LTE performance evaluation with realistic channel quality indicator feedback
Tutor / director / evaluatorGarcía Lozano, Mario
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
In the context of mobile communications, the availability of new services and mobile applications along with the constant evolution in terminals run up the need of higher data rates. In order to fulfill such expectations, mobile operators are continually optimizing and upgrading their networks. The Long Term Evolution (LTE) of the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) seems to be the path to follow in a very short term. The objective of this project is to study the behaviour of the radio resource assignment in LTE under realistic conditions. The scheduling is a key process in the functioning of the radio interface. Thus, two types of schedulers can be identified, the opportunistic, where the scheduler considers the state of the radio channel to make the best allocation possible, and the non-opportunistic, where the allocation has no knowledge of the radio channel‘s state. As the opportunistic option adapts to the radio channel conditions it requires the transmission of a certain level of signalling from users informing about how the channel evolves along time. One of the objectives of this project is to evaluate the system performance under different degrees of feedback. To do this, different CQI reporting methods have been programmed and simulated. So, to achieve this objective it is obvious that a second one is necessary: program and simulate in a more realistic way the LTE radio channel. The followed methodology has been fundamentally the programming of different mathematical models and algorithms, as well as its simulation. In concrete, one of the main tasks in this work has been to extent a software platform of the research group Wicomtec to obtain more realistic results through dynamic simulations over a dynamic radio channel.