Saturday, August 21, 2010

LTE World Weekly - LightSquared triggered L-Band Radio Spectrum Re-Banding

This week in USA LightSquared triggered L-Band Radio Spectrum Re-Banding with Inmarsat and TEN announced plans to Deploy LTE for Oil and Gas Industry.

In Chile regulator announced spectrum launch in December, while Polish regulator gave permission to CenterNet and Mobyland to start LTE trials, for more check links below

Telekom Austria: LTE roll-out not soon

Telekom Austria is satisfied with its HSPA+ network and expects the LTE roll-out to begin within several years, according to CFO Hans Tschuden in an interview with Total Telecom.

Motorola Passes MIIT's TD-LTE Lab Trial

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

LTE Protocols & Specifications

In LTE architecture, core network includes Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW), Packet Data Network Gateway (PDN GW) where as E-UTRAN has E-UTRAN NodeB (eNB).

The figures shown below provide mapping of protocols to corresponding specifications. To find 3GPP LTE specification, click at the corresponding protocol in the images below.

Protocol structure of control plane in between UE & MME is shown below.

NAS RRCPDCPRLCMACL1-UuS1-APSCTPIPL2-S1This figure below shows protocol structure in between UE & P-GW user plane. GPRS Tunnelling Protocol for the user plane (GTP-U) tunnels user data between eNodeB and the S-GW as well as between the S-GW and the P-GW in the backbone network. PDCPRLCMACL1-UuGTP-UUDP/IP/L2/L1

The X2 interface is defined between two neighbour eNBs. This figure below shows the control & user plane protocol stack of the X2 interface.

X2-APX2 Signalling TransportGTP-UUDP/IP/L2/L1X2 L1

To know more about LTE architecture & node details see LTE WiKi.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

LCS Architecture for LTE EPS

3GPP considered 5 architecture alternatives for LCS during study and selected the one explained further according to 3GPP Release 9.

In the LCS architecture, an Evolved SMLC is directly attached to the MME.

The objectives of this evolution is to support location of an IMS emergency call, avoid impacts to a location session due to an inter-eNodeB handover, make use of an Evolved and support Mobile originated location request (MO-LR) and mobile terminated location request MT-LR services.

Release 9 LCS solution introduces new interfaces in the EPC:

  • SLg between the GMLC and the MME
  • SLs between the E-SMLC and the MME
  • Diameter-based SLh between the HSS and the HGMLC

Network Initiated Location Request (NI-LR) Architecture

The shown architecture above supports an NI-LR for emergency calls. Evolved SMLC (E-SMLC) is connected to the MME. E-SMLC is analogous to an NSS based SMLC defined for GSM which is connected to an MSC.. An SLs interface is defined in between the E-SMLC and MME and an SLg interface between the MME and GMLC.

MT-LR and MO-LR Architecture

An extension to the architecture to support an MT-LR and MO-LR is shown below.

Location Procedure between the GMLC, MME and E-SMLC

The location procedure described below supports both an NI-LR for emergency calls and an MT-LR for an external LCS client.

The GMLC sends a location request to the serving MME , If the UE is in ECM-IDLE state, the MME performs a network triggered service request in order to establish a signalling connection with the UE and assign a specific eNodeB.

The MME forwards the location request to the E-SMLC and The E-SMLC performs a positioning procedure (explained below) and returns the resulting location information (e.g. location estimate) to the MME.

The MME returns the location information to the GMLC.

Network Based Positioning Procedure

The E-SMLC sends a Positioning Request to the MME including parameters for the E-UTRAN defining the type of measurement information required. The MME sends an S1AP Location Reporting Control to the serving eNodeB for the UE and eNodeB returns an S1AP Location report to the MME carrying the CGI and any requested measurements. The MME returns the CGI and measurements to the E-SMLC.

UE Assisted and UE Based Positioning Procedure

The E-SMLC sends a Positioning Request to the MME carrying an LTE Positioning Protocol (LPP) PDU which may request specific measurements by the UE. MME forwards the LPP PDU to the serving eNodeB in an existing S1AP Downlink NAS Transport

The eNodeB forwards the LPP PDU to the UE in an existing RRC DL Information Transfer message. The UE performs any positioning measurements requested by the LPP PDU and returns measurement information and/or information concerning its capabilities or requested assistance data in an LPP PDU to the eNodeB contained in an existing RRC UL Information Transfer message.

The eNodeB forwards the LPP PDU to the MME in an existing S1AP Uplink NAS Transport message. The MME forwards the LPP PDU to the E-SMLC in a Positioning Response

source: LteWorld

Friday, August 6, 2010

LTE World Weekly - Clearwire to test LTE, Russian operators push for LTE

This week in USA, Clearwire announced plans to test Test both FDD LTE and TDD LTE while MetroPCS says that its LTE plan is on track for this year.

Russian operator Yota claims to stick despite revocation of it's frequencies, MegaFon and Rostelecom have tested LTE in preperation of Sochi 2014.

Telefonica O2 Germany plans to launch two urban LTE networks in Munich and Halle by the end of 2010.

See links below for more

MegaFon and Rostelecom test LTE

Telefónica O2 builds LTE network in Germany