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[LTE_424] SON: Self Organizing Network Features in LTE and LTE-Advanced

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Mobile Operators need to reduce manual intervention in the installation, maintenance, and performance tuning of network elements to reduce costs, avoid down-times due to human errors, and shorten deployment cycles. HetNets make this need acute and urgent. 3GPP standards have introduced features (broadly referred to Self-Organizing Networks features) since release R8 to automate many tasks. SON features include Automatic Inventory, Automatic Software Download, Automatic Neighbor Relation (ANR), automatic PCI assignment, Mobility Robustness/Handover Optimization (MRO), RACH Optimization, Load Balancing, ICIC and eICIC for HetNets, Coverage/Capacity Optimization(CCO), Self-healing, Minimization of Drive Testing, and Energy Savings, with an eye to multi-layer, multi-RAT, and multi-vendor coordination in future. This course covers key SON features defined in releases R8-R11 and the SON architecture.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Explain the benefits of automating network administration tasks
• List the major use cases outlined by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance for day-to-day carrier operations
• List by major release, the key features of SON being standardized by 3GPP
• Describe the need and the working of key SON features, including:
­ - Automatic Neighbor Relations (ANR)
­ - Automatic PCI Assignment
­ - Mobility Robustness/Handover Optimization (MRO)
­ - Coverage/Capacity Optimization (CCO)
­ - RACH Optimization
­ - Load Balancing
­ - ICIC and eICIC
­ - Minimization of Drive Testing
­ - Energy Savings

Intended Audience

This is an intermediate level course for LTE network planners, designers, engineers, and managers. It assumes working knowledge of LTE architecture.

Suggested Prerequisites

• Working knowledge of LTE architecture and operations

Course Length

1.5 Days Instructor Led

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. SON Requirements
1.1. Example manual tasks
1.2. NGMN Alliance use cases for carrier operations
1.3. Role of various standards bodies
1.4. SON definition and roadmap

2. Self-Configuration
2.1. Automatic Neighbor Relations (ANR)
2.2. Automatic PCI assignment

3. Automated Optimization
3.1. Mobility Robustness/Handover Optimization (MRO)
3.2. RACH optimization
3.3. Minimization of Drive Testing (MDT)
3.4. Coverage and Capacity Optimization (CCO)
3.5. Load balancing

4. Inter-Carrier Interference Coordination
4.1. ICIC and eICIC
4.2. The need
4.3. Implementation

5. Energy Savings
5.1. The need
5.2. Implementation

6. SON Software Architecture
6.1. SON functions and network parameters
6.2. 3GPP management architecture
6.3. 3GPP management application layer protocols
6.4. Centralized, distributed, hybrid SON architecture
6.5. Integration reference points

7. Deployment Considerations
7.1. Network impact
7.1.1. Backhaul and transport
7.1.2. Signaling overhead
7.2. ROI – OPEX gains
7.3. Automation challenges
7.4. Multi-vendor networks
7.5. SON ecosystem


- 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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