LTE Radio Planning in One Day

Subject: 4G LTE
Category: Radio
Duration: 1 day

Course outline:

Introduction to LTE radio interface

● RF Planning workflow
● EPS and E-UTRAN architecture: nodes and interfaces
● Radio frame for E-UTRA FDD and TDD
● Reference signals and pilots: RS, P-SS, S-SS, DRS, SRS
● MIMO in LTE
● Propagation models: statistical, empirical and deterministic

Coverage Planning and Link Budgets

● Link budgets, gains and losses
● Role of adaptive modulation and coding scheme
● Requirements for signal-to-noise-and-interference ratio (SNIR) and receiver sensitivity
● Thermal noise calculations and interference estimation
● Maximum allowed path loss
● Impact of normal and extended cyclic prefix
● Range determination and site-to-site distance estimation
● LTE downlink and uplink link budget exercises

Frequency Reuse and Interference Management

● Interference avoidance, cancellation and coordination
● Considerations for Single Frequency Network (SFN)
● Classical frequency reuse concept (integer reuse)
● Fractional frequency reuse (FFR) methods including soft reuse and partial reuse

LTE Capacity Planning

● Influence of Modulation and Coding Scheme distribution on sector capacity
● Exercises in capacity calculations

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