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LTE Physical Layer Performance Analysis



Wen-Bin Yang, Michael R. Souryal


In this report, we present results of a physical layer performance study for all MCSs (from MCS0 to MCS28) in terms of block error rate (BLER) and spectral efficiency. The results are obtained by using the Steepest Ascent LTE toolbox for MATLAB which provides functions for modeling the LTE physical layer based upon 3GPP specifications. The performance measures for each MCS are evaluated as a function of signal to noise ratio (SNR), MIMO configuration, and 3GPP multipath fading channel. The 3GPP channels include models for pedestrian, vehicular, and typical urban environments. The results of this study can be used in higher level modeling tools such as cellular network planning and network modeling tools that take abstractions of physical layer performance as input.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7986
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Yang, W. and Souryal, M. (2014), LTE Physical Layer Performance Analysis, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created May 15, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018