Power Headroom Report Mapping

Power Headroom Report MAC control element tells if UE can transmit at a higher transmission power or not. In basic terms this indicates how much relative transmission power left in the UE. So a simple formula for Power Headroom in LTE is Power Headroom = UE Max Transmission Power – PUSCH Power = Pmax – P_pusch So if Power Headroom (more ..)


While studying the MAC specification today, I thought it would be a good idea to check the MAC Buffer Status Report (BSR) control element details. I had following questions in my mind about Buffer Status Report: Why is this control element used in LTE? What are different BSR CE formats?

LTE Maximum data rate throughput

This tutorial explains how LTE downlink maximum throughput is determined. This is a simple and straightforward formula for data rate calculation. The maximum data rate depends on channel bandwidth. As LTE uses different channel bandwidths both for FDD and TDD. Let’s take the example for LTE using FDD, where channel bandwidth can be 5 MHz, 10 MHz and 20 MHz. (more ..)

MAC architecture on UE side

This tutorial describes the specific details of the LTE MAC layer or the Medium Access Control protocol. MAC is a radio network protocol which resides both in the UE and in the E-UTRAN. Also, it should be noted that MAC protocol is available for both User plane and also for the control plane. RRC (Radio Resource Control) protocol is in (more ..)

LTE Soft handover

When LTE system was developed one of the big technical feature from UMTS Soft/Softer handover was missing from the architecture. There are many specific reasons why LTE dropped altogether soft handover (connect-before-break) from the system design. Before discussing about why LTE skipped soft handover and only implemented hard handover, let’s check the basic concept of soft/softer handover.