LTE Advanced E-UTRAN R10/R11/R12 course focuses on differences between E-UTRAN R8/R9 and E UTRAN R10/R11/R12 also known as LTE-Advanced. The training covers a functional description of all major enhancements added in specifications release R10/R11/R12 together with the required signalling protocols modifications. It focuses on services like Carrier aggregation, MIMO solutions, eNB relay, eICIC, CoMP, EPDCCH, DCI & UCI, 3GPP/WiFi radio interworking, Device to Device communication, Small Cell enhancements, Low Cost Machine Type communication and many other.
The course is intended for E-UTRAN protocol stack developers, experienced network engineers, network tuning staff and anyone with network experience who needs deep technical knowledge on functionality of E-UTRAN up to R12 release.
(4G/IMT-Advanced requirements, LTE-Advanced requirements, R10-R12 features’ overview, spectral efficiency with different scope: cell, peak, cell edge, impact of GBR bearers on capacity – VoIP, mobility-related interruption time),
- Carrier Aggregation R10-R12
(general concept, backward compatibility, intra-band contiguous, intra-band non-contiguous and inter-band carrier aggregation, operating bands, terminal capabilities, coverage scenarios, primary and secondary component carriers/cells, SCell addition / modification / release / activation / deactivation protocol impact, secondary cell activation/deactivation, multiple timing advance values, regular and cross-carrier scheduling, cross-carrier scheduling in HetNet, periodic and aperiodic SRS, uplink multi-cluster transmission, simultaneous PUCCH and PUSCH transmission, handover scenarios and new reporting events - A6, enhancements added in R12),
- Small Cell enhancements – Dual Connectivity R12
(Indoor/Outdoor, Ideal/Non-ideal scenarios including Co-channel, inter-frequency or small cell out of coverage of macro cell alternatives, architecture: Master eNB (MeNB), Secondary eNB (SeNB), impact on protocols: PDCP, X2UP, resource control: Master Cell Group (MCG), Secondary Cell Group (SCG), security control procedures, power control including Power Headroom (PH) reporting, other small cell enhancements: shared HeNB, 256 QAM, X2 Gateway),
- Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Control (eICIC) R10-R12
(Heterogeneous Network - HetNet, interference problems, Almost Blank Subframes - ABS, X2 load indication procedure, UE measurements, HetNet implementation using CA, DC, RN, MIMO and CoMP, HetNet micro cell range extension),
- Multi-antenna solutions R10-R12
(R8/R9 and R10/R11/R12 MIMO comparison, beamforming, backward compatibility, protocol impact, DL MIMO: transmission mode 9 and 10, DCI format 2C, Channel State Information Reference Signals – CSI-RSs, UE-specific Reference Signals – URSs, antenna ports mapping to physical antennas, UL MIMO: transmission mode 1 and 2, DCI format 4, Orthogonal Cover Codes – OCC, UL MU-MIMO enhancements, R12 enhancements in MIMO DL, 3D-MIMO ),
- eNB Relay R10-R12
(general concept, backward compatibility, inband and outband relay, architecture, S1 and X2 U/C-plane protocol aspects, radio protocol aspects, RN start-up and reconfiguration procedure, E-RAB activation/modification, physical layer modifications, Uu/Un interface time multiplexing FDD & TDD, R-PDCCH channel, O&M, relay versus repeater),
- Coordinated Multi-Point transmission (CoMP) R11-R12
(evolution of the bases station architecture, Centralised-RAN architecture, fronthaul and backhaul requirements, DL CoMP: Joint Transmission - JT, Dynamic Point Selection - DPS / muting, Coordinated Scheduling/Beamforming - CS/CB, Dynamic Cell Selection - DCS versus handover, UL CoMP: Joint Reception – JR, Coordinated Scheduling and Beamforming - CS/CB, CoMP sets, CSI reporting, TM 10,),
- Enhanced Interference Management and Traffic Adaptation (eIMTA) R12
(new resource optimisation mechanisms added in R12, including dynamic adaptation of UL/DL TDD configuration),
- Device-to-Device communication (D2D) R12
(concept of direct communication between terminals – Proximity Services (ProSe) using D2D link, new components added in R12: UE-to-Network Relay, ProSe Application Server, impact on HSS profile including UE identities, modification of protocols added in R12 in order to support this feature),
- Low Cost Machine-Type communication (M2M) R11-R12
(LTE modifications required by massive growth of Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, architecture and security issues, dedicated SIM categories: embedded SIM (eUICC), MFF1/MFF2 M2M SIM, and related USIM parameters, impact on ESM and EMM procedures: TAU/PLNM selection/PLMN reselection optimisation, usage of low priority indicators, back off timers, RRC support for UE power optimisation),
- SR-VCC enhancements R10-R12
(Attach and TAU procedures for SR-VCC, reversed SR-VCC, Single Radio Video Call Continuity – vSR-VCC procedures, enhanced SR VCC (eSR-VCC)),
- EPDCCH, DCI & UCI
(EPDCCH, DL control signalling capacity, DL control signalling performance, EPDCCH transmission method, MIMO and CoMP, EPDCCH structure, DCIs, UCIs, PUCCH format 1b CS, PUCCH format 3).
- 3GPP - WiFi interworking R8-R12
(Concept of parallel simultaneous connections using different radio technologies, selection of access network: Access Network Discovery and Selection mechanism, mobility: IP-Flow or S2a-based using GTP, Selected IP Traffic Offload (SIPTO), Local IP Access (LIPA)),
- O&M enhancements R8-R12
(SON enhancements: RLF including report and connection re-establishment, Mobility Robustness Optimisation (MRO), Mobility Load Balancing (MLB), Automatic Neighbour Relation (ANR), RACH optimisation, Minimization of Drive Test (MDT): measurements (RSRP/RSRQ, PH, UL interference, data volume, IP throughput), mode (connected/idle), collection triggers, trace functionality, positioning methods (GNSS, E-CID, E-CGI)).
The participants should have attended “Signalling in E-UTRAN/LTE” course or should have the equivalent knowledge.