Prerequisites Participants must have advanced knowledge of the LTE/EPS network and the LTE
radio parameters.
For background knowledge, we recommend the TEKonsult courses LTE Basics
and LTE Air Interface
Target groups Deep technical course designed for telecom professionals getting into LTE radio
network planning, dimensioning and testing, including RF engineers, network
engineers, operations personnel, integrators, regulators, manufactures
and managers.
Duration 4.0 days
Course content LTE/EPC Generalities
  • LTE Requirements and Targets
  • EPS Network Elements and Functionalities
  • EPS Interfaces and Protocol Stacks

LTE Air Interface

  • LTE Air Interface Protocols
  • OFDMA and SC-FDMA Key Parameters
  • LTE Radio channels
  • Physical Channel Overhead Calculation
  • MIMO and Diversity Techniques
  • Radio Resource Management Overview
  • LTE Radio Measurements

Radio Planning Process

  • Main Steps of the Radio Planning Process
  • Basic parameters in the dimensioning phase
  • Nominal Planning and pre-launch optimization
  • Available tools

Radio Propagation Properties

  • LTE spectrum allocations and regulatory requirements
  • Radio propagation in LOS and NLOS environments
  • Delay spread, Inter-Symbol Interference (ISI) and cyclic-prefix (CP)
  • Doppler shift and Inter-Carrier Interference (ICI)
  • Peak-to-Average Power Ratio (PAPR)
  • Propagation Models and Calibration

LTE Link Budget

  • Cell EDGE throughput calculations
  • LTE SINR and sensitivity requirements
  • Interference power estimation
  • Slow fading model
  • LTE Max Allowable Path Loss (MAPL) for different bands and operating modes
  • Influence of cyclic prefix (CP) length
  • Impact of Power Control, Link Adaptation and MIMO
  • Differences to GSM and UMTS link budgets

Coverage Planning – Cell Range Calculation

  • Calculation of the cell range with main Propagation Modelss
  • Comparison with other technologies

Capacity Planning

  • Capacity Dimensioning Process overview
  • LTE cell average throughput
  • Factors impacting on the Cell Capacity
  • QoS profiles, Services and Oversubscription

LTE Performance Simulation

  • Evaluation of spectral efficiency, data rates, latency and cell range
  • Comparison with the Performance of other technologies
  • LTE TDD Performance Analysis
  • LTE Link Level Simulation
  • LTE Reuse factor 1 vs. LTE Reuse factor 3 comparison

LTE Deployment Solution

  • Macrocells and Microcells
  • Indoor planning
  • Neighbor planning
  • Planning of PCI, CID and TAI
  • Self-Organized Networks (SON) concept
  • Voice and Data Continuity between LTE and WCDMA
  • Voice Continuity between LTE and GSM

Initial Parameter Planning

  • Concept of Channel Configuration Parameters
  • PRACH configuration parameters
  • PCI configuration parameters
  • UL DM & RS configuration parameters
  • PDCCH capacity and respective parameters
  • PUCCH capacity and respective parameters