Average Cell Throughput Calculations for LTE

Average Cell Throughput requires the following simulation results

• Average SINR distribution table (system level result), which provides the SINR probability

• Average throughput or spectral efficiency versus average SINR table (link level result)

For urban channel model and a fixed inter-site distance of 1732m,downlink throughput for LTE for different values of SINR is shown below.


Average Cell Throughput=Σ(Pi*Ri)


Pi=Probability of occurrence of a specific SINR value at cell edge obtained using simulations
Ri=Average throughput corresponding to SINR range

Let us consider the following distribution for the SINR at the cell edge:

P1=0.5 (SINR=1.50-3.50 dB)
P2=0.25 (SINR=3.50-7.00 dB)
P3=0.15 (SINR=7.00-9.50 dB)
P4=0.10 (SINR=9.50-11.50 dB)

Cell Throughput=(0.50*4)+(0.25*6)+(0.15*8)+(0.10*12)=5.9 Mbps

Note: This throughput is much less than the theoretical maximum which assumes that the full 20 MHz bandwidth is being utilized in a 4×4 MIMO configuration.


Author: Yasir Ahmed (aka John)

More than 20 years of experience in various organizations in Pakistan, the USA, and Europe. Worked as a Research Assistant within the Mobile and Portable Radio Group (MPRG) of Virginia Tech and was one of the first researchers to propose Space Time Block Codes for eight transmit antennas. The collaboration with MPRG continued even after graduating with an MSEE degree and has resulted in 12 research publications and a book on Wireless Communications. Worked for Qualcomm USA as an Engineer with the key role of performance and conformance testing of UMTS modems. Qualcomm is the inventor of CDMA technology and owns patents critical to the 4G and 5G standards.

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14 thoughts on “Average Cell Throughput Calculations for LTE

  1. I am undergratuate student
    may you help me getting understand calculation of lte capacity for each cluster and each cell

  2. What would the average user throughput in LTE be in case of having only 10 MHz bandwidth in 2600 band?

  3. I am an undergrad student and i am researching on 4G LTE networks, I am currently working on the research paper ‘Modeling and Analysis of K-Tier Downlink Heterogeneous Cellular Networks’ by Harpreet S. Dhillon, Radha Krishna Ganti, Francois Baccelli, Jeffrey G. Andrews. Can anyone give me the matlab coding or simulation results for the graphs of this paper?

  4. Thank you very much for the useful info.
    Do you know from whence can I get a similar table for the uplink data rates?

  5. Thank you for this post. Do you know if there is a reference MCS vs SINR in the standards for the uplink? I saw one in 36.214 Table 8.6.1-1: Modulation, TBS index and redundancy version table for PUSCH. It only includes MCS Indexes and Modulation order but doesn’t include the coding rates nor sinr thresholds. Thanks.

  6. Sir
    I am doing Phd in 4G Lte Advanced.

    do you have tools for Security analysis and testing of 4G LTE Advanced(Integrity,Confedentiality and Authentication Verification tools)?

    if you do have this then Inform me,I want to use those tools also for my PhD research.

    Please send me document regarding FER coded,FER uncoded,Throughput Coded,Throughput Uncoded,Throughput Useful,Blocksize Coded,Blocksize uncoded,Used CQI for cell specific and User Specific data.Also tell me what units to use for them and units along x axis and Y axis.

    Sayed Abdulhayan
    Phd Research Scholar

  7. I am making a dimensioning tool for lte and I need solid equations and calculations of cell throughput or cell capacity , thanks in advance.

  8. I am an undergrad student preparing my graduation thesis, can you help me with more simulation results, different SINR probabilities for other clutter types and different conditions.

  9. Thanks for this useful post! In your opinion, what is more important to measure, RSRQ or SINR? Which of those has more impact on the throughput or user quality? Thanks again!

  10. Thanks for posting the simulation results.
    I have a question on this SINR/throughput table, is this table for specific scenario since LTE DL throughput can go upto 150Mbps if it is MIMO and 20MHz bandwidth.

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