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Indoor Radio Planning: A Practical Guide for GSM, DCS, UMTS and HSPA

Indoor Radio Planning: A Practical Guide for GSM, DCS, UMTS and HSPA

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Indoor Radio Planning: A Practical Guide for GSM, DCS, UMTS and HSPA" report to their offering.

Mobile wireless applications are a good way to increase productivity, improve customer service and streamline business processes. 3G mobile applications, however, bring a unique challenge: ensuring adequate in-building coverage.

Indoor Radio Planning provides an overview of mobile networks systems and coverage solutions for cellular networks in buildings. The background of GSM, UMTS and HSPA cellular systems technology are presented and form the backdrop of the main discussion as to why indoor coverage is needed and how it is best implemented. Basic passive distributed antenna systems (DAS) through to advanced fiber optic systems are discussed in detail, giving the reader a good understanding of all the available solutions. In addition, there is a section covering multi-operator systems, as this is becoming a more and more utilized approach. Other sections cover aspects such as how to upgrade passive DAS from 2G to 3G, noise analysis, link budgets, traffic calculations and software tools that can be used to provide help with creating in-building designs. These topics are examined at length from the basic considerations to advanced indoor radio planning.

One of the first texts dedicated solely to indoor radio planning, it will be of essential reading to engineering and planning personnel working for mobile operators, with the book being written with radio planners in mind throughout. Indoor Radio Planning will also be of interest to companies who service and manufacture equipment for operators such as suppliers of indoor coverage systems and vendors of base stations for mobile coverage.

- A unique, single-source reference for both the theoretical and practical knowledge behind indoor radio planning

- Written by a leading practitioner in the field with more than 15 years of experience

- Based on real life examples and implemented systems and results

- Analyzes co-existence of mobile services and inter modulation analysis

- Outlines the key parameters and metrics for designing DAS for GSM, DCS, UMTS and HSPA

Key Topics Covered:

Foreword by Prof. Simon Saunders



1. Introduction

2. Overview of Cellular Systems

2.1 Introduction to GSM

2.2 Introduction to UMTS

2.3 Introduction to HSPA

3. Indoor radio planning

3.1 Indoor coverage from macro layer

3.2 The indoor UMTS/HSPA challenge

3.3 Common UMTS rollout mistakes

3.4 The basics of indoor RF-planning

4. Distributed Antenna Systems, DAS

4.1 Passive components

4.2 The Passive DAS

4.3 Active DAS

4.4 Hybrid Active DAS solutions

4.5 Other hybrid DAS solutions

4.6 Radiating cable solutions

4.7 Tunnel solution, Cascaded BDA’s

4.8 Tunnel solution, T-Systems

4.9 Handover design in tunnels

4.10 Designing with Pico and Femto cells

4.11 Active DAS data

4.12 Electro Magnetic Radiation, EMR

5. Designing indoor DAS solutions

5.1 Designing indoor DAS solutions

5.2 The RF design process

5.3 Designing the optimum Indoor solution

5.4 Indoor design strategy

5.5 Handover considerations inside buildings

5.6 Elevator coverage

5.7 Multi operator systems

5.8 Co-existence issues GSM/UMTS

5.9 Co-existence issues UMTS/UMTS

5.10 Multi operator requirements

6. Traffic dimensioning

6.1 Erlang, the traffic measurement

7. Noise

7.1 Noise Fundamentals

7.2 Cascaded Noise

7.3 Noise power

7.4 Noise power from parallel systems

7.5 Noise control

7.6 Updating a passive DAS from 2G to 3G

8. The Link Budget

8.1 The components and calculations of the RF link

9. Tools for indoor radio planning

9.1 Diagram tools

9.2 Radio survey tools

9.3 The simple tools and tips

9.4 Tools for link budget calculations

9.5 Tools for indoor predictions

9.6 The advanced toolkit (RF-vu from

10. Optimizing the Radio Resource Management parameters on the Node-B

When interfacing to an Active DAS, BDA, LNA or TMA.

10.1 Impact of DL Power offset

10.2 Impact of noise power

10.3 Delay of the Active DAS

10.4 Impact of external noise power


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