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LTE System Information

System Information provides information to the UEs about various parameters of both the Access Stratum and Non Access Stratum.These are the parameters that are common for all the UEs in the same cell and are traditionally broadcasted in all the wireless technologies. UEs use this information for multiple purposes, mainly system access and other idle mode procedures like cell selection, reselection etc. In LTE, main system information consists of the following: 1.Master Information Block (MIB) : MIB gives information about the most important parameters like SFN,system bandwidth and HICH configuration. It is transmitted every 40 ms and the scheduling information is standardised. SIB1 is scheduled every 80 ms. SIB1 broadcasts cell access related parameters -cell identifier (plmn id,cell id), qrxlevmin, cell specific timers and the scheduling information for all other SIBs. SIB2 provides information about common and shared channels-rach,prach,bcch,dlsch,ulsch etc. System Information Block 3 to 8 provides information required for cell reselection. SIB3 provides information on intrafrequency cell reselection except neighbour cell information. SIB4 provides info on neighbour cell informations. SIB5 is for interfrequency cell reselection, SIB6 is for UTRAN, SIB7 for GERAN and SIB8 for CDMA related cell reselection. UE reads the system information during the initial attach process and whenever it is camped to a new cell, it reads the relevant sysinfos. If some System Information value is changed, the network pages the UE telling the UEs that system information is changed and UEs will read the system info during the next modification cycle.Modification cycle is a cell specific parameter that is signalled in the sib2.Whenever the UE receives a paging indicating sib modification, it will invalidate all the sysinfos and retrieve all the sysinfos again.

-----------------------LTE system information is one of the key aspects of the air interface. It consists of the Master Information Block (MIB) and a number of System Information Blocks (SIBs). The MIB is broadcast on the Physical Broadcast Channel (PBCH), while SIBs are sent on the Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) through Radio Resource Control (RRC) messages. SIB1 is carried by "SystemInformationBlockType 1" message. SIB2 and other SIBs are carried by "SystemInformation (SI)" message. An SI message can contain one or several SIBs. 1. The MIB is the first thing a UE looks for after it achieves downlink synchronization. The MIB carries the most essential

information that is needed for the UE to acquire other information from the cell. It includes:

The downlink channel bandwidth The PHICH configuration. The Physical Hybrid ARQ Indicator Channel carries the HARQ ACKs and NACKs for uplink transmissions The SFN (System Frame Number) which helps with synchronization and acts as a timing reference The eNB transmit antenna configuration specifying the number of transmit antennas at eNB such as 1, 2, or 4, which is carried by CRC mask for PBCH


SIB1 is carried in a SystemInformationBlockType1 message. It includes information related to UE cell access and

defines the schedules of other SIBs, such as:

The PLMN Identities of the network The tracking area code (TAC) and cell ID The cell barring status, to indicate if a UE may camp on the cell or not q-RxLevMin, which indicates the minimum required Rx Level in the cell to fulfill the cell selection criteria


The transmissions times and periodicities of other SIBs

SIB2 contains radio resource configuration information common for all UEs, including:


The uplink carrier frequency and the uplink channel bandwidth (in terms of the number of Resource Blocks, for example n25, n50) The Random Access Channel (RACH) configuration, which helps a UE start the random access procedure, such as preamble information, transmit time in terms of frame and subframe number (prach-ConfigInfo), and powerRampingParameters which indicates the initial Tx power and ramping step. The paging configuration, such as the paging cycle The uplink power control configuration, such as P0-NominalPUSCH/PUCCH The Sounding Reference Signal configuration The Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) configuration to support the transmission of ACK/NACK, scheduling requests, and CQI reports The Physical Uplink Shared Channel (PUSCH) configuration, such as hopping

SIB3 contains information common for intra-frequency, inter-frequency, and/or inter-RAT cell reselection. This

information does not necessarily apply to all scenarios; please refer to 3GPP TS 36.304 for the details. The basic parameters include:

s-IntraSearch: the threshold for starting intra-frequency measurement. When s-ServingCell (i.e., cell selection criterion for serving cell) is higher than s-IntraSearch, the UE may choose not to perform measurement in order to save battery life. s-NonIntraSearch: the threshold for starting inter-frequency and IRAT measurements q-RxLevMin: the minimum required Rx level in the cell Cell reselection priority: the absolute frequency priority for E-UTRAN or UTRAN or GERAN or CDMA2000 HRPD or CDMA2000 1xRTT q-Hyst: the hysteresis value used for calculating the cell-ranking criteria for the serving cell, based on RSRP. t-ReselectionEUTRA: the cell reselection timer value for EUTRA. t-ReselectionEUTRA and q-Hyst can be configured to trigger cell reselection sooner or later.


SIB4 contains the intra-frequency neighboring cell information for Intra-LTE intra-frequency cell reselection, such as

neighbor cell list, black cell list, and Physical Cell Identities (PCIs) for Closed Subscriber Group (CSG). CSG can be used to support Home eNBs. 6. SIB5 contains the neighbor cell related information for Intra-LTE inter-frequency cell-reselection, such as neighbor cell

list, carrier frequency, cell reselection priority, threshold used by the UE when reselecting a higher/lower priority frequency than the current serving frequency, etc. (Note that 3GPP states that LTE neighbor cell search is feasible without providing an explicit neighbor list. Since the UE can do blind detection of neighbor cells in LTE, the broadcast of LTE neighbor cells is optional.)