Long Term Evolution

Introduction

The 3GPP™ radio interface, UTRA (Universal Terrestrial Radio Access), with the enhancements provided by High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), for both downlink and uplink, will remain highly competitive for several years. Nevertheless, the industry that has developed the 3GPP™ technologies is anxious to ensure the continued competitiveness of those technologies and has launched a Long Term Evolution project within 3GPP.

The focus of the LTE project is on:

  • enhancement of the Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA)
  • optimization of the UTRAN architecture.

A parallel activity is taking place on the evolution of the 3GPP™ System Architecture (SAE).

A more complete summary of the LTE and SAE programmes can be found on the 3GPP™ website.

Our Role & Activities

Long Term Evolution (LTE) of the 3GPP radio technology

The basic criteria for the work on LTE were:

  • Demand for higher data rates
  • Expectations of additional 3G spectrum allocations
  • Greater flexibility in frequency allocations
  • Continued cost reduction
  • Keeping up with other technologies.

More specifically:

  • Significantly increased peak data rates
  • Increased bitrates at the edge of cells
  • Improved spectrum efficiency
  • Improved latency
  • Scaleable bandwidth
  • Reduced capital and operational expenditure
  • Acceptable system and terminal complexity, cost and power consumption
  • Compatibility with earlier releases and with other systems
  • Optimized for low mobile speed but supporting high mobile speed (up to 500 km/h).

ETSI TR 125 913 collects together all the agreed requirements for the Evolved UTRA & UTRAN.

In response to these requirements, various radio technologies were considered but the conclusion was that the downlink would use Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and the uplink would use Single Carrier - Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA). Supported downlink data-modulation schemes are QPSK, 16QAM, and 64QAM, whilst the possible uplink data-modulation schemes are BPSK, QPSK, 8PSK and 16QAM.

3GPP™ Technical Report TR 25.814 defines the physical layer aspects of Evolved UTRA.

System Architecture Evolution (SAE)

The objectives of the complementary SAE study were:

  • 'to develop a framework for an evolution or migration of the 3GPP™ system to a higher-data-rate, lower-latency, packet-optimized system that supports multiple Radio Access Technologies.
  • The focus of this work is on the PS domain with the assumption that voice services are supported in this domain'.

The particular focus has been on:

  • enhancement of Packet Switched technology to cope with rapid growth in IP traffic, i.e.

    • higher data rates
    • lower latency
    • packet-optimized system
  • through
    • fully IP network
    • simplified network architecture
    • distributed control.

The possible use of various access technologies (wireless and wired) has been assumed - not just Enhanced UTRA.

The report of the SAE study can be found in 3GPP™ Technical Report TR 23.882.

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on long term evolution.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 136 300 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); Overall description; Stage 2 (3GPP TS 36.300 version 13.5.0 Release 13)
TS 136 331 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Radio Resource Control (RRC); Protocol specification (3GPP TS 36.331 version 12.11.0 Release 12)
TS 126 244 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Transparent end-to-end packet switched streaming service (PSS); 3GPP file format (3GP) (3GPP TS 26.244 version 13.4.1 Release 13)
TS 126 445 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Codec for Enhanced Voice Services (EVS); Detailed algorithmic description (3GPP TS 26.445 version 12.8.0 Release 12)
TS 126 445 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Codec for Enhanced Voice Services (EVS); Detailed algorithmic description (3GPP TS 26.445 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
TS 134 108 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Common test environments for User Equipment (UE); Conformance testing (3GPP TS 34.108 version 12.3.0 Release 12)
TS 136 508 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Common test environments for User Equipment (UE) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.508 version 13.0.1 Release 13)
TS 136 211 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Physical channels and modulation (3GPP TS 36.211 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
TS 123 008 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Organization of subscriber data (3GPP TS 23.008 version 13.6.0 Release 13)
TS 131 124 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Mobile Equipment (ME) conformance test specification; Universal Subscriber Identity Module Application Toolkit (USAT) conformance test specification (3GPP TS 31.124 version 13.5.0 Release 13)
TR 136 905 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); Derivation of test points for radio transmission and reception conformance test cases (3GPP TR 36.905 version 12.3.0 Release 12)
TS 134 229-1 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia call control protocol based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Part 1: Protocol conformance specification (3GPP TS 34.229-1 version 12.11.0 Release 12)
TS 134 229-1 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia call control protocol based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Part 1: Protocol conformance specification (3GPP TS 34.229-1 version 13.0.0 Release 13)
TS 134 229-2 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia call control protocol based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Part 2: Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) specification (3GPP TS 34.229-2 version 13.0.0 Release 13)
TS 134 229-3 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia call control protocol based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Part 3: Abstract test suite (ATS) (3GPP TS 34.229-3 version 11.5.0 Release 11)
TS 136 521-2 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 2: Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) (3GPP TS 36.521-2 version 12.9.0 Release 12)
TS 136 521-3 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 3: Radio Resource Management (RRM) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-3 version 10.5.0 Release 10)
TS 137 571-5 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) and Evolved UTRA (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification for UE positioning; Part 5: Test scenarios and assistance data (3GPP TS 37.571-5 version 13.0.0 Release 13)
TS 136 213 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Physical layer procedures (3GPP TS 36.213 version 11.12.0 Release 11)
TS 136 213 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Physical layer procedures (3GPP TS 36.213 version 12.11.0 Release 12)