Course Duration


Course Objectives

In the matter of mobile radio communication systems, RF Planning is the process of assigning frequencies, and parameters of a wireless communication system to provide sufficient coverage and capacity for the services required. Cell Planning and Dimensioning is critical context due to different services offered by 4G and LTE network. With the burgeoning of smart devices, M2M, social networking and location-based services, operators are seeing LTE data usage expansion as a generator of revenues and start focusing on the efficient cell planning of LTE network.

Telecontran’s 5-day 4G / LTE Cell Planning and Analysis Workshop significantly improves the understanding of the issues and techniques used to effectively plan an efficient and advanced 3G or 4G cellular network. Along with the up to date information on 3G, HSPA and 4G/LTE technology, participants will also be taught on 3GPP standards and its relationship with other 3G and LTE technologies.

After successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Gain a thorough overview of 3GPP Architecture and 4G/LTE Interfaces
  • Improve, optimize, and maintain network performances
  • Explain network potential issues that might happen on the radio and BSS and the core network side
  • Provide comprehensive knowledge of LTE radio planning techniques.
  • Plan an efficient 4G/LTE Radio Network
  • Learn 3GPP Security factors and necessary algorithms
  • Gain a thorough understanding on SS7, SIGTRAN, SIP as well as IMS and its services
  • Take advantage of the benefits and enhanced radio performance that 4G / LTE brings to the cellular operator in various scenarios.

Target Audience

This course is specially designed for Radio Network Planners, Project Managers, RF Engineers & Technicians and frequency spectrum and policy makers from Regulators.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Overview of Telecom Network
  • Mobile Communication
  • Evolution of Mobile Communication
  • GSM Network and its Architecture
  • GSM Network Components
  • GSM Protocols
  • GSM Radio Interface
  • R99 to R4 Evolution – the IP Core Network
  • Core Network Nodes Details and Roles
  • 3GPP Releases – Overview towards Rel.14
Module 2: UMTS towards HSPA
  • UMTS Introduction
  • UTRAN Architecture
  • Network Elements – Node B, RNC, MGW
  • UMTS Radio Interface Details
  • Interfaces – Uu, Iu, Iub, Iur
  • From UMTS to HSPA/HSPA+
  • HSPA Architecture
  • Radio resource management
  • Protocol architecture
  • Impact on UTRAN interfaces
  • Protocol states
Module 3: LTE / SAE Introduction
  • LTE and SAE
  • LTE Principles
  • OFDM vs. single carrier
  • Frequency and temporal diversity
  • TDD vs. FDD
  • E-Utran
  • EPC
  • EPC Nodes and Interfaces
  • EPC Signaling and Protocols
  • EMM/ECM Common Procedures
  • Overview LTE.LTE-A UE Capabilities

Course Curriculum

Module 4: 4G and 4.5G
  • Meaning of 4.5G
  • Difference between 4G and 4.5G
  • LTE-Advanced
  • MIMO
Module 5: LTE Air Interface
  • S-OFDMA (LTE downlink) and SC-FDMA (LTE uplink)
  • Number of Subcarriers and Subcarrier Types
  • Frames / Resource Blocks (RB) / UL Allocation
  • Modulation Techniques
  • Error Correction
  • Basic Spectrum Planning in LTE
  • Operating Bands
  • Channel Bandwidths and Channel Spacing
  • Guard Band Considerations
Module 6: LTE Radio Propagation and Frequency Planning
  • Channel models
  • Multipath radio conditions- Delay, Doppler Spectrum, Multi-Antenna channel model
  • Macrocell propagation model – urban case
  • Macrocell propagation model – rural case
  • OFDM channel models – ITU proposal
  • Channel Allocation
  • Multiple Reuse Patterns
  • Reuse Partitioning

Course Curriculum

Module 7: LTE Cell Planning
  • Uplink Noise considerations
  • Uplink Link Budget
  • Downlink Noise considerations
  • Downlink Link Budget
  • Cell tuning principles
  • Tuning macrocell scenarios
  • Cell coverage analysis and verification principles
  • Overshooting & cell border analysis
  • Tuning hot-spot scenarios
Module 8: LTE Capacity Planning
  • Data traffic modeling
  • Air interface capacity estimation
  • Backhaul capacity planning
  • Cell and eNB quantity
  • Factors impacting capacity
  • Planning tool simulations
Module 9: LTE KPIs
  • Accessibility KPI
  • Retainability KPI
  • Mobility KPI
  • Integrity KPI
  • Availability KPI
  • Utilization KPI

Course Curriculum

Module 10: TCP/IP
  • TCP/IP Overview and Description
  • IPv4 vs IPv6
  • TCP/IP Protocol stack description
Module 11: SS7 Signaling and SIGTRAN
  • SS7 Signaling overview
  • SS7 Protocol stack description
  • SS7 Signaling in UMTS and LTE
  • CAMEL (Customized Applications for Mobile networks)
  • Enhanced Logic Protocol description
  • SIGTRAN- SS7 Signaling over IP networks
  • SIGTRAN Protocol stack description
Module 12: Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
  • SIP Basics and SIP Multimedia Session setup
  • SIP Signaling and Call Flow
  • SIP operation
Module 13: The 3GPP Security Architecture
  • UMTS Security
  • Security Algorithms in UMTS – the MILENAGE set
  • Security procedures and parameters for authentication and encryption
  • LTE/EPC Security Procedures
  • Authentication, Non-access stratum security and access-stratum security
  • Security Algorithms for EPS: SNOW 3G and AES
  • Re-keying procedures and key generation for handovers
  • Security Aspects for the EPC components
  • SIP Security Aspects

Course Curriculum

Module 14: Functional Split between E-UTRAN and EPC
  • E-UTRAN and EPC vulnerability aspects
  • Services with EPS
Module 15: IMS
  • The IP-Multimedia System (IMS) reference architecture
  • IMS functions and basic operation
  • IMS Services
Module 16: LTE Application and Services
  • Discussion on potential services: VoLTE, VoWIFI, IP-TV, Instant messaging, presence services, etc.
  • IoT over LTE: benefit or compromising security
  • LTE-advanced: Carrier Aggregation and small cells.
  • Networking configurations: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
Module 16: Introduction to 5G
  • 5G Drivers
  • Objectives of 5G
  • 3GPP 5G Architecture
  • 5G Internet

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