GSM Cellular Design

3 Day Course
Code PWS015

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course has been designed to provide RF planners and engineers with the skills necessary to plan and design a GSM cellular network. The course includes topics on propagation of radio waves, network design, frequency optimisation, mapping techniques and traffic modelling. It is ideally suited to network planners wanting to gain a good grounding in the principles of cellular network planning.


At the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of radio propagation
  • Understand the theories of microwave link planning
  • Understand the planning tools that can be used
  • Understand the principles of network design
  • Understand the basics of traffic modelling


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Introduction (4 topics)

  • Overview of radio spectrum and GSM architecture
  • Overview of radio propagation models
  • Overview of network design structures
  • Inconsistencies with models

Basics of Network Design (3 topics)

  • Frequency allocation
  • Frequency re-use and hopping
  • Hierarchical network design

Radio Propagation Principles (8 topics)

  • Path prediction loss
  • Fading
  • Diffraction modelling
  • Diversity systems
  • Orthogonal polarisation
  • Carrier frequency separation
  • Location
  • Transmit

Frequency Optimisation (6 topics)

  • Cells design and structure
  • Re-use patterns
  • MRP (Multiple Re-use Pattern)
  • Super re-use
  • Fractional re-use
  • Hybrid MRP

Traffic Theory (4 topics)

  • Modelling of traffic systems
  • The Erlang B and C formulation
  • Multi-dimension planning
  • Data over GSM - traffic modelling

Engineering at the Base Station (3 topics)

  • RF Distribution
  • Antenna arrays and adaptive antennas
  • The air interface

Planning Tools (2 topics)

  • What tools are available
  • What they do and how they perform


Delegates need to be proficient in GSM architecture and systems and as such be experienced planners or engineers. However if new to this area, then attendance on a GSM Overview course would suffice.

Scheduled Dates

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Virtual Classroom (London)
3 Days $2,900

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