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DFCA spectral efficiency feature more

than doubled the BTS site capacity

to meet booming Indian demand

With a subscriber base growing by more that 3 million per month and a
restricted spectrum allocation, one GSM service provider in the Indian market
needed a cost-effective way to maintain its quality of service and accommodate
the growing subscriber base without resorting to a large-scale deployment of
new sites.

India’s booming telecoms market Increase capacity using up to 62 Erlangs. This was achieved by
was creating big challenges for one existing sites implementing a 3/3/3 site configuration,
of the country’s leading providers which uses three carriers per sector
of GSM services. With a limited DFCA is a unique software feature and which would otherwise have been
spectrum allocation of 4.4 MHz, the that dynamically assigns an optimum impractical to deploy within the QoS
communications service provider radio channel for every voice call and and spectrum limitations.
(CSP) was finding it difficult to thereby enhances the network capacity
accommodate its subscriber base, and Quality of Service (QoS). It uses
which was growing by more than 3 a combination of software features to
million per month. In fact, the combined increase the amount of traffic that can “A two-month trial convinced
effects of capacity and spectrum be handled by existing network sites us that Dynamic Frequency
constraints were starting to result in and thus minimizes the number of and Channel Allocation
declining quality of service (QoS). additional base stations required could dramatically increase
to keep up with growing traffic. The the capacity of our existing
The CSP was initially considering the solution offered to the CSP included network, and when the
conventional approach of building new Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) progressive system went live it delivered
capacity, which would have required a power control feature and STIRC an immediate improvement
large-scale deployment of macro and (Space Time Interference Rejection) in the quality of service to
micro sites, or a large-scale femtocell feature to minimize interference, our customers.”
deployment. However, Nokia Siemens alongside the DFCA feature.
Networks stepped in with its unique
Dynamic Frequency and Channel Two months of live network trials
A senior CSP manager.
Allocation (DFCA) feature to boost the demonstrated the benefits of the
capacity of the existing network and Nokia Siemens Networks solution by
meet the traffic challenge in the most enhancing the traffic carrying capacity
cost-effective way. of each network site by almost 50%,
Subscribers benefit from the network performance reports. The The boom in the Indian telecoms
capacity and quality CSP has not only met all QoS targets market shows no sign of slowing, so
set by India’s telecom regulator but the CSP has since followed up this
The successful trial resulted in the has also achieved a traffic-carrying initial success with an order for an
CSP’s decision to deploy the solution capacity of up to 90 Erlangs per site enhanced DFCA feature, with a view
across its network in tier-I and II which is more than double the initial to enabling 4/4/4 site configurations in
cities, and this resulted in a QoS capacity of the sites. the future.
improvement of 65% as confirmed by

Challenges Solutions Benefits

• A booming market created a • DFCA is Nokia Siemens • DFCA more than doubled the
rapidly expanding subscriber Networks’ unique software traffic carrying ability of the
base, growing by 3 million per feature that can up to double existing network BTS sites,
month, and the demand for the traffic carrying capacity of eliminating the need for a
capacity was straining the existing base station sites wholesale deployment of new
network • Nokia Siemens Networks sites
• With restricted spectrum teamed this with other • Implementation improved
available, the demand for software-based features network quality by 65%
capacity was starting to affect to optimize QoS

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