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  • A Glimps at Cellular Mobile Radio Communications

    Dr. Erhan A. nce


  • CELLULAR Cellular refers to communications systems that divide a geographic region into sections, called cells. The purpose of this division is to make the most use out of a limited number of transmission frequencies.

  • Each connection, or conversation, requires its own dedicated frequency, and the total number of available frequencies is about 1,000 [Advance Mobile Phone Service (AMPS)]. To support more than 1,000 simultaneous conversations, cellular systems allocate a set number of frequencies for each cell. Two cells can use the same frequency for different conversations so long as the cells are not adjacent to each other.


    Cellular phones allow a person to make or receive a call from

    almost anywhere. Likewise, a person is allowed to continue

    the phone conversation while on the move. Hence MOBILE.

    Cellular communications is supported by an infrastructure

    called a cellular network, which integrates cellular phones into the public switched telephone network.

  • Large Coverage Area using:

    Single High Power Transmitter

    Antenna Mounted on a tall Tower

    Good Coverage

    Difficult to reuse the same frequencies throughout the system

    due to significant interference (No spectrum sharing a lot of

    bandwidth is dedicated to a single call)

    Early Mobile Radio

  • The Cellular Concept developed by Bell Labs 1960s-70s

    areas divided into cells

    Each cell is served by a base station with lower power


    Each cell gets portion of total number of channels

    Neighboring cells assigned different groups of channels, to

    minimize interference

    The available channels can be reused as many times as

    necessary as long as the interference between co-channel

    stations is kept below acceptable levels

    Cells using the same channels should be spaced enough to

    reduce co-channel interference

  • First-generation: Analog cellular systems (450-900 MHz) Frequency shift keying for signaling FDMA for spectrum sharing NMT (Europe), AMPS (US)

    NMT: Nordic Mobile Telephone, AMPS: Advanced Mobile Phone System Second-generation: Digital cellular systems (900, 1800 MHz)

    TDMA/CDMA for spectrum sharing Circuit switching GSM (Europe), IS-136 (US), PDC (Japan)

    GSM: Global System for Mobile Communications PDC: Personal Digital Cellular 2.5G: Packet switching extensions

    Digital: GSM to GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Analog: AMPS to CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data )

    3G: High speed, data and Internet services IMT-2000 (International Mobile Telecommunications for the year 2000 )

  • In a cellular system the hand-sets carried by the users are called Mobile Stations (MS). The Mobile Stations communicate to the Base Stations (BS) through a pair of frequency channels, one for up-link and another for down-link. All the base stations of a Cellular systems are controlled by a central switching station called Mobile Switching Center (MSC) or Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO). The MSC is responsible for all kinds of network management functions such as channel allocations, Handoffs, billing, power control etc. The MSC is also connected to the Public Subscriber Telephone Network (PSTN) or Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) so as to allow the MS to talk to a Land Line telephone or vice versa.

  • CAPACITY IN a CELLULAR SYSTEM Capacity in a cell is basicly the number of users the operator can give service to. Capacity is a concern in any wireless communications system. High demand for cellular service, especially in large urban markets, has created a need to serve a greater number of users in a limited amount of frequency space. Cellular system operators are looking for new ways to fit more users into their increasingly crowded network


  • In hexagonal geometry, there are six neighbors of each cell and the line joining the centers of any cell and each of its neighbors are separated by 60 degrees. This restricts the number of usable cluster sizes and their layouts. In order to tessellate-to connect cells without gap-the number of cells per cluster, N, can only have values, which satisfy the following equation:

    where i and j are non-negative integers. N=1,3,4,7,9,12,13,16,19,21


  • Cluster Size vs Capacity We know that Cell capacity and Reuse are interlinked N C N: Cluster size C: Capacity Improving Capacity & Coverage in Cellular Systems Power Control to reduce interference Cell Splitting Sectoring Microcell Zone Concept Repeaters for Range Extension

  • For hexagonal cells

    Reuse dstance D = 3 R Reuse factor is q = D/R = If cellular system has S duplex channels Each cell is allocated k channels And there are N cells S = k .N If a cluster of N cells is replicated M times in the system Total # of duplex channels = C = M.k.N = M.S If cluster size N while the cell size remains fixed , more clusters are needed to cover the area of interest. M C Much higher CCI since reuse distance goes down.

  • To find the nearest co-channel neighbors of a particular cell, one must do the following: 1. Move i cells along any chain of hexagons. 2. Turn 60 degrees counter-clockwise and move j cells. Figure below illustrates this process with i = 3, j = 2, and N = 19.

  • Power Control to Reduce Interference

    In practical systems, power level of every subscriber is under constant control by the serving BS Power control not only reduces interference levels but also prolongs battery life In CDMA spread spectrum systems, power control is a key feature to ensure maximal utilization of system capacity Reduced Interference leads to high capacity

  • Improving Capacity As demand for service increases, system designers have to provide more channel per unit coverage area Common Techniques are: Cell Splitting, Sectoring and Microcell Zoning Cell Splitting increases the number of BS deployed and allows an orderly growth of the cellular system Sectoring uses directional antennas and frequency reuse to further control interference Micro cell Zoning distributes the coverage of cell and extends the cell boundary to hard-to-reach areas i.e. basement of buildings, tunnels, valleys etc

  • Cell Splitting Cell splitting is the process of subdividing a congested cell into smaller cells with their own BS a corresponding reduction in antenna height a corresponding reduction in transmit power Splitting the cell reduces the cell size and thus more number of cells have to be used For the new cells to be smaller in size the transmit power of these cells must be reduced. More number of cells more number of clusters more channels high capacity

  • Cell Splitting

    Cells are split to add channels with no new spectrum usage

  • Picocells : 50mW to 1W

  • Cell Splitting-Power Issues Suppose the cell radius (R) of cells is reduced by half then what is the required transmit power for these new cells? Pr[at old cell boundary]=Pt1R


    Pr[at new cell boundary]= Pt2(R/2)-n

    where Pt1and Pt2are the transmit powers of the larger and smaller cell base stations respectively, and n is the path loss exponent. So, Pt2= Pt1/2


  • n: path loss exponent For n =3 PT2 = PT1/2

    3 = PT1/8 9dB lower transmit power Interference will be mitigated (lowered)

  • Cell Splitting Suppose a congested service area is originally covered by 5 cells

    where each cell has 80 channels. If cell splitting is used how much more capacity do we get ? Capacity_orig = 5 x 80 = 400 After cell splitting Rnew = R/2 We now have 24 new cells Capacity_new = 24 x 80 = 19200 For n=4,Transmit Power of New BS is 12 dB lower than original No change in frequency use! Cost is that more base stations and more handoffs .

  • Illustration of handoff scenario at cell boundary

  • In practice not all the cells are split at the same time. This means that different size cells will exist simultaneously. In such situations, special care needs to be taken to keep the distance between co-channel cells at the required minimum, and hence channel assignments become more complicated.

  • Cell Splitting

    When there are two cell sizes in the same region, one cannot use original transmit power for all new cells or the new transmit power for all original cells Larger transmit power for all->some channels used by smaller cells would not be sufficiently separated from co-channel cells Smaller transmit power for all->some parts of larger cells left un-served Channels in the old cell must be broken down into two channel groups, one for smaller cell and other for larger cell The larger cell is usually dedicated to high speed traffic so that handoffs occur less frequently

  • Practical Handoff Considerations

  • Two channel group sizes depend on the stage of splitting process At the beginning of splitting process, there will be fewer channels in small power groups With increasing demand,smaller groups will require more groups Splitting continues until all channels in area are used in lower power group Entire system by that time is rescaled to have smaller radius per cell Antenna down tilting is used to focus energy from BS toward ground, to limit radio coverage of newly formed microcells

  • Sectoring As opposed to cell splitting, where D/R is kept con


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