Cellular Network Planning process usually consists of three phases
- Pre-Planning or Dimensioning
- Detailed Planning
- Post Planning or Optimization
In normal terminology these phases are termed as Pre-Launch and Post Launch as well.
Even though in the diagram above, it shows cell planning is divided into 3 main phases. In reality it's not the case. Cell Planning involves a lot more than these 3 phases. It depends upon you how you would like to classify each of the phase into fine details as well.
For example, the above 3 steps planning process can be divided into 5 step process as well with more individual details as shown below.
The goal of the whole Cell Planning process is to provide one or more of the following outputs:
- Optimal number of base stations
- Best locations to install base stations
- Types of base stations optimal for each location
- Configuration of parameters such as antenna height, number of sectors, sector orientation, tilt , power etc.
- Frequency reuse pattern
- Capacity dimensioning For example number of carriers or carrier components per sector
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