Master Thesis Written Report Title:

Master Thesis Written Report Title:

Master Thesis

Written Report


Study Comparison of WCDMA and OFDM


Moyamer Chowdhury (800101-P116)


Aminul Alam (790502-P130)

Students of the Master Program in Electrical Engineering

Examiner and Adviser:

Mr. Tommy Hult



Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) is one of the main technologies for the implementation of third-generation (3G) cellular systems. It is based on radio access technique proposed by ETSI Alpha group and the specifications was finalised 1999. WCDMA is also known as UMTS and has been adopted as a standard by the ITU under the name “IMT-2000 direct spread”. The implementation of WCDMA will be a technical challenge because of its complexity and versatility. The complexity of WCDMA systems can be viewed from different angles: the complexity of each single algorithm, the complexity of the overall system and the computational complexity of a receiver. In WCDMA interface different users can simultaneously transmit at different data rates and data rates can even vary in time. WCDMA increases data transmission rates in GSM systems by using the CDMA air interface instead of TDMA. WCDMA is based on CDMA and is the technology used in UMTS. WCDMA is the dominating 3G technology, providing higher capacity for voice and data and higher data rates. The gradual evolution from today's systems is driven by demand for capacity, which is required by new and faster data based mobile services. WCDMA enables better use of available spectrum and more cost-efficient network solutions. The operator can gradually evolve from GSM to WCDMA, protecting investments by re-using the

GSM core network and 2G/2.5G services.

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) - technique for increasing the amount of information that can be carried over a wireless network uses an FDM modulation technique for transmitting large amounts of digital data over a radio wave. OFDM works by splitting the radio signal into multiple smaller sub-signals that are then transmitted simultaneously at different frequencies to the receiver.

OFDM reduces the amount of crosstalk in signal transmissions. 802.11a WLAN,

802.16 and WiMAX technologies use OFDM. It's also used in the ETSI's

HiperLAN/2 standard. In addition, Japan's Mobile Multimedia Access

Communications (MMAC) WLAN broadband mobile technology uses OFDM. In frequency-division multiplexing, multiple signals, or carriers, are sent


simultaneously over different frequencies between two points. However, FDM has an inherent problem: Wireless signals can travel multiple paths from transmitter to receiver (by bouncing off buildings, mountains and even passing airplanes); receivers can have trouble sorting all the resulting data out. Orthogonal FDM deals with this multipath problem by splitting carriers into smaller subcarriers, and then broadcasting those simultaneously. This reduces multipath distortion and reduces

RF interference allowing for greater throughput.

In this paper we have discussed about these two methods of third generation radio transmission system which are WCDMA and OFDM with various aspects. In between these two radio transmission technique, a better choice will be investigated.


1. Introduction....................................................................................................6

1.1 Motivation………………………………………………………………6

1.2 Evolution Of Cellular System………………………………………...7

2. Cellular Communication Review…………………………………………………9

9.2.1 First Generation System……………………………………………...9

9.2.2 Second Generation System………………………………………...11

9.2.3 Third Generation System……………………………………………13

9.2.4 Forth Generation System…………………………………………...15

3. Multiple Access Technique……………………………………………………..19

9.2.5 Frequency Division Multiple Access……………………………….19

9.2.6 Time Division Multiple Access……………………………………20

9.2.7 Code Division Multiple Access……………………………………22

3.3.1 CDMA Process Gain……………………………………….23

3.3.2 CDMA Design Consideration……………………………..24

3.3.3 CDMA Forward Link Encoding……………………………27

3.3.4 CDMA Reverse Link Encoding……………………………29

4. Wideband CDMA……………………………………………………………….29

9.2.8 CDMA Key Features……………………………………………….30

9.2.9 WCDMA Specifications……………………………………………31

9.2.10 Carrier Spacing and Deployment Scenario……………………...32

5. WCDMA Physical layer………………………………………………………..33

9.2.11 Physical Channel Structure……………………………………….34

5.1.1 Uplink Spreading and Modulation………………………...34

5.1.2 Downlink Spreading and Modulation……………………..36

5.2 Uplink Frame Structure…………………………………………….37

5.3 Downlink Frame Structure…………………………………………39

5.4 Uplink Spreading Codes…………………………………………..41

5.5 Uplink Scrambling


5.6 Downlink Scrambling Codes………………………………………46

5.7 Summary Of the WCDMA Modulation……………………………47

6. Multi-rate User Data Transmission……………………………………………48

9.2.12 Transport Format Detection………………………………………..50

9.2.13 Channel Coding……………………………………………………..50

6.2.1 Error Detection………………………………………………51

6.2.2 Error Correction……………………………………………...51

7. Air Interface Procedures………………………………………………………..52

9.2.14 Cell Search Operation………………………………………………52

9.2.15 Handover……………………………………………………………..54

7.2.1 Inter-frequency Handovers…………………………………55

7.2.2 Handover Between GSM and WCDMA…………………...57

7.3 Power Control………………………………………………………..59

7.4 Uplink Synchronization Transmission Scheme…………………..60

7.5 Packet Data…………………………………………………………..62

8. Performance Enhancing Schemes…………………………………………….63


9.2.16 Adaptive Antennas…………………………………………………..64

9.2.17 Transmission Diversity Schemes………………………………….64

9.2.18 Advanced Receiver Structure………………………………………64

9. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing………………………………….65

9.2.19 Advantages Of OFDM………………………………………………66

9.2.20 OFDM Principles……………………………………………………..66

9.2.21 Frequency Division Orthogonal…………………………….68

9.3 OFDM Transmission………………………………………………...70

9.4 OFDM Generation…………………………………………………...73

9.5 Adding a Guard Period To OFDM………………………………….75

9.6 Interference…………………………………………………………..77

10. OFDM System: An Overview…………………………………………………..79

9.7 System Model………………………………………………………………..79

10.1.1 Cyclic Extension Of OFDM Symbol……………………………….82

11. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………….84


1. Introduction


1.1 Motivation

Implementation of third-generation (3G) cellular systems is meaning of implementation of WCDMA which is one of the main technology of thirdgeneration. WCDMA is based on radio access technique. ETSI Alpha group proposed the WCDMA technology for the firth time and has finalized in the year of

1999. ITU has standardized the technique under the name of “IMT-2000 direct spread” and its also known of UTMS. Because of complexity and versatility of

WCDMA, its always a big challenge for the scientist and researcher to implement

WCDMA. The reason WCDMA is viewed as a complex system because of arithmetic multiplicity of transmission and receiving of signals, multiplicity of computing each single device result and the multiplicity of the entire system. The main theme of the WCDMA system is, user can simultaneously transmit data in different rates and the transmission varies over time. Using of CDMA air transmission system instead of using TDMA system WCDMA transmits higher data rates in to the GSM systems. UMTS uses the WCDMA systems which is based on

CDMA. WCDMA is the dominating 3G technology, providing higher capacity for voice and data and higher data rates WCDMA dominates the current 3G technology because of its higher capacity for voice and data, which means the overall higher data rate. Need for higher transmission of data rates in mobile services in today’s modern world requires a new technology which is able to perform higher data. WCDMA enables better use of available spectrum and more cost-efficient network solutions WCDMA offers the use of better available spectrum in the network which is also cost effective. Switching from GSM to WCDMA is also cost effective. Operators can still use the core network of GSM and 2G/2.5G services.


Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), uses FDM modulation technique to broadcast the high amount of digital data through the radio wave among the wireless networks. OFDM works by splitting the radio signal into multiple smaller sub-signals that are then transmitted simultaneously at different frequencies to the receiver The main theme of OFDM is concurrent broadcasting of high amount of data using different frequencies by splitting the radio wave into multiple smaller sub-signals to the receiver. OFDM cuts the size of crosstalk in signal broadcasting. 802.11a WLAN, 802.16 and WiMAX technologies use OFDM.

It's also used in the ETSI's HiperLAN/2 standard. In addition, Japan's Mobile

Multimedia Access Communications (MMAC) WLAN broadband mobile technology uses OFDM. In FDM, multiple signals, or carriers, are sent concurrently over different frequencies between two points. However, the feedback of FDM is: radio waves can travel different ways from broadcaster to receiver (by bouncing off buildings, mountains and even passing airplanes); so the receiving end faces the problem to sort all the resulting data. Orthogonal FDM uses the technique of splitting smaller sub-carriers of frequencies to deal with this multi-path problem.

This reduces multi-path distortion and reduces RF interference which allows greater result Multi-path distortion and Radio Frequency interferences is minimized through this way. .

1.2 Evolution of Cellular Communications

During the last few years wireless communication system has been transferred from low data-rate system to high data-rate system containing of voice, images and even to videos. Traditional systems as like modems, cellular systems,802.11b local area network which used to have data rates of only to few Kbps has been switched to high data-rate with few Mb per second containing of multimedia with videos. Even data rate of few Mbps is going towards the few Gb per second in the recent technologies as like DSL, cable modems, 802.11n local area networks

(LANs) and ultra-wideband personal area networks (PANs) [1]. Wireless


telecommunication started during the years of 80’s named to The First generation

Systems (1G) using Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) for the cellular analogue voice. During the year of 90’s 1G standard has been switched to Second

Generation System (2G). Digital voice with low bit data rates has been taken place to the analogue voice. An example of such a cellular system is IS-54. At the same time, wireless local area networks started becoming in service starting at 1 Mbps for 802.11b standards and extending to 11 Mbps close to the year 000 Standard for 802.11b local area networks has been improved from 1 Mbps to 11 Mbps by the year of 2000. Reason to this higher data rate in local area network was the shorter distance to cover than to cover a large distance in the cellular network. To support the recent 3G standard with the data of multimedia and videos data rates has been improved to 100 Mbps. On the other hand data rates of the wireless

LANs standard of 802.11a and 802.11g has been improved to 100 Mbps. Near future Fourth Generation System (4G) will not only transmit very high data rates but also will provide Quality of Service(QoS)[2] with the technique of IP. Below figure 01 shows the evolution of wireless communication systems as they have gone from 1G to 4G systems.








<10 kbps


9.6-64 kbps


64-144 kbps


384 kbps -

2 Mbps

Evoled 3G

384 kbps –

20 Mbps





Figure 01: Evolution of communications systems [4].

2. Cellular Communications Review


Wireless transmission are increasing at an amazing speed, with affirmation of rapid growth in the areas of mobile users and terminals, mobile and wireless access networks, and mobile services and applications. It is the perfect time to explore the new technology like 4G mobile communication, because:

• Practicability, History over the last few decades shows that standards of the wireless communication have been changed in every decade. In the current decade we are at the end stage of the 3G standardization phase and opening stage of the deployment of 3G.

• To employ the subscriber demand of the 21 st

century it’s not the luxury that to have multimedia high data rates in the 3G system but necessity to have

3G goals. Many of the 3G problems have not solved in the 3G but to intend to solve in the 4G system.

2.1 First-Generation Systems

First Generation Systems (1G) means the system which used the network of analogue traffic system. AT&T is the first company in North America to introduce first generation system to the customers in during the year of early 1980’s. AT&T


named the system as Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS). Gradually AMPS technology has been introduced to the countries of South America, Australia and

China. 1G construct the primary architecture of cellular communications and clarify lots of foundational obstacle, such as adoption of cellular architecture, multiplexing frequency band, roaming across domain, non-interrupted communication etc. First

Generation System wasn’t able to support lot of services to the customer; primary goal was to support voice chat.

Band of base station

869 to 894 MHz

Band for Mobile Unit

824 to 849 MHz

Forward channels and reverse channels spacing

45 MHz

Channel bandwidth

Size of full-duplex voice channels

Size of full-duplex control channels

Mobile unit maximum power

Cell size, radius

Modulation, voice channel

Modulation, control channel

Data transmission rate

30 KHz



3 watts

2 to 20 km

FM, 12-KHz peak deviation

FSK, 8-KHz peak deviation

10 kbps


Error control coding

BCH (48, 36, 5) and (40,28, 5)

Table 01: AMPS Parameters [4].

2.2 Second-Generation Systems

People started to adopt First Generation AMPS mobile communication in a rapid way. High volume of users started to warn the slower analogue system.

Developers started to think a new system which will provide higher quality signals.

It’s the time to develop Second-generation systems, which will satisfy high volume of customer’s needs. 2G systems have been promote to provide higher quality signals, high data rates for support of digital communication, and bigger capacity.

2G systems will use digital technology which will guarantee more accurate signals where as analogue communication was the technology for the First Generation system. Where as, both of the system use digital signaling to establish connection from radio towers to the telephone subscriber. Second Generation system could be divided in to TDMA or CDMA standard according to the multiplexing they use . The main 2G standards are: GSM, iDEN, IS-136 (D-AMPS), PDC are the example of

TDMA-based second generation standards. CdmaOne which is also called IS-95 is

CDMA-based. Second and Half Generation system is in the middle of Second generation and Third Generation system mobile technology. Designers have to name “2.5G” system because they have introduced a packet-switch-domain with the exiting circuit-switch-domain. This new introduction did not provide higher data rate because of jamming of timeslots in the circuit-switch domain. The main aim to name the new technology to attract the new subscriber but officially 2.5G system never existed. 2.5G system used some to technology of Third generation system


as like packet switching and have used some of the technology that have been already used in Second Generation architecture of GSM and CDMA communication. Global Pocket Radio Service is a 2.5G introduction, introduced by used by GSM designers. Technologies of EDGE for GSM and CDMA2000 1xRTT for CDMA, referred to 3G technology cause of the higher data rate of more than

144 kbps but not quiet as 3G technology because original 3G technology has a way more faster data rate. CDMA2000 without multi-carrier is the example of

2.75G technology. 2.75G are those systems which partly quality the 3G technology but not all of the 3G requirements, EDGE system is one of the example of 2.75G technology. Starting from the year of 1990 lots of 2G systems has been introduced in the market. Below table 02 shows technical perspective of the different 2G systems.

GSM IS-136 IS-95

Year introduced

Access method

Base station transmission band

Mobile station transmission band

Spacing between forward and reverse channels

Channel bandwidth

Number of duplex channels

Mobile unit maximum power

Users per channel








935 to 960 MHz 869 to 894


890 to 915 MHz 824 to 894


45 MHz 45 MHz

200 kHz


20 W

30 kHz


3 W





869 to 894 MHz

824 to 849 MHz

45 MHz

1250 kHz


0.2 W




Carrier bit rate

Speech coder

270.8 kbps


Speech coding bit rate

13 kbps

Frame size

4.6 ms

Error control coding


1/2 rate

48.6 kbps


8 kbps

40 ms


1/2 rate

9.6 kbps


8, 4, 2, 1 kbps

20 ms


1/2 rate forward,

1/3 rate reverse

Table 02: Second-Generation Cellular Telephone Systems [4].

2.3 Third-Generation Systems

Once various kinds of 2G systems has been marketed, new people started to show their interest into the cellular communication. Demands of new subscriber for higher data rate increased. It’s the time to implement new system which will provide more data rates.

The primary goal of the Third-generation (3G) mobile communication is to satisfy more high-speed technology which will higher data rates along with multimedia, data, and video in addition to voice. International telecommunication Union defined their outlook of requirements of the 3G cellular communication in the year of

2000(IMT-2000) [4]:

• System will assure the same voice quality as PSTN

• System will co-op with the data rate of 144 kbps in terms of high speed moving vehicles in a big density of locations.

• System will co-op with data rate of 394 kbps for object of slowly moving or sitting at the same place in a small location.

• System will co-op with the data rate of 2.048 mbps in an indoor office type location.

• System will co-op with symmetrical and asymmetrical data transmission rates


• System will co-op for both packet switched and circuit switched data services

• An adaptive interface to the Internet to reflect efficiently the common asymmetry between inbound and outbound traffic

• System will be able to co-op with different bands of telecommunication accessories.

• System will be more flexible to introduce new services and technologies.

As of lot can assume that 3G communication is the new version of the 2G system

Actually its not true and the uses of the frequency spectrum is not the same between the 2G and 3G system. Japan was the first country who constructs the whole system and open up new frequency between the operators to the large amount of customers in the year of 2005. The first country which introduced 3G on a large commercial scale was Japan. Forty percent out of the total customer in

Japan subscriber started to use 3G technology by the year of 2005. Operators are expecting to complete the conversion between 2G system to 3G system mostly by the year of 2006 and from conversion of 3G to 3.5 with the transmission of data 3 mbps are on the way.

Figure 02 below shows the substitute way of design method that have been approve as part of IMT-2000.


Radio Interface


Direct spread






Time code




Single carrier











Figure 02: IMT-2000 Terrestrial Radio Interfaces.

The requirements wrap a set of radio interfaces for optimized performance in various radio environments. The main factor of the introduction of five substitutes was to approve easy expansion from existing first and second generation systems.

The five substitutes show the expansion from the 2G. Two of the requirements grow out of the work at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute

(ETSI) to establish a UMTS (Universal mobile telecommunications system) as

Europe’s 3G cellular standards. One of these is known as Wideband CDMA or

WCDMA and another one is IMT-TC or TD-CDMA. Another CDMA-based system, cdma2000, has a North American origin Cdma-2000 is also developed according to the specification of CDMA is the north American version. Because of individual


chip and technology of multi-carrier on cdma-2000, W-CDMA differs from cdma-

2000. Two other interfaces are IMT-SC is mainly developed for TDMA-only communication and IMT-FC can be used by both TDMA and FDMA frequencies to provide some 3G services [4].

2.4 Fourth-Generation Systems

This latest standard of telecommunication is focused to aggregate and replace the

3G standard, maybe in 5 to 10 years. Connect information anywhere, anytime, with a seamless communication to a broad range of information and services, and receiving a high structure of information, data, pictures, video, and so on, are the keys of the 4G communication. The future 4G basis will consist of a set of broad communication using Internet protocol as a common protocol so that subscribers are in command because subscriber will be able to select every application and environment.

According to the progressive features of cellular system, 4G will have higher bandwidth, higher data rate, and easier and quicker handoff and will focus on seamless applicability across a multitude of mobile systems and networks. The main focus is integrating the 4G capabilities with all of the existing mobile technologies through advanced technologies. Application adaptability and being highly dynamic are the main features of 4G services of concern to subscribers. These features mean services can be delivered and be available to various subscribers and assist the subscriber in moving traffic, air interfaces, radio environment, and supreme perform of service. Linking to the cellular communication can be transform into multiple forms and layers correctly and easily. The commanding method of access to this pool of information will be the cellular telephone, Personal Digital Assistant, and laptop to seamlessly access the voice communication, high-speed information services, and multimedia broadcast services. The 4G will support most systems from different networks, public to private; company based broadband connection to


private areas; and ad hoc networks. The 4G systems will run with cooperation of with 2G and 3G systems, as well as with broadband transmission systems. Further more, 4G systems will provide Internet Protocol passed wireless communication.

This entire aspect shows the various range of systems that the 4G defines to satisfy, from satellite broadband to high distance platform to cellular 3G and 3G systems to wireless local loop and fixed wireless access to wireless local area network and personal area network, all with Internet Protocol as the adapting technique [3].

Technology 1G 2G 2.5G 3G 4G

Design Began

1970 1980 1985 1990 2000


1984 1991 1999 2002 2010



Analog voice, synchronou s data to

9.6 kbps



NMT, etc.

Data Bandwidth 1.9 kbps


Core Network



Digital voice,

Higher capacity,

Higher capacity,

Higher capacity,

Short packetized Broadband completely messages data data up to


IP oriented, multimedia data








WCDMA, cmda2000

14.4 kbps 384 kbps 2 Mbps













10 Mbps -

20 Mbps








Table 03: Short history of cellular communications evolution.


3. Multiple Access Techniques


Multiple access technique is a technique where various coexisted subscriber use the equal stable bandwidth radio spectrum. As like any radio communication, the bandwidth which is designate to it, is always bounded. To accommodate the vast amount of subscriber sharing of the spectrum is needed. There are three main technologies that has been designed so far to accommodate various users to share usable bandwidth in radio communication. These are FDMA, TDMA and

CDMA. An understanding of the three major methods is required for developing of any extensions to these methods.

3.1 Frequency Division Multiple Access

Frequency Division Multiple Access or FDMA is a connection technology that is used by radio systems to divide the radio spectrum with others. The term “multiple access” defines the adapting of the spectrum between subscribers, and the

“frequency division” defines the way of sharing, by slicing the radio spectrum between the subscribers by various carrier frequencies. The objective if the

Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) is to subdivide bandwidth into a number of narrower band channels. Particular user is appropriate to use particular frequency band in order to receive and transmit data. The time one user is using the particular call no other user could use the same frequency band. Particular subscriber uses a particular channel from the base station to the mobile phone, which is called forward link. The way back channel from mobile phone to the base station is called reverse link. Either way it’s called single way link. Both of the forward link and reverse link are narrower band channels of continuous signal granting analog transmission. The uses of the bank channel are different between

US and Europe. US uses 30 kHz where as Europe uses 25 kHz band channels of bandwidth. Transmission of two channels mobile to base(up) and base to mobile(down) uses true full duplex voice communication link for their transmission.


To grant the both way of transmission between base station and mobile station these full duplex channels are separated by 10-20 MHz.

Figure 03: Frequency Division Multiple Access.

3.2 Time Division Multiple Access

Time Division Multiple Access-TDMA is very recognized and suitable for digital communication. In the TDMA access technique each station lets all the other station to use the whole applicable bandwidth rather than shortened them into smaller bandwidth. But in this technique TDMA defines the time period of the applicable bandwidth so that they don’t overlap. Each station has the same opportunity to access to the network, defines a short period of time slot and returns to use for each station as a round robin way. The size of the time slot or frame is as much as the station in a network who can communicate each other either way and simultaneously. In this way every subscriber is allocated to one time slots per frame. Whole data communication is break down in to frames and each frame is break down into time slots where each subscriber is given one time slot. Data stream is to use as a guard period to if it needs to synchronize.


Figure 04: Time Division Multiple Access.

TDMA technique is to associate with the FDMA, in order to split the whole applicable bandwidth into various bandwidths. In order to clip the number subscriber in each channel which concludes lower data rates in the channel, this method is to be used. This method minimizes the response of delay spread on the transmission. Every channel is using FDMA technique with that split into smaller time slot by using TDMA allows multiple subscriber to communicate of the each channel. Most the Second Generation digital communication system used this kind of transmission system. In the GSM, the whole allocated bandwidth of 25MHz is sliced into 125, 200 kHz channels using FDMA technique. Each channel is then sliced again by using TDMA, so the resulted of each 200 kHz channel allocates 8-

16 subscribers [6]. Here are some of the TDMA features that been described below –

• Allocates various users which are shared by single carrier frequency.

• Digital transmission makes easier handoff.

• Each time slot us granted by the demand of dynamic TDMA .

• More easier power control than CDMA because of reduced intra cell interference

• More synchronization overhead than CDMA


• Sophisticated equalization is needed for high volume of data.

• Borrowing resources from adjacent cells is more complex than in CDMA.

• Time slot allocation is complex

• Can conflict with other devices

3.3 Code Division Multiple Access

The basic of Code Divisional Multiple Access (CDMA) is the narrow band digitized voice data is multiplied by the large bandwidth signal produces pseudo random noise code in other name PN code. It was first invented by the military group during the world war two This spread spectrum technique does not use frequency channel or time slots. Subscribers of the CDMA system utilize the same frequency band and transmit or receive data at the same time. Signal is then filtered by the transmitter by correlating of receive transmitted signal with the PN code. We have discussed some of the CDMA features in the below –

• Digitized voice signal has multiplied by the large bandwidth produces pseudo random noise.

• Particular subscriber has its own PN code

• As the number of subscriber increases in the network, performance of the system degrades which affects the soft capacity limits.

• Planning of frequency is not need as for the cell frequency reuse.

• Utilization of soft handoff increases the capacity of the network

• Signal could not be strong enough as for the subscriber far away from the base station.

• Power control is needed for the limited interference.

• Receiver of rake is utilized to limit the wide bandwidth diversity.

• Gives the longer period of battery life because of proper power control.


Figure 05: Code division Multiple Access.

3.3.1 CDMA Process Gain

To understand the spread spectrum we have to understand basic of process gain.

Process gain is the main feature of spread spectrum. Process gain of a system means that the gain of renovation noise to signal discloses by a spread spectrum system by the quality of the expansion and dispreading process. Process gain could be described by this: the process gain of a system is as same as the ratio of the spread spectrum bandwidth used, to the original data bit rate. It can can be written as:





= --------------

BW info

Where BW


is the transmitted bandwidth after the data is expanded, and BW


is the bandwidth of the information data being sent.


Figure 06: Shows the process of a CDMA transmission.

The signal that will be transmitting (a) signal is expanded before transmitted by modulating the data and has its PN code. This makes the signal expanded as like in (b). Here process gain is 125 as the spread spectrum bandwidth is 125 times bigger than the data bandwidth. Picture (c) shows the signal after that have been received. The receiving signal might have included of the background noise and any obstruction from other CDMA subscriber or radio signals and with that our required signal. The received signal is discovered by multiplying the signal by the


original spreading code. Multiplying the signal by the original spreading code performs the real transmitted signal which has been sent by the subscriber.

However, all other signals which are uncorrelated to the PN spreading code used become more spread. Our required signal in (d) is then filtered taking off the wide spread obstruction and other unwanted noises.

3.3.2 CDMA Design Consideration

CDMA is the most commanding technology of 3G systems. There are three different CDMA methods that are to be used. Out of three, all of them use the same features. Such as:

Bandwidth: 3G systems have been designed to restrict the channel use of 5MHz.

It has several reasons to restrict the channel use. By this way bigger bandwidth extends the receiver’s capability to resolve multi-path than that of the narrow bandwidths. Moreover, usable spectrum is shortened by challenging needs, and 5

MHz is a thoughtful upper limit on that can be modified for 3G. Most of all, 5 MHz is sufficient to transmit data rates of 144 and 384kHz which is the main adequate for supporting data rates of 144 and 384 kHz which is the objective of 3G services.

Chip rate: To estimate the error control and use of proper bandwidth, chip rate is needed. Chip rate is built upon according to the data rate system is looking for. A chip rate of 3 mcps (mega-chips per second) or more is moderate given these design parameters.

Multi-rate: Multi-rate means of various fixed data rate to a particular subscriber over the channel, where various rate of data transmitted to various the logical channel. The benefit of multi-rate is that the system can easily provide assistance to various concurrent applications form a specific subscriber and can efficiently use offered capacity by only providing the capacity needed for each service. Moreover,


the traffic on particular logical channel can be transferred separately through the wireless and fixed communication to various locations.

Time mux


Coding/ interlea ving

Time mux


Coding/ interleaving

Time mux

(a) Time multiplexing.


Outer coding/ interleaving

Outer coding/ interleaving

Outer coding/ interleaving

(b) Code multiplexing.

Figure 07: Time and Code multiplexing principles.

Multi-rate technique is employed to the TDMA system with the CDMA channel where various number of slots per frame are allocated to receive different data rates. In the multi-rate technique every associate channels is All the sub channels at the given data rate is be secured by error correction and interleaving techniques.

Figure 7(a) shows the relevant technique. There is an alternative to the multi-rate technique where multiple CDMA codes uses separate coding and interleaving and at the end map them to separate CDMA channels. Figure 7(b) shows this technique.

3.3.3 CDMA Forward Link Encoding

Forward link is the transmission of signal from base station to the user’s mobile phone. CDMA system uses a special orthogonal PN which is known Walsh code to differentiate the various mobile subscriber in the same channel. Walsh code is the


basic of Walsh matrix. It is a square matrix with binary elements and dimension of power of two. It is produced from the foundation that Walsh (1) = W


= 0 and that:

Where W n

is the Walsh matrix of dimension n. For example:

The basic of orthogonal vector is that the dot product of any two rows is zero.

Walsh code follows this basic. This is due to the fact that for any two rows exactly half the number of bits match and half do not.

Every row of the the Walsh matrix is used as a PN code for a particular user in the

CDMA system. This is the reason for each signal is being orthogonal from other user in the channel, makes no interference between each signal. Every subscriber has to be synchronized for the Walsh codes to transmit cellular chips. Orthogonal behavior of the Walsh is lost when one subscriber using Walsh code is switched by more than approximately 1/10 period of time regarding the use of other Walsh code. This behavior ends up with inter-user interference. Signals transmitted from the base station to the subscriber make the signal synchronized in order to solve this problem.


3.3.4 CDMA Reverse Link Encoding

As the user of the cellular phone moves from time to time from one particular place to another, reverse link is more complicated than the forward link. When a user uses his cell phone, transmitted signal arrives at a different time interval because of propagation delay along with synchronization faults. That because its not possible to correct timing errors between different users, using of Walsh code couldn’t do much cause they will not be orthogonal for long. To solve this problem simplified uncorrelated not orthogonal pseudo random sequence is been introduced with PN codes for every subscriber. Using of various kind modulation techniques makes various kind of capacity for the forward and reverse link. As we said reverse link is orthogonal, this introduces major inter-user interference.

Capacity of each channel is definite due to this reason.

4. Wideband CDMA


W-CDMA or Wideband Code Division Multiple Access is one kind of 3G mobile communication system. As the 2G is getting old and demands for more data rate increases day by day, W-CDMA protocol is the advanced high speed transmission system taking place of 2G systems in worldwide. W-CDMA system uses direct sequence code division multiple access for the transmission to provide high speed and provide more space of the subscriber than that of the old TDMA transmission technique that have used in the GSM system. NTT DoCoMo was the first to design

W-CDMA as a air transmission medium for the 3G FOMA communication. This technique then presented to ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Later

NTT DoCoMo submitted the specification to the International Telecommunication

Union (ITU) as their application for the deployment for the international 3G standard known as IMT-2000. ITU selects this technique as part of the IMT-2000 family of 3G standards, as a substitute to CDMA2000, EDGE, and the small range


DECT system. Then W-CDMA was accepted as the air transmission medium for

UMTS, the future 3G system to GSM. NTT DoCoMo start working on a new version of wide-band CDMA air transmission for their intended 3G communication by the end year of 1990. UMTS accepts FOMA’s W-CDMA air transmission system. The newer version is intended to design for the European GSM system which is rather cost effective to transform the European GSM system to W-CDMA systems than using of FOMA’s system. Actually FOMA and UMTS uses the same air transmission, but are not same in various other ways. Since Japanese handsets and European handsets are not the same adopting of FOMA’s air transmission wasn’t fully consistent. UTMS had to adopt the new version of W-CDMA where roaming is accepted to both of the system. Deployment of 3G systems into the existing networks in any network is not so easy. W-CDMA is not very consistent of using the existing air transmission with that high upgrade cost to introduce the new transmission technology. But above all of these drawbacks, rate of migrating to 3G technology is very high especially in the counties of Japan, Europe and Asia. So far 55 countries around the world has adopted the 3G W-CDMA technology.

4.1 WCDMA Key Features

W-CDMA uses two types of duplex method. One is called Frequency Division

Duplex (FDD) to function for the paired bands and the other type is Time Division

Duplex (TDD) for the unpaired bands [1]. 3.84 Mcps is the chip rate of the system.

Total frame size of 10 ms and each frame is divided into 15 slots. So in total 2560 chip/slot at the chip rate 3.84 Mcps. W-CDMA uses from 256 to 4 for the uplink of spread factor and for the down link from 512 to 4. So modulation symbol rates are from 960 k symbols/s to 15 k symbols/s or 7.5 k symbols/s for Frequency Division

Duplex uplink. Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor (OVSF) is used to separate channels from the same source. For the Frequency Division Duplex down link Gold codes introduce to separate the various cells. Gold code has its length of 218-1 chips. It takes 10-ms period (38400 chips at 3.84 Mcps) to separate the various


cell. For the uplink Gold codes has its length of 10 ms period, or substitute short codes with a 256-chip period, are used to differtiate the various subscribers. W-

CDMA system uses three different channel coding. These are convolution coding, turbo coding and no channel coding. Channel coding selection is indicated by upper layers. To minimize the random transmission errors bit interleaving is used and uses QPSK technique as a modulation technique [1].

4.2 WCDMA Specifications

Channel bandwidth

Duplex mode

Downlink RF channel structure

Chip rate

Frame length

Spreading modulation

Data modulation

Channel coding

Coherent detection

Channel multiplexing in downlink

Channel multiplexing in uplink


5 MHz


Direct spread

3.84 Mbps

10 ms

Balanced QPSK (Downlink)

Dula-channel QPSK (Uplink)

Complex spreading circuit

QPSK (Downlink)

BPSK (Uplink)

Convolutional and Trubo codes

User dedicated time multiplexed pilot ( downlink and uplink), common pilot in the downlink

Data and control channels time multiplexed

Control and pilot channel time multiplexed

I&Q multiplexing for data and control channel

Variable spreading and multicode


Spreading factors

Power control

Spreading (downlink)

Spreading (uplink)


4-256 (uplink) and 4-512(uplink)

Open and fast closed loop (1.6 kHz)

OVSF sequences for channel separation

Gold sequences 2


-1 for cell and user separation (truncated cycle 10 ms)

OVSF sequences, Gold sequences 2

41 for user separation (different time shifts in I and Q channel, truncated 10 ms)

Soft handover

Interfrequency handover

Table 04: Parameters of WCDMA [4].

4.3 Carrier Spacing and Deployment Scenarios

W-CDMA uses a carrier spacing raster of 200 kHz and could differ from 4.2 to 5.4

MHz. To require the perfect adjacent channel protections depends upon the carrier interference, different carrier spacing is used.

Figure 08 shows an example for the operator bandwidth of 15 MHz with three cell layers [8]. To escape inter-operator interference bigger carrier spacing is used among operators than within one operator’s band. WCDMA supports interfrequency measurements and handovers to employ several cell layers and carriers.


Figure 08: Frequency utilization with WCDMA.

5. W-CDMA Physical Layer


Physical layer is the layer 1 transmission network of the W-CDMA system based of the FDD mode. Here we described spreading and modulation technique of the

Dedicated Physical Channels (DPCH) structure at down link and up link. Spreading and scrambling codes used in downlink and uplink also have described.

5.1 Physical Channel Structure


WCDMA assigns two dependable physical channels in both links:

• Dedicated Physical Data Channel (DPDCH): to bring dependable data computed at layer 2 and above.

• Dedicated Physical Control Channel (DPCCH): to bring layer 1 control information.

Every connection is appropriate for one DPCCH and zero, could have one or many


With this, there are general physical channels defined as:

• Primary and secondary Common Control Physical Channels (CCPCH) to bear downlink general channels

• Synchronization Channels (SCH) is responsible for cell search

• PRACH or Physical Random Access Channel

Spreading and modulation technique for the DPDCH and the DPCCH for downlink and uplink are detailed here into the following sections.

5.1.1 Uplink Spreading and Modulation

To uplink the data, DPDCH and the DPCCH two of them uses Binary Phase Shift

Keying (BPSK). Modulation of DPCCH is mapped to the Q-channel on the other hand modulation of DPCCH is mapped to the I-channel. Moreover I-channel and

Q-channel both of them maps subsequently of the added DPDCHs. Spreading

Modulation is utilized before shaping of pulse and modulation of data. Spreading modulation utilized to uplink of data and dual channel QPSK. Spreading


modulation has two various kinds of operations. In the first spreading modulation data stream is expanded to various number of chips received from the spreading factor. This maximizes the utilization of bandwidth of the signal. In the second method is scrambling, to spread signal complex valued scrambling is utilized.

Figure 09 describes the spreading and modulation technique of an uplink subscriber. The uplink subscriber has a DPDCH and a DPCCH.

Here bipolar data streams on I and Q extensions are separately multiplied by various channelization codes. This is called Orthogonal Variable Spreading Factor

(OVSF) codes.

Figure 09: Uplink spreading and modulation.

Complex scrambling code is achieved by multiplication of the signal we get. It’s the code of particular signature of a base station. Then scrambled signal transformed to pulse shaped. Pulse shape is achieved by Square-Root Raised Cosine filters with roll-off factor of 0.22. Figure 09 shows the non converted pulse shape signal.

This is the technique of a complex scrambling code with spreading modulation as detailed before is usually called as Hybrid Phase Shift Keying (HPSK). Peak-toaverage power of a mobile station is minimized by HPSK by producing the complex scrambling [9].


Control channel always has the highest value of spreading factor set to 256. This technique progress the noise resistance to the control channel because of the highest potential processing gain.

5.1.2 Downlink Spreading and Modulation

Quaternary Phase Shift Keying (QPSK) is deployed to downlink of data modulation. Each duo are two bits serial-to-parallel transformed and drafted to the I and Q subdivision correspondingly. The data in the I and Q subdivisions are expand to the chip rate by the same channelization code. Scrambling of the spread code is occurred by a cell specific scrambling code. Figure 10 pictures the spreading and modulation for a downlink subscriber. Downlink subscriber has both

DPDCH and DPCCH. Further DPDCHs are QPSK modulated and spread with various channelization codes.

Figure 10: Downlink spreading and modulation.


There are some differences in between of downlink and uplink of spreading and modulation. Downlink uses QPSK data modulation technique whereas uplink uses

BPSK technique. Data rates in downlink I and Q-channels are similar on the other hand data rates of uplink I and Q-channels could be various. If we compare scrambling code in the downlink its is cell specified. The scrambling code is cell specific in the downlink, On the other hand for the uplink, mobile station mentions the scrambling code.

5.2 Uplink Frame Structure

Figure 11 shows the major frame structure of the uplink dedicated physical channels. Every frame of 10 ms is divided into 15 slots. Every slot has the length of

2560 chips, equivalent to one power control period. A group of frame which contains 72 frames is called super frame. It has the length of 720 ms.




T slot

= 2560 chips, 10X2 k

bits (k = 0..6)

Slot 01

Slot i

T f

= 10 ms

Slot 15

Frame 01 Frame i Frame 72

T super

= 720 ms

Figure 11: Frame structure for uplink DPDCH/DPCCH.

Pilot bits estimates channel estimation with the help of coherent demodulation. The full term of TFCI is transport format combination indicator. TFCI specify and recognize various simultaneous services. Techniques requiring feedback service is assisted by the Feedback Information (FBI) bits. Power control service is assisted by the TPC which stand for transmit power control.


The number of bits in every slot is verified by the parameter k in Figure 011.

Parameter k is linked to the spreading factor (SF) of the physical channel as,


GF = ------------

2 k

This is how spreading factor could have the size from 256 down to 4. Spreading factor is specified according to the data rate.

5.3 Downlink Frame Structure

Figure 12 pictures downlink dedicated physical channels of the primary frame structure. For the uplink, every frame of 10 ms is divided into 15 slots. Every slot has its length of 2560 chips. Length of 2560 means that of one power control period. One super frame has the length of 72 frames and has the length of 720 ms.


TFC Data 1 TPC Data 2 Pilot

T slot

= 2560 chips, 10X2 k

bits (k = 0..7)

Slot 01 Slot 15 Slot i

T f

= 10 ms

Frame 01 Frame i

T super

= 720 ms

Figure 12: Frame structure for downlink DPCH.

K can be specified with correspondence to the physical channel as


GF = ------------

2 k

Frame 72


This is how the spreading have the length of 4 to 512. downlink With that an extra spreading factor is allowed in downlink with the size of 512. Various control bits have same meaning to those in the uplink.

5.4 Uplink Spreading Codes

Spreading code aims to spreads the data to the chip rate of 3.84 mega chips per second (Mcps). The main purpose of the spreading codes is to assist preserve orthogonality between various physical channels of the uplink subscriber. Uplink spreading codes uses OVSF codes. Figure 13 shows the uses of code tree of

OVSF. The subscript here provides the spreading factor and the parameters within the braces give the code number for that specific spreading factor.



(1) = (1, 1, 1,1)



(1) = (1,1)



(2) = (1, 1, -1, -1)



(1) = (1)



(3) = (1, -1, 1, -1)



(2) = (1,-1)



(4) = (1, -1, -1, 1)

SF = 1 SF = 2 SF = 4

Figure 13: Code tree for generation of OVSF codes.


Spreading code has the size of SF of every level in the code tree, specifies to a specific spreading factor of SF. Each spreading factor has the similar number of codes as of the spreading factor. All the codes together in the same level forms a set and it makes themselves orthogonal to each other. Any two codes of different levels are orthogonal one to another as far as one of them is not the root tree of the other code [10]. As an example the codes c




(1) and c


(1) are all root tree codes of c


(3) and therefore are not orthogonal to c


(32). This is how mobile station can not use all the codes in a code tree. Mobile Station can only use a code of that particular tree doesn’t matter from the bottom level code of the tree to the root code of that particular tree by the same Mobile station [11]. The following matrix equations describe the generation method of OVSF:


Complement which has the over bar indicates the binary complement and N has the integral value of two.

Code-synchronization could become hard because of non singular, narrow autocorrelation peak of OVSF. OVSF codes show ideal orthogonality only at zero lags and still this does not certain for partial sequence cross-correlation. The time when major multi-path is occurred or every subscriber is not synchronized; advantages of employing OVSF codes could be lost.


The very first code of a code tree is used to spread the DPCCH. This is how the generation of all 1’s for any SF. The first DPDCH is spread by the code number of

(SF/4+1) to the data channel. As we could say the 5th code is pointed as for spreading the first DPDCH for a spreading factor has the value of16. This means the first DPSCH is work as repetition way of {1,1, -1, -1} to spread the code.

Moreover added DPDCHs uses ascending order codes for multi-code transmission begins with code number 2 apart of the code used for the first DPDCH. This method increases the proper utilization of spectral by bounding the diagonal transitions in the signal. Selection of codes in arranged order with appropriate selection of scrambling of code is also needed.

5.5 Uplink Scrambling Codes

To separate mobile stations from various mobile station, it is needed to use uplink scrambling code. Uplink can use one of short or long scrambling codes. Base stations equipped with the advanced receivers equipment are more likely to use the short scrambling codes maintains multi-user detection and interference cancellation., We choose long scrambling codes in the simulator because of a simple rake receiver.

Both of the scrambling codes, short or long can be described by the following quotation



= C











defines as a real chip rate code;



´ defines a decimated version of a real chip rate code C



The basic decimation factor is 2 so we can say like this,




´(2k) = C


´(2k+1) = C


(2k) w


is a repetition of {1 1} at the chip rate, w


is a repetition of {1 -1} at the chip rate.

This makes the equation of



= C









Below block diagram defines the implementation of our equation. Every addition and multiplication is occurred in the arithmetic of module 2.






2 j w

2 w


= {1 -1 1 -1 …}

Figure 14: Generation of scrambling codes.

Scrambling codes has the two various kind period choices. ETSI assists a period of 10 ms or 1 frame where as the ARIB scheme asks for a period of 36864 radio


frames or 2


super frames. We stick to the ETSI scheme as it makes the performance of our simulator easier.

5.6 Downlink Scrambling Codes

Downlink scrambling codes performs the cell or sector partition. Whole length of obtainable scrambling codes is 512. 512 codes are split into 32 code groups where16 codes in every group. Grouping is done to make it possible fast cell search by the mobile [11]. Various scrambling codes might be allocated to one cell for the case adaptive antennas utilized to improve the capacity.

Deploying of downlink scrambling codes are as similar as generating of uplink scrambling codes. Nevertheless the generator polynomials are various. As an example generating of x sequence is as similar as the uplink is built using the primitive polynomial 1+X




and the y sequence is generated from









. Below figure15 shows the making of downlink scrambling codes.


17 …. 7 …. 0



or C


17 … 10 … 7 5 … 0

Figure 15: Generation of downlink scrambling codes.

5.7 Summary of the WCDMA Modulation

We showed the conclusion on the modulation applied to the dedicated physical channels in the below table.

Spreading Modulation

Data Modulation

Dual Channel QPSK for UL

Balanced QPSK for DL





OVSF codes.

4-256 spreading factor for UL

4-512 spreading factor for DL

Complex Scrambling


Frame Length

Chip Rate

Pulse Shaping

10 ms

3.84 Mcps

Raised Cosine with 0.22 roll off

Table 05: Parameters of WCDMA Modulation.



WCDMA offers quality of service parameters with transmits the data in multi-rate system which makes transmission of various types of services using various type data rates. These various kinds of transmission procedure with channel coding, interleaving depth, and data rate can be aimed to provide the desired quality of service.

Data stream is achieved from transport channels and then transmit them through the transmission link before encoded the data and mapped them to the physical channels. This channel coding method contains error detection, error correcting, rate matching, interleaving, and transport channels mapping them together into the physical channels. Coding or multiplexing group receives the data once in between each transmission time break with the set of transport block sets , which is set by the transport-channel and can be 10, 20, 40, or 80 ms. Multi-rate transmission includes of following procedure:

• Addition CRC or cyclic redundancy check occurs to every transport block

• Transport block has to be concatenated and

• Code block has to be segmented


• Inserts indication bits in the discontinuous transmission (DTX)

• Transport channels is multiplexed

• Mapping to physical channels

• Channel coding

• Rate matching

• Interleaving

• Segmentation is done in the radio frames

• Segmentation is done in the physical channel

Error detection is introduced in the transport blocks by CRC. The CRC has the length of 24, 16, 12, 8, or 0 bits, and higher layers signal used for each transport channel.

Concatenation of transport code and segmentation of code blocks occurs before doing CRC addition. Every transport blocks concatenated according to serial. Then concatenation occurs in the transport block. Code block segmentation is performed if the size of transmission time break is bigger than the size of the used code block.

Size of the code blocks depends on using the various kinds of code blocks. It could be convolution coding, turbo coding, or no coding have used. The maximum size if the code blocks are:

• Convolution coding: 504;

• Turbo coding: 5114;

• No channel coding: unlimited.


6.1 Transport Format Detection

Transport format detection can occur with the help of transport format combination indicator (TFCI) or without the help of TFCI. When a TFCI is transmitted, the receiver receives the information of the transport format combination through TFCI.

Blind transport format detection could be used in absence of TFCI. Receiver receives the transport format group using some information, as an example, transport format group information can be received by power ratio of DPDCH to

DPCCH or CRC check results.

6.2 Channel Coding

Aim of channel coding is to provide carefully redundancy check into the transmitted data and increase the functional performance of the wireless link. Channel codes could be introduced to find errors and corrects them. WCDMA scheme holds the prerequisite for both error detection and correction. Channel coding scheme is a bunch of techniques contains of error detection, error correction, along with rate matching, interleaving and transport channels mapping onto/splitting from physical channels [12]. Following table shows the channel coding parameters for various kind of transport channel. The following channel coding can be applied:

• Convolutional coding with the limitation of size 9 and coding rate 1/3 or 1/2

• Turbo coding

• No channel coding

Turbo coding system has a eight-state elements encoders and is a parallel concatenated convolutional code (PCCC).

Transport channel type Coding scheme Coding rate







Convolutional coding

Turbo Coding

No Coding


1/3, 1/2


Table 06: Error Correction Coding Parameters.

6.2.1 Error Detection

CRC or Cyclic Redundancy Check code performs the error detection. CRC has the length of 24,16,8 or 0 bits. The whole transmitted frame is assigned to compute the parity bits. Any of the following cyclic generator polynomials could be utilized to build the parity bits: g


(D) = D








+D+1 g


(D) = D






+D+1 g


(D) = D









6.2.2 Error Correction

WCDMA system has two optional way of error correction. Those are -

• Convolutional Coding

• Turbo Coding

Convolutional coding is to be relevant for the voice application which needs BER up to10


. The limitation size for the projected convolutional coding system is 9.


Convolutional coding of 1/2 and 1/3 have been precise. Turbo coding is suitable for the high speed data dates which need BER from 10


to 10



7. Air interface Procedures


To make the air interface work in a radio system various air interface is essential.

This means to setup the communication and keep it working by using minimum aspects of radio resources. We have specified the below air interface procedures.

• Power control

• Cell search operation

• Handover

• Packet data

• Uplink synchronous transmission scheme (USTS)

7.1 Cell Search operation

When the mobile station looks for a specific cell, it also specifies the downlink scrambling code and general channel frame synchronization of that particular cell

It is usually sufficient to find the timing of P-CCPCH itself because that of the radio frame timing for every general physical channel is linked to the timing of P-


Usually cell search is conceded through the following three ways:

• Slot synchronization

• Frame synchronization

• Scrambling code identification


We have explained an example process from the 3GPP specification TS25.214 is as follows:

Step 1: Slot synchronization: To look for the specific cell, mobile station first of all uses the SCH’s primary synchronization code to obtain slot synchronization to a cell. If a single match filter matches to the primary synchronization code which is common to every cell, slot synchronization occurs. Detection of peaks in the matched filter output provides the information of slot timing.

Step 2: Frame synchronization and code-group identification: Mobile station employs the SCH’s secondary synchronization code to look frame synchronization as the second step for look for the specific cell. After this mobile station identifies the code group of the cell that has found in the first step. Identifying the code group occurred by correlating the received signal with every probable secondary synchronization code sequences and classifies the largest correlation value.

Because the cyclic shifts have the unique sequences, this is the reason code group and the frame synchronization are specified.

Step 3: Scrambling-code identification: Mobile station resolves the exact main scrambling code used by the found cell as part of the third and last step to look for the cell. The main scrambling code is usually recognized by symbol-by-symbol correlation over the CPICH with every code within the code group that has specified in the second step. When the primary scrambling code has been specified, then the primary CCPCH can be located.

If the mobile station knows which scrambling code its looking for its more easier to look for the code in the second and third step.


7.2 Handover

WCDMA uses various kinds of handover technique. These are -

• Soft, softer, and hard handover

• Interfrequency handover

• Handover among the FDD and TDD modes

• Handover among the different platform of WCDMA and GSM

The handover algorithm needs certain kinds of measurement information to make the handover decision. But above of all, handover algorithm implementation depends on equipment manufacturers.

WCDMA technique does not require base station to be synchronized. This is the reason no outside source of synchronization is needed for the base stations as like the GPS. Asynchronous base stations must be measured the time of designing soft handover algorithms and when employing them in various location services.

Mobile station calculates observed timing variations of the downlink SCHs between two base stations and then enters into the soft handover. Serving base station receives the timing variations reports server by the mobile station. New downlink soft handover timing accuracy is modified with a resolution of one symbol. This makes the mobile RAKE receiver to gather the macro diversity energy from the two base stations. Modification of timing of dedicated downlink channels could be occurred with a resolution of one symbol downlink codes loose their orthogonality.

7.2.1 Inter-frequency Handovers


Hierarchical cell structures have three forms. These are

• macro,

• micro, and

• indoor cells.

These structures are needed in order to utilize the inter-frequency handovers. In order to do high capacity needs in hot spots, various carriers and inter-frequency handovers might be employed. Handovers to the 2G systems as GSM or IS-95, inter-frequency handover is also needed. In order to complete interfrequency handovers, A reliable scheme is needed for making measurements on other frequencies at the same time its still connected and running to the current frequency. There are two way of methods are dedicated for inter-frequency measurements in the WCDMA system. These are –

• Dual receiver

• Compressed mode

If the mobile terminal uses antenna diversity, dual receiver inter-frequency scheme is efficient. In this approach of estimation, one receiver branch is switched to another frequency for measurements at the same time other receiver receives from the current frequency. The loss of diversity gain stays balance with higher downlink transmission power at the time of measurement. Dual receiver approach produces no break in the current frequency connection. Fast closed loop power control produces the power all the time. Compressed mode approach or slotted mode showed in Figure 16 is needed for the mobile station without dual receiver.

Transfer of information usually done at the time of 10-ms frame is compressed.

This compression could be done by code puncturing or by changing the FEC rate.


10 ms frame

Inter-frequency measurement performed during an ideal period

Figure 16: Compressed mode structure.


7.2.2 Handover Between GSM and WCDMA

Designers had to pay a lot of attention on WCDMA frame timing, in order to design process of handover between GSM and WCDMA. The GSM system supports multi-frame structure, where super-frame is multiplied of 120 ms. These approves parallel timing for intersystem measurements as like the GSM system. Moreover, the required measurement interval does not required to be as common as for GSM terminal servicing in a GSM system. The compatibility timing is more important than of the inter-system handover. So, at the time of handover in WCDMA mode, a multimode terminal is capable of catching the required information from the synchronization bursts from the synchronization frame in a GSM carrier with the help of a frequency correction burst. This is how related timing among the GSM and WCDMA carriers is kept parallel to the timing among the two asynchronous

GSM carriers. WCDMA channels and GSM channels timing relation is been showed in the Figure 17. Here 120- ms multi-frame structure is been used by both of the GSM channel and by the WCDMA channel. Both of GSM frequency correction channel (FCCH) and GSM synchronization channel (SCH) use one slot in the total of eight GSM (showed), where the FCCH frame with one time slot for

FCCH always preceding the SCH frame with one time slot for SCH, as showed in

Figure 17.

A WCDMA terminal can do two ways of measurements. First one is by looking for the breaks in the downlink transmission slotted more then request the measurement. Second one is done by individually with the suitable measurement pattern. Because of GSM receiver branch can operate individually of the WCDMA receiver branch, dual receiver approach is introduced in the individual measurement slotted mode.

Information has been exchanged among the systems to ensure the smooth interoperation. Using smooth interoperation WCDMA base station informs the terminal that the there exist GSM frequencies in the area. More over, more sophisticated operation is required for the actual handover. Basically keeping that


into the mind that, GSM system has lower data rates than of the UMTS with the highest data rates of 2Mbps.

Figure 17: Measurement timing relation between WCDMA and GSM frame structure.

The GSM system is supposed to be capable to notify the WCDMA spreading codes in the area to perform the cell recognition easier. Then the measuring of

WCDMA can be occurred by the existing GSM measurement procedure at the time of operation in GSM mode.

WCDMA system does not need to depend on any super-frame structure as with

GSM to discover synchronization. After the WCDMA base station receives the scrambling code timing, terminal which is operating in GSM mode can get the information about the WCDMA frame synchronization. Length of base station scrambling code is 10-ms period and its frame timing is synchronized according to

WCDMA general channels.


7.3 Power Control

Power Control is an essential feature, particularly in the uplink of data. Few features in managing the power control have to taken into consideration. As an example, multi-path propagations tears up behavior of the orthogonal codes. With equal transmit power a Mobile Station nears to the Base Station might keep cover a Mobile Station at the cell border because of same transmit power of both of the station. This problem is called as near-far problem. Power control makes sure that each Base Station receives the same level of power by controlling the control power of the various Mobile Stations. Here we have described some of the power control prospective.

Open loop power control: Open loop power control defines the output power to a desired value. When UE is access to a particular network, open loop control power is responsible for setting up transmission powers of uplink and downlink. For the normal conditions open loop power control tolerance level is ± 9 dB and for the extreme conditions open loop power control has tolerance level of ± 12 dB.

Inner loop power control: Inner loop power control or fast closed loop power control occurs in the uplink. It is the capability of the UE transmitter to modify its output power in according to one or more Transmit Power Control (TPC) information received in the downlink. This is done to keep the received uplink

Signal-to-Interference Ratio (SIR) on a specified SIR target. The UE transmitter is able to change output power level with a step size of 1, 2 and 3 dB, in the slot right after the TPC_cmd is done. 1500Hz is the frequency for the inner loop power control. Network resolves the transmit power for the downlink channels. 0.5, 1, 1.5 or 2 dB are the four values that the power control can have. UTRAN must support


step size of 1dB on the other hand support of other step sizes is elective. TPC commands are produced by the UE in order to manage the network transmit power and then UE sends TCP command in to the TPC field of the uplink DPCCH.

UTRAN changes its downlink DPCCH/DPDCH power after it receives TCP commands.

Outer loop power control: Outer loop power control keeps the quality of communication at the level of holder service quality specification, by maintaining minimum power possible. It defines the setting of a objective SIR in the Node B for every particular uplink inner loop power control. This objective SIR is modified for every UE according to the approximated uplink quality for every Radio Resource

Control connection. It is the ability of the UE receiver to unite the specified link quality (BLER) mention by the network (RNC) in downlink.

Power control of the downlink common channels: Network resolute the power control of the downlink common channels. In general the ratio of the transmit power among various downlink channels is not settled in 3GPP specifications and it could be change dynamically over time.

7.4 Uplink Synchronous Transmission Scheme

Uplink synchronous transmission system is an optional technology deployed for low mobility terminals. USTS could minimize uplink intracell interference by receiving orthogonalized signals from mobile stations. There are some terms to make orthogonalize signals received from mobile stations. These are: Common scrambling code is defined to a cell in the every dedicated physical channels.

Various channelization codes are defined to every MS in a cell for every dedicated physical Channel. In order to minimize the peak-to-average power ratio in a MS; codes for DPDCH and DPCCH could be selected from the upper half part or from the lower half part of the OVSF code tree. If each and every channelization codes


are busy more scrambling code could be employed. Period for signal transmission is adjusted for every mobile station.

Now we will discuss few steps of the transmission time control. Transmission period is occurred by two steps. First step is the initial synchronization. Second step is the tracking.

Initial synchronization: Initial transmission defines the transmission period by sending a message to FACH which is called initial timing control message. Upon receiving the signal from the MS through RACH, the cell measures the period variation among received timing and the reference time in the unit of 1/8 chip period. Mobile station receives the message of initial synchronization containing of variation of time through FACH.

Tracking process: Tracking process defines the time period of the transmission by the time alignment bit (TAB) over DPCCH. UE maintains its transmission time in response to the message. Mobile station sends the signal timing to the cell to match up the period with the reference time. TAB sets the bit equal to 0 as because receiving time is earlier than the reference time. TAB sets the time equal to 1 as because receiving time is later than the reference time. TAB replaces the

TPC bit every timing control Each timing period of 20 ms TAB reinstate its TCP bit.

This is how TAB swaps the last TPC bit of every two frames. At the time when TAB has the value of 0, Mobile Station will take hard decision on TAB by postponed the transmission time by 1/8 chips. On the other hand when TAB has the value of 1,

Mobile Station will proceed its transmission time by 1/8 chip.

7.5 Packet Data


WCDMA system could have three various kinds of data packet transmission. They are such as:

• Common channels

• Dedicated channel

• Shared channels

Common channels: Common channel has the merit of shortage link setup time for transmission of data packets. It uses RACH for the uplink and FACH for the downlink at the time common channel receives short irregular packets. It is not possible to use the Soft Handover in this kind of situation. Moreover to this only the open loop power control is used. So that short size of the packets which has minimum capacity, RACH and FACH packet transmission is employed. Below

Figure 18 shows the RACH packet transmission. time between packets

RACH User packet burst

RACH User packet burst

Common channel without fast power control.

Figure 18: Packet transmission on the RACH channel.

Transmission of short and medium length data packets could also use the common packet channel (CPCH). This method is as common as the RACH but the channel is shared among the various subscribers in time division way and is fast power control is employed. Soft handover also cannot be employed in this kind of situation.


Dedicated channel: Dedicated channel has the better radio communication than that of the common channel. The reason is that it uses soft handover and fast power control. During the transmission through dedicated channel, data rates are not stable. For the downlink transmission size of the orthogonal code is set as similar as the highest data rate. If several high bit rate dedicated packet access connections exist, there might not be enough orthogonal channels available. The drawback of using highest data rates is that, if there are lot of high bit dedicated packet access, then the chance of occupied of all the channels are pretty high.

In order to solve this occupied channels, downlink shared channel (DSCH) could be employed. In this technique only one physical channel is jointly occupied with time division. By using DSCH soft handover could be utilized but not fast power control.

8. Performance Enhancing Schemes


There are few performance enhancing scheme is employed in the WCDMA system. These are adaptive receiving antennas, transmit diversity schemes, and last of all advanced receiver structures.

8.1 Adaptive Antennas


Adaptive antennas enhance the performance of the capacity and the coverage of the system. Both uplink and downlink can use dedicated pilot bits in order to employ the adaptive antennas.

8.2 Transmit Diversity Schemes

Base Station could use several transmit antennas at the downlink to utilize the transmit diversity scheme. Using of several antennas at the Base Station gives better operation quality. This technique is very much beneficial because they transfer the processing load to the Base Station. This proposed scheme for

WCDMA is subdivided into two forms. These are:

• Open Loop

• Closed Loop

In the open loop transmit diversity the techniques are Time Switched Transmit

Diversity (TSTD) and Space-Time TD (STTD). The closed loop technique includes the feedback mode Transmit Diversity and Selection Transmit Diversity (STD) [17].

8.3 Advanced Receiver Structure

WCDMA scheme is developed to satisfy maximum performance of service with no employment of joint detection which uses joint detection of various subscriber signals. But, if it is necessary short scrambling codes might be employed at the uplink to perform multi-user receivers at reasonable complexity.

9. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing



Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing also knows as OFDM has very much famous because of its high data rates transmission using multi carrier transmission of signals. In The main aim is to transmit a single data stream through various lengths of lower rate sub-carriers. It is a modulation technique that satisfies transmission of digital data on a proficient and consistent way through a radio channel, even in a multi-path atmosphere. Therefore it can be judge as a modulation technique or as a multiplexing technique. OFDM has been designed to improve the capacity of CDMA systems and satisfies the wireless access method for 4G systems Eric Philips [19]. OFDM is believed to perform a better way in the case of frequency selective fading or narrowband interference.

OFDM has been employed in various wireless method as like digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital video broadcasting (DVB-T), the IEEE 802.11a, High

Performance LAN type2 (HIPERLAN/2) and Mobile Multimedia Access communication (MMAC) systems [19] and Anibal [20].

High data rate applications like high definition television (HDTV) required data rate of 4 - 20Mbps and computer network applications requires data rate of 1 -

100Mbps should be able to use 4G networks. This is how many of the WLAN functions might change with the 4G networks. In this way cost will be minimized then of the 3G system. It is not possible to provide high data rates at a lower cost by 3G network spectral efficiency. So that, the main objective of the 4G communication will be to develop the spectral efficiency Eric Philips [19].


9.1 Advantages of OFDM

Here we have outlined some of the advantages of OFDM,

1. Improve quality in multi-path propagation environment.

2. Multiple tolerance of delay spread:

• The symbol period on the sub carriers is enlarged because of using of various sub-carriers which is comparative to the delay spread.

• Inter-symbol interference is minimized in a large way.

• To keep a balance to the single carrier modulation, easier equalization is needed.

3. OFDM has the better resistant quality to fading. Forward error correction is employed to accurate for sub-carriers that super from deep fade.

4. OFDM has improved quality of narrowband interference.

9.2 OFDM Principle

The Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing technique is very much alike to the Frequency division multiplexing (FDM) technique. OFDM uses the same rule as of FDM where various messages are to be transferred through a single radio channel in a controlled manner.

FDM employs various frequencies for every Frequency Modulation radio station.

Each frequency has enough gaps between them that they doesn’t overlap to each other in the frequency domain. Each signal is independently filtered through a band pass filter to take away the other entire signal except the signal which is base station looking for at the receiver end. The received signal is transpose to retrieve the original signal.


Using OFDM technology transmission of data occurs through a large number of bandwidth carriers. All the carriers are gaped repeatedly by frequency, which creates a block of spectrum. All the carriers are orthogonal created by the frequency gap and time synchronization. The carriers are orthogonal created by the frequency gap and time synchronization. This carrier are created in such a way that they do not end up into interference in the frequency domain.

Channels a) Frequency Division Multiplexing


Frequency b) Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing

50% Bandwidth saved


Figure 19: Concept of OFDM signal (a) Conventional Multi-carrier technique (b)

Orthogonal Multi-carrier modulation technique.


Figure 19 shows the variation among the conventional non-overlapping multicarrier technique and the overlapping multi-carrier modulation technique. Picture shows the 50% bandwidth recovered by using multi-carrier modulation technique.

9.2.1 Frequency Domain Orthogonality

In order to guarantee the high spectral efficiency sub-channel of the waveforms must have overlapping transmit spectra. Figure 20 shows each sub-carrier’s sinc, sin(x)/x, frequency response


Figure 20: OFDM and the Orthogonality principle.

The form of sub-carrier pulse is a rectangular shape. It’s selected as a rectangular shape because task of pulse forming and modulation can occur by a simple

Inverse Discrete Fourier Transform (IDFT) which can be employed very effectively as an Inverse Fast Fourier Transform (IFFT). On the other hand at the receiver,

FFT is employed to get the opposite of the operation.

Fourier Transform theorem will guide to a sin(x)/x type of spectrum of the subcarrier from the rectangular pulse shape. Spectrum will still be detached from one to another even through sub-carriers are overlapped because of their orthogonality. IFFT occurs at the transmitter for modulation. IFFT selects the gap of the sub-carriers in a specific way that at the frequency where we calculate the received signal all of the other signals are zero. To satisfy the orthogonality there are some rules to be satisfied:

1. The receiver and transmitter have to be entirely synchronized. In order to satisfy this requirement is it necessary to guess the same modulation frequency and the same time scale for transmission which is not really possible.

2. It is also necessary to have the best quality of the analogue transmitter and receiver part.

There should not be any multi-path channel among the sub-carriers to hold the orthogonality. Multi-path is the reason of refection of different objects as like walls, mountains or high skyscraper that because signals reach at the receiver in various times because of communication path distance is different. Energy leakage can occur due to this signal spreading. In order to prevent this multi-path, a technique called cyclic prefix (CP) is introduced. This cyclic prefix (CP) protects the delay among the two consecutive OFDM symbols. This technique makes sure that the channel matrix is “cyclic” as a result FFT can digitalize it. This cyclic prefix is created by copying the last object of the time domain OFDM symbol and adding it to the start of the OFDM symbol in the protecting period. Figure 21 shows the


Guarding in the OFDM technology. It is a cyclic addition of the OFDM symbol. This guard interval is taken off again at the receiver end. Through this way orthogonality is satisfied by taking off the reflection of the earlier symbol. This can be done when size of the interval is bigger than the size of the channel delay T max

. Few portion of the signal is lost by joining the cyclic prefix at the helpful portion of the length T u


In the time slot-1 the signal and the sub-carrier are troubled by the channel transfer function, and by extra white Gaussian noise n.

Y = A:H + N

Channel H can be divide to take off the low noise.

9.3 OFDM Transmission

At the time when a source transmits the data it is in the shape of serial data stream. This serial data stream has to transfer into parallel form. Since in Using

OFDM technique, every symbol usually transmits 40-4000 bits. Data allocated to each symbol replies on the modulation scheme used and the size of sub-carriers.

As an example, every sub-carrier carries 4 bits of data for a sub-carrier modulation technique of 16-QAM and as the concern of transmission every symbol will be 400 bits using 100sub-carriers.

Every of the data sub-carriers is assigned to an amplitude and phase build upon the data that been sent and by the modulation scheme after the modulation mapping performed. Figure 21 shows the block diagram of the OFDM transceiver.

The sub-carriers which are not transmitting any data have the value of zero. All of the signals are performed in the frequency domain. All these signals have to be


transferred into the time before it can transmit. IFFT method is employed to transform these signals into the time domain.

Every separate samples of the IFFT specifies to a single sub-carrier, before convert them into the time domain. Almost all of these sub-carriers adapted with data. The external sub-carriers are not adapted with data and have the amplitude value of zero. These zero amplitude sub-carriers work as a frequency guard band before the nyquist frequency and efficiently work as an interpolation of the signal and permits for a practical roll off in the analogue anti-aliasing reconstruction filters,

Eric Philips [19].

As it is said before the most important merits is using OFDM is robustness of the multi-path delay spread and is accomplish by dividing the input stream into N subcarriers. Here the symbol length is specified by N times shorter which minimize relative multi-path delay spread. Guard time is established to every symbol to takeoff inter-symbol interference. By this part from one symbol cannot, obstruct with the next symbol [21].








Modula tion












Demodula tion








Figure 21: Block diagram of OFDM transceiver.

By adding an extra guard period at the beginning of every symbol can reduce the outcome of ISI in the OFDM signal. It is a cyclic copy that increases the size of the symbol waveform. Every sub-carriers of the data symbol section has the specific length of cycles. Due to the reason of symbol end-to-end placing copies, the signal is a continuous signal without discontinuities in the joins. By this OFDM technique makes a symbol time bigger by copying to the last of a symbol and adds them to the start of the symbol. To receive the desired signal guard time is taken off and

FFT method is applied by the receiver end.



9.4 OFDM generation

It is important to keep the orthogonality of carriers by cautions control of the signal in order to produce the OFDM. To make this happened first OFDM specifies the spectrum according to the input data and modulation is system that is to be used.

Every carrier is specified of transmission of data that to be produced. The required amplitude and phase of the carrier is then calculated According to the modulation scheme, necessary amplitude and phase of the carrier is then calculated usually using various BPSK, QPSK, or QAM. By using Inverse Fast Fourier Transform or

IFFT, necessary spectrum is then transformed again to its time domain.

The Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) coverts a cyclic time domain signal as same as frequency spectrum. This is done by It is necessary to find the equal waveform as frequency spectrum produced by a sum of orthogonal parts. The amplitude and phase of the sinusoidal parts shows the frequency spectrum of the time domain signal. The IFFT does the reverse process, converts a spectrum into a time domain signal. An IFFT transforms a length of complex data points with the size which is a power of 2, into the time domain signal with the similar length of points.

Every data point in frequency domain employs for an FFT or IFFT is referred to as bin.

By placing the amplitude and phase for every bin and performing the IFFT, orthogonal carriers specified for the OFDM can simply produce signal. Every bin of an IFFT shows the amplitude and phase of a set of orthogonal sinusoids; the reverse process satisfies that the carriers generated are orthogonal.





(QPSK, QAM etc.)









(QPSK, QAM etc.) FFT A/D





Figure 22: Basic FFT, OFDM transmitter and receiver.

Essential parts of an OFDM transmitter and receiver have been shown in the

Figure 22. In this procedure first the signal which is generated is a baseband, and then filtration of the signal is performed, and then stepped up in frequency before transmitting the signal.


9.5 Adding a Guard Period to OFDM

The strength of OFDM is maximized by the introduction of a guard period among the transmitted symbols. The guard period allows time for multi-path signals from the earlier symbol to gradually disappear before the information from the present symbol is get together. Cyclic extension is the most essential guard to period to employ. Cyclic extension is necessary to decode the symbol by using the FFT.

This satisfies the multi-path resistance and the symbol time synchronization tolerance.

There is no exact boundary as regards of the signal level of the echo providing that multi-path delay echo stays inside of the guard period time. Receiver receives the signal energy from all the components of the input, and that because FFT is energy cautions the overall obtainable power is supplied to the decoder. When the delay spread is larger than the guard interval, they start to produce inter symbol interference. Moreover, supplied echoes are adequately little they do not produce greater problems. It can be said that most of the time multi-path echo are late to reach larger than the guard period is because of reflection by various distant objects.

Different other guard period can also happen. One other possible guard period is that to have half the guard period on above a cyclic extension of the symbol. Other half is the zero amplitude signals. This will produce the signal as shown in the

Figure 23. Symbols could easily be recognized by using this method. Introduction of envelop detection lets the symbol timing is recovered from the signal. One of the demerits of using guard period is that multi-path tolerance is not satisfied by zero periods. By this successful active guard ends up in half of length.


Figure 23: Here the OFDM signal shows 5 symbols, using a guard period which is half a cyclic extension of the symbol, and half a zero amplitude signal.


9.6 Interference

Various part of the transmitted signal is received by the receiver at various times in the multi-path environment. This is the reason that various propagation paths exist among the transmitter and receiver. This end up into the time spreading extended a specific received symbol into the one sticking to it. ISI or Inter-symbol interference is the term called for the overlapping of signal. It also is a main reason in timing balance. ICI or inter-carrier interference is the other form of interference.

Prosperous demodulation depends on continuation orthogonality among the carriers in the OFDM system. We demodulate a define sub-carrier N at its spectral peak. Which import that every other carriers must have a matching zero spectra at the Nth center frequency. Frequency balance lead to this principal is not satisfied.

This principal can put up serious demerits on the performance of OFDM system.

Figure 24 shows the minimum performance of the system by not choosing the peak frequency of the carrier.


Figure 24: Effect of frequency offset (maintaining orthogonality).


10. OFDM System : An Overview


Here we have discussed the general system model of OFDM system considering the basic parts. Common components for OFDM based systems are explained, and a simple transceiver employed on OFDM modulation is showed. Important demerits in OFDM systems are also detailed.

10.1 System Model

The Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) of a discrete sequence f(n) of length N, F(k), is described as [22]

1 N-1

F(k) =

∑ f(n) e


N n = 0 and Inverse Discrete Fourier Transform (IDFT) as

N-1 f(n) = ∑ F(k) e j2∏kn/N

k = 0

OFDm ststem transform a serial data stream into parallel blocks of size N and employs IDFT to get OFDM signal. Time domain samples can be produced as


X(n) = IDFT {X(k)}



∑ X(k) e j2∏kn/N , 0≤n≤N-1

n = 0 here X(k) is the character transmitted on the kth subcarrier and the length of subcarriers is N. characters are acquire from the data bits using an M-ary modulation as like example Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK), Quadrature Amplitude

Modulation (QAM), etc. In order to avoid Inter-symbol Interference (ISI) from preceding symbol time domain signal is cyclically extended. The symbols X(k) are referred as frequency domain signal and samples x(n) are referred as time domain signal. Central limit theorem has been introduced here, by guessing N is sufficiently bigger, the x(n) are zero-mean complex-valued Gaussian distributed random characters. Below at the Figure of 25 power spectrum of OFDm signal has been shown with the sub-carrier of size 64. Here characters are mapped employing Quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK).


Figure 25: Power spectrum of OFDM signal.

To make the spectrum shaping specification easier, the last sides of the spectrum are specified to zero as that have been used in the specification of IEEE 802.11a.

These sub-carriers work as a frequency guard and some also refers as virtual guides.In order to prevent problems of converting in Digital to Analogue and

Analogue to Digital and to prevent DC, sub-carriers falling at DC is not used at all.

Figure 26 shows the power spectrum of that kind of system. Here length of subcarriers that are specified to zero at the sides of the spectrum was 11.


Figure 26: Power spectrum density of OFDM signal

10.1.1 Cyclic extension of OFDM symbol

Time domain OFDM signal is cyclically expanded in order to evade the result of time spreading. In order to avoid ISI [23, 24] the size of cyclic prefix must go above to the highest excess delay of the channel. The general theme is that The basic idea here is to copy part of the OFDM time-domain character from behind to the start to make a guard period. Figure 27 shows this idea. It also shows how cyclic prefix avoids the ISI.


T g


Origianl OFDM Symbol

Cyclicly Extended OFDM Symbol

Multipath Component - A

Multipath Component - B

Multipath Component - C

τ max

Figure 27: Illustration of cyclic prefix extension.


There are certain reasons to use the cyclic prefix;

1. In order to keep the receiver time synchronization that because a long period of silence can produce synchronization to be lost.

2. In order to transform the linear convolution of the signal and channel to a circular channel.

3. It is much easier to create in FPGAs.

11. Conclusion

Here in our thesis work we first investigate evolution of cellular communications.

We briefly describe about first-generation (1G), second-generation (2G), thirdgeneration (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) systems. Countries like Bangladesh,

India, and Pakistan are still depend on 2G (EDGE, GPRS) due to insufficient infrastructure and low bandwidth. Whereas Japan (WCDMA), United States

(cdma2000) others European countries (UMTS) are now using 3G systems and proceed to develop 4G systems. After this we discuss three types of multiple access techniques: TDMA, FDMA and CDMA. These are the three main multiple access technique that has been designed so far to accommodate various users to share usable bandwidth in radio communication. There are many extensions, and hybrid techniques for these methods, such as OFDM, and hybrid TDMA and FDMA systems. An understanding of these three major methods is required for developing of any extensions to these methods. Then we go through some points about Wideband CDMA. We discuss physical layer of WCDMA, Multiple User Data

Transmission, and some performance enhancing schemes. We also briefly discuss about air interface procedure, handover and power control in WCDMA. WCDMA still continue to evolve based research and new innovations. Release 2000

(release 4) specifications will give efficient IP support enabling services through an all-IP core network. Technical problems solved by include header compression and

Quality of Support (QoS). Then the next 3GPP releases will give higher data rates


near 10 Mbps. Now working on High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) has been started. The following enhancements are proposed:

• Adaptive modulation and coding (AMCS)

• Hybrid automatic-repeat-request (HARQ)

• Smaller frame size

• Position of scheduling mechanism

• Fast cell site selection

• Uplink DCH associated with a access control channel (ACCH)

Finally we go through for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). We briefly discuss about OFDM principle and transmission technique, adding guard period to OFDM, interference. We also provide a OFDM system model. We outlined some of the advantages of OFDM,

1. Improve quality in multi-path propagation environment.

2. Multiple tolerance of delay spread:

• The symbol period on the sub carriers is enlarged because of using of various sub-carriers which is comparative to the delay spread.

• Inter-symbol interference is minimized in a large way.

• To keep a balance to the single carrier modulation, easier equalization is needed.

3. OFDM has the better resistant quality to fading. Forward error correction is employed to accurate for sub-carriers that super from deep fade.

4. OFDM has improved quality of narrowband interference.



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