Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 891–921 | Cite as

LTE-Advanced Radio Access Enhancements: A Survey

  • Mohammad Dehghani
  • Kamran Arshad
  • Richard MacKenzie
Article

Abstract

Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-Advanced) is the next step in LTE evolution and allows operators to improve network performance and service capabilities through smooth deployment of new techniques and technologies. LTE-Advanced uses some new features on top of the existing LTE standards to provide better user experience and higher throughputs. Some of the most significant features introduced in LTE-Advanced are carrier aggregation, enhancements in heterogeneous networks, coordinated multipoint transmission and reception, enhanced multiple input multiple output usage and deployment of relay nodes in the radio network. Mentioned features are mainly aimed to enhance the radio access part of the cellular networks. This survey article presents an overview of the key radio access features and functionalities of the LTE-Advanced radio access network, supported by the simulation results. We also provide a detailed review of the literature together with a very rich list of the references for each of the features. An LTE-Advanced roadmap and the latest updates and trends in LTE markets are also presented.

Keywords

LTE-Advanced Carrier aggregation MIMO Heterogeneous network  Relay nodes CoMP transmission and reception 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Dehghani
    • 1
  • Kamran Arshad
    • 1
  • Richard MacKenzie
    • 2
  1. 1.Electrical, Electronic and Computer EngineeringUniversity of GreenwichChathamUK
  2. 2.BT TSOIpswichEngland

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