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Deploying LTE – A Practitioner's Approach

Course Objectives:

The goal of this course is to present details and up-to-date information on the LTE technology and the corresponding 3GPP standards (up to Release 10). The focus is on the LTE technology, design, planning optimisation and its applications. The participants will master top to bottom the technology and everything needed to confidently launch an LTE network designed for the next generation of multimedia services.

Course Overview:

This is an intensive 5-day course focusing on advanced aspects of LTE technology and applications. We will address the following topics.

  • Evolution from 3GPP UMTS and HSPA to LTE.
  • Detailed analysis of layer 1 and 2 protocol functions.
  • LTE design, planning, deployment and rollout strategies and its relationship with already-deployed 3G networks.
  • Introduction to LTE optimisation of services
  • All-IP network architecture (including insightful introduction of IMS) will be analysed.
  • VoIP, Mobile Broadband, and Mobile HD Video as LTE applications will be discussed.
  • Detailed comparison with other competing technologies like WiMAX II (802.16m) will be presented.

Key Benefits:

A strong knowledge of wireless communication systems is required. Experience with 3G radio technologies is a must, preferably HSPA. Strong background (or practical experience) of IP related technologies and PC analysis tools will be preferred.

Pre-Requisite for Participants:

A strong knowledge of wireless communication systems is required. Experience with 3G radio technologies is a must, preferably HSPA. Strong background (or practical experience) of IP related technologies and PC analysis tools.

Who Should Attend?

  • Technical managers that want to learn and understand in depth LTE.
  • Technical managers that want to understand differences between LTE and WiMAX II.
  • Development, application and deployment engineers that require a Master level of knowledge on everything LTE.

Course Duration:

5 days

Course Outlines:


  • Wireless Standards Overview
  • 3GPP Standard Timeline
  • Why LTE?
  • LTE Standard Characteristics
  • LTE Goals and Means
  • LTE and ITU
  • Network Architecture

LTE Principles

  • The Mobile Broadband Wireless Channel
  • OFDM
  • Frequency and Temporal Diversity
  • TDD vs. FDD
  • RF Front-End
  • Network Topologies

LTE Physical Layer – Advanced level

  • Features overview
  • Resource blocks
  • Uplink and downlink physical layer channels
  • Physical layer signals (reference and synchronization)
  • Channel encoding
  • HARQ
  • Frequency Reuse
  • Power Control
  • Handover
  • Multicast and Broadcast Services (Single-Frequency Network)
  • Physical Layer Data Rates
  • Software Defined Radio
  • SDR Architectures applied to LTE

Multiple Antenna Techniques

  • Beamforming
  • MIMO
  • Space-Time Coding
  • Deployment Options

Advanced LTE MIMO

  • Standardized MIMO Schemes
  • MIMO Reference Symbols (common and dedicated RS)
  • MIMO Link Adaptation
  • PDCCH/PUCCH Control Signalling to support MIMO
  • Adaptive MIMO and related L3 Signalling
  • LTE MIMO schemes in Pre-Release 10
  • Introduction to LTE Intercell interference
  • Cooperative Multi-Point Transmission
  • Coordinated Multi-Site Beamforming
  • Cooperative Multi-Site Beamforming
  • Multi-Site Spatial Multiplexing

LTE MAC and RRC Layer

  • Architecture
  • Control Plane
  • User Plane

LTE Access Procedures

  • Random Access
  • Registration
  • Mobility Procedure
  • Paging

Network Architecture and Applications

  • IP-Based Network Architecture
  • Mobile IP
  • Voice-over-IP
  • IPTV
  • Mobile TV

LTE Deployment and Radio Planning

  • 2G or 3G Upgrade
  • Link Budget Examples
  • Coverage Planning Example
  • Capacity Planning Example (Data Rate Density Demands)
  • Peak and Average Data Rate Analysis (User and Sector Throughputs)
  • Base Station Features and Network Performance
  • Reference signal planning
  • RA Preamble planning

LTE Operation Parameterization

  • Cell selection re-selection parameters
  • Traffic channel operations
  • Handover parameters
  • Power Control
  • Multi-carrier load balancing and optimisation

LTE Network KPIs

  • User-driven KPIs
  • Network performance KPIs
  • System-level KPIs
  • KPI & Parameter trade-offs
  • Optimisation procedures and techniques for enhancing performance

Enhanced Packet Core (EPC) Intro

  • LTE/EPC Architecture
  • EPC Nodes and functionality
  • Key Interfaces
  • Key Features and services

EPC Protocols

  • NAS protocol states
  • EMM and ESM
  • GTPv2-C, GTP-U, PMIPv6
  • Diameter and the role of SCTP
  • E2E signalling
  • Traffic Flows

EPC Network Access, Session and PDN Connectivity

  • PLMN access
  • Attach procedure
  • MME, S-GW and P-GW selection
  • EPS bearer setup, establishment and TEIDs
  • IP management mechanisms 
  • Session management
  • Multiple PDN establishment and management

IMS and LTE Services

  • Introduction to IMS
  • IMS Mobility
  • LTE Voice service options
  • Circuit switched fallback
  • Voice Call Continuity
  • Single Radio VCC
  • Data Call Continuity
  • Multimedia services
  • Mobile Video (HD) and optmisation

Migration to LTE

  • GSM x LTE
  • HSPA x LTE

Migration to 4G: LTE-Advance

Comparison with WIMAX and WIMAX II

  • Timeline
  • Physical Layer Comparison
  • FDD vs. TDD
  • 3G-to-LTE or 3G-to-WiMAX Evolution
  • Applications for WiMAX vs. LTE
  • Data Rates Comarison
  • Cost and Deployment Differences

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