An Automatic PCI Assignment Framework for Femtocells in LTE Networks

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 644)


Evolving mobile networks are requested to transport an increasing data traffic as a result of popularity of online services together with accessibility of modern mobile devices among people. A solution that can help mobile operators to quickly deploy base stations, ensuring great indoor coverage with minimum costs, and providing high data rate capabilities, poses a femtocell concept. As femtocells are expected to be costumer-deployed in great numbers, they have to be effectively managed and configured. Among parameters that should be automatically configured belong a physical cell identifier, called physical cell identity (PCI). However due to limited range of available PCI values and collisions and/or confusions may occur in the network. In this paper, we propose a centralized automatic PCI configuration scheme for femtocell networks that can integrate algorithms and proposals of other authors as well.


Small cells LTE Physical cell identity SON Femtocells Automated assignment 



This research work was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Technical University in Prague, grant no. SGS13/199/OHK3/3T/13.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Telecommunication EngineeringCzech Technical University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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