3GPP LTE Advanced and 5G (1) - CEI-Europe
Course #48

3GPP LTE Advanced and 5G (1)

We recommend you to submit your preliminary or firm registration at least 4 weeks before course start to ensure a seat on the course.


The standardisation of 3GPP Long Term Evolution has been completed in 2009 and numerous networks are in commercial operation around the globe. Still wireless broadband internet access, providing IP based services to mobile users, continues to grow rapidly worldwide. Therefore 3GPP has been working on further enhancements of the LTE air interface in 3GPP Release 10 and beyond. This new standard is called LTE Advanced and fulfills all requirements as set by the ITU-R for 4G. It has been acknowledged by the industry that LTE Advanced will be the dominating 4G Technology globally.  LTE Advanced promises to deliver peak data rates beyond a Gbps in up- and downlink by aggregation of multiple carriers up to 100 MHz. For new fragmented spectrum it increases flexibility, while keeping backward compatibility to LTE networks and terminals. By means of carrier aggregation LTE Advance can operate in bandwidths up to 100 MHz in contiguous or non-contiguous frequency allocations.

This course will give participants an overview of the LTE Advanced standard as defined in the 36 series of 3GPP specification Release 10/11/12 and provides even an outlook on the standardisation of 5G. Based on a comprehensive Release 8/9 review, the course will introduce standardized LTE Advanced technologies like Carrier Aggregation, Uplink and Downlink MIMO Enhancements, Uplink Multi-Cluster Transmission and LTE-Advanced Relays. Key driver to increase system performance is the reduction of inter-cell interference particularly for Heterogeneous Network scenarios. Based on ICIC mechanisms of Release 8/9, the course introduced new LTE-A techniques like Coordinated Multipoint transmission (CoMP) and Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) or Inter-cell Interference Cancellation. Besides this, the training will also introduce how to manage future LTE networks more efficiently by using enhanced functionality of LTE Home Base Stations (HeNB), Self-Organizing Networks (SON) functions as Mobility Robustness Optimization or Mobility Load Balancing, LTE relays as well as using UE measurements to minimize drive tests (MDT) to optimize LTE-A networks or Machine Type Communication. Eventually an outlook towards 5G will be given on topics like Machine Type Communication, Device to Device communication, Public Safety or the standardisation of non-backwards compatible 5G new carrier types.

This is an expert training course
. Experience with LTE technology and Release 8 specification is essential for this course! Unless LTE background exists, participation in the 3-day LTE radio technology training ( Course #41) is highly recommended.

LTE Overview and Introduction to LTE-Advanced

  • LTE Introduction, History and Evolution
  • OFDMA and SC-FDMA Radio Access Technology
  • LTE Physical Layer, Scheduling, Link Adaptation, HARQ
  • Reference Symbols, Up- and Downlink Frame Structure
  • Uplink and Downlink MIMO Antenna Technologies
  • Up- and Downlink Transport Channels and Physical Channels
  • Evolved Packet Core, Control and User Plan Architecture
  • Random Access, RRC Connection Setup, Initial Attach
  • Handover Procedure and Data Forwarding
  • Release 9 Enhancements such as MBSFN
  • 4G and LTE-Advanced Introduction, Spectrum Allocation
  • Multi-carrier Transmission and Deployment Options
  • Overview of LTE-Advanced Features and Technologies

LTE-A Self-Organizing Networks and Heterogeneous Networks

  • SON Architectures (distributed, centralize, hybrid) and Use Cases
  • SON Framework and Management Model and Interfaces
  • Self-Configuration (S1/X2) and Self-Optimization (ANR)
  • Mobility Load Balancing and Mobility Robustness Optimization
  • LTE/LTE-A Energy Saving - On/Off Switching of Base Stations
  • HeNB Architecture Options and HeNB Gateway Functionality
  • HeNB Access Control and Closed Subscriber Group Management
  • HeNB Identification and Mobility Procedures in Rel.8/9/10
  • LTE-Advanced Coverage Enhancement by Relay Nodes
  • In-band Relays using Un Interface (MBSFN sub-frames, R-PDCCH)
  • Range Expansion and PDCCH Control Channel Robustness
  • Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC)
  • Almost Blank Subframes and CSI Measurement Restrictions
  • FeICIC UE Inter-cell Interference Cancellation Techniques
  • Enhanced PDCCH Control Channel to support Beam Forming

Carrier Aggregation and Enhanced MIMO

  • Bandwidth Extension by Carrier Aggregation (CA)
  • Cross Carrier Scheduling and Deployment Details
  • CA principles (PCC, SCC, Linking, Activation/Deactivation)
  • Uplink Multiple Timing Advance for Carrier Aggregation Rel.11
  • Uplink Carrier Aggregation and Multi-Cluster Transmission
  • Simultaneous Uplink Control Channel Transmission
  • Enhanced Downlink Spatial Multiplexing with 8x8 SU-MIMO
  • Enhanced Downlink Multi-User MIMO and Beamforming
  • Dedicated Reference Symbol Structure for LTE-A MIMO
  • Channel State Information Reference Symbols
  • Uplink Multi Antenna Transmission in LTE-Advanced
  • Coordinated Multipoint Transmission and Reception (CoMP)
  • Cooperative Base Stations and Remote Radio Heads
  • CoMP modes: joint processing, coordinates beam forming & scheduling
  • CoMP Resource Management and Signaling Procedures

Other LTE-A Enhancements and Outlooks to 5G (Release 12/13)

  • LTE/LTE-A Machine Type Communication (MTC and M2M)
  • Overload Control by Extended Access Class Barring
  • Support of Diverse Data Applications
  • In-Device Coexistence Techniques for WLAN, Bluetooth etc.
  • UE Measurements and Measurement Reports to Minimize Drive Tests (MDT)
  • MDT Configuration and MDT Procedures
  • LTE-A UE Capability Exchange and Band Combinations
  • LTE-A Release 12 Outlook and 5G Technology Enhancements
  • Enhanced PDCCH Control Channel and New Carrier Types
  • Local Area Access and Super Dense Networks
  • CoMP with non-ideal backhaul
  • Proximity Detection and Device to Device Communication
  • Future Public Saftey


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