An integrated deterministic urban/rural propagation model

AR Nix, MA Beach, EK Tameh

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Cochannel interference is one of the major causes of signal quality degradation in a radio link, and the challenge to the cellular network planner is to deploy the network in a manner that maximises the carrier to interference ratio (C/I) for each cell. To this end, most network planners make use of computer propagation prediction models, which predict signal strength in the radio environment. This paper describes an integrated 3D model, which combines the key features from previous urban and rural models. The model considers full 3D off-axis scattered paths from building walls and terrain pixels. It further considers terrain and rooftop diffraction and combinations of off-axis diffracted and scattered paths. Predictions from the model are compared with narrowband measurements made in urban and rural environments. The importance of buildings and foliage is investigated, as is the accuracy improvement of the 3D analysis compared to the simpler 2D vertical plane approach
Translated title of the contributionAn Integrated Deterministic Urban/Rural Propagation Model
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEE Colloquim, Savoy Place, London
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Pages5/1 - 5/7
Volume219, 5/1 - 5/7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998
EventColloquium on Antennas and Propagation for Future Mobile Communications - Savoy Place, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Feb 1998 → …


ConferenceColloquium on Antennas and Propagation for Future Mobile Communications
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CitySavoy Place, London
Period1/02/98 → …

Bibliographical note

Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: Much of the work described in this paper was carried out under the Virtual University Research Initiative (VURI) and funded by British Telecommunication Research Laboratories at Martlesham, UK. Some of the recent model developments have been funded by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Malvern, UK. The authors are also grateful to Prof. J.P. McGeehan, Dr Mark Beach and Dr George Athanasiadou of the Centre for Communications Research, University of Bristol, as well as other members of the Centre, for their help and suggestions regarding this work

Other identifier: IEE Ref. 1998/219


  • cellular radio
  • cochannel interference
  • radiowave propagation
  • land mobile radio


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