3G NETWORK INITIAL PILOT COVERAGE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION Rapid growth of mobile Internet and other mobile services has resulted in increasing demand for higher data transmission capacity. 3G mobile communications systems is designed to meet this demand. Coverage planning is performed with ASSET3G network planning tool including a digital map with topography and population distribution information of the area. The task of planning a network can be very challenging as it involves many careful studies with a lot of considerations. This book provides A methodology of developing initial pilot coverage for a 3G network. The target for coverage planning is to find an optimal location for NodeB's (3G base stations) to build continuous coverage according to the planning requirements. In addition, various optimization techniques such as the antenna height and tilts were also studied to optimize the performance of the network parameters to achieve good coverage. After deployments the total displayed area was 57.446km2 and the total covered area was 57.428km2 with coverage percentage of 99.96%. This book is a perfect guide for students in telecommunication and network coverage planners.