Channel Element (CE) is the required baseband processing capacity and hardware for one Speech RAB (AMR 12.2 kbps) connection
The definition of Channel Elements as the capacity resources in WCDMA radio base stations is not standardized by 3GPP, which implies differences in expressing Base Station capacity by different vendors.
Ericsson’s definition of a Channel Element is linked to Dedicated Channel (DCH) resources of the RBS, i.e. only to the resources required for user data handling for the different RAB types. This definition includes both dedicated data channels and dedicated signaling channels. Processing capacity required for common signaling channels and certain radio network functionality is NOT included in the definition of a Channel Element .