Use of Scanning Receivers for RF Coverage Analysis and Propagation Model Optimization in GSM Networks

Conference: European Wireless 2008 - 14th European Wireless Conference
06/22/2008 - 06/25/2008 at Prague, Czech Republic

Proceedings: European Wireless 2008

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Mijatovic, Nenad; Kostanic, Ivica (Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA)
Evans, Greg (at&t wireless, Orlando, FL, USA)

Propagation model tuning is a fundamental part of everyday GSM cellular engineering practice. The model tuning is usually accomplished through elaborate and costly tests based on CW measurements. This paper evaluates alternatives to CW testing where measurements are collected using GSM scanners and GSM high dynamic range receivers. The results of the analysis reveal that GSM receivers provide a viable alternative for CW tests in many practical situations. On the other hand, use of GSM scanners is affected by the co-channel and adjacent channel interference and therefore it is limited to cases of relatively low frequency reuse.