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Cell-ID Positioning in WiMAX Networks Analysis of the Clearwire Network in Belgium

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Executive Summary

Base station identification, or Cell IDentification (Cell-ID) is the first method used by operators to provide Location-Based Services (LBS). The advantage of using this method is the simplicity and the low cost implementation and processing. However, this method suffers from the low accuracy as the user will use the best (the strongest) signal available which considered to be generated by the closest BS. Due to the propagation environment and multipath components, this assumption is not always true. The transmitted signal could reach far places and the cells could become very big especially in open areas. This paper, studies Cell-ID localization in WiMAX networks in Belgium by studying the already deployed pre-WiMAX network in Brussels capitol city, Aalst and Gent regions.

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