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What is Cell Identity and Physical Cell Identity?

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We know ENodeB can support 256 cells so all cells will have different physical cell identities?

posted Feb 26, 2014 by Hiteshwar Thakur

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As per my understanding, only the neighbors cells should not use same Physical cell Identity.
Within a PLMN, an eNodeB is identified with global cell Identity, which is the combination of (PLMN + 28 bits long cell Idenity). SIB1 carries cell Identity.

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answer Feb 26, 2014 by Vimal Kumar Mishra
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Cell Identity also known as cell global identifier(CGI) is 28 bit.
Cell identity = ENB ID (20 bit) + local cell id(8 bit)
ENB Id is unique with in a PLMN.
Local cell gives unique identification to a cell with in a ENB as it can control 256 cells.

Another tern like ECGI = PLMN ID + cell identity

ECGI is gives unique identification to a cell at global level.
CGI,ECGI all are layer 3 identifiers and allocated by operators.

For Physical layer identification PCI is used But as it is limited (0 - 503) so repetition has to be done But we have to take care about the distance between the ENBs so that UE will not face interference.

Though PCI is same and EARFCN(Represents the carrier frequency) is different then UE will not face interference so it is allowed.But basically we make sure that neighbour PCI + EARFCN should not same.
PCI can be assigned dynamically as part of SON PCI Planning procedure and conflict can be resolved by changing the PCI too.

answer Feb 26, 2014 by Sachidananda Sahu
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