Courses Details
Course Overview
As operators ready themselves to deploy LTE, a good understanding of planning considerations for its successful rollout is essential. This course presents, in a theoretical and practical way, the parameters necessary to plan an LTE network, from a RF coverage point of view.
The course begins with a quick reminder of LTE system architecture and air interface characteristics. It is then followed by a discussion of uplink and downlink link budget. The course provides hands-on practice on Link budget calculations and associated formulations to analyze sensitivity impact across variables and to resolve specific case studies. 
Course Schedule
Target Audience
This course is suitable for managers, engineers and technicians working in the field of mobile communication. 
Course Prerequisites
Participants should have attended ‘4G LTE Technical Overview’ course or have equivalent experience working with LTE systems.
Expected Accomplishments
Explain the LTE Air Interface Structure
Explain the principles of OFDMA and SC-FDMA
Formulate LTE link budgets for uplink and downlink considering channel bandwidth, TX, RX and transmission parameters
Derive SNR requirements for a given cell edge throughput
Estimate slow fade margin for a given cell edge probability
Describe resource allocation in the uplink and downlink
Describe the LTE frame format in the downlink and uplink
Perform uplink and downlink coverage and capacity calculations for LTE.
Understand traffic modeling for LTE
Highlight the main factors that impact cell capacity  
Evaluate the cell capacity
Estimate the number of sites based on coverage and capacity
Course Outline
LTE Air Interface 
oReview the LTE & EPS system Architecture
oLTE  frequency bands
oOFDMA vs. SC-FDMA
oOFDMA parameters
oUplink and downlink frame formats
oResource allocations

LTE Downlink Budget
oUplink budget parameters
oThermal noise
oSINR requirements
oCell load
oDownlink interference margin
oCell edge probability
oSlow fade margin estimates

LTE Uplink Budget
oUplink budget parameters
oPath loss as a function of cell edge throughput
oSINR requirements
oUplink interference margin

LTE Coverage Planning
oRF propagation models for LTE
oOkumura-Hata and Cost-Hata models
oWalfish Ikegami model
oEstimating cell range and cell area

LTE Capacity Planning
oSubscriber traffic profiles
oTraffic modelling
oCell throughput dimensioning
oSimulations
oFactors affecting cell capacity
oEstimating site counts based on coverage and capacity