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LTE: On what basis either dB or dBm is considered as a measurement unit ?

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Why dBm unit is used in case of doing measurement for RSRP and why dB is used for RSRQ ?
What reasoning is behind it ?

posted Aug 9, 2016 by Ganesh

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Hi Ganesh ,

dB is ratio between two power values while dBm is used to express an absolute value of power. So when we mention RSRP and RSSI we shall always use dBm since we are talking about absolute power values but we need to use dB with RSRQ since it is the ratio of RSRP to RSSI

answer Aug 9, 2016 by Jaganathan
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Good Answer from Sri Jaganathan dear Ganesh Ji,

Just as received power needs to be quantified in scientific way, instead of saying so and so milli micro nano picco, femto or otto watt, we say -100 dBm -90 dBm -80 dBm, so on and so forth for making the communication more precise with the unit of logarithm scale that puts multiplying or dviding things as simple as addition or deletion or plus or minus symbolically with reference to a milli Watt
Any power about that of milli Watt has to be a positive power

And dB is relative changes, it is like saying, to reach some one now, you need to move five floors above or below current level which is plus or minus dB

answer Aug 10, 2016 by Annam Thyagaraja Kishore
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