This work focuses on the deployment of indoor LTE small cells acting as secondary transmitters in TVWS. Proposed methods make use of measurements stored in a Radio Environment Map (REM) that characterizes the DVB-T reception inside the building under consideration. Under this framework, this work analyses two different approaches for the deployment of small cells. First approach is based on maximizing total secondary transmit power inside the building, while the second approach is based on maximizing the percentage of positions having a Signal to Interference and Noise Ratio (SINR) above a desired threshold. Approaches are validated by means of rigorous simulations supported by real measurements of DVB-T signal reception. Results include optimum secondary transmitter placement, and transmit power values for providing indoor LTE coverage considering operating in a channel adjacent to the one used by DVB-T. These results are compared against exhaustive enumeration techniques and proven to provide very accurate results. Results reveal that when considering system capacity or network throughput, the second approach is more efficient and provides better results than the first approach. To the author's best knowledge, this model is the only model that provides an actual deployment strategy of indoor LTE secondary transmitters while considering interference constraints from adjacent channel DVB-T transmission. While our approaches are only tested in the considered building, the methods used are generic and can be applied in the same manner within any indoor environment provided that the REM for that environment is established.
In this thesis, we present a systematic computer-based approach to solve the problem of optimum transmitter placement for indoor LTE coverage systems operating in the TVWS. This approach is supported with rigorous simulations that reflect very promising results.
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