Radio Network Dimensioning and Planning for WiMAX Networks
This paper is a high-level introduction to the complexities involved in dimensioning and planning of Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) networks, with specific emphasis on key WiMAX features and planning techniques that need to be considered for optimal network coverage, capacity, and service requirements. The paper introduces Fujitsu's in-house developed WiMAX Network Dimensioning Tool, which contains innovative algorithms for interference margin calculation and capacity analysis. In theory, WiMAX technology allows a huge number of optional and mandatory features and promises larger coverage and higher data throughput in comparison to the existing 2G/3G technologies. This paper explains briefly the challenges involved in network planning due to such features, with a further description on the step-by-step approach to network dimensioning and planning.