Optimal Cell Size in Multi-Hop Cellular Networks

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Executive Summary

3G-based Multi-hop Cellular Networks (MCNs) inherit a special characteristic of 3G systems, namely the relationship between a cell's coverage and its capacity. At the planning stage, a cell may be statically set to have small coverage with high capacity, a large coverage with small capacity, or some other fixed settings in between. Such static settings, however, do not adapt to the projected dynamic nature of users in 3G - especially in an MCN environment. In this paper, the authors propose the Optimal Cell Size (OCS) scheme for a 3G TDD W-CDMA MCN multi-cell environment. Given the cell capacity function, users' distribution and demands, OCS yields optimal cell sizes that maximize the system throughput through balancing coverage and capacity.

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