Courses Details
Course Overview
Planning WCDMA based networks require enhanced skill sets and techniques compared to those required for GSM networks.  Planners need to have a thorough knowledge of the WCDMA air interface, cell loading, interference scenarios, cell breathing, effect of soft handoff, link budgeting on uplink and downlink, prediction models for macro, micro and pico cells.  The UMTS RF design course offers participants a rigorous technical know-how of the above aspects as well as BSS planning, scrambling code planning, channel element dimensioning, co-siting considerations, as well as a green field network dimensioning, which includes both coverage, capacity planning and channel element dimensioning. This course offers participants a demonstration of WCDMA planning aspects with the help of a UMTS planning tool.
Course Schedule
Target Audience
Technical personnel responsible for UMTS network implementation, frequency design, cell planning, and troubleshooting
Course Prerequisites
Knowledge of UMTS and RF design experience assumed for any 2G technology.
Expected Accomplishments
Consider all the UMTS parameters in the UMTS uplink and downlink link budgets
Differentiate between GSM and UMTS link budgets
Explain the UMTS downlink link budget dilemma
Explain how range of cell is impacted by cell loading
Appreciate the need for simulations to predict UMTS network coverage and capacity
Choose appropriate prediction models for UMTS macro, micro and micro cells.
Calculate the number of sites required for certain grades of services in UMTS network
Understand the methodology of UMTS scrambling code planning
Describe the impact of handover and handover thresholds on WCDMA system performance
Dimension iteratively a WCDMA RAN
Course Outline
WCDMA Air Interface 
oUMTS RAN Architecture
oUE Protocol Layers
oChannel Concepts
oOVSF and Scrambling Codes

UMTS Uplink Budget
oRx Sensitivity 
oEb/No Dependency
oLog Normal Fading
oSoft Handover Gain
oNoise Rise
oUplink Load Factor 
oMpole Capacity

UMTS Downlink Budget
oDownlink Link Budget Dilemma
oDownlink Parameters
oIntercell interference
oCell Loading
oLink Budget Analysis
oImpact of Antenna Down tilt,
oSectorization and MHA on coverage and capacity

R99, HSDPA, HSUPA Power Budgets (Case Study)Objectives
oPower per connection
oR99 Link Budget
oSINR and Throughput simulation 
oHS-PDSCH link budget
oE-DCH link budget

Prediction Models
oEmperical Models
-Okumura Hata
-Hata-Cost 231
-Walfish Ikegami
-SPM Model
-Keenan Motley
-Land Coverge Factors (RACE)

WCDMA Base Station Planning
oSite Selection
oSite Survey
oAntenna Selection
oAntenna Height Selection
oPilot Pollution
o2G/3G Cositing

Scrambling Code Planning
oAcquisition of SC by UE
oSC identification
oPlanning Assumptions
oCase Study