Planning of Small Cells in Unlicensed Band for Addis Ababa Deployment Scenario

Edward Mutafungwa, Jyri Hämäläinen, Hamit Yuce, Beneyam Berehanu Haile, Biruk Tegicho, Bekele Zerihun

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To address the increasing capacity demand due to innovative data services, densification of mobile networks has been considered as one key systematic solution while expanding applied spectrum band through aggregation including usage of the unlicensed bands. As a result, 3rd generation partnership project has already developed technologies that enable usage of small cells in unlicensed bands (SC-U) such as the underutilized 5GHz band. Such technologies exploiting unlicensed band are also expected to play significant role in fifth generation ultra-dense networks. Successful usage of SC-U requires planning of SC-U network considering resulted more tightly coupled capacity, coverage, cost, energy and other requirements, which is difficult to attain applying conventional network planning approach. In this paper, we present multiobjective optimization (MO) based planning work for efficient deployment of SC-U in 5GHz for an Addis Ababa Meskel-Square deployment scenario. Propagation computation is performed using deterministic dominant pathloss model using building and terrain maps of the deployment scenario. Results show that MO planning solution provides network topologies with optimal compromises among network capacity, cell edge throughput and network cost while avoiding the tedious iterative approach of conventional planning approach. Resulted topologies provide significant performance gains relative to small cell random deployments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventWireless World Research Forum Meeting - Durban, South Africa
Duration: 31 May 20181 Jun 2018
Conference number: 40


ConferenceWireless World Research Forum Meeting
Abbreviated titleWWRF
Country/TerritorySouth Africa


  • Small cells
  • Unlicensed band
  • 5G Ultra-dense
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • LTE-U
  • Network Planning


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