Preface. I: Basics. 1: Introduction. 2: Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Systems. 2.1. COFDM Modulation. 2.2. Digital Audio Broadcasting. 2.3. Digital Video Broadcasting. 3: Coverage Prediction. 3.1. The Terrestrial Radio Channel. 3.2. Wave Propagation Models. 3.3. Full Area Field Strength Prediction. 3.4. Coverage Assessment. II: Frequency Assignment. 4: Management of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. 4.1. Spectrum Ranges for T-DAB and DVB-T. 4.2. Frequency Planning and Radio Conferences. 4.3. Assignments and Allotments. 4.4. Equitable Access to Spectrum. 5: Mathematical Basis of Frequency Assignment Problems. 5.1. Mathematical Basis for the Frequency Assignment Process. 5.2. Graph Theory Based Algorithms. 5.3. Frequency Assignment by Stochastic Optimization. 6: Geometrical Allotment Planning. 7: Spectrum Demand Estimation. 7.1. T-DAB Coverage for Europe. 7.2. Mapping of FM to T-DAB. 7.3. Spectrum Demand for DVB-T in Germany. 7.4. Spectrum Demand for DVB-T from a European Perspective. 8: Constrained Frequency Assignment Problems. 8.1. The Need for Flexible Planning Approaches. 8.2. Key Elements of Flexible Planning. 8.3. Planning Examples. III: Network Planning. 9: From Frequency Assignment to Network Planning. 10: Planning Principles for Single Frequency Networks. 10.1. Model of a Single Frequency Network. 10.2. Practicable Network Planning Approach. 11: Fictitious Network Planning Scenario. 11.1. Network Model. 11.2. Network Planning Examples. 12: Interference Free Allotment Areas. 12.1. Interference Free Reference Networks. 12.2. Realistic Transmitter Networks. Appendix A: Stochastic Optimization. 12.3. Great Deluge Algorithm. 12.4. Evolutionary Strategies. 12.5. Parallel Algorithms. Appendix B: Abbreviations and Symbols. Bibliography. List of Figures. List of Tables. Index.
Frequency Assignment and Network Planning for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Systems focuses on Digital Audio Broadcasting and Digital Video Broadcasting. The author provides a concise introduction to the subject and presents principles, concepts and commonly accepted methods used in the planning process.
The frequency assignment material focuses on allotment planning while network planning is dealt with mainly from a network optimization perspective. All methods introduced and mathematical tools presented are fully explained. General concepts are illustrated with the help of several planning scenarios both for frequency assignment and network planning.
Frequency assignment and network planning are vital issues throughout most of Europe and North America as a direct consequence of the increasing demand for digital communication systems.