IEICE Transactions on Communications
Online ISSN : 1745-1345
Print ISSN : 0916-8516
Special Section on EU's FP7 ICT R&D Project Activities on Future Broadband Access Technologies
Automatic Clutter-Loss Optimization: A Case Study in LTE Networks
Lucas BENEDICICTomaz JAVORNIK
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2014 Volume E97.B Issue 8 Pages 1547-1555

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When deploying a new mobile technology such as LTE, it is crucial to identify the factors that affect the radio network in terms of capacity and quality of service. In this context, network coverage is arguably the single most influential factor. This work presents a metaheuristic-optimization approach to automatically adapt the signal losses due to clutter, based on a set of field measurements. The optimization procedure is performed regionally, enabling the calculation of accurate radio-propagation predictions. The evaluation of the proposed approach is carried out on three different regions in Slovenia, where Telekom Slovenije, d.d., provides LTE coverage. The results show radio-propagation predictions of improved quality and the benefits of the presented approach over manual methods, both in terms of problem size and solution accuracy.

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