40355 «WCDMA/HSPA Planning & Dimensioning»

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WCDMA/HSPA operators worldwide quit often face the challenge of planning and dimensioning their networks based on capacity, coverage or service considerations. WCDMA/HSPA networks provide different services to different customer requirements, posing different capacity requirements on the air interface (link budgets, maximum cell capacity, codes and bandwidth), on the transport network (ATM or IP bandwidth) and on the core network (MSC servers & MGWs). An efficient initial planning prediction, correct after turn key implementation and design requirements are both the secrets for a successful network deployment and operability.

In this course the audience will review quickly the UMTS network (both WCDMA/HSPA and core part), will be introduced to the major capacity, coverage, cell planning and dimensioning principles. Moreover to that the audience will have the chance to overview the WCDMA performance statistics (counters description, KPI’s), the performance recording and performance event handling.

Case studies, exercises and real network projects will be presented


Learning objectives

On completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Introduction to WCDMA Principles and CN (Core Networks) Architectures
  • Introduction to HSPA principles
  • Introduction to radio network dimensioning principles - Capacity planning requirements & Coverage planning requirements
  • Service Approach – Dimensioning considerations
  • Capacity Dimensioning

    -  CS dimensioning principles

    -  PS dimensioning principles

    -  Ec/No considerations – Maximum Cell Load considerations

    -  Power control principles

    -  Uplink and Downlink Dimensioning

  • Coverage Dimensioning

    -  Transmission models

    -  Transmission Losses

    -  Link Budget Margins and Antennae Gains

    -  Uplink Link Budget Dimensioning

  • WCDMA planning Principles

    -  WCDMA cell planning respecting the bandwidth

    -  WCDMA Code planning

    -  WCDMA power planning (setting the thresholds)

    -  Handover planning (setting appropriately the event triggering              thresholds

  •  Statistics & KPI’s

    -  Counters

    -  Accessibility KPI definitions

    -  Retainability KPI definitions

    -  Service Integrity KPI definition

    -  RNC-UE measurements (BLER, Power)

    -  Performance Event Handling

Target audience

Technicians, Radio Planners, engineers working with different subjects  (Service Planning, Design, Network Design, Network Deployment, Service Deployment, System)



The participants should be familiar with general telecom technologies.

Course WCDMA-UMTS basics is prerequisite


Duration and class size

The recommended length of the course is 5 days depending on the participants’ background. The maximum number of participants is 16.


Learning situation

This course is based on theoretical instructor-led lessons given in a classroom environment.