As the demand for mobile high-speed data connectivity continues to accelerate, carriers are ramping up deployments of the next generation of LTE*, known as LTE-A (Long Term Evolution -Advanced). Given its future role and complexity, it is vital that designers of mobile devices and wireless networking systems possess a solid understanding of the underlying fundamental concepts needed to assess the performance, conformance, and interoperability functions of LTE-A wireless systems.

Starting with a brief overview of the evolution of wireless, this course will then provide a look at the overall LTE-A architecture, followed by an examination of several physical layer features of LTE-A, and upper-layer functionality, from the media access control (MAC) through to radio link control (RLC) and spectrum/bandwidth management.

We will conclude with a study of the application of these concepts to the performance, conformance, and interoperability of LTE-A systems, including an overview of various test equipment options to provide a real-world understanding of these complex wireless networking systems at various stages of development.

The course is in video format, so here are timestamps to help guide you:
Introduction: slide 1 to 2; Architectural Overview of LTE-A; 1:37 to 17:43 min (slide 3 to 11); Physical Layer Review 17:44 to 37:12 min (slide 12 to 22); Upper Layer Functionality 37:13 to 1 hr 14:21 min (slide 23 to 51); Evolved Packet Core (EPC) Framework 1 hr 14:22 min to 1 hr 18:08 min (slide 52 to 55); Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) Introduction; 1 hr 18:09 min to 1 hr 22:59 min (slide 56 to 59); Testing Performance, Conformance, and Interoperability; 1 hr 23:00 min to 1 hr 38:07 min (slide 60 to 76).

*For a primer on LTE, see also Fundamentals of LTE Physical Layer and Test Requirements


Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, USA and Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab).

Dr. Wyglinski received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in 1999 and 2005 from McGill University, and his M.Sc.(Eng.) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston in 2000, all in Electrical Engineering.