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IRAT Handover and IRAT PS Cell Change in isolated


cluster
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Introduction
During initial tuning activities of demo cluster in Slovakia Ericsson team faced
unusual and specific problem. Operator had only 14 live sites in very city centre of
Bratislava and due the lack of 3G coverage outside of centre issue was raised
regarding IRAT handover and IRAT PS cell change. In order to improve IRAT
handover and IRAT PS cell change, after adding a number of IRAT Ncells,
Ericsson team proposed some further recommendations described in next chapter.

Figure 1 Demo Cluster layout


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IRAT Handover and IRAT PS Cell Change

Regarding IRAT handover and cell change, functionality test was performed
during voice call drive test and during video and PS data drive test. Several
findings and proposals are result of this testing and analysis:

• Lot of servers were detected in non-covered areas where they should not
appear as best server and no 2G neighbours are defined for this areas. 3G-
2G handover tuning of those areas should be performed after integration
of planned sites and first phase of 3G tuning when majority of cells will
serv predicted areas.
• 3G-2G tuning to be perfomed based on field measurements from drive
test with 2G TEMS phone used in scanning mode. From this measurements
it is possible for each 3G cell measured as best server to assigne 2G cell
detected as dominant servers in same area.
• Ericsoon team experienced dropped calls during rapid change of radio
conditions. Therefore, the parameters regarding to 3G/2G handover are to
be reconcidered by operator. Currently, IRAT handover measurements are
based on Ec/No criteria (-13 dB treshold for event 3a). Due to faster
response on RF enviroment changes, RSCP level based IRAT handover
could be solution for improvement of 3G/2G success handover statistics.
(Parameter utranMeasQuantity3 to be set on "1").

Further recomandations
Ericsson team performed initial parameter audit and came out with some
findings regarding number of handovers performed during drive tests. In order
to reduce number of handovers and to avoid possibility of handover dropped calls
and improve network perfomance Ercisson team propose some further parameter
changes on RNC level.

Parameter name Current value Proposed value


timeToTrigger1 a 9 11
timeToTrigger1 b 9 12
timeToTriggeMc 9 9
releaseConnoffset 30 90
Table 1 Parameter change proposal
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Conclusion
Further tuning activities must be conducted durin growth of the network and IRAT
Ncell list must be updated during integration of new sites and implementation of
changes. Further, statistics must be followed and IRAT handover and IRAT PS cell
change must be included in process of optimisation and GPI activities ones when
Network is live and traffic is on acceptable level.