Usage of link-level performance indicators for HSDPA network-level simulations in E-UMTS

Frank Brouwer, I.C.C. de Bruin, João Carlos Silva, Nuno Souto, Francisco Cercas, Américo Correia

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The paper describes integration of HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) link-level simulation results into network-level simulations for enhanced UMTS. The link-level simulations model all physical layer features depicted in the 3GPP standards. These include: generation of transport blocks; turbo coding; rate matching; spreading; scrambling; modulation. At the receiver side, all complementary blocks are designed, with soft-decision demodulation, and a turbo decoder using the MAP (maximum a posteriori) algorithm with 8 iterations. An analytical formula is defined that fits the CQI (channel quality indicator) dependent BLER (block error rate) versus E/sub b//N/sub 0/ results in an AWGN channel. This formula models the physical layer in the network-level simulator. A further extension for frequency selective fading channels has been defined. The network-level simulator includes propagation models that provide SNR values. Based on these SNR values and the simplified physical layer model, an algorithm selects the CQI, and determines the actual BLER at time of reception. The rounding down and delaying of the CQI reporting, which corresponds to the W-CDMA standard, has a significant impact on throughput and transfer delay of the HS-DSCH. Some compensation can be found in a modified transmission. The integration of the link-level and network-level simulators gives accurate and realistic results that can be used in more studies that focus on network layer aspects of packet based services over HSDPA
Original languageUndefined
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventIEEE Eighth International Symposium on Spread Spectrum Techniques and Applications, ISSSTA - Australia
Duration: 30 Aug 20042 Sept 2004


ConferenceIEEE Eighth International Symposium on Spread Spectrum Techniques and Applications, ISSSTA
Other30 Aug - 2 Sept. 2004


  • IR-55810

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