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A Novel Way to Automatically Plan Cellular Networks Supported by Linear Programming and Cloud Computing

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ISCTE-IUL—Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Av. das Forças Armadas 376, 1600-077 Lisbon, Portugal
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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Av. das Forças Armadas 376, 1600-077 Lisbon, Portugal
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Multivision—Consultoria, Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Lote Nº1, 3ºC, 1600-196 Lisbon, Portugal
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INESC-ID/COPELABS-Universidade Lusófona, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(9), 3072; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10093072
Received: 18 March 2020 / Revised: 19 April 2020 / Accepted: 22 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering)
With the increasing number of mobile subscribers worldwide, there is a need for fast and reliable algorithms for planning/optimization of mobile networks, especially because, in order to maintain a network’s quality of service, an operator might need to deploy more equipment. This paper presents a quick and reliable way to automatically plan a set of frequencies in a cellular network, using both cloud technologies and linear programming. We evaluate our pattern in a realistic scenario of a Global System for Mobile communications protocol (GSM) network and compare the results to another already implemented commercial tool. Results show that even though network quality was similar, our algorithm was twelve times faster and used four times less memory. It was also able to frequency plan seventy cells simultaneously in less than three minutes. This mechanism was successfully integrated in the professional tool Metric, and is currently being used for cellular planning. Its extension for application to 3/4/5G networks is under study. View Full-Text
Keywords: cellular-planning; cloud-services; implementation; integer linear-programming; monitoring; optimization cellular-planning; cloud-services; implementation; integer linear-programming; monitoring; optimization
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Godinho, A.; Fernandes, D.; Soares, G.; Pina, P.; Sebastião, P.; Correia, A.; Ferreira, L.S. A Novel Way to Automatically Plan Cellular Networks Supported by Linear Programming and Cloud Computing. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 3072. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10093072

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Godinho A, Fernandes D, Soares G, Pina P, Sebastião P, Correia A, Ferreira LS. A Novel Way to Automatically Plan Cellular Networks Supported by Linear Programming and Cloud Computing. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(9):3072. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10093072

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Godinho, André; Fernandes, Daniel; Soares, Gabriela; Pina, Paulo; Sebastião, Pedro; Correia, Américo; Ferreira, Lucio S. 2020. "A Novel Way to Automatically Plan Cellular Networks Supported by Linear Programming and Cloud Computing" Appl. Sci. 10, no. 9: 3072. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10093072

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