Telecom

Telecom

3E specializes in the introduction, development and provision of professional consultancy, engineering, design, telecommunication infrastructure products and project implementation services.

Whilst committed to the delivery of excellence through state of the art products and services, we recognizes the importance of close control and can call on specialists to address any aspect of a project.

Network Design

  • Assessment of current status
    • Startups
    • Expansions
    • Existing infrastructures and networks
    • RF and MW spectrum allocations
    • Formulation of system criteria

  • Contract documents and negotiations
    • Market studies and research
    • License requirements
    • Demography and geography
    • Regulatory bodies
    • Equipment specifications
    • Vendor selection

Network dimensioning (NSS, VAS, IN, OMC, BSS, Transmission)

  • System and subsystem local protocols
    • Numbering plans
    • Interconnections and signaling protocols

  • Design criteria, definition and integration
    • Macro, micro, pico
    • Dual-band 900MHz, 1800MHz
    • Multi-rate
    • VMS, SMS , GPRS, prepaid
    • S/W Features
    • Extended Cell Range
    • Cell repeaters
    • Indoor solutions

RF Planning

Complete radio planning, turnkey package or partially providing different tasks or assistance

Multi-vendor experience in different planning tools and equipment
generations with their relevant software releases and features

  • RF spectrum and band allocations
  • Subsystem capacities
  • Maximum and allowable configurations
  • Max transmit power, receiver sensitivity...
  • Support of features as half rate, hopping...

Nominal cell plans to determine overall structure of radio network, used in searching for suitable site locations
  • Link budget calculations
  • Coverage requirements for different mobile classes
  • General antenna configurations

Traffic dimensioning
  • Traffic per subscriber (mE/sub)
  • Grade of Service (G.o.S.)
  • Number of subscribers
  • Traffic distribution

Nominal cell plan and traffic dimensioning combined with the spectrum available give an indication of number of sites, cells and configuration

Essential data for system design consist the basis for BSC, transmission, TRAU, MSC, VAS, IN… dimensioning

Frequency planning based on the available frequency spectrum and band in addition to site capacities
  • Spectrum usage and management
  • Frequency reuse and multiple reuse patterns
  • Frequency group distribution and splitting
  • Macro and micro cell layers
  • New site integration
  • Base band and Synthesized Frequency hopping
  • Antenna types, radiated power, gain, beam width, bandwidth, down tilt, isolation and transmission line characteristics

Propagation predictions to verify per cell and composite coverage and interference levels
  • Predicted signal strength and service levels
  • Co-channel and adjacent channel interference predictions
  • Best server/sectorMacro, micro, pico

Transmission Planning

Complete transmission planning, turnkey package or partially providing different tasks or assistance

Multi-vendor experience in different planning tools and equipment generations with their relevant software releases and features
  • RF spectrum and band allocations
  • Subsystem capacities
  • Maximum and allowable configurations
  • Max transmit power, receiver sensitivity...
  • Support of features as loop back, service and audio channels...

Nominal transmission plan to determine overall structure of transmission network, crossed with nominal cell plan in searching for suitable site locations
  • Link budget calculations
  • Frequency applications
  • General antenna configurations
  • Daisy chaining, star and loops
  • Whether ,when and where to use fiber, copper, PDH, SDH,
  • VSAT

Traffic dimensioning
  • Traffic/circuit per site
  • Grade of Service (G.o.S.)
  • Number of subscribers
  • Provision for new sites and expansions

Nominal transmission plan combined with the spectrum, site capacities, priority and required link availability determine the connectivity, number of circuits, links and configuration

Frequency planning based on spectrum, capacities, distances and regulations
  • Spectrum usage and management
  • Frequency reuse and polarization
  • Frequency allocations and geographic boundaries
  • New site integration
  • Antenna types, protected and non-protected links, diversity, radiated power, gain, beamwidth, bandwidth, downtilt, isolation and transmission line coax and wave guide characteristics

Transmission planning also caters for
  • Candidate site selection and validation
  • New site positioning and integration
  • Aesthetics, health and environment regulations
  • Different site types and their interconnectivity
  • BSC, MSC and repeater site locations
  • Layered networks
  • Diversity systems, protection and synchronization
  • LOS, type and height of tower
  • Interference analysis
  • Technical reviews, land conditions, site access and construction issues
  • Path profiling and clearance
  • Link profiling and power budgets, path losses and fading
  • Backbone planning, synchronous multiplexers and cross connect switches DXX
  • Link and protocol testing
  • Interconnection requirements to other networks, PSTN, capacities and protocols used

Site Survey, Selection and validation

Teams fully adopted to various RF propagation conditions ranging from desert areas to water bodies and mountain terrains, dry to tropical weather, rural to dense urban clutter and fully acquainted with tools and programs required

Initial site selection is coordinated so that locations meet the coverage and microwave survey requirements
  • These target areas are then investigated and evaluated as to their suitability
  • Given a search area radius, several potential locations are identified for each site, which are then investigated from RF point of view
  • Nearby obstacles
  • Possible antenna heights and restrictions
  • Airspace, military and other agency regulations
  • International boundaries, airport locations and restricted areas
  • Local regulations…

The location meeting the greatest number of criteria is chosen as the preliminary location for the site
  • A description package for each preliminary location is prepared, including all applications, preliminaryCAD drawings and reports showing necessary information to make the next level of decisions about each location
  • The customer reviews each site package and determines which sites to be kept into or removed from consideration

Ownership search determines the legal status of the site. 3E contacts the owner for obtaining right of entry and signing the pricing options for leasing or purchasing

A field visit is then made by Qualios engineers and the customer’s to further assess the site. Several locations are visited to determine the best and secondary options in case the first choice cannot be obtained

Topographical survey
  • Contours, roadways, waterways
  • Elevation, exact GPS coordinates for center of tower

Boundary survey
  • Survey map with clear site boundaries and area required for lease or purchase

Site accessibility and climate considerations
  • 24 hours a day, seven days a week site access
  • All weather access roads and satisfactory rights of way
  • Cranes or hoists required can be accommodated for
  • Any special climate conditions

Microwave survey
  • LOS and/or field path surveys to assure microwave reliability
  • Antenna heights and mounting restrictions

Soil survey aimed at
  • Tower and foundation design
  • Grounding analysis and design

Site and personnel security and safety issues
  • Security and safety of operations, personnel, equipment and site
  • Risk for natural disasters

Utilities
  • Existing or nearby lease line facilities
  • Distance to existing AC utilities

Environment
  • Environmental regulations and sensitivity
  • RF environment, regulations and interference sources
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • Dust and carbon dust

Analysis and development of existing structures are tracked and managed with the same attention to detail afforded to new sites
  • All system and microwave antennas including any expected future growth can be mounted on the structure
  • The addition of equipment does not surpass the ratings of the structure without requiring additional engineering
  • If available, the equipment room environmental conditions are adequate for the addition of equipment as well as future expansion
  • Convenient access to the equipment room is available for installing and servicing equipment
  • The structure has adequate, reliable electrical service available
  • The floor or roof structure is adequate to support the equipment to be installed, including heavy cabinets and/or large battery banks and/or a self-contained rooftop shelter

Site Design, Permitting and Acquisition

The design and development of sites is critical not only to optimal functioning of the system, but also to reducing running operation and maintenance costs, assuring safety of personnel, enhancing quality of service and extending cycle time.

All design and construction drawings and specifications for a new site are provided by Qualios engineering teams ensuring that the design is adequate for the site conditions and customer approved prior to construction.

All appropriate engineering studies are completed and submitted to relevant authorities.

Site walks
  • Site layout
  • Access and load considerations.
  • Fabrication area for construction activities.
  • Temporary power.
  • Utility sources.
  • Resources needed.

Geotechnical considerations
  • Size and shape of the guy anchors if applicable.
  • Tower and shelter foundations.
  • Grounding system design.
  • Soil resistivity.

Temporary facilities
  • Staging, fabrication and construction areas.
  • Access and communications.
  • Water, light and power.
  • Waste removal and dumpsters.
  • Storage and security.

Electrical supply and/or generators
  • Poles required.
  • Meter if applicable, ATS, MDB.
  • Point of entrance and cable runways.
  • Rectifiers, UPS, batteries, generator, breakers, wiring.

Tower design
  • Self supporting, guyed, monopole, stub or pole.
  • Tower and antenna mounts heights and azimuths.
  • RF and MW antenna loading and future growth, cable runways.
  • Wind load, twist and sway.
  • Platforms, ladder or pegs, marking and lighting.

Shelter or equipment room design
  • Amount, type, weight, size and configuration of equipment and ancillaries to be housed, along with adequate space for movement and systematic growth of communications equipment outwards.
  • Shipping and delivery issues, weight and size concerns.
  • Heat insulation, lighting, grounding, power, alarm system, fire fighting, feed-through , door, RF, cable trays, anti-static.
  • Floor plan and equipment connectivity.
  • Little preparation for construction.

HVAC design
  • Temperature, humidity, and cleanliness requirements.
  • Site specifications for construction materials, insulation type and R values, size, existing conditions, and predicted growth.
  • Thermal loading of equipment including future growth.
  • Ambient outside temperature.
  • Delay kit, lead-lag cycle, alarms, economizer, emissions,automatic shutdown, redundancy, seismic design.

Site development drawings
  • Site plan, existing and/or new road profiles.
  • Grounding system drawings.
  • Drainage requirements, grading and sediment control plan.
  • Utility plan and installation details.
  • Shelter, tower and relevant foundation plans.
  • Fence enclosure and guy anchor fence if applicable.
  • Drawings are maintained to reflect the intended design of the.
  • Site and keep track of the way the site was actually built.

There are many governmentally regulated aspects of site acquisition that only the customer can deal with. Qualios prepares the permit and gets it to the customer for approval, signature and presentation to the requesting agency.

Permitting and application filing
  • Aviation requirements and restrictions on tower heights.
  • Build permits, electricity meter.
  • Agriculture, city council, civil defence, municipality certificates.
  • Zoning conditions and restrictions.
  • Environment and health.

3E knows the serious negative impact the unavailability of a certain site can have on the overall project schedule. For this, Qualios teams blend with system design engineers and know how to pick sites that meet the requirements and hence save in money and time.

When determining the offering price, the customer will need to know the fair market value (FMV) before an agreement is signed. For this, 3E teams up with local real estate agencies to offer appraisal database services per region.

Ownership
  • Sign lease or purchase agreement by customer.
  • Manage easements and multiple site frame agreements.
  • Estate management and rent renewals.

Site Construction

Clearing land of vegetation.
  • Installing erosion control barriers.
  • Excavating and building access road.
  • Excavating and establishing sub-grade and drainage requirements.

Excavating and installing shelter, tower, fuel tank and any ancillary foundations
  • Blasting and/or foundation excavations.
  • Concrete forms.
  • Steel reinforcements.
  • Anchors, bolts and steel work.
  • Permanent or temporary steel casings.
  • External grounding system.
  • Concrete pouring, sleeves, screeds.

Tower, stub tower, masts or poles
  • Supply and delivery.
  • Installation and erection.
  • Antenna mounts and side arms if applicable.
  • Vertical and horizontal cable ladders.
  • Lightning protection rod.
  • Obstruction lights.
  • Grounding.

Electrical metering base
  • Meter itself is usually installed by utility company.
  • PVC conduit for power cables.

Equipment shelter and ancillary equipment
  • Supply and delivery.
  • Offloading, assembly if applicable.
  • Rigging and craning.
  • Power connection, switches and power sockets, grounding.
  • Pass through, entry gland light, cable trays.
  • Anti-static floor tiles.

Installing fencing and gates
  • Curbs, ring beams and fence posts, grounding.

Electrical and other utility installations
  • Electrical distribution panel.
  • Surge arrestors.
  • Room light and emergency light with batteries.
  • Cable trays.
  • Lightning protection.
  • Primary power access and inlet generator socket.

Backfilling
  • On-site excavations or soil replacement whichever applicable.
  • Compaction.

Grading, and bringing site up to final grade
  • Slopes for dewatering / shoring / water runoff.
  • Crushed gravel topping.

Performing final cleanup, testing and recording.

All as built drawings are submitted and marked up so as to reflect the way the site was actually built to indicate modifications made at the site during construction
  • Progress monitoring.
  • Variation orders.

Obtaining customer approval signatures.

Installation and Commissioning

Supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of RF and MW antenna systems and accessories.
  • Mounting brackets, RF and IF feeders, bottom and/or top jumpers as required and connectors.
  • Grounding kits, clamps, hangers and/or angle adapters ,tie wraps, hoist grips, strain relief.
  • Weather proofing all outside connectors, splices, antenna terminations and jumpers.
  • Transmission line identification or labelling using metal strapping bands, colour-coded band, or equivalent.

HVAC, control units and alarms.

Fire fighting and smoke detection systems.

Supply and install alarm termination box including the necessary wiring to the termination points.

Installing backup power systems
  • Rectifiers, UPS, batteries, cables and alarms.
  • Solar panels if applicable.
  • Energizing equipment shelter.

Lightning arrestors.

Supply and install DDF, wiring and labeling
  • 75 Ω coax.
  • 120 Ω twisted pair.

Installing equipment cabinets and/or racks
  • Layout, work areas and spacing.
  • Mounting and leveling.
  • Anchoring.
  • Installation and cabling.
  • Labeling and signage.
  • LAN and wiring if applicable.
  • E1’s, DDF and connectors.

Grounding all metal objects.

Database download, start up, testing, commissioning and integration of facility equipment BSS, BSC, TRAU, MW, earth stations.

3E sites are verified compatible through its quality assurance/quality control
  • Network Element tests whereby each element is tested separately and independently. A hardware inventory check is performed and documented.
  • Integration tests to verify that hardware connection interfaces are working properly and that the network data and related traffic data are correct.
  • Traffic tests to verify that different traffic cases to and from mobiles, as well as handovers, are working properly.
  • System, subsystem or system extension tests verify that the system is properly working after all other tests have been passed.

Operation and Maintenance

3E offers its clients a preventive maintenance program to provide service and repair. The agreement includes scheduled multi-periodic site visits and checks

  • Towers, antennas and transmission lines.
  • Shelters, system equipment, HVAC and ancilaries.
  • LAN and cable changes.
  • Site cleaning and shredding.
  • Testing grounding electrode systems.
  • Generators, solar and battery power systems.
System monitoring

  • 24hrs / 7days.
  • Alarm handling and reporting.
  • Statistics generation, analysis and reporting.

RF Optimization

Analyzing existing plans in terms of
  • Propagation and traffic models, clutter, coverage.
  • Frequency plans, interference internal and external to the system.
  • Site configurations, traffic and capacity distributions.
  • Signaling protocols and load.
  • Network performance statistics, QoS.
  • KPI’s monitoring and achievement.
  • Test tools and requirements.

Drive testing, call sampling and benchmarking of network against optimal situation and against competition

Altering and analyzing the cause and effect of
  • Antenna types, heights, bores and tilts.

Checking and recommending the need of new sites for coverage and/or quality enhancement.

Producing best practice solutions.

Recommending, monitoring and optimizing
  • Database parameter changes.
  • Available or new software features and releases.

Applying interference reduction techniques and lessons learnt to the system design.

Checking and recommending the need of any parameter change or configuration on the NSS side, to the transmission system and network architecture, interfaces and interconnections.

Training

We live in an increasingly connected world. With ICT and markets evolving rapidly, keeping pace requires a continuous learning process. Learning opportunities enables people to develop the right competencies, in the right place and at the right time making it critical to success. However, classroom training only represents a small proportion of the way people learn. The businesses that truly drive change are those that combine formal and informal learning with efficient knowledge-sharing processes to form a responsive and innovative learning culture.

A successful high-impact learning culture is one in which the value of learning is recognized, and where learning is seen as a critical investment and enabler for business success. It is one where employees feel empowered and responsible for driving their own professional development. Leaders in a high-impact learning culture work with competence planning and development of their employees and are role models in developing their own competence and learning. Successful learning cultures foster an environment where everyday learning, informal and on-the-job learning as well as knowledge sharing form an integral part of the overall learning culture.

Consultancy

Our superior services extend to high level consultancy when it comes to network assessment, introducing new services and technologies, contract negotiations and management, ender document preparation and evaluation, specification setting, acceptance testing and certification, responsibility matrices and operating procedures definition and monitoring, quality control, roll out planning and project management.

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