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Planning effective cellular mobile radio networks

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Hurley, S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Wales, Cardiff, UK

This paper deals with the automatic selection and configuration of base station sites for mobile cellular networks. An optimization framework based on simulated annealing is used for site selection and for base-station configuration. Realistic path-loss estimates incorporating terrain data are used. The configuration of each base station involves selecting antenna type, power control, azimuth, and tilt. Results are presented for several design scenarios with between 250 and 750 candidate sites and show that the optimization framework can generate network designs with desired characteristics such as high area coverage and high traffic capacity. The work shows that cellular network design problems are tractable for realistic problem instances

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Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 2 )