July 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nashville, TN
Howard Gottlieb
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LTE-Advanced training provides a technical overview of LTE-Advanced including motivation, major new key features such as as carrier aggregation, enhanced advanced antenna techniques for the DL/ UL, relay repeaters, and coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission and reception, requirements, network architecture, security, coverage, performance, required enhancements in LTE and migration strategies for LTE-Advanced deployment.

LTE–Advanced provides higher bitrates in a cost efficient way and, at the same time, completely fulfill the requirements set by ITU for IMT Advanced, also referred to as 4G.

4G LTE or LTE-Advanced was specified initially in Release 10 of the 3GPP standard in 2010.

LTE-Advanced supports wider frequency bandwidths (40MHz or more). Carrier aggregation was introduced in Release 10 to allow combining multiple pipelines together to create a larger single pipeline (provide backward compatibility with LTE ). This is very similar to 802.11n and 802.11ac/ad or concept of channel bonding for wireline broadband networks.

LTE-Advanced LTE Training course provides a technical overview of LTE-Advanced, describing the features such . In summary, this course provides a technical overview of R10 and beyond.

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What is LTE-Advanced?

4G LTE-Advanced refers to the evolved version of LTE that is developed by 3GPP to meet or exceed the requirements of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for a true fourth generation radio-communication standard known as IMT-Advanced.

LTE-Advanced is  a further evolution of LTE, an OFDMA-based technology, specified in Release 8 and 9, which is supported by a tremendous ecosystem of manufacturers and operators worldwide, and has already proven itself to be the global next generation technology.

In November 2010, the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) ratified LTE-Advanced as IMT-Advanced.

Higher capacity is the main focus In LTE-Advanced:

  • Increased peak data rate, DL 3 Gbps, UL 1.5 Gbps
  • Higher spectral efficiency, from a maximum of 16bps/Hz in R8 to 30 bps/Hz in R10
  • Increased number of simultaneously active subscribers
  • Improved performance at cell edges, e.g. for DL 2×2 MIMO at least 2.40 bps/Hz/cell.

The main new functionalities introduced in LTE-Advanced are Carrier Aggregation (CA), enhanced use of multi-antenna techniques and support for Relay Nodes (RN).

3GPP developed the following capabilities for LTE-Advanced with specifications functionally frozen for Release 11 in September 2012:
  • Wider bandwidth support for up to 100 MHz via aggregation of 20 MHz blocks (Carrier Aggregation)
  • Uplink MIMO (two transmit antennas in the device)
  • Higher order downlink MIMO of up to 8 by 8 in Release 10
  • Coordinated Multipoint Transmission (CoMP) with two proposed approaches: coordinated scheduling and/or beamforming, and joint processing/transmission in Release 11
  • Heterogeneous network (Het-net) support including enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC)
  • Relay

Who Should Attend

Engineers, network planners, network designers, product managers, project managers, program managers, testers, R&D, UE manufacturers, tool vendors, operators, semiconductor professionals and anyone else who need to understand LTE-Advanced or  4G LTE landscape.


Upon completion of the LTE-Advanced Training Course, the attendees will be able to

  • Describe concepts behind ITU for IMT Advanced, also referred to as true 4G
  • List and describe major key features in LTE-Advanced
  • List LTE-Advanced network architecture and components
  • Describe LTE-Advanced OTA interface and services
  • List the requirements, performance, testing and security targets for LTE-Advanced
  • Identify enhancement requirements for LTE systems to support LTE-Advanced features
  • Explore migration strategies for LTE-Advanced implementation and deployment
  • List the performance targets for IMT-Advanced and LTE-Advanced
  • Summarize architectural enhancements relative to Release 8
  • Describe the key features of Release 10 LTE-Advanced
  • Explain the key features of LTE-Advanced beyond Release 10
  • Identify the enhancements required in an LTE network to migrate to LTE-Advanced
  • Give examples of deployment scenarios for LTE-Advanced including heterogeneous networks (HetNets)


Overview of LTE-Advanced

  • What is LTE-Advanced?
  • Backward compatibility with LTE
  • LTE-Advanced features
  • IMT-Advanced and LTE-Advanced
  • Evolution from Release LTE 8/9 to Release 10/11/12 LTE-Advanced (4G LTE)
  • Spectrum Allocation
  • Carrier Aggregation
  • Overview of LTE-Advanced services and features
  • Over-the-air provisioning (OTA) in LTE-Advanced
  • Simplified View of an OTA Provisioning Architecture

LTE-Advanced Network Architecture

  • LTE Advanced Features and Performance (R10, R11 and beyond)
  • Release 10/11 Architecture
  • LTE Advanced Relays
  • Enhanced HeNB in Release 10 and beyond
  • Self-Organizing Networks (SON) in Release 9/10/11/12

LTE-Advanced Enhancements

  • Release 10 Air Interface Enhancements
  • Carrier aggregation in LTE-Advanced
  • Scheduling for Component Carriers
  • Enhanced multiple antenna techniques for DL and UL
  • Coordinated and Distributed MIMO
  • SON enhancements
  • LTE-Advanced Release 11 and Beyond
  • Coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission and reception
  • Heterogeneous networks (HetNets) and eICIC
  • Interference cancellation
  • Overall System Latency Enhancements

Self-Organizing Networks and Heterogeneous Networks in LTE-Advanced

  • SON Architectures SON Framework and Management Model and Interfaces
  • Self-configuration (S1/X2)
  • Self-Optimization (ANR)
  • Mobility Load Balancing
  • Mobility Robustness Optimization
  • HeNB Architecture
  • HeNB Gateway Functionality
  • HeNB Access Control
  • Closed Subscriber Group management
  • HeNB Identification
  • LTE-Advanced Coverage Enhancement using  Relay Nodes
  • Range Expansion
  • PDCCH Control Channel Robustness
  • Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC)
  • Almost Blank Subframes and CSI Measurement Restrictions
  • Enhanced PDCCH Control Channel to support Beam Forming

Concepts behind Carrier Aggregation and Enhanced MIMO

  • What is  Carrier Aggregation (CA)?
  • 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 8×8 SU-MIMO
  • Enhanced Downlink Multi-User MIMO and Beamforming
  • Dedicated Reference Symbol Structure for LTE-A MIMO
  • Uplink Multi Antenna Transmission
  • 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

LTE Advanced Operational Procedures

  • Network Acquisition and Attach in LTE-Advanced
  • Power-up system acquisition
  • Random access
  • Attach
  • Cell reselection and handover
  • Idle to connected transition
  • Dormant to active transition
  • Initial Attach and EPS Bearer Activation
  • Mobility in LTE Advanced
  • Cell Reselection and Handover
  • DTX/DRX in LTE Advanced
  • Handover to WiFi for offloading IP traffic

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