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Author(s): Godinho, A.
Fernandes, D.
Soares, G.
Pina, P.
Sebastião, P.
Correia, A.
Ferreira, L. S.
Date: 2020
Title: A novel way to automatically plan cellular networks supported by linear programming and cloud computing
Volume: 10
Number: 9
ISSN: 2076-3417
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3390/app10093072
Keywords: Cellular-planning
Integer linear-programming
Abstract: 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.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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