Investigation of the Strength of Signal Received By a Gsm Network (MTN) Using Drive Test (FUTO as Case Study)

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Author(s) Amaka A. Nwaokoro | Nkwachukwu Chukwuchekwa | Kelechi C. Emerole
Pages 640-648
Volume 5
Issue 12
Date December, 2015
Keywords Path, Loss, Technology, Mobile, Transmission, Signal, Degredation, Network


This work evaluated the path losses and strength of received signals of a GSM (MTN) Network operating at 2100MHz in Federal University of Technology Owerri community using Drive test. There were serious cases of call drops and low Quality of signal (QoS) experienced within some part of the community. This situation has been burdensome on the side of the network users, as that has made them incur a lot of financial lose and passed through pains. The network providers, on their side, also passed through pressures and financial losses. Through the use of Transmission Evaluation and monitoring system (TEMS) equipment, Global positioning system (GPS) and laptop, a drive test was carried out along the adjoining community that surround the school. The results from the MatLab software simulation showed a considerable drop in the Received Signal Level (RSL) in some of these studied areas which were as a result of multipath fading, inefficient call hand over scheme, among others.

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