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Adaptive cell sizing in cellular networks

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCapacity and Range Enhancement in Techniques for the 3rd Generation Mobile Communications and Beyond
Publisher or commissioning bodyInstitution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
Pages4/1 - 4/5
StatePublished - Feb 2000


ConferenceColloquium on Capacity and Range Enhancement Techniques for the Third Generation Mobile Communications and Beyond
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period1/02/00 → …


This paper investigates the potential capacity improvements made possible through the use of dynamic cell sizing in a cellular network. The purpose of dynamic cell sizing is to reduce cell radii and thus enable in-cell users to increase their transmit powers. The use of higher transmit powers suppresses intercell interference and leads to an overall increase in capacity. This paper discusses the degree of capacity enhancement that can be achieved in this manner. The analysis indicates that the capacity of a single cell can be increased by as much as 38%. However, under uniform traffic conditions, this results in a ratio of supported-to-offered traffic of just 0.2, which is clearly unsatisfactory. Dynamic cell sizing performs significantly better in hot-spot conditions, where the in-cell traffic follows a normal distribution with the highest density close to a central basestation. The ratio of supported-to-offered traffic under these conditions was found to rise to a more acceptable 0.7-0.8 depending on the traffic standard deviation

Additional information

Other: Ref: 2000/003 Rose publication type: Conference contribution Other identifier: IEE Ref. No. 2000/003

Research areas

  • cellular radio, capacity improvements, intercell interference suppression, CDMA network


Colloquium on Capacity and Range Enhancement Techniques for the Third Generation Mobile Communications and Beyond

Duration1 Feb 2000 → …
CountryUnited Kingdom

Event: Conference

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