3GPP Long-Term Evolution networks are being rolled out commercially as the new standard for mobile broadband. Furthermore it can be expected that LTE Advanced as defined in the latest version of the standard will be the dominating standard for 4G technology globally. There is a trend to simplify the management of LTE networks by use of auto-configuration and auto-optimization. However, the complexity of LTE system also place new demands on the Operations and Maintenance of the network. Self-Organizing Networks (SON) is seen as one of the promising area for an operator to save operational expenditures.

Training Schedule

  • Duration: 1 – 2 Days
  • Inhouse training price: Based on number of participants


This course will give participants an overview of the SON technology as defined in the different releases of LTE (Release 8, 9 and 10). After introducing the drivers and use cases for SON, the basic framework and different architectures are presented. The course will outline the automatic configuration procedures of a base station, how to set up interfaces and to retrieve configuration parameter. Afterwards, different self-optimization procedures are presented including the detailed signaling messages over the air and across the interfaces. Last but not least the applicability of SON to Heterogeneous Networks and means for inter-cell interference coordination is presented.

Day 1 – 4G Introduction and LTE Advanced

SON Introduction and Architecture
  • SON background, framework and use cases
  • SON architecture (distributed, centralize, hybrid)
  • SON management model and network interfaces
Self-Configuration in Release 8
  • Auto-connectivity and auto-commissioning
  • eNB self-configuration procedures, S1- and X2-Setup
  • Automatic Physical Cell Identity (PCI) selection
  • Automatic Neighbour Relation (ANR) procedure  
Self-Optimization in Release 9
  • Mobility Load Balancing (MLB) optimization
  • Mobility Robustness Optimization (MRO) and traffic steering
  • RACH optimization
Self-Optimization in Release 10
  • Energy saving and cell on/off switching
  • Coverage and Capacity Optimization (CCO)
  • Minimization of Drive Test (MDT) in Release 10
Self-Optimization in Release 11
  • Inter-Radio Access Technology MRO and MDT 
  • Multi-PLMN Support and Cell Probing for Power Saving
  • Enhanced Minimization of Drive Tests (eMDT)
Self-Optimization for Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets)
  • Inter-cell Interference Coordination (ICIC) and X2 Signaling
  • Improved cell selection and range expansion
  • Enhanced ICIC and Further Enhanced ICIC of Rel.10/.11