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[LTE_413] Small Cell and VoLTE RF Planning and Design Certification Workshop

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With the expected introduction of LTE features such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), multi-frequency, Small cell deployment, and LTE-Advanced features such as carrier aggregation, the existing RF design process needs to be enhanced. This workshop provides a foundation for the features such as VoLTE, carrier aggregation, Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), and small cells. The course revisits the data traffic driven link budget and enhances to reflect the VoLTE performance requirements and the differences for Small cells. The antennas being planned to accommodate multi-band deployments are discussed. Various RF parameters related to cell selection/re-selection and handover are discussed for proper load distribution in cases of multi-carrier and small cell deployment. In summary, this workshop provides detailed understanding of RF design enhancements for VoLTE, LTE-Advanced and Small Cell.

Required Equipment: PC laptop with administrator privileges

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, the student will be able to:
• Identify the key features of LTE-Advanced such as Carrier Aggregation, HetNet, eICIC, and SON and their impact on RF design
• Step through the link budget and planning process for VoLTE, multi-frequency, and Small cell deployment
• Sketch various antenna configurations
• Calculate the air interface capacity needs for data and VoLTE traffic
• Describe configurations of RF design parameters related to cell selection, re-selection, and handover

Intended Audience

This workshop provides practical examples and intertwines the exercises at every stage of the RF planning and design process and is intended for RF designers, RF systems engineers, network engineers, deployment and operations personnel.

Suggested Prerequisites

• [LTE_401] LTE RF Planning and Design Certification Workshop (Instructor Led)

Course Length

4 Days Instructor Led

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. LTE Radio Network Design
1.1. Radio network design goals, inputs and outputs
1.2. LTE radio network planning process

2. Advanced Features of LTE
2.1. Carrier aggregation
2.2. HetNet and eICIC support
2.3. SON features

3. Link Budget for VoLTE
3.1. Review LTE link budget for data services
3.2. Link budget differences for VoLTE and data
3.3. SINR requirement for VoLTE
3.4. Use of RBs for VoLTE
3.5. Pathloss for UL and DL
3.6. Exercise: Link budget walk-through

4. Link Budget for Small Cells
4.1. Small Cell considerations
4.2. Impact of Tx power, frequency, # of antennas
4.3. Pathloss for UL and DL
4.4. Exercise: Link budget walk-through

5. RF Design Considerations
5.1. RF design guidelines
5.2. RF design tool configuration
5.3. Coverage prediction
5.4. Exercises: Coverage and interference

6. Antenna Considerations
6.1. Multi-band antenna considerations
6.2. 4x4 MIMO considerations
6.3. TMA and RRH deployment configurations
6.4. Integrated antenna considerations

7. LTE Capacity Planning
7.1. Data and VoLTE traffic modeling
7.2. Air interface capacity planning
7.3. Benefits of carrier aggregation

8. Small Cell Parameter Configuration
8.1. PCI planning
8.2. Neighbor list planning
8.3. RA Preamble planning
8.4. Cell selection/reselection parameters
8.5. Handover parameters

Certification Assessment


- 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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