UMTS Network Design & Planning

3 Day Course
Code PWS035

This course has been retired. For the latest in wireless technology training, please see our 5G courses.


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Introduction (4 topics)

  • What is 3G?
  • How has it evolved?
  • How radio spectrum is allocated
  • Spectrum requirements for 3G?

Basics of Network Design (3 topics)

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

Radio Propagation Principles (7 topics)

  • 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

UMTS Network Design (3 topics)

  • Spectrum requirements of UMTS
  • Coverage modelling
  • Multiplexing requirements

Considerations (4 topics)

  • Backwards compatibility
  • Ground up build
  • RF planning
  • Re-use and frequency allocation

Planning Tools (3 topics)

  • What are available
  • How they work
  • Which are best


Delegates should ideally have network planning experience with GSM networks to fully appreciate the course. If delegates do not have relevant experience then attendance on a GSM Cellular Design course would be suggested prior to attending this course.

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