WCDMA Uplink Capacity (N-pole)

The uplink capacity of a WCDMA cell also known as the pole capacity is given as:

N=(W/R)/((Eb/Nt)*v*(1+a))

where

W is the spreading bandwidth fixed at 3.84MHz

R is the radio access bearer bit rate e.g. 12.2kbps

Eb/Nt is the energy per bit to noise power spectral density ratio e.g. 5dB

v is the voice activity factor which depends upon the vocoder, channel coding and actual application e.g. 0.5

a is the other-cell to in-cell interference ratio e.g. 0.65

Using the above values the pole capacity of the WCDMA cell is calculated as 120. In the case of a mobile UE (3km/hr) the required Eb/Nt may be as high as 12dB resulting in pole capacity of 24. The actual capacity is obtained by multiplying the pole capacity with network loading factor which maybe taken as 0.75 in this example resulting in an uplink capacity of 18.

Author: John (YA)

John has over 15 years of Research and Development experience in the field of Wireless Communications. He has worked for a number of companies around the world including Qualcomm Inc. USA. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech USA and has published his work in international journals and conferences.

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