History

RNP activities started 2001 at TUT first introducing Radio Network Planning course, and concentrating UMTS coverage and capacity enhancement studies. Early and mid 2000's network location research together with network topology was highlighted due to expectations of huge applications in this area. Simultaneously two "side topics" i.e. RF repeaters, and especially indoor planning were introduced more like own research areas. Mid 2000's also network topology studies were extended to more general topics as research of different tessellations, and performance evaluation of them.

At 2008–2010 the main research areas – network topology, indoor planning, and other topics like RF repeaters and location techniques – were clearly settled. Also new "side topics" under these umbrellas were introduced like High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS), Self Organizing Networks (SON), and Femto Cells.

Since early 2010's it has been very clear that mobile network capacity has to be extended extremely, and thus definition of macro/micro/mini layering started already that time. Last 3–4 years research has focused to evaluate whether

  • continuous macro cell layer: adaptive antenna concepts including totally new concepts like SPSA/SPMA, or
  • continuous micro cell layer: including small cells and outdoor DAS, or
  • continuous mini cell layer: including femto and pico cells


are able to provide required capacity extensions with reasonable quality i.e. reasonable functionality including mobility like handovers. This work is ongoing as an "umbrella topic" in all basic studies but also in more detailed level in research by postgraduate student Syed Fahad Yunas. During years 2012–2013 more focus is emphasized on totally new ideas to challenge recent concepts and systems in the future.