Minimum Separation Distance Calculations for Incumbent Protection in LSA
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In this paper, we consider minimum separation distance calculations from the perspective of a real-life Licensed Shared Access (LSA) system in the 2.3 GHz band in Europe. In the LSA system, an LTE network shares spectrum resources with incumbent users, such as programme making and special events (PMSE) users, which need to be protected from harmful interference. Plenty of potential resources are available, in case the incumbent activity is occasional or localized. The sharing scenario requires realistic separation distances to be calculated to protect the incumbents. The minimum separation distances were calculated using methods presented in the ECC report on compatibility studies on 2.3 GHz band, but by using the parameters from the real-life LSA test network. With this work, we bridge the gap between theoretical research for incumbent protection and practical LSA deployment. In the process of defining new separation distances, discrepancies were found in the original example calculations.