The evolution of LTE cellular network towards LTE Advanced


LTE has established itself as the dominant 4G wireless cellular system around the world. Recently, the improved standard called LTE-Advanced has emerged. LTE-Advanced promises even higher data rates and performance enhancements. This is achieved by technologies like, Coordinated Multi-Point, Carrier Aggregation, improved MIMO, relay stations, and inter-cell interference coordination for macro-cells and Heterogeneous Networks. This lecture provides an overview of these main technologies and their benefits. In addition, the lecture highlights the main technologies that will take LTE-A forward towards 5G.