In the course of evolution of RAN ( Radio Access layer) technologies 5G outsmarts 4G-2010 which comes in succession after 3G-2000 , 2.5G, 2G -1990 and 1G / PSTN -1980 respectively . Among the mosy striking features of 5G –
entirely IP based
ability to connect 100x more devices ( IOT favourable )
speed upto 10 Gbit/s
high peak bit rate
high data volume per unit area
virtually 0 latency hence high response time
Thus it can accomodate the rapid growth of rich mulimedia application like OTT streaming of HD content, gaming , Augmented reality so on while enabling devices connected to Internet of Things sto onboard the telecommunication backbone with high system spectral efficiency and ubiquitious connectivity .
Infact 5G has seen maximum investment in year 2020 in revamping infrastrcuture as compared to other technologies such as IoT or even Cloud. This could be partly due to high rise in high speed communication for streaming and remote communication owining to steep rise in remote learning adn working from home scenarious.
5G is specified to operate over range 1 GHz to 100 GHz.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is a registered trademark owned by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) for the wireless data communications technology and a development of the GSM/UMTS standards.
Both radio and core network evolution
All-IP packet-switched architecture
standardised by 3GPP
lower CAPEX ans OPEX involved
LTE evolved from an earlier 3GPP system known as the Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS), which in turn evolved from the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). Also it is aligned with 4G (fourth-generation mobile)
LTE is backward compatible with GSM/EDGE/UMTS/CDMA/WCDMA systems on existing 2G and 3G spectrum , even hand-over and roaming to existing mobile networks.
Motivation for evolution
Wireless/cellular technology standards are constantly evolving for better efficiency and performance.LTE evolved as a result of rapid increase of mobile data usage. Applications such as voice over IP (VOIP), streaming multimedia, videoconferencing , cellular modemetc.
It provides packet-switched traffic with seamless mobility and higher qos than predecessors. Also high data rate, throughput, low latency and packet optimized radioaccess technology on flexible bandwidth deployments.
Timeline of Evolution
GSM : calls on circuit switching ( CS ) between 2 parties for communication. Dedicated circuits are used for voice and SMS.
GPRS : packet switching (PS) is introduced for data services
UMTS / 3G : network elements begin evolving into PS . No changes to core.
EPC / LTE/VOLTE : No circuit switched domain at all .
Multi-Antenna Technology , Multi-user collaborative MIMO for Uplink and TxAA, spatial multiplexing, CDD ,max 4×4 array for downlink
5 – 100km with slight degradation after 30km
LTE architecture supports hard QoS and guaranteed bit rate (GBR) for radio bearers.
All interfaces between network nodes are IP based Duplexing – Time Division Duplex (TDD) , Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and half duplex FD
MIMO ( Multiple Input Multiple Output ) transmissions –
Allows the base station to transmit several data streams over the same carrier simultaneously. Modulation Schemes
QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM(optional)
Primarily composed of
User Equipment (UE)
Mobile Termination (MT)
Terminal Equipment (TE)
Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) : also known as the SIM card for LTE equipments. It runs an application known as the Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM).
2. Evolved UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN)
handles the radio communications between the mobile and the evolved packet core. High level representation for eNodeB or eNB
role of eNB :
sends and receives radio transmissions to all the mobiles using the analogue and digital signal processing functions of the LTE air interface.
eNB also controls the low-level operation of all its mobiles, by sending them signalling messages such as handover commands.
3. Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
This sub system resembles IMS environment.
Packet Data Network (PDN) Gateway (P-GW) communicates with the outside world simillar to GGSN ( GPRS support node ) and SGSN ( serving GPRS support node ) in UMTS and GSM.
Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is a central database that contains information about all the network operator’s subscribers. Almost simillar to HLR/AAA in 2G /3G architcture.
Mobility management entity (MME) controls the high-level operation
For a roming user in Visited-PLMN , he is connected with the E-UTRAN, MME and S-GW of the visited LTE network. However, LTE/SAE allows the P-GW of either the visited or the home network to be used, as shown in below:
For roaming prepaid charging , accounting flows are made to access prepaid customer data, via P-Gateways or CSCF in an IMS environment.
LTE devices capable of CAT6 speeds (Category 6 ) Increased peak data rate – downlink 3 Gbps, Uplink 1.5 Gbps ( 1 Gbps = 1000 Mbps) Spectral efficiency from 16bps/Hz in R8 to 30 bps/Hz in R10 Carrier Aggregation (CA) Enhanced use of multi-antenna techniques Support for Relay Nodes (RN)
Multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmission and receiving antennas to exploit multipath propagation. Key technology for achieving a vast increase of wireless communication capacity over a finite electromagnetic spectrum.
Antenna configuration – implies antenna spatial diversity by useing arrays of multiple antennas on one or both ends of a wireless communication link boost channel capacity. combats multipath fading enhance signal to noise ratio, create multiple communication paths
Applies to wifi IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi), IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi) as well as cellular networks HSPA+ (3G) WiMAX (4G) Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) power-line communication for 3-wire installations as part of ITU G.hn standard and HomePlug AV2 specification
Large capacity increases over given bandwidth and S/N resources Greater throughputs on bands below 6 GHz,
simultaneous independent data links to multiple users over a common time-frequency resource
enable the expansion of the useful spectrum to microwave and millimeter wave bands within the framework of 5G cellular communication.
MIMO modes (60m)
Diversity – Alamouti algorithm Beam forming – create and aim the antenna pattern electronically Spatial multiplex – use of precoding and shaping to unravel the multipath signals
challenges faced by mobile equipment vendors implementing MIMO in small portable devices.
3main categories: precoding, spatial multiplexing (SM), and diversity coding.
multi-stream beamforming ( signal is emitted from each of the transmit antennas with appropriate phase and gain weighting such that the signal power is maximized at the receiver input ) , increases reception and reduce multipath fading
In line-of-sight propagation, beamforming results in a well-defined directional pattern. However, conventional beams are not a good analogy in cellular networks, which are mainly characterized by multipath propagation. When the receiver has multiple antennas, the transmit beamforming cannot simultaneously maximize the signal level at all of the receive antennas, and precoding with multiple streams is often beneficial. Note that precoding requires knowledge of channel state information (CSI) at the transmitter and the receiver.
High-rate signal is split into multiple lower-rate streams and each stream is transmitted from a different transmit antenna in the same frequency channel. If these signals arrive at the receiver antenna array with sufficiently different spatial signatures and the receiver has accurate CSI, it can separate these streams into (almost) parallel channels.
increasing channel capacity at higher signal-to-noise ratios (SNR).
when there is no channel knowledge at the transmitter , a single stream is transmitted. The signal is emitted from each of the transmit antennas with full or near orthogonal coding. Diversity coding exploits the independent fading in the multiple antenna links to enhance signal diversity.