As the next version of LTE, known as LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), ramps up, it is vitally important that engineers who are planning to be involved with this technology possess a solid understanding of the underlying fundamental concepts needed to assess the performance, conformance, and interoperability functions of these wireless systems. Presented by Dr. Alex Wyglinski, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory, and sponsored by Anritsu, this course covers technical material that forms the foundation of several key features of LTE-A systems and networks.

Starting with a brief overview of several physical layer features of LTE-A, this course will include an overview of the overall LTE-A architecture and the following upper layer functionality:

  • Medium access control (MAC)
  • Radio resource control (RRC)
  • Radio link control (RLC)
  • Packet data convergence protocol (PDCP)
  • Non-access stratum (NAS)
  • Evolved packet core (EPC)
  • Spectrum/bandwidth management

Following this coverage of fundamental concepts, their application to the performance, conformance, and interoperability of LTE-A systems will be studied. Furthermore, an overview of various test equipment options is provided in order to increase awareness of the advance tools available to understand these complex wireless networking systems at various stages of development.