Training - LTE Advanced Technology


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 11. This new standard is called LTE Advance and fulfills all requirements as set by the ITU-R for 4G. By now LTE-A is already 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 and the extensive use of MIMO antenna techniques.


This course will give participants an overview of the LTE Advanced standard as defined in the 36 series of 3GPP specification Release 10/11 and provides an outlook on future Releases and 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). 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.

Day 1 – 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 
  • Evolved Packet Core, Control and User Plane Architecture 
  • Random Access, RRC Connection Setup, Initial Attach 
  • 4G and LTE-Advanced Introduction, Spectrum Allocation 
  • Multi-carrier Transmission and Deployment Options 
  • Overview of LTE-Advanced Features and Technologies 

Day 2 – LTE-A SON, HeNB, HetNets and Carrier Aggregation

  • SON Architectures (distributed, centralize, hybrid) and Use Cases 
  • Mobility Load Balancing and Mobility Robustness Optimization 
  • Home Base Station Architecture Options and HeNB Gateway Functionality 
  • HeNB Access Control and Closed Subscriber Group management 
  • LTE-Advanced Coverage Enhancement by Relay Nodes
  • Range Expansion and PDCCH Control Channel Robustness for Heterogenous Networks
  • Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) 
  • Almost Blank Subframes and CSI Measurement Restrictions 
  • Enhanced PDCCH Control Channel to support Beam Forming
  • Bandwidth Extension by Carrier Aggregation (CA) 
  • Cross Carrier Scheduling and Deployment Details  
  • CA principles (PCC, SCC, Linking, Activation/Deactivation)

Day 3 – Other Rel.10/11 Features and Outlook to Future LTE-A/5G

  • Uplink Carrier Aggregation and Multi-Cluster 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 
  • Coordinated multipoint transmission and reception (CoMP) 
  • Cooperative Base Stations and Remote Radio Heads
  • Minimization of Drive Test (MDT) and Machine Type Communication (MTC)
  • Release Overview LTE-A Rel.10 to Release 12
  • LTE-Advanced UE Capabilties 
  • Outlook on Rel.13 and 5G