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LTE Cellular IoT (R10-R14)

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Who Should Attend?

The course is intended for E-UTRAN developers and experienced network engineers who are planning or have already worked on introducing Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT).


Course Scope

  1. Introduction. 
    • IoT requirements and traffic characteristic, 
    • Overview of LTE CIoT features, 
    • Terminal Categories, 
    • Comparison with non-3GPP IoT solutions.
  2. USIM, Access Control, Load Control. 
    • Conventional and embedded USIM/UICC cards, 
    • USIM/UICC power saving, 
    • IoT related USIM parameters, 
    • Access Baring (AB), 
    • Extended Access Barring (EAB), 
    • Exceptional Data Reporting (EDR), 
    • Usage of low priority indications, 
    • overload protection, 
    • backoff timers, 
    • Service Gap Control (SGC)
  3. Basic Features. 
    • Low complexity UEs, 
    • Power Saving Mode (PSM), 
    • extended DRX (eDRX), 
    • UE assistance for power optimisation, 
    • data inactivity monitoring, 
    • monitoring events, 
    • device triggering, 
    • high latency communication, 
    • CN assisted eNB parameters tuning, 
    • RAN U-plane congestion mitigation, 
    • network status notification, 
    • background data transfer, 
    • PS-only service provision, 
    • SMS in MME.
  4. CIoT EPS Optimisations. 
    • U-plane and C-plane CIoT EPS optimisations, 
    • UE and network capabilities, 
    • Connection Suspend/Resume procedure, 
    • mobility in Suspended state, 
    • MO/MT/SMS data transfer over C-plane, 
    • bearer establishment during data transfer over C-plane, 
    • NAS/RRC/S1AP interactions, 
    • C-plane optimisation reliability: 
      • NAS (Non)-Delivery Indication & Reliable Data Service (RDS) protocol, 
    • C-plane optimisation rate control: 
      • serving PLMN rate control, 
      • APN rate control, 
      • Inter-UE QoS for NB-IoT UEs.
  5. Category M (CatM). 
    • terminal capabilities, 
    • half-duplex operation; 
    • Enhanced Coverage / Coverage Extension (CE): 
      • CE mode A/B, 
      • concept of repetitions, 
      • cell (re)selection, 
      • Random Access and CE levels, 
      • paging optimisation, 
      • CE restrictions; 
    • narrowbands and widebands; 
    • frequency hopping, 
    • physical signals: 
      • PBCH & system information, 
      • PUCCH, 
      • MPDCCH; 
    • scheduling
  6. NB-IoT. 
    • Inband, guard and stand-alone operation mode; 
    • channel raster; 
    • multi-carrier operation: 
      • anchor carrier, 
      • non-anchor carrier, 
      • random access and paging on non anchor carriers; 
    • frequency bands, 
    • terminal capabilities, 
    • half-duplex operation, 
    • DL/UL subcarrier spacing, 
    • slot and subframe structures, 
    • resource/schedulable units, 
    • multiple DL antennas, 
    • UL physical channels and signals: 
      • NB DM-RS, 
      • NPUSCH format 1&2, 
      • NPRACH, 
    • Enhanced Coverage/Coverage Extension (CE): 
      • CE levels and random access, 
      • concept of repetitions, 
      • CE restrictions, 
      • paging; 
    • DL physical channels and signals: 
      • NRS, 
      • NSS, 
      • NPBCH, 
      • NPDSCH and transmission gaps, 
      • NPDCCH and scheduling; 
    • system information, 
    • cell (re)selection, 
    • RRC connection control: 
      • connection establishment, 
      • connection control, 
      • SRB1, 
      • SRB1bis, 
      • DRB(s), 
      • RRC connection re-establishment, 
      • Buffer Status Reporting (BSR), 
      • Data Volume and Power Headroom Reporting (DPR), 
      • NRSRP, 
      • NRSRQ and CQI reporting.

Course Objectives

The course contains in-depth description of Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT) / Machine-Type Communications (MTC) features introduced gradually by 3GPP in LTE Releases 10-14.

Currently many MTC UE's are targeting low-end applications that can be handled adequately by GSM/GPRS. Owing to the low cost of these devices and good coverage of GSM/GPRS, there is very little motivation for MTC UE suppliers to use modules supporting the LTE radio interface. As more and more MTC UE's are deployed in the field, this naturally increases the reliance on GSM/GPRS networks. This will cost operators not only in terms of maintaining multiple RATs, but it will also prevent operators from reaping the maximum benefit out of their spectrum Given the likely high number of MTC UE's, the overall resource they will need for service provision may be correspondingly significant, and inefficiently assigned.

The LTE CIoT/MTC features aim at overcoming all of the problems outlined above by making LTE an attractive and effective network for handling IoT/MTC traffic for all interested parties, i.e.: operators, MTC UE suppliers and application owners.



Knowledge of LTE/E-UTRAN is required. Completion of LTE/E-UTRAN Signalling course is highly recommended.


Training Structure

Three-day training divided into logical sessions.



Lectures, multimedia presentations, and exercises.

More than excellent course!

Ms. Inessa Mijiferjyan, Vivacell

The course covers all the impacted areas.

Ms. Gratia Scanteie, Vodafone, RO

Good logical structure of the course and explanation.

Ms. Elena Shevtsova, Beeline, KZ

Good class notes and great examples.

Mr. Ghaffar Masood, Mobilink Pakistan

Excellent methodology of teaching. Simple and easy to understand training.

Mr. Arben Shabani, PTK Kosovo

The best training ever.

Mr. Timur Zagretdinov, MTT Russia

I can proudly recommend these courses for others as well.

Mr. Tarvo Jammer, Elisa Estonia

The whole course was very valuable.

Mr. Sayyid Ali, Dhiraagu Maldives

Trainer is open for comments and discussion.

Ms. Natalya Nerubenko, Life Ukraine

Experienced trainer. Excellent descriptions.

Mr. Ahmad Doar, Mobily, KSA

Training was above expectations!

Mr. Ariel Haxhiu, Eagle Mobile, AL

Everyone gets individual attention from the trainer.

Ms. Inga Tomsone, Tele2 Latvia

Trainer understands local market experience.

Mr. Andrew Sweetman, Wataniya

Perfect course.

Mr. Arseniy Mazanik, Beeline Russia

Regardless of technology I received theoretical and practical answers.

Mr. Kosta Pribić, T-Mobile Croatia

The training exceeded my expectations.

Ms. Irida Gjashta, AMC Albania

Trainer adapted to the expectations of the audience.

Mr. Antoine Blanchet, Monaco Telecom

Training provides useful methods to analyze real protocols.

Mr. Seema Karn, NCell Nepal

Excellent course and instructor.

Mr. Nikolay Suetin, Beeline Russia

Overwhelming knowledge and expertise. Interactive and enjoyable learning.

Mr. Ashish Shrestha, NCell Nepal

A lot of useful materials and knowledge.

Mr. Shukhrat Khaydar, UCell

Course covers all important issues and presents relevant examples.

Mr. Mohamed Kamel, Vodafone Egypt

Very effective training methods.

Ms. Erjona Xhemali, AMC Albania

Good direct connection between course material and real problems.

Mr. Alex Konstantopoulos, Cosmote, GR

Trainers have passion to teach & impart knowledge.

Mr. Kanchan Chitrakar, Ncell Nepal

I received a lot of useful information which I use in my work every day.

Ms. Viktoriya Gusarova, Beeline RU

Trainer understands local market experience.

Mr. Andrew Sweetman, Wataniya

Many different people from different operators can share their problems and ideas.

Mr. Omar El-Fiky, Vodafone Egypt

Unique training covering the most important areas of my work.

Mr. Eldar Mursaqulov, Azercell

A clear picture of GSM switching and signalling.

Ms. Anette Chale, mCel Mozambique

Experienced trainer. Real cases with references to recommendations.

Mr. David Curkan, T-Mobile Croatia

Amazing, more than excellent, audience-oriented trainer.

Mr. Evgeniy Dmitriev, Astelit Ukraine

Really practical and very fruitful training.

Mr. Niroj Raya, NCell Nepal

I am very impressed with the trainer's knowledge and experience.

Mr. Mouin Al Saghir, Vivacell

The trainer is capable of answering all my questions.

Ms. Ana Gheorghe, Vodafone RO

Excellent exercises!

Mr. Muhammad Ali, Mobilink Pakistan

I feel like the trainer is the best professor and mentor one can have.

Ms. Ledia Meici, AMC Albania

Excellent knowledge from the trainer.

Ms. Catherine Barman, Swisscom

Highly professional trainer with lots of practical experience. Friendly and open.

Ms. Olga Rudnicka, Tele2 Latvia

Very well organized training programmes.

Mr. Mihnea Teodorescu, Cosmote, RO

Very clear explanations.

Ms. Tatyana Krasyuk, Life Ukraine

Professional, high-quality trainer.

Mr. Gagik Shatveryan, Vivacell

A good approach to a complex problem.

Ms. Horia Catrinoiu, Vodafone RO

Deep and detailed topic analysis.

Mr. Mohamed Sabry, Vodafone Egypt

Great teacher with deep knowledge and experience.

Mr. Philippe Wrzecionek, TATA

The training is completely excellent.

Mr. Philipp Korostelev, Beeline Moscow

The course exceeded my expectations. Hats off!

Mr. Adnan Syed, Mobily

Trainer was able to answer practical questions.

Mr. Daniel Krolikowski, Play Poland

Seminar entirely for Telecommunication operators. A lot of issues covered.

Ms. Pinelopi Tragoudara, Vodafone GR

Excellent, knowledgeable trainer, open to communication.

Mr. Dmitrii Kropotov, Tele2 Russia

This course will be very useful in my daily work.