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On the Edge of Wireless Evolution – Latest 3G and 4G developments and trends in 3GPP training

The training session gives an overview of the latest 3G and 4G developments and trends in 3GPP.

Paradigm of being always connected is starting to be reality in industrial countries but the trend is also emerging in developing countries such as India where 3G licenses were auctioned during 2010. Word-wide forecast for the amount of mobile data by the year 2014 is tenfold when compared to the current situation. This increased demand and growing requirements for mobile communications technologies sets wide range of challenges to be covered by network and device vendors as well as operators. This tutorial provides an overview how these challenges are addressed in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) responsible of standardizing 3rd generation (i.e. High Speed Packet Access) and 4th generation (Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced) technologies. The focus is in the most recent trends and enhancements related to both 3G and 4G technologies which include energy efficiency, heterogeneous networks and multiple antenna technologies to name a few. The basic principles of newly added features are presented and their benefits are quantified by means of simulations modeling real behavior of 3G/4G networks.

The training agenda is as follows:

The training will be held on November 11 from 9.30 till 13.30 in Nokia office Hermia 4, Auditorium Universum 172. Please don't forget to register yourself if you want to take part in the training. The training program is as follows:

  • General introduction (30 min)

    • Technologies HSPA vs. LTE

      • Radio interface
      • Architecture
      • Performance (data rates, latencies)
    • Current and upcoming market situation
    • Challenges for mobile networks

      • Energy efficient solutions
      • Higher data rates
      • Subscriber and mobile data growth
      • Heterogeneous networks
      • Indoor coverage
      • Network fault detection and management
  • HSPA Evolution (90 mins)

    • Energy efficiency (10 min)

      • Reduced control channel overhead (HS-SCCH less)
      • Reduced power consumption at the terminal by discontinuous reception and transmission
    • Indoor coverage extension with Femtocells (10 min)
    • Going beyond 5 MHz in HSPA uplink and downlink (10 min)
    • Coordinated Multi-point transmissions (COMP) in HSPA (35 min)

      • Single frequency aggregation and switching concepts
      • Dual frequency aggregation and switching concepts
      • Single frequency network (HS-SFN)
      • Discontinuous data transmission (HS-DDTX)
    • Uplink and downlink MIMO enhancements (25 min)

      • Open and closed loop beamforming and switched antenna transmit diversity in uplink
      • 4 Tx downlink MIMO
  • Break (15 min)
  • Enhancements for LTE (90 mins)

    • Energy efficiency (10 min)

      • Adaptive discontinuous reception
      • eNode-B power savings
      • Enhancements for diverse data applications
    • Heterogeneous networks (Hetnet) (15 min)

      • Closed and open subscriber groups (CSG / OSG)
      • Interference Coordination Interference Cancellation between macro and indoor cells
      • Mobility enhancements between macro and indoor cells
    • Carrier aggregation (10 min)
    • MIMO enhancements (10 min)

      • 8-by-8 MIMO
      • Single and multiuser MIMO
    • LTE network fault detection and management (45 min)

      • Self Organizing/Optimizing Networks (SON)
      • Minimization of drive tests (MDT)
  • Conclusion and wrap-up (20 min)

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