RF and RNO

With new wireless communication technologies and the increasing size of radio networks, the tasks of network planning and resource optimization are b ecoming more and more challenging. This is firstly b ecause the radio resource is scarce these days due to the increasing numb er of subscribers and the many different types of networks op erating within the limited frequency spectrum. Secondly, deploying and op erating a large network is expensive and therefore requires careful network dimensioning to ensure high resource utilization. As a consequence, manual network design and tuning for improving radio resource allocation are most likely to fail in current and future networks. This necessitates developing automated to ols and optimization algorithms that are able to tackle the difficult task. Furthermore, radio network planning and resource optimization can clearly b enefit from the well-established optimization theory due to similarities in the objective-oriented way of approaching a problem, selecting the b est solution from a numb er of p ossible solutions and dealing with many restrictions. In fact, many of the network planning and resource optimization problems can b e viewed as specific applications of classical optimization problems.

In this thesis, optimization is considered as the main approach to designing and improving p erformance of wireless networks such as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Wireless Lo cal Area Networks (WLANs) and ad ho c networks. The goal is to identify relevant problems for each of the technologies, formalize the problems, and find reasonable solution approaches. First, however, we will discuss what radio network planning and optimization are about, the type of problems they typically address and the typical optimization techniques that can be.

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