Have you ever wondered how radio coverage and capacity engineering is done? Although a complex process and scientific work, it can be divided into steps.
The discovery phase – A detailed needs analysis from the various planned users and other stake holders. Once a good needs analysis is done (MBPS/Latency/Remote Antenna Height/Remote Device types, User devices, Mobility, Density, Survey) you can move on to the next phase.
The analysis – The requirements are mapped in a way the engineering team can interpret, prioritize and load in the planning tool.
The magic sauce – Not every engineer is equal, it takes years of experience to be good at this mix of science and “black art”. In addition, not every tool is equal. You must spend big money to have the high-level RF planning engineering on staff, acquire the right tools, the right GIS Database as well as morphology and clutter. Then you also must load the radio equipment parameters. It is quite a bit of work, but it all translates to perdition accuracy. The right people, tools and experience can reduce the number of towers needed and still meet the needs detailed in the initial discovery phase.
Post analysis report and recommendations – This is where all the workcomes together and a proper report is assembled with recommendations (prescription) as to where to put the towers, how high they need to be, the height at each site needed, the tilt and azimuth for each radio, so anequipment list can be put together as well as a mechanical installation instructions table for each individual site.
A good plan – Provides an accurate prediction of performance for each site as well as all the details needed for the installation to know exactly how to install each individual site.
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