T-DAB Network and Frequency planning

Course objectives

This training course aims at providing theoretical and practical knowledge on the digital radio standards, in particular the T-DAB system. The frequency and network planning process is dealt with in detail, the steps and network options as well an overview of the different tools needed to successfully plan a digital radio network.

After completing this course, delegates will have a good overview of the whole network planning process and the possibilities related to Digital Radio.

Duration: 3 days
Target groups: Operators and broadcast planning engineers.

Prerequisities: Basic knowledge of radio communication technology

Participants:  Up to 20 people

Language: English

Location:  Onsite training or client premises

Lecturers: Mats Ek, Technical Director PROGIRA

Course content

The course covers the following subjects:​

1. Network planning overview

  • Overview of course
  • Digital radio Overview, T-DAB, T-DAB+, DRM, T-DMB
  • Overview of the planning process
  • Quick – Country overview

2. Basic radio network planning

  • T-DAB particularities and digital Systems
  • Planning parameters
  • Calculation of minimum field strength calculation
  • Relation to FM

3. Frequency plan – International agreements

  • The GE 06 Frequency plan
  • Implication of GE06 plan
  • Examples of Plan entries
  • T-DAB panning issues and strategies

4. Radio Wave propagation basics

  • Different Prediction models
  • Area General Models
  • Terrain based Models
  • 3D models

5. Radio Wave propagation basics

  • General principles of software
  • Databases used in network planning
  • Introduction of the PROGIRA plan Planning software
  • Demo Planning software

6. Planning of SFNs

  • SFN Theory
  • Important parameters in SFNs
  • System aspects related to T-DAB
  • SFN – Self interference analysis of SFNs
  • SFN optimisation
  • Use of SFN gapfillers
  • Examples of SFN

7. Tx Station Characteristics

  • Combiners
  • Transmitter distribution network,
  • Multiplexers
  • Examples/discussion
  • Tx station characteristics
  • Different types of Antennas
  • Combiners dimensioning examples

8. Coverage measurements and network verification

  • Why measure coverage?
  • Antenna measurements and verifications
  • Coverage measurements
  • Drive test- Demo
  • Presentation and analysis