Small Cell & Hetnets in LTE

3 Day Course
Code PWS215

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This course is designed to explain the use of small cell technologies in heterogeneous networks. It offers information on admission control coverage optimisation, interference modelling, self-organisation & interference avoidance.

The course will also examine femto-cell coverage optimisation, multiple antenna techniques, the physical techniques for cognitive femto cells.

The course will give delegates a strong understanding of the future of mobile data networks and the solutions for data hungry smartphones and handheld devices.


On completion of this course the delegate will be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by Heterogeneous networks
  • Describe the fundamentals of access control in femtocells
  • Explain small cell network architectures
  • Understand interference management in heterogeneous networks
  • Understand self-organising & interference avoidance for LTE
  • Describe the multiple antenna techniques in small cell environments
  • Understand the basics of coverage analysis
  • Understand cognitive radio resource management

Target Audience

This course is designed for network engineers, network planners, sales executives, support engineers and technical managers requiring information on LTE evolutions into small cell environments


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Small cell networks overview (5 topics)

  • Macro cell
  • Pico cell
  • Femtocell
  • Relay
  • RRH

Fundamentals of access control in femtocells (5 topics)

  • Shared access
  • Home user vs Cellular user
  • Co-spectrum uncoordinated networks
  • Open access
  • Closed access

Coverage analysis using the Poisson point process model in heterogeneous networks (2 topics)

  • Spatial distribution
  • Coverage & capacity

Interference modelling for cognitive femtocells (4 topics)

  • Cognitive Radio Resource Management (CRRM)
  • Spectrum sensing
  • Secondary spatial reuse protocol
  • Environmental-dependent conditions

Multiple antenna techniques in small cell networks (4 topics)

  • Zero Forcing (ZF)
  • Channel state Information at the Transmitter (CSIT)
  • MIMO Precoding
  • Coordination techniques

Physical layer techniques for cognitive femtocell (8 topics)

  • Cognitive Femtocells
  • Decoding the macrocell downlink control channel
  • Transmission opportunities based on;
  • Scheduling
  • Power
  • Rate allocation
  • The impact of open and closed access
  • Putting the femtocell at the core of future networks

Femtocell coverage optimization

Random matrix methods for cooperation in small-cell networks (3 topics)

  • Cooperating multiple BS
  • Performance analysis of BS cooperation in dense networks
  • Random Matrix Theory (RMT)

Mobility in small cell networks (1 topic)

  • Effects of frequent handovers

Cognitive radio resource management in autonomous femtocell networks (4 topics)

  • CRRM Techniques
  • Autonomously mitigate interference
  • Providing guaranteed QoS
  • Effective radio resource utilisation

Decentralized reinforcement learning techniques for interference management in heterogeneous networks

Resource allocation optimization in heterogeneous wireless networks (1 topic)

  • Transmission power

New strategies for femto-macro cellular interference control (3 topics)

  • Revisiting interference control in CDMA
  • Sub-band partitioning
  • Interference cancellation

Femtocell interference control in standardization (3 topics)

  • Resource allocation
  • ICIC
  • Control channel essentials

Spectrum assignment and fairness in femtocell networks

Self-organization and interference avoidance for LTE femtocells (3 topics)

  • Global manager (centralised optimisation)
  • Distributed algorithms in each Femtocell Access Point (FAP)
  • The hybrid approach using centralised & distributed


It would be expected that the delegate would have a very good understanding of existing LTE deployments, protocols and configurations together with a strong IP knowledge, with some understanding of algorithmic resource allocation procedures.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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