Small Cell Fundamentals

Course Length: 2 Days

Prerequisites:  A fundamental understanding of wireless, Distributed Antennas, and radio networks will be useful for students taking this course.

Course Objectives:  This course is for technicians who are responsible for the installation, maintenance and support

of small cells both indoor & outdoor systems. This class introduces technology and planning of small cells where

capacity and coverage are implemented for cost effectiveness. Students completing this course will better

understand how small cells work, how they are designed, and why the design is critical to proper operation. 

Exposure to RF energy and related safety subjects will be addressed. Student exercises are included to emphasize

proper installation and maintenance.  This course can be customized to meet specific customer requirements

Download Course Outline : Small Cell Fundamentals

Overview and Trends of Small Cells

  • Evolution of cellular and classifications:
    • Macrocell
    • MicroCell
    • PicoCell
    • FemtoCell
  • A Range of Interfaces:
    • GSM – CDMA
    • HSPA+
    • WiMax
    • LTE & LTE-Advanced

Small Cell Technologies

  • Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet) – Multi-Layer Cell Architectures
  • Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO)
  • Intercell Interference Coordination (ICIC)
  • Self-Organizing Networks (SON)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • Radio Access Technologies (RAT)

Small Cell Planning

  • Location Based Services (LBS) – Apple ID, Windows, Twitter, Facebook and Google
  • Social Media Data & Carriers target data
  • Indoor vs Outdoor applications
  • Cell Foot Print – Kilometers to Meters
  • Small Cell Solutions¸ Capacity planning

Small Cell Design Process

  • Site Survey, Node and Base Band Unit (BBU) locations
  • Capacity planning, coverage analysis
  • Signal requirements, signal quality, existing signals and interference hunting
  • Network access, capacity planning
  • Power options & management, RF considerations