement


Feature Description Impacted Modules New display options will be added to the AFP output dialogue and the frequency plan audit tool. A9155 core application

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GSM/GPRS/EGPRS: Point Analysis window


Impacted Modules The interference display in Point Analysis Results tab will be ranked by C/I values instead of by field values. A9155 core application

Feature Description

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7.1

UMTS Features
UMTS HSPA Project Template
Feature Description Impacted Modules In order to integrate HSUPA, in A9155 V6.6 the old UMTS template will be renamed UMTS HSPA.mdb. A9155 core application, UMTS module

7.2

Transmitter GUI
Feature Description Impacted Modules In A9155 V6.6 the Total Noise Figure will be renamed BTS noise figure since it is calculated from the BTS equipment definition. A9155 core application, UMTS module

7.3

Improvement at the cell level


Feature Description Impacted Modules It will be possible to set an activity flag at the cell level. A9155 core application, UMTS module

7.4

UMTS: Traffic maps improved


Feature Description In A9155 V6.6 a new option will be available allowing the user to input Erlangs for each sector when creating a new traffic map based on transmitters and services. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Impacted Modules

7.5

UMTS: Inter-Carrier interference


Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will model inter-carrier interference on the uplink and downlink. In order to take it into account, the user must previously define an interference reduction factor for each carrier pair. A9155 core application, UMTS module

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7.6

UMTS: Specific Studies


Feature Description There will be the possibility to define a RSCP threshold to further define how results will be displayed. A9155 will use the pilot RSCP threshold to calculate the coverage predictions and to make AS analysis. A9155 considers only pixels where the pilot signal level exceeds the defined pilot RSCP threshold. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Impacted Modules

7.7

UMTS: Simulations results


Feature Description Monte Carlo simulation results (Cells tab) will display Release 99 throughput values which do not include mobiles in handover. HSDPA MAC throughput will be added as a new simulation output. It will appear on the Sites and Cells tab of both single simulations and average simulations. Cell uplink loads due to HSUPA and the number of HSUPA users per cell will be available in simulation results. The Statistics tab will contain results related to HSUPA A9155 core application, UMTS module

Impacted Modules

7.8

UMTS: HSDPA modelling


Feature Description HSDPA simulations will be improved to better calculate the number of delayed users. HSDPA coverage predictions will allow the study of HSDPA throughput per user. The user will be able to model inter-carrier power sharing on a transmitter, with a set maximum shared, when HSDPA power is allocated dynamically. Inter-carrier Power Sharing will enable the network to dynamically allocate available power from R99-only and HSDPA carriers among HSDPA carriers. The Max C/I and Proportional Fair scheduling algorithms will be improved. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Impacted Modules

7.9

UMTS: HSUPA modelling


Feature Description A9155 will be able to model HSUPA traffic in A9155s UMTS HSPA projects. The following features will be added in V6.6: The user will be able to specify if a cell can support HSUPA traffic and set HSUPA cell parameters. It will be possible to specify if services and terminals can use HSUPA channels.

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HSUPA UE categories and HSUPA radio bearers will be modeled in dedicated tables. These tables can be accessed from the context menu of the Terminals and Services folders. HSUPA traffic will be managed in the Monte Carlo Simulation. An additional portion will be implemented in the power control algorithm. It will model an admission control on the HSUPA users followed by noise rise scheduling. The happy bit mechanism will be modeled as well and radio resource control will be performed at the end. A new HSUPA coverage prediction will be added allowing the study of RLC, MAC and application throughputs per pixel and E-DPDCH Ec/Nt. The user will be able to calculate the coverage prediction for a scenario where a single user has the entire HSUPA capacity, or where the HSUPA capacity is shared equally between all HSUPA users. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Impacted Modules

7.10

UMTS: Test Mobile Data Path


In V6.6 it will be possible to set the number of transmitters to be imported for each point in a test mobile data. The default will be 7, but this value can be changed by editing the value of NumberOfTestMobileTransmitters in the atoll.ini. A new line will be available in atoll.ini file: [TestMobileData] NumberOfTestMobileTransmitters = X A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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7.11

UMTS: Dual-Band Networks improvement


The modelling of dual-band networks has been improved. Now, in A9155 V6.6, a frequency band can be assigned to terminals. A9155 takes this parameter into account to determine the users active set. Users can only be connected to transmitters using a frequency band supported by the terminal. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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7.12

UMTS: Adding a new cell to a transmitter


An option will be added to the context menu of the transmitter icons. It will be possible to add a new cell to an existing transmitter by right-clicking the transmitter icon on the map and selecting the option from the context menu. A9155 core application, UMTS module

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UMTS: Automatic Neighbour Allocation improved


In A9155 V6.6 the Automatic Neighbour Allocation will be improved. It will be possible to select the carrier(s) on which to run the allocation. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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7.14

UMTS: Scrambling Code Analysis


A new scrambling code interference analysis tool will be available, which enables the user to study Ec/Io reception on the areas where there is scrambling code interference. Scrambling code interference occurs when the best server and other servers satisfying the conditions to enter the user active set have the same scrambling code. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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7.15

UMTS: SC Interference zone prediction improved


SC interference zone prediction will be improved and a new display option will be available. The user will be able to display scrambling code interference zones according to the interfered transmitter. Coverage results will be arranged by interfered transmitter and then by interferer transmitter. As well, it will be possible to colour scrambling code interference zones according to the number of interferers. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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7.16

UMTS: Scrambling code Allocation improved


In A9155 V6.6 it will be possible to perform automatic scrambling code allocation on a single transmitter. Per Site scrambling code allocation strategies (Distributed per Site and One Cluster per Site) will be improved in order to reduce the number of non-allocation and partial allocation cases in the network. It will be possible to consider third-order neighbors in the scrambling code allocation. A9155 V6.6 will take into account inter-technology neighbor relations as constraints when allocating different scrambling codes to the UMTS neighbors of a GSM transmitter. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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CDMA Features
CDMA: Inter-Carrier interference
Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will model inter-carrier interference on the uplink and the downlink. In order to take it into account, the user should previously define an interference reduction factor for each carrier pair. A9155 core application, CDMA module

Impacted Modules

8.2

CDMA: Transmitter GUI


Feature Description Impacted Modules In A9155 V6.6 the Total Noise Figure will be renamed BTS noise figure since it is calculated from the BTS equipment definition. A9155 core application, CDMA module

8.3

CDMA: Cells modelling


Feature Description The user will be able to set an activity flag at the cell level. It will be possible to define the maximum number of EV-DO users that a cell can support. This will be a new constraint in the power and rate control simulation. An option will be added to the context menu of the transmitter icons. It will be possible to add a new cell to an existing transmitter by right-clicking the transmitter icon on the map and selecting the option from the context menu. A9155 core application, Coverage module

Impacted Modules

8.4

CDMA: PN Offset Allocation improved


Feature Description In A9155 V6.6 PN Offset allocation will be improved to better reflect the CDMA active set criteria. It will be possible to perform automatic PN Offset allocation on a single transmitter. The third-order neighbours will be considered in the PN Offset allocation. A9155 will take into account inter-technology neighbour relations as constraints to allocate different PN Offsets to the CDMA2000 neighbours of a GSM transmitter. A new option named Allocate carriers identically will be able to be used when allocating PN Offsets for different carriers. It will enable the user to force the same PN Offset allocation to each cell on a transmitter. A9155 core application, CDMA module

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CDMA: PN Offset Analysis


Feature Description A new PN Offset interference analysis tool will be available, which enables the user to study Ec/Io reception on the areas where there is PN Offset interference. PN Offset interference occurs when the best server and other servers satisfying the conditions to enter the user active set have the same PN Offset. PN Offset interference zone prediction will be improved and a new display option will be available. The user will be able to display PN Offset interference zones according the interfered transmitter. Coverage results will be arranged by interfered transmitter and then by interferer transmitter. As well, it will be possible to colour PN Offset interference zones according to the number of interferes A9155 core application, CDMA module

Impacted Modules

8.6

CDMA: Power Pooling


Feature Description The power of all transmitters on a site using the same carrier will be pooled. The option will be available when defining the site equipment properties and will have an impact on the power control simulation results. A9155 core application, CDMA module

Impacted Modules

8.7

CDMA: Specific Studies


Feature Description There will be the possibility to define a RSCP threshold to further define how results will be displayed. A9155 will use the pilot RSCP threshold to calculate the coverage predictions and to make AS analysis. A9155 considers only pixels where the pilot signal level exceeds the defined pilot RSCP threshold. A9155 core application, CDMA module

Impacted Modules

8.8

CDMA: Automatic Neighbour Allocation improved


Feature Description Automatic neighbour allocation will be improved in V6.6 to better reflect the CDMA active set criteria. It will be possible to select the carrier(s) on which to run the allocation. A9155 core application, CDMA module

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CDMA: Test Mobile Data Paths


Feature Description There will be the possibility to set the number of transmitters to be imported in each point in a test mobile data. The default will remain 7 cells, but this value can be changed by editing the value NumberOfTestMobileTransmitters in the atoll.ini file. A new line will be available in atoll.ini file: [TestMobileData] NumberOfTestMobileTransmitters = X A9155 core application, CDMA module

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TD-SCDMA Features
A9155 V6.6 will support TD-SCDMA networks. The following features will be implemented.

9.1

TD-SCDMA: Transmitter GUI improved


Feature Description Impacted Modules The Total Noise Figure will be renamed BTS noise figure since it will be calculated from the BTS equipment definition. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

9.2

TD-SCDMA: Cells improvements


Feature Description It will be possible to set an activity flag at the cell level. In A9155 V6.6 the user will be able to set cells as master, slave or stand-alone. An option will be added to the context menu of transmitters icon. The user will be able to add a new cell to an existing transmitter by right clicking the transmitter icon on the map and selecting the option from the context menu. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

Impacted Modules

9.3

TD-SCDMA: HSDPA Modelling


Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will model HSDPA traffic in TD-SCDMA projects. The following features will be added: Physical downlink channels will be modelled (HS-PDSCH and HS-SCCH) UE categories and CQI and radio barer tables will be modelled AMC modelling will be available (fast link adaptation)

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HS-SCCH power control will be modelled Static or dynamic power allocation for total HSDPA power and HS-SCCH power The scheduling algorithm will work at the cell level An HSDPA coverage prediction will allow the study of HSPDSCH Ec/Nt, CQI, RLC Peak Rate A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

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9.4

TD-SCDMA: Coverage predictions improved


Feature Description A9155 V6.6 will provide a selection of coverage predictions for TD-SCDMA projects including: P-CCPCH coverage predictions, including a best server PCCPCH coverage prediction, RSCP P-CCPCH coverage prediction and a P-CCPCH pollution coverage prediction RSCP DwPCH and UpPCH coverage prediction P-CCPCH predictions Eb/Nt and C/I reception analysis coverage

DwPCH C/I reception analysis coverage predictions A cell-to cell interference coverage prediction Scrambling code interference coverage prediction Downlink, uplink and effective service area analysis based on Eb/Nt or C/I Baton handover coverage prediction It will be possible to define a RSCP P-CCPCH threshold to further define how results are displayed. A9155 V6.6 will use the RSCP PCCPCH threshold to calculate coverage predictions and to make AS analysis. A9155 V6.6 will consider pixels where the RSCP PCCPCH signal level exceeds the defined RSCP P-CCPCH threshold. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

Impacted Modules

9.5

TD-SCDMA: N-Frequency Mode modelling


Feature Description The user will be possible to set transmitters as N-Frequency Mode compatible and will use the Automatic Frequency Allocation to set master and slave carriers. Automatic Neighbour and scrambling code allocation will take into account the N-Frequency Mode capability. Neighbours and scrambling codes will be allocated to master carriers. An N-Frequency Mode audit will be also available and will check for and list any inconsistencies in the current master/slave allocation. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

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TD-SCDMA: Neighbours allocation improved


Feature Description The Neighbour Allocation method will be improved and will model baton-handover for intra-carrier neighbours. In A9155 V6.6 will be possible to select the carrier(s) on which the user wants to run the allocation. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

Impacted Modules

9.7

TD-SCDMA: Scrambling Code allocation improved


Feature Description In A9155 V6.6 the Automatic Scrambling code allocation will allocate the DL synchronization (SYNC_DL) codes as well. It will be possible to define the number of scrambling codes per SYNC_DL code in the automatic allocation dialogue. The user will be able to perform automatic scrambling code allocation on a single transmitter. Per Site scrambling code allocation strategies (Distributed per Site and One SYNC_DL Code per Site) will be improved in order to reduce the number of non-allocation and partial allocation cases in the network. The third-order neighbours will be considered in the scrambling code allocation A9155 V6.6 will take into account inter-technology neighbour relations as constraints to allocate different scrambling codes to the TD-SCDMA neighbours of a GSM transmitter. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

Impacted Modules

9.8

TD-SCDMA: Simulations improved


Feature Description In A9155 V6.6 the user will be able to choose the level of detail he wants to retain when calculate a simulation. TD-SCDMA simulations will offer a greater range of results. It will be possible to select the Dynamic Channel Allocation strategies to use for allocating carriers and timeslots to mobiles generated during the simulations. There will be four different strategies available: Load: The last loaded cell or timeslot will be selected Available RUs: The cell or timeslot with the most available resource units will be selected Direction of Arrival: The cell or timeslot selected is the one which does not have an interfering mobile located nearby at the same angle as the direction of arrival of the wanted mobile Sequential: Cells and timeslots will be selected in a sequential order

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A9155 V6.6 will be able to calculate and take into consideration the effect of interference between mobiles during Monte Carlo Simulations. It will be possible to select the level of information to retain after simulations when replaying and existing simulation. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

9.9

TD-SCDMA: Traffic maps


Feature Description A new option allowing the user to input Erlangs for each sector will be available when creating a traffic map based on transmitters and services. A9155 core application, TD-SCDMA module

Impacted Modules

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10.1

Co-planning Features
Automatic Neighbour Allocation
Impacted Modules In the new version of A9155 V6.6 it will be possible to select the carrier(s) on which the allocation should run. A9155 core application, UMTS module

Feature Description

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11.1

Microwave Link Features


Microwave Link Values along the Profile
New data will be extracted from the microwave link profile when making a microwave link analysis and displayed in the Values tab. A9155 will indicate for each point along the profile, the radius, clearance and penetration of the Fresnel ellipsoid. In addition, standard management features available in tables, such as Copy/Paste, Import/Export Fill Down/Fill Up will be used in the Values tab. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.2

Microwave Link Management on the map


If you have more than one microwave link between two sites,

Feature Description

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there will be the possibility to select very easy the link you want on the map using mouse. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

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Analysis of Microwave Sites


When the user calculates the line-of-site area for a group of sites, it will be possible to study the intersection between them and display the areas covered by at least two sites, at least three sites and all sites. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.4

Handling Equipment table


New fields will be available in the MWEquipments table. They will enable the user to define transmission and reception losses for each port associated with the equipment. These losses will be taken into account in the microwave link reliability analysis. It will be possible to import microwave equipment files with Pathloss format (version 4.0). They are ASCII files with RAF extension. The FKTB calculated at 17degrees and the bandwidth that the equipment can use will be displayed in the equipment properties. The user will be able to define the transmission spectrum, receiver selectivity and T/I graphs in the equipment properties. A9155 will use these graphs in order to create IRF graphs when no IRF is defined in the IRF table. A9155 will allow to define theoretical graphs that the user can use when the equipment description is not complete (if information about the transmission spectrum, the receiver selectivity, T/I graphs is missing). These theoretical graphs will describe either the transmission spectrum, or receiver selectivity graph, or T/I graph for a give manufacturer, frequency band, bandwidth, rate and modulation. They will be used to initialise equipment properties (transmission spectrum, receiver selectivity and T/I graphs) and create IRF graphs when no IRF is defined in IRF table. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.5

Port parameters
A new table regrouping the port settings of all the microwave links will be available. To open it, right-click the Links folder and select Port > Open Table.

Feature Description

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This table will contain the following parameters: Link: the name of the microwave link. Way: the link direction (AB or BA). Channel: the channel number. The corresponding frequency is indicated in brackets. Tx port: the port number for the transmitting equipment. Rx port: the port number for the receiving equipment. Transmission losses: the transmission losses. Reception losses: the reception losses. Polarization: the polarization. Hot Standby: specify if the channel is a hot standby channel. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

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11.6

Managing Antenna import


Microwave antenna with the standard NSMA format defined by recommendation WG16.99.050 will be able to be imported. When the user imports a microwave antenna, he will be able to select the ASCII format files other than DAT, CSV or TXT files. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.7

Improvement of Antenna/Equipment Compatibilities


The assistant available to define antenna/equipment compatibilities will be improved. The user will be able to filter antennas and equipment made by given manufacturers and that will operate in the same frequency band. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.8

Handling Microwave Link


The GUI and the Connection tab in the Properties dialogue of a microwave link will be enhanced. This improvement will enable the user to define on a site the same waveguides and same loss values for transmission and reception. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

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11.9

Improvement of IRF definition


The assistant available for the definition of IRFs will be improved. The user will be able to filter transmission and reception equipment fabricated by given manufacturers and that will operate in the same frequency band. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.10

Creating IRF graphs


A9155 V6.6 will be able to create IRF graphs between transmission and reception equipment by using the transmission spectrum and receiver selectivity graphs. It will take either the graphs defined for equipment if available or the theoretical graphs if not. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.11

Microwave Link Analysis Window improved


In A9155 V6.6 it will be possible to zoom in the displayed profile. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description Impacted Modules

11.12

Multi-Hops report improved


A9155 V6.6 will calculate in the multi-hop analysis report the quality indicators (SESR, ESR, BBER) of the multi-hop and will compare them to the required performance objectives. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.13

Improvement of Computation and Focus Zones


In previous A9155 versions, the computation zone was only used to filter the potential interferers, in interference calculations. In A9155 V6.6 it will define the sites and microwave links calculated in line of sight, link budget and interference studies. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

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11.14

Tropospheric scattering modelling


In A9155 V6.6 the Tropospheric Scattering will be modelled by the microwave propagation model. The attenuation computed by the model will take into account free space path losses, atmospheric losses, attenuation due to diffraction and tropospheric losses for long paths. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.15

Calculation progress
It will be possible to stop any calculation in progress (link budget, interference calculations) by clicking the Stop Calculations button ( ) in the Toolbar. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.16

Site Parity
The parity of the sites will be checked and displayed in a report. When using the Channel Arrangement tool to display site parities on the map, it will be possible to set the position of icons relative to the sites. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.17

Repeaters improved
The modelling of back-to-back antenna passive repeaters will be enhanced. It will be possible to define a second antenna and specify the waveguide between the antennas. The user will be able to model cross-polarisation on repeaters with back-to-back antennas. Interference through passive repeaters will be taken into account in interference calculations. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

11.18

Interference calculation improved


The IRF graphs defined in the IRF table will be used during the interference calculation. When studying interference between transmission equipment and reception equipment, A9155 will check first if IRF graph is defined for the transmission equipment-reception equipment pair in the IRF table.

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If defined, A9155 will use it. Otherwise, A9155 will create the IRF graph during the interference calculation by using the transmission spectrum and receiver selectivity graphs. A9155 will use the graphs (T/I, transmission spectrum, and receiver selectivity graphs) defined for equipment if they are available or it will use the theoretical graphs if not. Results in the interference reports will be detailed for two BER values and a global estimation of the link will be provided. A9155 core application, Microwave Link module

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12.1

WiMAX Features
WiMAX: General
A9155 V6.6, will support the planning and designing of WiMAX 16d and WiMAX 16e networks, using two dedicated templates WiMAX 16d and WiMAX 16e. WiMAX module will be based on the core platform and will include all GUI features of A9155. A9155 V6.6 will support designing WiMAX networks with fixed subscribers and also with mobile subscribers. In A9155 V6.6, modelling a WiMAX network will be similar to modelling any other technology module from A9155. Network information will be stored in network databases that comprise sites, sectors and cells. A rich traffic database will be available and different types of geographic data will be supported A9155 core application, WIMAX module

Feature Description

Impacted Modules

12.2

Defining frequency bands


For a WiMAX project in A9155 V6.6, it should be possible to define different frequency bands if required. For each frequency band several parameters will be definable, such as: different frequency ranges, different channel bandwidths, the number of the first and the last channel, the numbers of excluded channels, start frequency, adjacent channel suppressing factor, sampling factor, duplexing method meaning that the frequency band can be TDD or FDD compliant. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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New global transmitter parameters available


In A9155 V6.6, network level parameters specific for WiMAX will

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be added at transmitter level: Frame duration: specifies the frame length in milliseconds in accordance with IEEE 802.16e specifications; Cyclic Prefix Ratio: representing the portion of the useful data part repeated at the beginning of each symbol to compensate the Inter Symbol Interference (ISI) in WiMAX. Fixed and variable overheads: in Uplink and Downlink for modelling the preamble and other time-domain overheads such as broadcast messages including DL-MAP , UL-MAP, UCD and DCD, FCH in downlink and Ranging and Bandwidth requests in uplink. For TDD networks: DL subframe ratio: the percentage of the entire frame duration which corresponds to the downlink subframe; o Transmit time guard (TTG) and Receive Time guard (RTG): portions of the frame not used for data transfer; A9155 core application, WIMAX module o

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Defining Frame Configuration


For WiMAX 802.16e networks, in A9155 V6.6, different frame configurations will be definable, with different channel parameters definitions: Name: the name of the frame configuration Total number of subcarriers per channel Segmentation In A9155 V6.6, DL Segmentation feature will be integrated. It will be possible to define whether the first PUSC permutation zone in downlink is segmented or not, by checking or un-checking a special box in frame configuration. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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Defining Permutation Zones


In A9155 V6.6, for a WIMAX 802.16e network, it should be possible to define different permutation zones for different frame configurations. The parameters related to permutation zones will be: o Zone Number o Subchannel Allocation Mode: The subchannel allocation mode used by the permutation zone. Subchannels allocation modes could be selected from the list: PUSC, FUSC, OPUSC, OFUSC, AMC, TUSC1 and TUSC2.

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Number of Used Subcarriers: The number of subcarriers used for transmission. This number includes the pilot and data subcarriers. o Number of Data Subcarriers: The number of subcarriers used for data transfer. o Number of Subchannels per Channel: The number of subchannels in the channel. o Subframe: downlink or the uplink subframe. o Quality Threshold (dB): The minimum signal quality required for a user to be allocated a permutation zone. o Max Speed (km/h): The maximum vehicular speed supported by the permutation zone. o Max Distance: The maximum distance from the base station covered by the permutation zone. o Priority: The priority of the permutation zone in terms of its allocation to a user. o Antenna Diversity Support: Select the type of antenna diversity technique supported by the permutation zone. o Secondary Groups Used: For segmented frame configurations using 1024 and 2048 total subcarriers, select which of the secondary subchannel groups (1, 3, 5) are used by the PUSC DL permutation zones. Sub-channels allocation modes with higher pilot subcarriers densities, such as PUSC, will be assigned to users at high speeds. When assigning users to allocation modes such as the AMC zone, Radio Resource Management algorithm of WiMAX module should consider also the user equipment capabilities. Only user equipment capable to work with AAS (Adaptive Antenna System) will be assigned to the AMC zone. A9155 core application, WIMAX module o

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Limitation by distance for permutation zones


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to define the maximum distance from the base station covered by the permutation zone. The allocation of permutation zones to users (mobiles, subscribers or pixels) will be based on a distance criterion in combination with the quality and speed criteria. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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Antenna diversity techniques at permutation zone level


Permutation zones will support several antenna diversity techniques. The following antenna diversity techniques will be supported: Adaptive Antenna Systems (AAS)

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Spatial Multiplexing (SM) Space Time Transmit Diversity (STTD) Adaptive MIMO Switching (AMS)

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Each permutation zone will support one or several different antenna diversity modes. It will be possible to select Standard, AAS, SM, STTD, AMS, Standard+AAS, Standard+SM, Standard+STTD or Standard+AMS. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

12.8

Allocating secondary sub-channel groups


For a segmented PUSC zone, it will be possible to allocate secondary sub-channel groups (1, 3, 5) for frame configurations using 1024 or 2048 total subcarriers. The primary sub-channel groups (0, 2, 4) will be determined directly from the preamble index and the segment number. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.9

Defining WiMAX radio bearers


WiMAX radio bearers carry the data in the uplink as well as in the downlink and in A9155 it is synonymous with MCS, modulation and coding schemes. In A9155 V6.6, for a WiMAX 802.16e network, it will be possible to define different WiMAX radio bearers. For each WiMAX radio bearer several fields should be set: Radio Bearer Index Name Modulation selectable from a list of four modulation types: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM and 64QAM; Coding Rate Bearer efficiency (bits/symbol) number of useful bits transmitted over a symbol A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.10

Defining cell output power


In A9155 V6.6, WiMAX projects, modelling cell output power will be enhanced with several fields:

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Preamble Power (dBm) representing the cells transmission power over the preamble of the frame Traffic power offset (dB) that will be subtracted from the power defined in Power (dBm) field to determine the transmission power of the traffic sub-carrier during the loaded part of the frame. Pilot power offset (dB) that will be subtracted from the power defined in Power (dBm) field to determine the transmission power of the pilot sub-carrier during the loaded part of the frame.

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Idle Pilot power offset (dB) that will be subtracted from the power defined in Power (dBm) field to determine the transmission power of the traffic sub-carrier during the empty part of the frame. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

12.11

WiMAX station templates


With A9155 V6.6, for WiMAX 802.16e networks, it will be possible to define a specific WiMAX station template with parameters grouped in three tabs: General where you can specify parameters like name of the station template, antenna specific parameters, smart antenna parameters, propagation settings. Transmitter parameters with transmission/reception specific

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WiMAX with cells related parameters. These parameters will be used for creating the related cell in Cells table. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

12.12

Neighbour allocation
With A9155 V6.6, for WiMAX 802.16e networks, it should be possible to define neighbours manually. A9155 will support the following neighbour types in a WIMAX network: Intra-technology neighbours: Intra-technology neighbours are cells defined as neighbours and both use WIMAX. Intratechnology neighbour cells perform handover using a different carrier. Inter-technology neighbours: Inter-technology neighbours are cells defined as neighbours that use a technology other than WIMAX A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.13

Modelling AAS supported


In A9155 V6.6, WiMAX projects, Adaptive Antenna Systems (AAS) or smart antennas will be modelled. For each transmitter, an adaptive antenna could be assigned. The smart antenna model available by default will be a Minimum Mean Square Error based (MMSE) smart antenna model. MMSE smart antenna model will be located in the Modules tab, in the Smart Antennas Models and will have as first parameters: Number of elements: - representing the number of antennas elements in adaptive antenna system; Single element pattern: - representing the antenna pattern of each antenna element A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.14

Modelling MIMO supported


In A9155 V6.6, WiMAX projects, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) will be supported. MIMO support will be defined at transmitter and terminal level. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.15

Smart Antenna Power Combination Gain


In A9155 V6.6 the effect of power combination in smart antennas will be fully modelled. The power combination gain depends on the number of antenna elements that the smart antenna equipment has. The cells output power will be combined over all antenna elements which will result in a gain in downlink. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.16

Modelling services
In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to model different types of services available in the network, voice or data type services. Services with different parameters could be defined: Service Type: - voice or data; Priority: - 0 the lowest priority QoS Classe: - UGS (Unsolicited Grant Service), rtPS (Realtime Polling Service), ErtPS ( Extended Real-time Polling

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Service), nrtPS (Non Real-time Polling Service), BE (BestEffort); Highest Bearer: - that the service can use in uplink and downlink. Max Throughput Demand: - the highest throughput value that the service can request in Uplink and Downlink Min Throughput Demand: - the minimum required throughput that the service should have in order to be available in Uplink and Downlink. Average Requested Throughput Application Throughput Body loss Impacted Modules A9155 core application, WIMAX module

12.17

Modelling terminals
For WiMAX projects, in A9155 V6.6, different user equipment will be modelled. For each users equipment it will be possible to define: Minimum and Maximum transmission power range: minimum and maximum transmission power supported by the terminal; Noise figure: noise figure of the terminal (used to calculate the downlink total noise); Losses: the terminal losses; Reception Equipment: used by the terminal. The Reception Equipment parameters will be used in DL calculations. Model: antenna model from the list of available antennas Antenna gain: terminal antenna gain if no antenna was selected under Model field. If an antenna model was selected in the Model field, then antenna gain field will be grayed and will show the gain of the selected antenna Antenna diversity support (AAS and MIMO antenna diversity techniques) Number of Transmission Antennas: used by the terminal in transmission for MIMO Number of Reception Antennas: used by the terminal in reception for MIMO A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.18

Modelling user profiles


Variations in users behaviour can be modelled by creating different profiles for different times of the day or for different circumstances.

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In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to set up user profiles describing the usage of different services with different user equipments by different types of users. Each user profile will be defined by a list of services which are in turn defined by the terminal used, the calls per hour and duration (in case of voice-type calls) or uplink and downlink volume (for data-type calls). A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.19

Traffic database
In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to create, import, export and work with multi-service traffic demand maps. A9155 will support five types of traffic maps for WiMAX projects: Traffic map per transmitter and per service based on live traffic data from the OMC Traffic vector maps based on user profiles Traffic raster maps based on environment Traffic raster maps based on users densities Cumulated traffic

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12.20

Modelling WiMAX Reception Equipment


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to define different WiMAx reception equipments. The WiMAX equipment properties like bearer selection thresholds and quality graphs will be used in calculations. Each equipment will have two sections: Bearer selection threshold graphs used for selecting the users bearer based on the C/N value and the mobility of the user Quality Graphs depict the behavior of different quality indicators under different radio conditions. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.21

Subscriber Database
In A9155 V6.6, WiMAX module will include a subscriber database to model fixed user distribution in a network. It will be possible to create a subscriber database or to import a subscriber database. Each subscriber could be displayed on the map according to different parameters and it will be possible to assign a serving cell manually or automatically for each subscriber.

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12.22

Automatic server allocation for subscribers


In A1955 V6.6, it will be possible to perform calculations on subscriber lists without having to carry out simulations first. Automatic server allocation option will be available for each subscriber list and will perform the following for all the users in a list: Serving best station Received signal level: - at the subscribers location in Downlink and at the serving transmitter in Uplink Interference: - Interference + Noise in Uplink and Downlink Channel throughputs: Peak RLC channel throughput (DL and UL) (kbps) and Effective RLC channel throughput (DL and UL) (kbps) Radio bearer Azimuth Mechanical downtilt Computations performed on subscriber will consider the effect of directional receiver antennas, uplink power control and subchannelization. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.23

WiMAX Monte Carlo simulations


In A9155 V6.6, it will be possible to carry out Monte Carlo simulations based on traffic demand data from traffic maps as well as from the subscribers database. The result of a Monte Carlo simulation will be a user distribution based on the user connection probabilities determined from the traffic data. The simulation algorithm will include an intelligent scheduler that performs the Radio Resource Management RRM for all the cells included in the simulations, based on the QoS classes and traffic demands. Each simulation will consider the effect of directional received antennas, uplink power control and sub-channelization and downlink segmentation. Simulation results will be divided in two categories: simulations results related to cells; simulations results related to mobiles;

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Simulation results can be committed and can be stored in cells table and will be used for C/(I+N), bearer and throughput coverage predictions. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.24

Simulation results display improvement


After making a simulation, in simulation results table, A9155 will calculate and aggregate the cell throughput in Cells tab. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.25

Backhaul Planning
In A9155 V6.6, WiMAX module, site database could be shared with MicroWave for backhaul planning. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.26

Uplink Power Control Margin


In A9155 V6.6 it will be possible to modify in the GUI the Uplink Power control margin used by the user terminals. A new panel will be added for the Power Control management in the Transmitters properties with Uplink Power Control Margin parameter. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.27

New coverage prediction studies available


In A9155 V6.6, for WiMAX projects different coverage prediction studies will be added: Coverage by transmitter (Best server plot) Coverage by signal level Coverage by overlapping zones Coverage by C/(I+N) level (DL and UL) will calculate the best server for each pixel, co-channel and adjacent channel interference and finally C/(I+N). Coverage by radio bearers (DL and UL) will calculate and display the best WiMAX radio bearer, based on C/(I+N) for each pixel. Coverage by channel throughput (DL and UL) will calculate and display channel throughputs based on C/(I+N) and bearer computation for each pixel. Different throughputs could be displayed: Peak RLC throughput, Effective RLC throughput or Application Throughput A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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12.28

Coverage predictions improvements


In A9155 V6.6, coverage predictions will be improved in the way that: Different user equipments could be used to perform coverage predictions. Coverage predictions could be created for a given cell, for a group of cells or for entire network. Coverage predictions will take into account the impact of directional antenna at the receiver, as for predictions the type of Mobile Equipment can be specified. A9155 core application, WIMAX module

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List of Abbreviations
A9155 AAS ACCO AFP AlcAFP AMC Alcatel-Lucents Radio Network Planning tool for GSM&UMTS&Microwave&WiMAX Adaptive Antenna Systems A9155 Coverage and Capacity Optimisation module Automatic Frequency Planning Alcatels Automatic Frequency Planning module Adaptive Modulation and Coding

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AMS Adaptive MIMO Switching API Application Programming Interface BCMCS Broadcast / Multicast Services BE Best Effort BER Bit Error Rate BLER Block Error Rate BPSK Binary Phase Shift Keying BR Business Region BSIC Base Station Identity Code BSS Base Station System CAE Customer Application Engineering C/I Carrier to Interferer ratio CDMA Carrier Division Multiplex Access CQI Channel Quality Indicator CP XML Cell Planning XML Data CS Coding Scheme CW Continuous Waves DIAMS Documentation Intranet Appl. for Manag. & Searching DPCH Dedicated Physical CHannel DPCCH Dedicated Physical Common CHannel DPDCH Dedicated Physical Data CHannel DR Decision Review DRC Data Rate Control DRF Data Request Form E-AGCH Enhanced Absolute Grant CHannel EDDL External Document Distribution List E-DCH Enhanced Dedicated Channel E-DPCCH Enhanced Dedicated Physical Common CHannel E-DPDCH Enhanced Dedicated Physical Data CHannel EDGE Enhanced Data-rates for GSM or Global Evolution E-RGCH Enhanced Relative Grant CHannel E-HICH Enhanced H-ARQ Acknowledgement Indicator Channel ErtPS Extended real time Polling Service FDD Frequency Division Duplex FER Frame Erasure Rate FUSC Fully Used SubChannelisation GSM Global System for Mobile communication GPRS General Packet Radio Service GUI Graphical User Interface H-ARQ Hybrid Automatic Repeat ReQuest HSDPA High Speed Downlink Packet Access HSN Hoping Sequence Number HSUPA High Speed Upnlink Packet Access

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HS-PDSCH High Speed Physical Downlink Shared CHannel HS-SCCH High Speed Shared Control CHannel I+N Interference and Noise IDDL Internal Document Distribution List IRT Intelligent Ray Tracing Model ISC International Service Center ISI Inter Symbol Interference LAC Location Area Code MAC Medium Access Control MCS Modulation and Coding Schemes MIMO Multiple Input Multiple Output MMSE Minimum Mean Square Error NPL Network PLanning OMC-R Operation & Maintenance Center - Radio OVSF Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor P-CCPCH Physical Common Control Pilot CHannel PCS Professional Customer Services PLC Product Life Cycle PRC Provisioning Radio Configuration PIMS Product Information Management System PUSC Partially Used SubChannelisation QAM Quadrature and Amplitude Modulation QPSK Quadrature Phase Shift Keying QoS Quality of Service RLC Radio Link Control RMS Radio Measurement System RRI Reverse Rate Indicator RTG Receive Time Guard rtPS Real Time Polling Service SDR Starting Decision Review SM Spatial Multiplexing STTD Space Time Transmit Diversity SUI Stanford University Interim Terrain Model TCH Traffic Channel TCP Transmission Control Protocol TDD Time Division Duplex TD-SCDMA Time Division- Synchronous CDMA TRX Transceiver TTG Transmit Time Guard TUSC Tile Usage of SubChannels UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunication System UTRAN UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network UDP Urban Dominant Path Model UGS Unsolicited Grant Service

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WiMAX WPS

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Wireless Provisioning System

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