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Contents

Contents

1 The Air Interface

1-1

1.1 Evolution of Cellular Networks

1-2

1.1.1 First Generation Mobile Systems

1-2

1.1.2 Second Generation Mobile Systems

1-2

1.1.3 Third Generation Mobile Systems

1-4

1.1.4 Fourth Generation Mobile Systems

1-5

1.2 3GPP Releases

 

1-6

1.2.1

Pre-Release 99

1-6

1.2.2

Release

99

1-7

1.2.3 Release

4

1-7

1.2.4 Release

5

1-7

1.2.5 Release

6

1-7

1.2.6 Release

7

1-8

1.2.7 Release

8

1-9

1.2.8 Release 9 and Beyond

1-10

1.3 Radio Interface

Techniques

1-10

1.3.1 Frequency Division Multiple Access

1-10

1.3.2 Time Division

Multiple Access

1-11

1.3.3 Code Division Multiple Access

1-11

1.3.4 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

1-12

1.4 Transmission Modes

 

1-12

1.4.1 Frequency Division Duplex

1-13

1.4.2 Time Division Duplex

1-13

1.5 Spectrum Usage

 

1-14

1.5.1 Frequency

Bands

1-14

1.5.2 Existing Mobile Deployment

1-16

1.5.3 LTE Release 8 Bands

1-17

1.6 Channel Coding in LTE

 

1-20

1.6.1 Transport Block CRC

1-20

1.6.2 Code Block Segmentation and CRC Attachment

1-21

1.6.3 Channel Coding

 

1-23

1.6.4 Rate Matching

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1.6.5

Code Block Concatenation

1-29

1.7

Principles of OFDM

1-30

 

1.7.2

Frequency Division Multiplexing

1-30

1.7.1

OFDM Subcarriers

1-31

1.7.2

Fast

Fourier Transforms

1-31

1.7.3 LTE FFT Sizes

1-32

1.7.4 OFDM Symbol Mapping

1-32

1.7.5 Time Domain Interference

1-33

1.7.6 OFDM Advantages and Disadvantages

1-35

2 LTE Physical Layer

2-1

2.1 The Uu Interface

2-3

2.2 LTE Radio Interface Protocols

2-3

2.2.1

Control and

User Plane Protocols

2-4

2.2.2 Stratum

Non Access

2-4

 

2.2.3 RRC

2-7

2.2.4

PDCP

2-7

2.2.5

RLC

2-8

2.2.6 MAC

2-8

2.2.7 Physical

2-9

2.3 LTE Channel

Structure

2-9

2.3.1 Logical

Channels

2-10

2.3.2 Transport Channels

2-11

2.3.3 Physical Channels

2-12

2.3.4 Radio Channels

2-13

2.3.5 Channel Mapping

2-13

2.4 LTE Frame Structure

2-15

2.4.1 Type 1 Radio Frames, Slots and Subframes

2-15

2.4.2 Type 2 Radio Frames, Slots and Subframes

2-17

2.5 OFDM Signal Generation

2-18

2.5.1 Codewords, Layers and Antenna Ports

2-19

2.5.2 Scrambling

2-20

2.5.3 Modulation Mapper

2-21

2.5.4

Layer Mapper

2-22

2.5.5 Precoding

2-23

2.5.6 Resource Element Mapper

2-26

2.5.7 OFDM Signal Generation

2-26

2.6 Downlink OFDMA

2-26

2.6.1 General OFDMA Structure

2-26

2.6.2 Physical Resource Blocks and Resource Elements

2-27

2.7 LTE Physical Signals

2-28

2.8 Downlink Reference Signals

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2.8.1 Cell Specific Reference Signals

2-31

2.8.2 MBSFN Reference Signals

2-33

2.8.3 UE Specific Reference Signals

2-34

2.9

Downlink LTE Physical Channels

2-34

2.9.1 PBCH (Physical Broadcast

Channel)

2-34

2.9.2 PCFICH (Physical Control Format Indicator Channel)

2-35

2.9.3 PDCCH (Physical Downlink Control Channel)

2-37

2.9.4 PHICH (Physical Hybrid ARQ Indicator Channel)

2-40

2.9.5 PDSCH (Physical Downlink Shared Channel)

2-41

2.10

Downlink

Control Signaling

 

2-42

2.10.1 DCI

Format

0

2-42

2.10.2 DCI

Format

1

2-43

2.10.3 DCI

Format

1A

2-43

2.10.4 DCI

Format

1B

2-44

2.10.5 DCI

Format

1C

2-44

2.10.6 DCI

Format

1D

2-45

2.10.7 DCI

Format

2

2-45

2.10.8 DCI

Format

2A

2-46

2.10.9 DCI

Format

3

2-46

2.10.10

DCI Format 3A

 

2-46

2.11

LTE Cell Search Procedure

2-47

2.11.1 Cell

Search

2-47

2.11.2 PSS

Correlation

 

2-48

2.11.3 SSS

Correlation

2-49

2.11.4 Master Information Block

2-50

2.11.5 System Information Messages

2-50

2.11.6 PLMN Selection

 

2-55

2.11.7 Cell Selection

2-57

2.12

Uplink Transmission Technique

2-58

2.12.1

SC-FDMA Signal Generation

2-58

2.13 OFDMA Verses SC-FDMA

 

2-61

2.14 Uplink LTE Physical Channels

2-61

2.14.1 PRACH

(Physical Random Access Channel)

2-62

2.14.2 PUSCH (Physical Uplink Shared Channel)

2-66

2.14.3 PUCCH

(Physical Uplink Control Channel)

2-68

2.15 Timing Relationships

 

2-69

2.16 Uplink Reference Signals

2-70

2.16.1 Demodulation Reference Signal

2-71

2.16.2 Sounding

Reference Signal

2-72

2.17

Uplink Control

Signaling

 

2-75

2.17.1 PUCCH Format 1

2-75

2.17.2 PUCCH Format 1a and 1b

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2.18

LTE Random Access Procedure

2-78

2.18.1 RRC Connection

2-78

2.18.2 PRACH Preambles

2-79

2.18.3 Procedure Initialization

Random

Access

2-80

2.18.4 Response Window

Random

Access

2-82

Random

2.18.5 Response

Access

2-82

2.18.6 Uplink Transmission

2-83

2.19

Uplink Power

Control

2-84

2.19.1 PUSCH

Power Control

2-84

2.19.2 PUCCH

Power

Control

2-85

2.19.3 PRACH

Power

Control

2-86

2.20

Paging Procedures

2-86

2.20.1 Discontinuous Reception for Paging

2-86

2.20.2 Paging Frame

2-87

2.21

HARQ Operation

2-88

2.21.1 Retransmission Types

2-88

2.21.2 HARQ

Methods

2-88

2.21.3 HARQ

in LTE

2-90

2.21.4 HARQ In the Downlink

2-91

2.21.5 HARQ In the Uplink

2-91

2.21.6 ACK NACK Timing

2-92

2.22

Diversity Options

2-94

2.22.1 SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO

2-94

2.22.2 and Transmission Options

MIMO

2-94

2.22.3 Modes

MIMO

2-95

2.22.4 Multiplexing in LTE

Spatial

2-96

2.22.5 Feedback Reporting

2-98

3 Dynamic Resource Allocation

3-1

3.1 Scheduling Principles and Signaling

 

3-2

3.1.1 QoS in Packet Switched

Networks

3-3

3.1.2 Key Factors Influencing

Scheduling

3-4

3.1.3 Scheduling Methods

3-4

3.1.4 Downlink Scheduling

3-5

3.1.5 PDSCH Resource Allocation

3-6

3.1.6 Modulation and Coding Scheme

3-7

3.1.7 Uplink Scheduling

 

3-9

3.2 Scheduler Interaction

3-9

3.2.1 Radio Bearers

3-9

3.2.2 Scheduler Interaction with Layer 2 and Layer 1

3-9

3.3 Dynamic and Semi-persistent Scheduling

3-10

3.3.1

Dynamic Scheduling

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3.3.2 Downlink Semi-persistent Scheduling

3-11

3.3.3 Uplink Semi-persistent Scheduling

3-12

4 Intra LTE Mobility

4-1

4.1 Intra-LTE

Mobility

4-2

4.1.1 Idle State - Cell Reselection

4-2

4.1.2 Active State Mobility

4-4

4.1.3 Handover Procedure

4-5

4.2 Reporting Options

4-6

4.2.1 Measurement Configuration Parameter

4-6

4.2.2 Report Configuration Parameter

4-7

4.3 Mobility Measurements

4-8

4.3.1 Measurement Gaps

4-8

4.3.2 Gap Configuration

4-9

4.3.3 UE Measurements

4-9

5 Glossary

5-1

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Figures

Figures

Figure 1-1 Evolution of Cellular Networks

 

1-2

Figure

1-2

Second Generation Mobile Systems

1-3

Figure

1-3

Third

Generation

Mobile

Systems

1-5

Figure

1-4

Forth

Generation

Mobile

System

1-6

Figure

1-5

3GPP Releases

1-6

Figure

1-6

HSDPA

1-7

Figure

1-7

HSUPA

1-8

Figure 1-8 HSPA+ (Release 7)

 

1-9

Figure 1-9 Release 8 HSPA+ and LTE

1-9

Figure 1-10 Release 9 and Beyond

1-10

Figure

1-11

Radio Interface Techniques

1-10

Figure

1-12

Frequency Division Multiple Access

1-11

Figure 1-13 Time Division Multiple Access

 

1-11

Figure 1-14 Code Division Multiple Access

1-12

Figure 1-15 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

1-12

Figure

1-16

Frequency Division Duplex

 

1-13

Figure 1-17 Time Division Duplex

1-13

Figure 1-18 GSM Deployments

1-16

Figure 1-19 Key UMTS Deployment Bands

1-17

Figure 1-20 EARFCN Calculation

1-19

Figure 1-21 Example Downlink EARFCN Calculation

1-19

Figure 1-22 Summary of LTE Transport Channel Processing

1-20

Figure 1-23 Cyclic Redundancy Check Concept

1-21

Figure

1-24

CRC Parity Bits

1-21

Figure

1-25

Code Block Segmentation and CRC Attachment

1-22

Figure 1-26 Example Calculation for Segmentation and Filler Bits

1-22

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Figure 1-27 Repetition Coding of the HI

1-24

Figure 1-28 Basic ½ Rate Convolutional Coder

1-25

Figure 1-29 Convolutional Coding Trellis

1-25

Figure 1-30 Example of Viterbi Decoding

1-26

Figure

1-31

Initializing Tail Biting Convolutional Coding

1-27

Figure 1-32 LTE 1/3 Rate Tail Biting Convolutional Coding

1-27

Figure

1-33

LTE

Turbo Coding

1-28

Figure

1-34

LTE

Rate Matching

1-28

Figure

1-35

Code Block Concatenation

1-29

Figure 1-36 Use of OFDM in LTE

1-30

Figure 1-37 FDM Carriers

1-30

Figure 1-38 OFDM Subcarriers

1-31

Figure 1-39 Inverse Fast Fourier Transform

1-31

Figure

1-40

Fast Fourier

Transform

1-32

Figure 1-41 OFDM Symbol Mapping

1-33

Figure 1-42 OFDM PAPR (Peak to Average Power Ratio)

1-33

Figure

1-43

Delay Spread

1-34

Figure 1-44 Inter Symbol Interference

1-34

Figure 1-45 Cyclic Prefix

 

1-35

Figure 2-1 The LTE Air Interface

2-3

Figure 2-2 LTE Control Plane and User Plane

2-3

Figure

2-3

E-UTRA Protocols

2-4

Figure

2-4

NAS Signaling

2-4

Figure

2-5

Main

RRC Functions

2-7

Figure

2-6

PDCP Functions

2-7

Figure 2-7 RLC Modes and Functions

2-8

Figure

2-8

Medium

Access Control Functions

2-9

Figure 2-9 Physical Layer Functions

2-9

Figure 2-10 LTE Channels

2-10

Figure

2-11

Location of Channels

2-10

Figure 2-12 BCCH and PCCH Logical Channels

2-10

Figure 2-13 CCCH and DCCH Signaling

2-11

Figure

2-14

Dedicated Traffic Channel

2-11

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Figure 2-15 LTE Release 8 Transport Channels

2-12

Figure

2-16

Radio Channel

 

2-13

Figure 2-17 Downlink Channel Mapping

2-14

Figure

2-18

Uplink Channel Mapping

2-15

Figure 2-19 LTE Frame Structure

2-16

Figure 2-20 Normal and Extended Cyclic Prefix

2-16

Figure 2-21 Normal CP Configuration

2-17

Figure 2-22 Type 2 TDD Radio Frame

2-18

Figure 2-23 Downlink Physical Layer Processing

2-19

Figure 2-24 Codeword, Layer and Antenna Port Mapping

2-19

Figure

2-25

Scrambling in LTE

 

2-20

Figure 2-26 LTE Scrambling Code Generation

2-20

Figure 2-27 BPSK, QPSK and 16QAM Modulation Mapper

2-21

Figure 2-28 64QAM Modulation Mapper

2-21

Figure

2-29

LTE Precoding Options

2-24

Figure 2-30 Example of the Downlink Signal Generation Equation

2-26

Figure

2-31

OFDMA

in

LTE

2-27

Figure 2-32 Physical Resource Block and Resource Element

2-28

Figure

2-33

Downlink Cell ID

 

2-29

Figure 2-34 PSS and SSS Location for FDD

2-29

Figure 2-35 PSS and SSS Location for TDD

2-30

Figure

2-36

SSS

Scrambling

 

2-31

Figure 2-37 Reference Signals - One Antenna Port

2-32

Figure 2-38 Reference Signal Physical Cell ID Offset

2-32

Figure 2-39 Reference Signals - Two Antenna Ports (Normal CP)

2-32

Figure 2-40 Reference Signals - Four Antenna Ports (Normal CP)

2-33

Figure 2-41 MBSFN Reference Signals

2-34

Figure 2-42 UE Specific Reference Signals

2-34

Figure

2-43

Broadcast Signaling

 

2-35

Figure 2-44 MIB to PBCH Mapping (FDD and Normal CP)

2-35

Figure 2-45 CFI to PCFICH Mapping

2-36

Figure

2-46

FDD

Downlink Control Region

2-37

Figure 2-47 REG to CCE and PDCCH Mapping

2-38

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Figure 2-48 PDCCH to Control Region Mapping

2-38

Figure

2-49

CCE Allocation Levels

2-39

Figure 2-50 Common and UE-Specific Search Spaces

2-39

Figure 2-51 PHICH Mapping

 

2-40

Figure 2-52 Extended PHICH Example

2-41

Figure 2-53 Generic PDSCH Mapping

2-41

Figure

2-54

Initial Procedures

2-47

Figure 2-55 PSS and SSS for Cell Search (FDD Mode)

2-47

Figure

2-56

Physical

Cell

Identities

2-48

Figure 2-57 PSS Correlation

2-48

Figure

2-58

SSS

Correlation

Example

2-49

Figure 2-59 PBCH and the Master Information Block

2-50

Figure 2-60 System Information Block Type 1

2-51

Figure 2-61 Example of SI Mapping

 

2-52

Figure 2-62 System Information Block Type 2

2-53

Figure 2-63 System Information Block Type 3

2-53

Figure 2-64 System Information Block Type 4

2-53

Figure 2-65 System Information Block Type 5

2-54

Figure 2-66 System Information Block Type 6

2-54

Figure 2-67 System Information Block Type 7

2-54

Figure 2-68 System Information Block Type 8

2-55

Figure 2-69 System Information Block Type 9

2-55

Figure 2-70 PLMN Selection

 

2-55

Figure 2-71 LTE Cell Selection

2-57

Figure

2-72

SC-FDMA

Subcarrier Mapping Concept

2-59

Figure

2-73

SC-FDMA

Signal Generation

2-60

Figure 2-74 SC-FDMA and the eNB

 

2-60

Figure 2-75 Example of the Uplink Signal Generation Equation

2-61

Figure 2-76 Release 8 Uplink Physical Channels

2-62

Figure 2-77 PRACH Preamble

 

2-62

Figure 2-78 PRACH Guard Period

2-63

Figure 2-79 PRACH FDD Formats

2-64

Figure 2-80 PRACH Configuration

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Figure 2-81 PRACH Configuration and Preamble Sequences Per Cell

2-66

Figure 2-82 PUSCH Mapping

 

2-67

Figure

2-83

Multiplexing Control Signaling

2-67

Figure 2-84 Mapping to Physical Resource Blocks for PUCCH

2-68

Figure

2-85

FDD Timing

 

2-69

Figure 2-86 Example of TDD Configuration 2

2-70

Figure

2-87

Uplink Reference Signals

 

2-70

Figure 2-88 DRS Sequence Group Selection

2-71

Figure 2-89 Uplink Demodulation Reference Signal (Normal CP)

2-72

Figure 2-90 Uplink Demodulation Reference Signal (Extended CP)

2-72

Figure 2-91 Requirement for SRS

 

2-73

Figure 2-92 Example of SRS Frequency Hopping

2-73

Figure 2-93 Example SRS Allocation

 

2-74

Figure 2-94 PUCCH Format 1a and 1b (Normal CP)

2-76

Figure 2-95 PUCCH Format 2 (Normal CP)

2-77

Figure 2-96 PUCCH Format 2 (Extended CP)

2-77

Figure 2-97 PUCCH Format 2a and 2b ACK/NACK Coding

2-78

Figure

2-98

Overall Random Access Procedure

2-78

Figure 2-99 Random Access RRC Signaling Procedure

2-79

Figure 2-100 PRACH Probing

 

2-79

Figure 2-101 Allocating Preambles to Group A and Group B

2-81

Figure 2-102 Random Access Response Window

2-82

Figure 2-103 MAC Random Access Response

2-82

Figure 2-104 Random Access - Assigned UL-SCH

2-83

Figure

2-105

MAC Contention

Resolution

2-84

Figure

2-106

Uplink

Power

Control

2-84

Figure 2-107 Paging Issues

2-86

Figure 2-108 System with DRX Reception of Paging

2-87

Figure

2-109

ARQ Verses HARQ

 

2-88

Figure 2-110 Basic Concept of SAW

2-89

Figure 2-111 HARQ Parallel Processes

2-89

Figure 2-112 HARQ Methods

2-89

Figure 2-113 Example of Redundancy Versions and Soft Bits

2-90

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Figure

2-114

FDD HARQ Processes

2-91

Figure

2-115

Downlink FDD HARQ Timing

2-93

Figure

2-116

Uplink FDD HARQ Timing

2-93

Figure 2-117 SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO

2-94

Figure 2-118 Spatial Multiplexing MIMO

2-95

Figure 2-119 Spatial Multiplexing Interference Issues

2-95

Figure 2-120 MIMO Space Time Coding

2-96

Figure 2-121 AMS Concept

 

2-96

Figure 2-122 PDSCH Processing

2-97

Figure

2-123

Feedback

Reporting

2-98

Figure

2-124

4-bit CQI

Table

2-98

Figure

3-1

IP Scheduling

3-2

Figure 3-2 Basic Scheduling in a Cell

3-2

Figure 3-3 Packet Classifier and Packet Scheduler

3-3

Figure

3-4

Key Factors Influencing Scheduling

3-4

Figure 3-5 Possible Scheduling Method

3-4

Figure 3-6 Type 0 Resource Allocation

3-6

Figure 3-7 Type 1 Resource Allocation

3-7

Figure 3-8 Type 2 Resource Allocation

3-7

Figure

3-9

Using the TBS Size

3-8

Figure

3-10

Scheduler Interaction

3-10

Figure 3-11 Dynamic Scheduling

3-11

Figure 3-12 Semi Persistent Scheduling

3-12

Figure 4-1 Intra-LTE Mobility

 

4-2

Figure

4-2

Intra-Frequency and Inter-frequency

4-2

Figure 4-3 S intrasearch Parameter

 

4-3

Figure

4-4

Impact to Treselection

4-4

Figure

4-5

Ranking Equation

4-4

Figure 4-6 Intra-LTE Mobility

 

4-5

Figure 4-7 LTE Handover Procedure

4-5

Figure

4-8

Measurement Configuration Parameters

4-6

Figure 4-9 Report Configuration Parameters

4-7

Figure 4-10 Periodic and Event Reporting

4-8

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Figure

4-11

Non

Gap Assisted

4-8

Figure

4-12

Gap

Assisted

4-9

Figure 4-13 Gap Configuration

4-9

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Tables

Tables

Table 1-1 2.5G and 2.75G GSM/GPRS Systems

1-3

Table

1-2

IMT Advanced Features

 

1-5

Table

1-3

GSM Frequency Bands

1-14

Table 1-4 UMTS FDD Frequency Bands

1-15

Table

1-5

UMTS

TDD

Frequency

Bands

1-15

Table 1-6 LTE Release 8 Frequency Bands

1-18

Table 1-7 Transport Channel Coding Options

1-23

Table 1-8 Control Information Coding Options

1-23

Table

1-9

CFI Encoding

 

1-24

Table

1-10

Convolutional Coding Example

1-25

Table 1-11 Standard Convolutional Coding Verses Tail Biting Convolutional Coding

1-27

Table

1-12

LTE

Sub-block Interleaver

 

1-29

Table 1-13 LTE Channel and FFT Sizes

1-32

Table 2-1 NAS EMM and ESM Procedures

2-5

Table

2-2

Downlink CP Parameters

 

2-17

Table 2-3 Type 2 Radio Frame Switching Points

2-18

Table 2-4 Layer Mapper Configuration

 

2-22

Table 2-5 Codeword to Layer Mapping for Spatial Multiplexing

2-22

Table 2-6 Codeword to Layer Mapping for Transmit Diversity

2-23

Table 2-7 Codebook for Transmission for Two Antenna Ports

2-25

Table 2-8 Downlink PRB Parameters

 

2-28

Table 2-9 Example of SSS Indices

2-30

Table

2-10

CFI Mapping

2-36

Table

2-11

CFI Codewords

2-37

Table

2-12

DCI

Formats

2-42

Table 2-13 DCI Ambiguous Sizes of Information Bits

2-43

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Table 2-14 Precoding Information Field for 4 Antenna Ports (Open Loop)

2-46

Table

2-15

Cell Selection Parameters

 

2-57

Table

2-16

SC-FDMA verses OFDMA

2-61

Table

2-17

Random

Access Preamble Parameters

2-63

Table 2-18 PRACH Configuration Index

 

2-65

Table 2-19 “K” Values for TDD Configurations

2-69

Table

2-20

PUCCH Formats

 

2-75

Table

2-21

Parameters for Random

Access

2-80

Table

2-22

FDD

Subframe

Patterns

2-87

Table 2-23 TDD Subframe Patterns

 

2-88

Table

2-24

TDD

HARQ Processes

2-91

Table

2-25

UL HARQ Operation

 

2-92

Table

2-26

Codebook

Precoding

2-97

Table 3-1 Modulation and TBS index table for PDSCH

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1 The Air Interface

1 The Air Interface

Objectives

On completion of this section the participants will be able to:

1.1 Describe the evolution of cellular networks.

1.2 Summarize the evolution of 3GPP releases, from release 99 to release 8.

1.3 Describe radio interface techniques.

1.4 Explain the difference between FDD and TDD mode.

1.5 Describe flexible spectrum usage.

1.6 Explain the concepts of channel coding and FEC (Forward Error Correction).

1.7 Describe the principles for OFDM.

1 The Air Interface

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1.1 Evolution of Cellular Networks

Cellular mobile networks have been evolving for many years. The initial networks are referred to as “First Generation”. These have now been replaced with “Second Generation” and “Third Generation” networks. It is only now that 4G or “Fourth Generation” systems are being deployed.

Figure 1-1 Evolution of Cellular Networks

1G (First Generation)
1G (First
Generation)
2G (Second Generation)
2G (Second
Generation)
3G (Third Generation)
3G (Third
Generation)
4G (Fourth Generation)
4G (Fourth
Generation)

1.1.1 First Generation Mobile Systems

The 1G (First Generation) mobile systems were not digital, i.e. they utilized analogue modulation techniques. The main systems included:

AMPS (Advanced Mobile Telephone System) - This first appeared in 1976 in the United States. It was mainly implemented in the Americas, Russia and Asia. Various issues including weak security features made the system prone to hacking and handset cloning.

TACS (Total Access Communications System) - This was the European version of AMPS with slight modifications, as well as operating in different frequency bands. It was mainly used in the United Kingdom, as well as parts of Asia.

ETACS (Extended Total Access Communication System) - This provided an improved version of TACS. It enabled a greater number of channels and therefore facilitated more users.

These analogue systems were all proprietary based FM (Frequency Modulation) systems and therefore they all lacked security, any meaningful data service and international roaming capability.

1.1.2 Second Generation Mobile Systems

2G (Second Generation) systems utilize digital multiple access technology, such as TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) and CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access). Figure 1-2 illustrates some of the different 2G mobile systems, these include:

GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) - this is the most successful of all 2G technologies. It was initially developed by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) for Europe and designed to operate in the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands. It now has world-wide support and is available for deployment on many other frequency bands, such as 850MHz and 1900MHz. A mobile described as tri-band or quad-band indicates support for multiple frequency bands on the same device. GSM is TDMA, such that it employs 8 timeslots on a 200kHz radio carrier.

cdmaOne - this is a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) system based on IS-95 (Interim Standard 95). It uses a spread spectrum technique and utilizes a mixture of codes and timing to identify cells and channels. The system bandwidth is 1.25MHz.

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D-AMPS (Digital - Advanced Mobile Phone System) - this is based on IS-136 (Interim Standard 136) and is effectively an enhancement to AMPS which provides a TDMA access technique. It has been primarily used on the North American continent, as well as in New Zealand and parts of Asia-Pacific.

Figure 1-2 Second Generation Mobile Systems

2G (Second Generation) GSM Other cdmaOne D-AMPS (IS-95) (IS-136)
2G (Second
Generation)
GSM
Other
cdmaOne
D-AMPS
(IS-95)
(IS-136)

In addition to being digital, as well as improving capacity and security, these 2G digital systems also offer enhanced services such as SMS (Short Message Service) and circuit switched data.

2.5G Systems

Most 2G systems are being evolved. For example, GSM was extended with GPRS (General Packet Radio System) to support efficient packet data services, as well as increasing the data rates.

As this feature does not meet 3G requirements, GRPS is often referred to as 2.5G. A comparison between 2G and 2.5G systems is illustrated in Table 1-1.

2.75G Systems

GSM/GPRS systems also added EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution). This nearly quadruples the throughput of GPRS. The theoretical data rate of 473.6kbit/s enables service providers to efficiently offer multimedia services. Like GPRS, since it does not comply with all the features of a 3G system, EDGE is usually categorized as 2.75G.

Table 1-1 2.5G and 2.75G GSM/GPRS Systems

System

Service

Theoretical Data

Typical Data Rate

Rate

2G GSM

Circuit Switched

9.6kbit/s or

9.6kbit/s or

Data Service

14.4kbit/s

14.4kbit/s

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Packet Switched

171.2kbit/s

4kbit/s to 50kbit/s

Data

2.75G EDGE

Packet Switched

473.6kbit/s

120kbit/s

Data

1.1.3 Third Generation Mobile Systems

3G (Third Generation) systems are defined by IMT2000 (International Mobile Telecommunications - 2000). IMT2000 defines that a 3G system should provide higher transmission rates, for example: 2Mbit/s for stationary or nomadic use and 348kbit/s in a moving vehicle.

The main 3G technologies are illustrated in Figure 1-3.These include:

WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) - This was developed by the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project). There are numerous variations on this standard, including TD-CDMA and TD-SCDMA. WCDMA is the main evolutionary path from GSM/GPRS networks. It is a FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) based system and occupies a 5MHz carrier. Current deployments are mainly at 2.1GHz, however deployments at lower frequencies are also being seen, e.g. UMTS1900, UMTS850, UMTS900 etc. WCDMA supports voice and multimedia services with an initial theoretical rate of 2Mbit/s, with most service providers initially offering 384kbit/s per user. However, this technology is continuing to evolve and later 3GPP releases have increased the rates to in excess of

40Mbit/s.

TD-CDMA (Time Division CDMA) - This is typically referred to as UMTS TDD (Time Division Duplex) and is part of the UMTS specifications, however it has only limited support. The system utilizes a combination of CDMA and TDMA to enable efficient allocation of resources.

TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous CDMA) - This was jointly developed by Siemens and the CATT (China Academy of Telecommunications Technology). TD-SCDMA has links to the UMTS specifications and is often identified as UMTS-TDD LCR (Low Chip Rate). Like TD-CDMA, it is also best suited to low mobility scenarios in micro or pico cells.

CDMA2000 - This is a multi-carrier technology standard which uses CDMA. CDMA2000 is actually a set of standards including CDMA2000 EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) which has various “revisions”. It is worth noting that CDMA2000 is backward compatible with cdmaOne.

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) - This is another wireless technology which satisfies IMT2000 3G requirements. The air interface is part of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.16 standard which originally defined PTP (Point-To-Point) and PTM (Point-To-Multipoint) systems. This was later enhanced to provide mobility and greater flexibility. The success of WiMAX is mainly down to the “WiMAX Forum”, which is an organization formed to promote conformity and interoperability between vendors.

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Figure 1-3 Third Generation Mobile Systems

UMTS WCDMA
UMTS
WCDMA
WiMAX
WiMAX

3G (Third

Generation)

Mobile Systems UMTS WCDMA WiMAX 3G (Third Generation) UMTS CDMA2000 TD-CDMA TD-SCDMA 1.1.4 Fourth Generation
UMTS CDMA2000 TD-CDMA TD-SCDMA
UMTS
CDMA2000
TD-CDMA
TD-SCDMA

1.1.4 Fourth Generation Mobile Systems

4G (Fourth Generation) cellular wireless systems need to meet the requirements set by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) as part of IMT Advanced (International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced). These features are illustrated in Table 1-2 and enable IMT Advanced to address evolving user needs.

Table 1-2 IMT Advanced Features

Key IMT Advanced Features

A high degree of commonality of functionality worldwide while retaining the flexibility to support a wide range of services and applications in a cost efficient manner.

Compatibility of services within IMT and with fixed networks.

Capability of interworking with other radio access systems.

High quality mobile services.

User equipment suitable for worldwide use.

User-friendly applications, services and equipment.

Worldwide roaming capability.

Enhanced peak data rates to support advanced services and applications (100Mbit/s for high and 1Gbit/s for low mobility were identified as targets).

The main three 4G systems include:

LTE Advanced - LTE (Long Term Evolution) is part of 3GPP, however it does not meet all IMT Advanced features, as such it is sometimes referred to as 3.99G. In contrast, LTE Advanced is part of a later 3GPP Release and has been designed specifically to meet 4G requirements.

WiMAX 802.16m - The IEEE and the WiMAX Forum have identified 802.16m as their offering for a 4G system.

UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband) - This is identified as EV-DO Rev C. It is part of 3GPP2 however most vendors and service providers have decided to promote LTE instead.

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Figure 1-4 Forth Generation Mobile System

4G (Fourth

Generation) LTE Advanced WiMAX 802.16m
Generation)
LTE
Advanced
WiMAX
802.16m

1.2 3GPP Releases

UMB (EV-DO Rev C)
UMB
(EV-DO Rev C)

The development of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA and LTE is in stages known as 3GPP releases. Hardware vendors and software developers use these releases as part of their development roadmap. Figure 1-5 illustrates the main 3GPP Releases that enhance the radio interface.

Figure 1-5 3GPP Releases

Phase 2+ Release 99 Release 6 Release 8 (Release 97) GPRS UMTS HSUPA LTE 171.2kbit/s
Phase 2+
Release 99
Release 6
Release 8
(Release 97)
GPRS
UMTS
HSUPA
LTE
171.2kbit/s
2Mbit/s
5.76Mbit/s
+300Mbit/s
Release 9/10
LTE Advanced
HSPA+
GSM
EDGE
HSDPA
28.8Mbit/s
9.6kbit/s
473.6kbit/s
14.4Mbit/s
42Mbit/s
Phase 1
Release 99
Release 5
Release 7/8

3GPP Releases enhance various aspects, not just the radio interface. For example, Release 5 started the introduction of the IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) in the core network.

1.2.1 Pre-Release 99

Pre-Release 99 saw the introduction of GSM, as well as the addition of GPRS. The main GSM Phases and 3GPP Releases include:

GSM Phase 1.

GSM Phase 2.

GSM Phase 2+ (Release 96).

GSM Phase 2+ (Release 97).

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GSM Phase 2+ (Release 98).

1.2.2 Release 99

3GPP Release 99 saw the introduction of UMTS, as well as the EDGE enhancement to GPRS. UMTS contains all features needed to meet the IMT-2000 requirements as defined by the ITU. It is able to support both CS (Circuit Switched) voice and video services, as well PS (Packet Switched) data services over common and dedicated bearers. Initial data rates for UMTS were 64kbit/s, 128kbit/s and 384kbit/s. Note that the theoretical maximum was 2Mbit/s.

1.2.3 Release 4

Release 4 included enhancements to the core network. The concept of “All IP Networks” was included and service providers were able to deploy Soft Switch based networks, i.e. the MSC (Mobile Switching Centre) was replaced by MSC Servers and MGW (Media Gateways).

1.2.4 Release 5

Release 5 is the first major addition to the UMTS air interface. It adds HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) which improves capacity and spectral efficiency. Figure 1-6 illustrates some of the main features which include:

Adaptive Modulation - In addition to the original UMTS modulation scheme, QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying), HSDPA also includes support for 16 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).

Flexible Coding - Based on fast feedback from the mobile in the form of a CQI (Channel Quality Indicator) the UMTS base station, i.e. the Node B, is able to modify the effective coding rate and thus increase system efficiency.

Fast Scheduling - HSDPA includes a 2ms TTI (Time Transmission Interval), which enables the Node B scheduler to quickly and efficiently allocate resources to mobiles.

HARQ (Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request) - In the event a packet does not get through to the UE (User Equipment) successfully, the system employs HARQ (Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request). This improves the retransmission timing, thus requiring less reliance on the RNC (Radio Network Controller).

Figure 1-6 HSDPA

HSDPA Adaptive Modulation Flexible Coding Fast Scheduling (2ms) HARQ

1.2.5 Release 6

UTRAN Iub RNC Node B
UTRAN
Iub
RNC
Node B

UE

Release 6 adds various features, with HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Data) being of most interest to RAN development. Even though the term HSUPA is widespread, this 3GPP enhancement also goes under the term “Enhanced Uplink”. It is also worth noting that

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HSDPA and HSUPA work in tandem and thus the term HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) is used.

HSUPA, like HSDPA adds functionality to improve packet data. Figure 1-7 illustrates the three main enhancements which include:

Flexible Coding - HSUPA has the ability to dynamically change the coding and therefore improve the efficiency of the system.

Fast Power Scheduling - A key fact of HSUPA is that it provides a method to schedule the power from different mobiles. This scheduling can use either a 2ms or 10ms TTI.

HARQ - Like HSDPA, HSUPA also utilizes HARQ. The main difference is the timing relationship for the retransmission.

Figure 1-7 HSUPA

HSUPA Flexible Coding Fast Power Scheduling HARQ

1.2.6 Release 7

UTRAN Iub RNC Node B
UTRAN
Iub
RNC
Node B

UE

The main RAN based feature of Release 7 is HSPA+. This, like HSDPA and HSUPA, provides various enhancements to improve packet switched data delivery. Figure 1-8 illustrates the main features which include:

64 QAM - This is added to the DL (Downlink) and enables HSPA+ to operate at a theoretical rate of 21.6Mbit/s.

16 QAM - This is added to the UL (Uplink) and enables the uplink to theoretically achieve 11.76Mbit/s.

MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) Operation - this is added to HSPA+ Release 7 and offers various benefits including the ability to offer a theoretical 28.8Mbits/s in the downlink.

Power Enhancements -Various enhancements such as CPC (Continuous Packet Connectivity) have been included. Thus enabling DTX (Discontinuous Transmission), DRX (Discontinuous Reception) and HS-SCCH (High Speed - Shared Control Channel) Less Operation. Collectively these improve the mobiles battery consumption.

Less Overhead - The downlink includes an enhancement to the MAC (Medium Access Control) layer which effectively means that fewer headers are required. This in turn improves the system efficiency.

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Figure 1-8 HSPA+ (Release 7)

HSPA+

64

QAM (DL)

16

QAM (UL)

MIMO Operation (DL) Power Enhancements (DL) Less Overhead (DL)

UTRAN Iub RNC Node B
UTRAN
Iub
RNC
Node B

UE

1.2.7 Release 8

Overhead (DL) UTRAN Iub RNC Node B UE 1.2.7 Release 8 There are many additions to

There are many additions to the RAN functionality in Release 8, such as enhancements to HSPA+. However the main aspect is the inclusion of LTE (Long Term Evolution). Figure 1-9 illustrates some of the main features for Release 8 HSPA+ and LTE.

Release 8 HSPA+ enables various key enhancements, these include:

64 QAM and MIMO - Release 8 enables the combination of 64 QAM and MIMO, thus quoting a theoretical rate of 42Mbit/s, i.e. 2 x 21.6Mbit/s.

Dual Cell Operation - DC-HSDPA (Dual Cell - HSDPA) is a Release 8 feature which is further enhanced in Release 9 and Release 10. It enables a mobile to effectively utilize two 5MHz UMTS carriers. Assuming both are using 64 QAM (21.6Mbit/s), the theoretical maximum is 42Mbps. Note that in Release 8 a mobile is not able to combine MIMO and DC-HSDPA.

Less Uplink Overhead - In a similar way to Release 7 in the downlink, the Release 8 uplink has been enhanced to reduce overhead.

the Release 8 uplink has been enhanced to reduce overhead. Figure 1-9 Release 8 HSPA+ and

Figure 1-9 Release 8 HSPA+ and LTE

HSPA+ 64 QAM + MIMO (DL) Dual Cell Operation Less Overhead (UL)

LTE Enhanced Techniques Flexible Bandwidth Flexible Spectrum Options High Data Rates Very Fast Scheduling Improved Latency

UTRAN Iub RNC Node B UE E-UTRAN eNB
UTRAN
Iub
RNC
Node B
UE
E-UTRAN
eNB

LTE provides a new radio access technique, as well as enhancements in the E-UTRAN (Evolved - Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network). These enhancements are further discussed as part of this course.

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Release 9 and Beyond

LTE Air Interface Training Manual 1.2.8 Release 9 and Beyond Even though LTE is a Release

Even though LTE is a Release 8 system, it is further enhanced in Release 9. There are a huge number of features in Release 9. One of the most important is the support of additional frequency bands.

Figure 1-10 Release 9 and Beyond

LTE Release 8
LTE
Release 8
LTE Release 9
LTE
Release 9
LTE Advanced Release 10
LTE Advanced
Release 10

Release 10 includes the standardization of LTE Advanced, i.e. the 3GPP’s 4G offering. As such it includes modification to the LTE system to facilitate 4G services.

modification to the LTE system to facilitate 4G services. 1.3 Radio Interface Techniques In wireless cellular

1.3 Radio Interface Techniques

In wireless cellular systems, mobiles have to share a common medium for transmission. There are various categories of assignment, the main four include: FDMA (Frequency Division Multiple Access), TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access), CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access).

Figure 1-11 Radio Interface Techniques

Radio Interface

Techniques

1-11 Radio Interface Techniques Radio Interface Techniques FDMA TDMA OFDMA CDMA 1.3.1 Frequency Division Multiple
1-11 Radio Interface Techniques Radio Interface Techniques FDMA TDMA OFDMA CDMA 1.3.1 Frequency Division Multiple
FDMA TDMA
FDMA
TDMA
OFDMA CDMA
OFDMA
CDMA

1.3.1 Frequency Division Multiple Access

In order to accommodate various devices on the same wireless network, FDMA divides the available spectrum into sub-bands or channels. The concept of FDMA is illustrated in Figure 1-12. Using this technique a dedicated channel can be allocated to a user, whilst other users occupy other channels, i.e. frequencies.

In a cellular system mobiles typically occupy multiple channels; one for the downlink and one for the uplink. This does however make FDMA less efficient since most data applications are downlink intensive.

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Figure 1-12 Frequency Division Multiple Access

Power

Time

1-12 Frequency Division Multiple Access Power T i m e FDMA Each user allocated a different

FDMA Each user allocated a different subband/ channel.

Frequency

FDMA channels also suffer since they cannot be close together due to the energy from one transmission affecting the adjacent/neighboring channels. To combat this, additional guard bands between channels are required, which also reduces the systems spectral efficiency.

1.3.2 Time Division Multiple Access

In TDMA systems the channel bandwidth is shared in the time domain. Figure 1-13 illustrates the concept of TDMA. It shows how each device is allocated a time on the channel, known as a “timeslot”. These are then grouped into a TDMA frame. The number of timeslots in a TDMA frame is dependent on the system, for example GSM utilizes 8 timeslots.

Figure 1-13 Time Division Multiple Access

Time

Power

Figure 1-13 Time Division Multiple Access T i m e Power TDMA Each user allocated a

TDMA Each user allocated a different time on the channel.

Frequency

Devices must be allocated a timeslot; therefore it is usual to have one or more timeslots reserved for common control and system access.

TDMA systems are normally digital and therefore offer additional features such as ciphering and integrity. In addition, they can employ enhanced error detection and correction schemes including FEC (Forward Error Correction). This enables the system to be more resilient to noise and interference and therefore they have a greater spectral efficiency when compared to FDMA systems.

1.3.3 Code Division Multiple Access

The concept of CDMA is slightly different to that of FDMA and TDMA. Instead of sharing resources in the time or frequency domain, the devices are able to use the system at the same time and using the same frequency/bandwidth. This is possible due to the fact that each transmission is separated using a unique code.

There are two main types of CDMA, FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) and DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum), with all the current cellular systems utilizing DSSS.

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Figure 1-14 illustrates the basic concept of CDMA. The narrowband signals are spread with a wideband code and then transmitted. The receivers are designed to extract the encoded signal (with the correct code) and reject everything else as noise.

Figure 1-14 Code Division Multiple Access

Time

Power

Figure 1-14 Code Division Multiple Access T i m e Power CDMA Each user allocated a

CDMA Each user allocated a different code on the channel.

Frequency

UMTS, cdmaOne and CDMA2000 all use CDMA. However the implementation of the codes and the bandwidths used is different. For example UMTS utilizes a 5MHz channel bandwidth, whereas cdmaOne uses only 1.25MHz.

1.3.4 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) is the latest addition to cellular systems. It provides a multiple access technique based on OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing). Figure 1-15 illustrates the basic view of OFDMA. It can be seen that the bandwidth is broken down to smaller units known as “subcarriers”. These are grouped together and allocated as a resource to a device. It can also be seen that a device can be allocated different resources in both the time and frequency domain.

Additional detail on OFDM and OFDMA is provided in Section 1.7 and 2.6 .

Figure 1-15 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

Time

Power

Frequency Division Multiple Access T i m e Power OFDMA Each user allocated a different resource

OFDMA Each user allocated a different resource which can vary in time and frequency.

Frequency

1.4 Transmission Modes

Cellular systems can be designed to operate in two main transmission modes, namely FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) and TDD (Time Division Duplex).

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1.4.1 Frequency Division Duplex

The concept of FDD is illustrated in Figure 1-16. A separate uplink and downlink channel are utilized, enabling a device to transmit and receive data at the same time (assuming the device incorporates a duplexer). The spacing between the uplink and downlink channel is referred to as the duplex spacing.

Figure 1-16 Frequency Division Duplex

Channel Channel Bandwidth Bandwidth Uplink Downlink Duplex Spacing
Channel
Channel
Bandwidth
Bandwidth
Uplink
Downlink
Duplex Spacing

Frequency

Normally the uplink channel (mobile transmit) operates on the lower frequency. This is done because higher frequencies suffer greater attenuation than lower frequencies and therefore it enables the mobile to utilize lower transmit levels.

Some systems also offer half-duplex FDD mode, where two frequencies are utilized, however the mobile can only transmit or receive, i.e. not transmit and receive at the same time. This allows for reduced mobile complexity since no duplex filter is required.

1.4.2 Time Division Duplex

TDD mode enables full duplex operation using a single frequency band and time division multiplexing the uplink and downlink signals. One advantage of TDD is its ability to provide asymmetrical uplink and downlink allocation. Depending on the system, other advantages include dynamic allocation, increased spectral efficiency, as well as the improved use of beamforming techniques - this is due to having the same uplink and downlink frequency characteristics.

Figure 1-17 Time Division Duplex

Asymmetric

Allocation

Figure 1-17 Time Division Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink

Downlink

and Uplink

Division Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD
Division Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD
Division Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD
Division Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD

TDD

Duplex Asymmetric Allocation Downlink and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD Frame

Frequency

Downlink

Uplink

Downlink

Uplink

and Uplink T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD Frame TDD Frame Time Issue

TDD Frame

T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD Frame TDD Frame Time Issue 01 (2010-05-01)
T D D Frequency Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD Frame TDD Frame Time Issue 01 (2010-05-01)

TDD Frame

Downlink Uplink Downlink Uplink TDD Frame TDD Frame Time Issue 01 (2010-05-01) Huawei Proprietary and

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One of the main factors in any cellular system is the frequency of deployment. Most 2G, 3G and 4G systems offer multiple options. For example, GSM can be deployed at various bands including: 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 850MHz etc.

1.5.1 Frequency Bands

Each cellular system defines its own set of frequency bands it is able to operate on. In order to identify possible LTE bands it is worth noting the bands used by other technologies such as GSM, UMTS etc.

GSM Bands

Table 1-3 illustrates the main frequency bands defined for GSM. However, this does not guarantee that the spectrum is available since there may be regulatory issues, as well as limitations in some handsets and base stations.

The initial GSM band was referred to as P-GSM (Primary GSM). This was mainly defined to replace the TACS system which was also in the 900MHz band. Other 900MHz bands which were added include E-GSM (Extended GSM) and R-GSM (Railways GSM) bands, providing more channels and support of a railway based variant. Finally, other bands away from the 900MHz band are also available; however the support for 450MHz and 480MHz is limited. The terms DCS (Digital Cellular Service) and PCS (Personal Communications Service) are typically used in Europe and North America respectively to identify the higher frequency deployment options. It was expected that these frequencies would offer a better re-use in built up areas and therefore provide additional capacity.

Table 1-3 GSM Frequency Bands

 

Operating Band

Frequency

Uplink Frequency (MHz)

Downlink Frequency (MHz)

Band

GSM 400

450

450.4

- 457.6

460.4

- 467.6

GSM 400

480

478.8

- 486.0

488.8

- 496.0

GSM 850

850

824.0

- 849.0

869.0

- 894.0

GSM 900 (P-GSM)

900

890.0

- 915.0

935.0

- 960.0

GSM 900 (E-GSM)

900

880.0

- 915.0

925.0

- 960.0

GSM-R (R-GSM)

900

876.0

- 880.0

921.0

- 925.0

DCS 1800

1800

1710.0

- 1785.0

1805.0

- 1880.0

PCS 1900

1900

1850.0

- 1910.0

1930.0

- 1990.0

UMTS Bands

UMTS, like GSM, has a number of frequency bands defined. These are identified by an “Operating Band” number which is illustrated in Table 1-4, along with the associated Uplink and downlink frequency ranges.

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Table 1-4 UMTS FDD Frequency Bands

Operating Band

Frequency

Uplink Frequency (MHz)

Downlink Frequency (MHz)

Band

I

2100

1920

- 1980

2110

- 2170

II

1900

1850

- 1910

1930

- 1990

III

1800

1710

- 1785

1805

- 1880

IV

1700

1710

- 1755

2110

- 2155

V

850

824

- 849

869

- 894

VI

800

830

- 840

875

- 885

VII

2600

2500

- 2570

2620

- 2690

VIII

900

880

- 915

925

- 960

IX

1700

1749.9

- 1784.9

1844.9

- 1879.9

X

1700

1710

- 1770

2110

- 2170

XI

1500

1427.9

- 1452.9

1475.9

- 1500.9

XII

700

698

- 716

728

- 746

XIII

700

777

- 787

746

- 756

XIV

700

788

- 798

758

- 768

In addition to the previous UMTS FDD bands, various UMTS TDD bands are also defined. Table 1-5 illustrates the main TDD bands, however the majority of these have never been implemented.

Table 1-5 UMTS TDD Frequency Bands

Frequency Band

1900

- 1920

2010

- 2025

1850

- 1910

1930

- 1990

1910

- 1930

2570

- 2620

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1.5.2 Existing Mobile Deployment

The list of current mobile service providers is constantly increasing. The latest list of GSM/UMTS and LTE operators is maintained by the GSMA (GSM Association).

GSM Deployments

Figure 1-18 summarizes the main GSM deployment bands. It can be seen that GSM 900 and GSM 1800 are used in most parts of the world, i.e. Europe, Middle East, Africa and most of Asia/Pacific. In contrast, GSM 850 and GSM 1900 are mainly used in North America and Canada, as well as many other locations. Finally, the lower frequency bands, i.e. GSM 400/450 has limited support.

Figure 1-18 GSM Deployments

GSM 850 GSM 1900
GSM 850
GSM 1900
GSM 900 GSM 1800
GSM 900
GSM 1800

United States, Canada, and many other countries in the Americas.

Europe, Middle East, Africa, and most of Asia/Pacific.

GSM 400
GSM 400

This has

limited

support.

Main UMTS Deployments

The main UMTS deployment bands are illustrated in Figure 1-19, these include:

Band I (WCDMA 2100) - This is mainly used in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

Band II (WCDMA 1900) - This is used in North and South America.

Band IV (WCDMA 1700) - This is typically referred to as the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) band. Certain service providers in North America and Canada have access to this band.

Band V (WCDMA 850) - This is found mainly in North and South America, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Poland and Asia.

Band VIII (WCDMA 900) - This is now being found in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Venezuela.

found in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Venezuela. This list and usage of bands is

This list and usage of bands is not exclusive. As such other countries, as well as other cellular systems may exist.

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Figure 1-19 Key UMTS Deployment Bands

Band II (WCDMA 1900) Band I Band IV (WCDMA (WCDMA 2100) 1700) Main UMTS
Band II
(WCDMA
1900)
Band I
Band IV
(WCDMA
(WCDMA
2100)
1700)
Main UMTS

Deployments

Band V (WCDMA 850)
Band V
(WCDMA
850)
Band VIII (WCDMA 900)
Band VIII
(WCDMA
900)

1.5.3 LTE Release 8 Bands

The LTE Radio interface, namely the E-UTRA (Evolved - Universal Terrestrial Radio Access), is able to operate in many different radio bands. Table 1-6 illustrates the Release 8 frequency bands as well as other parameters which are used to identify centre frequencies. FDD requires two centre frequencies, one for the downlink and one for the uplink. These carrier frequencies are each given an EARFCN (E-UTRA Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number) which ranges from 0 to 65535. In contrast, TDD only has one EARFCN. The parameters required to calculate the EARFCN(s) include:

F DL_low - This is the lower frequency of the downlink band.

F DL_high - This is the higher frequency of the downlink band.

N Offs-DL - This is a parameter used as part of the downlink EARFCN calculation.

N DL - This is the actual downlink EARFCN number.

F UL_low - This is the lower frequency of the uplink band.

F UL_high - This is the higher frequency of the uplink band.

N Offs-UL - This is a parameter used as part of the uplink EARFCN calculation.

N UL - This is the actual uplink EARFCN number.

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Table 1-6 LTE Release 8 Frequency Bands

Band Duplex F F N N F F N N DL_low DL_high Offs-DL DL UL_low
Band
Duplex
F
F
N
N
F
F
N
N
DL_low
DL_high
Offs-DL
DL
UL_low
UL_high
Offs-UL
UL
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
1
FDD
2110
2170
0
0-599
1920
1980
18000
18000-18599
2
FDD
1930
1990
600
600-1199
1850
1910
18600
18600-19199
3
FDD
1805
1880
1200
1200-1949
1710
1785
19200
19200-19949
4
FDD
2110
2155
1950
1950-2399
1710
1755
19950
19950-20399
5
FDD
869
894
2400
2400-2649
824
849
20400
20400-20649
6
FDD
875
885
2650
2650-2749
830
840
20650
20650-20749
7
FDD
2620
2690
2750
2750-3449
2500
2570
20750
20750-21449
8
FDD
925
960
3450
3450-3799
880
915
21450
21450-21799
9
FDD
1844.9
1879.9
3800
3800-4149
1749.9
1784.9
21800
21800-22149
10
FDD
2110
2170
4150
4150-4749
1710
1770
22150
22150-22749
11
FDD
1475.9
1500.9
4750
4750-4999
1427.9
1452.9
22750
22750-22999
12
FDD
728
746
5000
5000-5179
698
716
23000
23000-23179
13
FDD
746
756
5180
5180-5279
777
787
23180
23180-23279
14
FDD
758
768
5280
5280-5379
788
798
23280
23280-23379
17
FDD
734
746
5730
5730-5849
704
716
23730
23730-23849
33
TDD
1900
1920
36000
36000-36199
1900
1920
36000
36000-36199
34
TDD
2010
2025
36200
36200-36349
2010
2025
36200
36200-36349
35
TDD
1850
1910
36350
36350-36949
1850
1910
36350
36350-36949
36
TDD
1930
1990
36950
36950-37549
1930
1990
36950
36950-37549
37
TDD
1910
1930
37550
37550-37749
1910
1930
37550
37550-37749
38
TDD
2570
2620
37750
37750-38249
2570
2620
37750
37750-38249
39 TDD
1880
1920
38250
38250-38649
1880
1920
38250
38250-38649
40 TDD
2300
2400
38650
38650-39649
2300
2400
38650
38650-39649

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Carrier Frequency EARFCN Calculation

The EARFCN is calculated using a combination of the equations in Figure 1-20 and the values in Table 1-6.

The channel raster for LTE is 100kHz for all bands, i.e. the carrier centre frequency
The channel raster for LTE is 100kHz for all bands, i.e. the carrier centre frequency must be
an integer multiple of 100kHz. This is represented in the equation by the “0.1” value.

Figure 1-20 EARFCN Calculation

eNB F UL = F UL_low + 0.1(N UL - N Offs-UL )
eNB
F UL = F UL_low + 0.1(N UL - N Offs-UL )
F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N DL - N Offs-DL )
F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N DL - N Offs-DL )

UE

The channel numbers that designate carrier frequencies close to the edges of the operating band
The channel numbers that designate carrier frequencies close to the edges of the operating band are not
used. This implies that the first 7, 15, 25, 50, 75 and 100 channel numbers at the lower operating band
edge and the last 6, 14, 24, 49, 74 and 99 channel numbers at the upper operating band edge are not used
for channel bandwidths of 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz respectively.

Example

It is possible to utilize the previous equations to calculate the frequency for a given EARFCN. In addition, it is possible to calculate the EARFCN for a given frequency. Figure 1-21 illustrates an example with a defined uplink and downlink frequency. The calculation shown in the figure translates a downlink frequency of 2127.4MHz to an EARFCN equal to 174.

Figure 1-21 Example Downlink EARFCN Calculation

100kHz Raster Uplink 1937.4MHz
100kHz Raster
Uplink
1937.4MHz

Downlink

EARFCN Calculation 100kHz Raster Uplink 1937.4MHz Downlink 2127.4MHz Frequency F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N
EARFCN Calculation 100kHz Raster Uplink 1937.4MHz Downlink 2127.4MHz Frequency F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N
EARFCN Calculation 100kHz Raster Uplink 1937.4MHz Downlink 2127.4MHz Frequency F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N

2127.4MHz

Frequency

F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N DL - N Offs-DL ) (F DL -
F DL = F DL_low + 0.1(N DL - N Offs-DL )
(F DL - F DL_low )
N DL =
+ N Offs-DL
0.1
(2127.4 - 2110)
N DL =
+ 0
= 174
0.1