Unquestionably LTE™ R8/R9 has proved to be a great success. It is now the time for careful examination of all the technological improvements available in R10/R11/R12 along with their various implementation scenarios.
"LTE-Advanced (R10-R12)" course presents operating principles of key LTE‑Advanced features. This essential new LTE-Advanced concepts combined with students’ technical experience should allow them to form their own opinions about usefulness and applicability of specific features in the existing environment of their network and local mobile market.
In comparison to "LTE-Advanced (R10-R11)", this training contains not only brand new R12 features like Dual Connectivity, Proximity Services, eIMTA but also plenty of smaller R12 enhancements of "older" R10/R11 features and a separate section devoted to LTE/UMTS-WiFi integration.
The course is intended for experienced network engineers and E-UTRAN developers who are planning or have already worked on introducing LTE‑Advanced features.
4G/IMT-Advanced and 3GPP LTE-Advanced requirements, cell spectral efficiency, peak spectral efficiency, cell edge user spectral efficiency, mobility, scalable bandwidth, C/U-plane latency, handover interruption time, VoIP capacity, frequency bands,
Carrier Aggregation (CA) R10-R12
intra-band contiguous/non-contiguous and inter-band CA, CA operating bands and bandwidth classes, UE categories, Primary & Secondary Cell / Component Carrier, implementation scenarios, L1/L2 protocol impact, SCell addition / modification / release, SCell activation / deactivation, multiple Timing Advance, enhanced Power Headroom reporting, regular and cross-carrier scheduling, CSI and HARQ-ACK reporting, PUCCH format 1b CS and format 3, (a)periodic SRS reporting, UL multi-cluster transmission, simultaneous PUCCH and PUSCH, handover scenarios, Event A6,
Dual Connectivity (DC) R12
Multi-site CA versus DC, synchronous/asynchronous DC, architecture – MeNB, SeNB, MCG bearer, split bearer, SCG bearer, terminal capabilities, operating bands, radio protocols, PDCP routing and re-ordering, X2UP protocol, SeNB addition/modification/release procedures, security, PH reporting, power control,
MIMO enhancements R10-R12
DL R8/R9 MIMO introduction – critical survey of existing TMs and transmission schemes, beamforming as the main MIMO solution in LTE-Advanced, new resource efficient Reference Signals – CSI-RS and URS for TM9/TM10, UL MIMO flexible DM RS sequence allocation (OCC) for MU-MIMO, UL TM2,
Coordinated Multi-Point transmission (CoMP) R11-R12
Distributed and centralized RAN, backhaul and fronthaul, DL CoMP - Joint Transmission (JT), Dynamic Point Selection (DPS) / Dynamic Cell Selection (DCS), Coordinated Scheduling/Beamforming (CS/CB), UL CoMP - Joint Reception (JR), Coordinated Scheduling and Beamforming (CS/CB), TM 10, CSI reporting,
eNB Relay (RN) R10-R12
E-UTRAN architecture supporting RNs, inband (type 1) / outband (type 1b), U/C plane protocol stack for supporting S1/X2 over Un interface, RN start-up procedure – Phase I: Attach for RN preconfiguration and Phase II: Attach for RN operation, RRC RN Reconfiguration procedure, Uu/Un interface time multiplexing FDD & TDD, R-PDCCH channel, RN versus repeater,
Small cells enhancements R12
256 QAM, shared HeNB, X2 Gateway,
Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) R10-R12
Various HetNet implementation scenarios utilizing CA, DC, RN, MIMO and CoMP, HetNet micro cell range extension, interference problems, network synchronisation, Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Control (eICIC), Almost Blank Subframes (ABS),
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) R11-R12
UE category 0, embedded SIM (eUICC), MFF1/MFF2 M2M SIM, M2M related USIM parameters – EFnasconfig, Extended Access Baring (EAB) and other access control procedures, overriding low access priority and EAB, overload protection: charging, periodic TAU optimisation, usage of low priority indicators, EMM and ESM back off timers, PLMN (re)selection optimization, invalid USIM state reset, UE Power Saving Mode (PSM), RRC UE assistance for RRM and UE power optimisations,
Proximity Services (ProSe) / Device-to-Device communication (D2D) R12
Use cases and scenarios, architecture, UE-to-Network Relay, ProSe Application Server, UE identities, direct discovery and direct communication, HSS subscription, C/U-plane protocol stacks, sidelink, interferences and power control,
Minimization of Drive Test (MDT) R11-R12
MDT in connected/idle mode – Immediate/Logged MDT, MDT measurements MDT: RSRP/RSRQ, PH, UL interference, data volume, IP throughput and measurement collection triggers, geographical positioning methods: GNSS, E-CID, E-CGI, MDT control – area based and signalling based MDT, trace collection,
SON enhancement overview R9-R12
RLF and other failures, RLF report, connection re-establishment, RACH optimisation, intra-LTE/inter-RAT Mobility Robustness Optimisation (MRO), intra LTE/inter-RAT Mobility Load Balancing (MLB), intra-LTE/inter-RAT Automatic Neighbour Relation (ANR), energy saving,
SR-VCC enhancements R10-R11
Reversed SR-VCC (rSR-VCC), voice and video SR-VCC (vSR-VCC), enhanced SR VCC (eSR-VCC),
Enhanced Interference Management and Traffic Adaptation (eIMTA) R12
Dynamic adaptation of UL/DL TDD configuration,
Wi-Fi Interworking R8-R12
Access Network Discovery and Selection, Multiple Access PDN Connectivity, IP Flow Mobility, S2a-based Mobility over GTP, Local IP Access (LIPA), Selected IP Traffic Offload (SIPTO),
Need for control channel capacity increase, EPDCCH transmission resources, EPDCCH sets, distributed and localized transmission, EPDCCH in MIMO, HetNet and CoMP environment.
Knowledge of E-UTRAN/LTE is required. Completion of E-UTRAN/LTE Signalling course (or equivalent) is highly recommended.
Lectures and multimedia presentations.
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