School of Advanced Communications Technologies

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Certified Small Cells Radio Planning and Optimisation Programme

Technology concepts

  • Macro, micro, pico & femtocells
  • What is a small cell?
  • Benefits of small cells
  • Use cases
  • Frequency planning for small cells
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Heterogeneous deployment scenarios

The Small Cell Market

  • Small cell forum
  • Hetnet forum
  • Small cell market highlights
  • Small cell providers

Review of LTE

  • Core network
  • Radio access network
  • Air interface
  • Frequency bands
  • OFDMA
  • Multiple antennas
  • State diagrams
  • LTE Advanced
  • Circuit Switched Fallback
  • VoLTE

Support for Small Cells in LTE

  • Cell detection
  • Home evolved NodeB
  • Closed subscriber groups
  • HeNB support in Release 8
  • HeNB support in Release 9
  • HeNB support in Release 10
  • Self optimizing networks
  • Other Small Cell Technologies
  • Core network of UMTS and GSM
  • UMTS radio access network
  • UMTS air interface
  • Soft handover
  • GSM air interface
  • Wireless local area networks
  • Research themes for 5G

Requirements for Small Cell Planning

  • The planning process
  • Business requirements
  • Clutter and building data
  • Site survey
  • Radio survey
  • Network planning tools

Antenna Systems for Indoor Small Cells

  • Requirements
  • Picocells and femtocells
  • Distributed antenna systems
  • Passive DAS
  • Active DAS
  • Diversity reception
  • MIMO antennas

Indoor Design

  • Design scenario
  • Capacity issues
  • Coverage issues
  • Interference issues
  • Multiple floors
  • Elevators
  • High-rise buildings
  • Handover issues
  • Typical process

Outdoor design

  • Design scenario
  • Capacity and coverage
  • Interference issues
  • Outdoor remote radio heads
  • Indoor coverage from an outdoor cell

Interference Management

  • Downlink interference case 1
  • Downlink interference case 2
  • Avoidance principles
  • Avoidance method
  • Uplink interference case 1
  • Uplink interference case 2
  • Avoidance principles
  • Avoidance method
  • Uplink/downlink imbalance
  • Range expansion

Link Budget Estimation for LTE Small Cells

  • Introduction
  • Link budget estimation
  • Small cell propagation models
  • EIRP
  • Receiver noise
  • Receiver interference
  • Receiver sensitivity
  • Link level parameters
  • Example link budgets

Parameter Setting and Optimization for LTE Small Cells

  • Parameter setting and self configuration
  • Interference management
  • Mobility management

Practical’s and Exercises

Throughout the training programme, exercises and practical’s will be given to reinforce the material being presented. These will include;

  • UL Link budget – indoor/outdoor
  • DL Link Budget – indoor/outdoor
  • Propagation Modelling
  • Parameter Setting – PCI, PRACH and Mobility
  • RF Software Planning Demonstrations