9.1 Live and Learn
Whatever nice tools you might have on your PC, it is highly recommended to get out there in the building, walk the turf, conduct measurements, take part in the optimization campaign and try to participate in a couple of late-night installations of one of your designs. That will enable you to get a feel for the whole process. Indoor planning is much more than ‘just’ desktop work on the PC.
An essential part of the learning process for the radio planner is also to gain experience from the indoor solutions and installations that are live with real traffic. Conduct the post installation RF verification surveys yourself; do these measurements enough times to gain experience so that you can trust your ‘RF sense’. Real-life feedback from the designs you have done is vital, and the launch pad for improvement.
Another valuable input for the radio planner is feedback on network performance statistics of the indoor cells implemented. Monitor the call drop rate, quality, traffic RF performance and handovers to learn where the weak point in the design is.