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[LTE_401] LTE RF Planning and Design Certification Workshop

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LTE offers significant improvements over previous mobile wireless systems in terms of data speeds and capacity, through the use of technologies such as OFDMA and multiple antenna techniques. However, these gains are realized only with careful planning and design in the LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), to maximize the efficiency of available RF spectrum. This hands-on workshop guides participants through the theory and practice of RF planning and design for LTE RANs. Participants will apply their understanding of the LTE air interface physical structure and related concepts to calculate the link budgets to support the market coverage and performance requirements, and to determine optimal network parameter settings. Participants will use actual planning inputs and a coverage prediction tool for exercises to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios, and the class concludes with a certification assessment.

Required Equipment: PC laptop with administrator privileges

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Apply a consistent process to radio network planning and design
• Use RSRP and RSRQ measurements to assess LTE RAN RF performance
• Map network requirements to corresponding system parameters
• Construct uplink/downlink link budgets to meet specific performance requirements
• Use coverage and capacity requirements to determine the optimal radio network design
• Exploit multiple antenna techniques to optimize coverage and performance
• Estimate the maximum cell site air interface capacity based on a specific traffic model
• Determine optimal LTE configuration and operational parameter settings to maximize system performance
• Describe the key parameters and operations related to customer-specific Inter-RAT deployment

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for LTE RF design and system performance engineers.

Suggested Prerequisites

• [TRND103] Overview of OFDM (eLearning)
• [LTE_102] LTE Overview (eLearning)

Course Length

5 Days Instructor Led

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. Overview of LTE Radio Network Design
1.1. Radio network design goals
1.2. Planning inputs and outputs
1.3. LTE RAN planning process

2. LTE Air Interface
2.1. E-UTRAN architecture
2.2. LTE Physical layer structure
2.3. Air interface resources
2.4. UE measurements (RSRP/RSRQ)
2.5. RSRP/RSRQ exercises

3. Market and Engineering Requirements
3.1. Coverage requirements
3.2. Capacity requirements
3.3. QoS requirements
3.4. Engineering requirements

4. LTE Link Budget
4.1. Cell edge throughput calculations
4.2. Link budget for UL and DL
4.3. Role of RRH and TMA
4.4. UL/DL link budget exercises

5. RF Design and Site Selection
5.1. RF design process and options
5.2. Morphology definitions
5.3. Propagation models
5.4. RF design tool configuration
5.5. Coverage prediction

6. Antennas in LTE Networks
6.1. Multiple antenna techniques
6.2. Downlink feedback (CQI/RI/PMI)
6.3. Deployment considerations
6.4. Coverage prediction exercises

7. LTE Capacity Planning
7.1. Data traffic modeling
7.2. Air interface capacity estimation
7.3. Backhaul capacity planning
7.4. Triggers for capacity planning

8. RF Configuration Parameters
8.1. Frequency planning
8.2. Sync signal and PCI planning
8.3. Reference signal planning
8.4. RA preamble planning
8.5. PCI and RACH planning exercises

9. RF Operational Parameters
9.1. Cell selection/reselection planning
9.2. Handover planning
9.3. Power control planning

10. Radio Network KPIs
10.1. User-centric KPIs
10.2. Network performance KPIs
10.3. System utilization KPIs

11. Interworking with 2G/3G
11.1. System selection/reselection planning
11.2. Inter-RAT handover planning


- Self-paced, animated, and interactive

- $150/each course for 6 month license

- Immediate online access upon purchase

- Flexible way to take training at any hour

- Online training transcript available

- Electronic certificates at completion

- Full list of courses at


For any additional questions,
please contact Mr. Rod Marckese
at +1-972-664-0727 x246 or

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