LTE RF Network Design Training

Commitment 5 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This LTE RF Network Design Training workshop seeks to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of LTE/SAE necessary for the design, analysis, and deployment of this exciting new radio technology.

The initial portion of this LTE RF Network Design Training course presents an overview of basic core network and air interface standards including system components, reference points, protocol stacks, and fundamental concepts that form the basis for the rest of the course.  Each module of this course builds upon the previous modules, culminating in the use of a propagation modeling tool to estimate the performance of an LTE network, based on equipment specifications, system configuration, and environmental variables.  This how-to course, emphasizing calculator exercises and detailed analysis using the spreadsheets included in the course, will help you learn practical techniques that you can put to immediate use on your job.

  • 5 days of LTE RF Network Design Training with an expert instructor
  • LTE RF Network Design Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this LTE RF Network Design Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe the evolution of mobile radio from 2G to LTE
  • Compare LTE to 3G (WCDMA) and 4G (WiMAX) technologies
  • Describe the basic LTE frame structure and function
  • Explain the function of the LTE eUTRAN reference points
  • Describe the basic function of the LTE/SAE protocol stack
  • Discuss the benefits and limits of MIMO and Adaptive Arrays for LTE
  • Perform an LTE link budget analysis using equipment specifications
  • Estimate path loss using both physical and empirical models
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of OFDM/OFDMA in an NLOS environment
  • Explain the use of SC-FDMA for amplifier efficiency on the LTE uplink
  • Describe Fractional Frequency Reuse (FFR) approaches for LTE
  • Describe the timing options available for LTE deployments
  • Perform a “Flat-Earth” analysis to evaluate RF design viability
  • Compare different approaches for backhauling LTE sites
  • Compare the use of oversubscription to traffic engineering rules
  • Model LTE coverage based on C/(I+N) for different Modulation/FEC
  • If you would like to take this LTE RF Network Design Training course but don’t have the requisite understanding of WCDMA/LTE, we can extend the course to include an up-front overview of WCDMA/LTE.  The course may also be customized to your project requirements or operational environment.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the LTE RF Network Design Training around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the LTE RF Network Design Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this LTE RF Network Design Training course:

  • Technical audiences with prior understanding of WCDMA and some exposure to LTE who need a workshop-style course on the LTE radio network design issues.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this LTE RF Network Design Training course are:


Evolution of Mobile Radio
  • The Basic Concepts of Cellular Radio
  • GSM Network Architecture
  • The GSM Air Interface: Channels and Access Techniques
  • GSM/GPRS and Packet-based Access
  • UMTS: The Evolution of GSM RAN and Core Network
LTE Technology Overview
  • LTE: The Evolutionary Next Step in Cellular Radio
  • The LTE Frame Architecture
  • LTE Physical Channels
  • Accessing LTE Network
  • The eUTRAN Components and Protocol Stack
  • LTE Air Interface Variations
  • LTE vs. Mobile WiMAX for 4G
Service Architecture Evolution (SAE)
  • LTE/SAE Core Network Evolution
  • Components of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
  • SAE/EPC Reference Points and Interfaces
  • Interworking with Other Technologies
Review of RF Fundamentals for LTE
  • Basic Radio Link Considerations (link budget margins)
  • Basics of Information Transfer for Radio
  • Working with Decibels
  • Digital Modulation Techniques for LTE
  • Error Correction Techniques for LTE
LTE RF Network Design Training – Antenna Considerations for LTE
  • General Antenna Types and Characteristics
  • Antenna Diversity Techniques
  • Advanced Antennas for LTE

LTE Link Budget Analysis

  • Equipment: Parameters and Configuration
  • Link Margins and Service Objectives
  • Receive System Performance Analysis
  • Co-location Issues for LTE
  • Developing a Link Budget
Path Loss Modeling: LOS and NLOS
  • Radio Propagation Mechanisms
  • Free Space Path Loss Analysis for Line-of Sight
  • Modeling Non-Line-of-Sight Path Loss
  • Semi-empirical Path Loss Models
  • 3GPP and ITU Proposed Path Loss Models
LTE and the NLOS Environment
  • Impairments Due to Multipath in the NLOS Environment
  • The Wide-band Channel and Inter-symbol Interference (ISI)
  • Mitigating ISI with OFDM
  • S-OFDMA: Balancing ISI and Doppler
  • The LTE Downlink: S-OFDMA
  • Reducing PAPR with SC-FDMA for the LTE Uplink
Frequency Reuse Techniques for LTE
  • Overview of Frequency Reuse
  • LTE and Fractional Frequency Reuse (FFR)
 LTE RF Network Design Training – Interference Margins on LTE
  • Inter-Cell Interference Considerations
  • ICIC Optional Feature Discussions
  • Inter-Cell Estimations: Mathematical Modeling
  • Inter-Cell Estimations: Simulators
  • Exercises: Excel-based Practical Tool
Scheduler Functionality on LTE
  • Inter-Cell Interference Considerations
  • Scheduler Decisions and Inter-Cell Interference Influence
  • Average Throughput vs. SINR (γ) Estimations: Mathematical Modeling
  • Average Throughput vs. SINR (γ) Estimations: Simulations
  • Exercises: Excel-based Practical Tool
The “Flat Earth” Model: Engineering and Business
  • Balancing Engineering and Business Needs
  • The “Flat Earth “ Model for LTE
  • Moving from “Flat Earth” to Real World
  • High Bit Rate Backhaul Options for LTE
Oversubscription and Traffic Engineering
  • Capacity, Oversubscription, Utilization, and Delay
  • Modeling a Single-server System: An LTE Backhaul
  • Modeling a Multi-server System: An LTE Sector
Modeling an LTE Deployment Environment
  • Required Data for Modeling the Real World
  • Selecting a Propagation Model: Physical vs. Empirical
  • Setting up a Modeling Tool: Environment and Site Configuration
  • Performing a Coverage Study with a Modeling Tool
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