Comparative Analysis of Picocell and Femtocell Performance Utilizing Various Propagation Models


  • Mohamed Abughalia Elactrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Sirte University, Libya
  • Algaddafi Alpotte Elactrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Sirte University, Libya
  • Mohammad Elmahdi Elactrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Sirte University, Libya



Picocell, Femtocell, 4G performance, MATLAB, models


This study provides an in-depth comparison of picocells and femtocells within 4G networks, employing various propagation models. Using both empirical and deterministic methodologies, the investigation thoroughly explores signal propagation, coverage, and capacity aspects of small cell deployments across different environmental conditions. Leveraging insights from multiple propagation models, the research elucidates the effectiveness of picocells and femtocells in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Crucially, these findings, obtained through a user-friendly GUI developed with MATLAB, offer valuable guidance for refining small cell network design and deployment strategies in 4G environments. This contributes significantly to ongoing discussions on optimizing small cell networks, underlining the importance of tailored approaches for efficient deployment and operation across diverse environmental landscapes.


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