This book is about the world's dominant 4G mobile telecommunication system, LTE.
In writing the book, my aim has been to give the reader a concise, system level introduction to the technology that LTE uses. The book covers the whole of the system, both the techniques used for radio communication between the base station and the mobile phone, and the techniques used to transfer data and signalling messages across the network. I have avoided going into excessive detail, which is more appropriate for specialized treatments of individual topics and for the LTE specifications themselves. Instead, I hope that the reader will come away from this book with a sound understanding of the system and of the way in which its different components interact. The reader will then be able to tackle the more advanced books and the specifications with confidence.
The target audience is twofold. Firstly, I hope that the book will be valuable for engineers who are working on LTE, notably those who are transferring from other technologies such as GSM, UMTS and cdma2000, those who are experts in one part of LTE but who want to understand the system as a whole and those who are new to mobile telecommunications altogether. Secondly, the book should give a valuable overview to those who are working in non technical roles, such as project managers, marketing executives and intellectual property consultants.
Structurally, the book has four parts. The first part lays out the foundations that the reader ...