Automatic Clutter-Loss Optimization: A Case Study in LTE Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.8   pp.1547-1555
Publication Date: 2014/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.1547
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on EU's FP7 ICT R&D Project Activities on Future Broadband Access Technologies in Conjunction with Main Topics of 2013 IEICE ICT Forum)
LTE,  coverage planning,  automatic optimization,  clutter losses,  

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When deploying a new mobile technology such as LTE, it is crucial to identify the factors that affect the radio network in terms of capacity and quality of service. In this context, network coverage is arguably the single most influential factor. This work presents a metaheuristic-optimization approach to automatically adapt the signal losses due to clutter, based on a set of field measurements. The optimization procedure is performed regionally, enabling the calculation of accurate radio-propagation predictions. The evaluation of the proposed approach is carried out on three different regions in Slovenia, where Telekom Slovenije, d.d., provides LTE coverage. The results show radio-propagation predictions of improved quality and the benefits of the presented approach over manual methods, both in terms of problem size and solution accuracy.