Performance Evaluation and Measurements of 3G Mobile Communication Networks: A Case Study


Communication networks have undergone rapid developments in the past few decades in many Sub-Saharan African countries. The increasing number of subscribers and demand for greater variety of services in these countries make it difficult for network operators to provide the service varieties subscribers want while maintaining acceptable levels of quality of service. This paper analyzes the radio network of cellular networks in terms of traffic distribution over the existing number of communication channels using MATLAB/Simulink. A scale-free user network, which takes into account user behavior in a realistic physical network, has been used to model a more realistic cause for call blockings in a typical cellular network deployment under a Sub-Saharan environment. Peak recorded traffic distribution was observed to have overwhelmed the existing number of channels provided by the network operators for some cells eventually leading to increase in call drop rates. This high call blocking probability was attributed to poor network monitoring by the network operators to match the ever changing traffic intensities.

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Agyekum, K. , Tchao, E. and Affum, E. (2015) Performance Evaluation and Measurements of 3G Mobile Communication Networks: A Case Study. World Journal of Engineering and Technology, 3, 176-184. doi: 10.4236/wjet.2015.34018.

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