User Equipment category

LTE category 36.306 v14.3.0 (Rel 14 Jun 2017)

LTE category

UE category

The UE category (without suffix) defines a combined uplink and downlink radio throughput capability

Category 3GPP
release
Downlink Uplink
Maximum number of DL-SCH transport block bits received within a TTI Maximum number of bits of a DL-SCH transport block received within a TTI Total number of soft channel bits Maximum number of supported layers for spatial multiplexing in DL Support for 256QAM in DL Maximum number of UL-SCH transport block bits transmitted within a TTI Maximum number of bits of an UL-SCH transport block transmitted within a TTI Support for 64QAM in UL
(Mbit/s) (Mbit/s)
0 Rel 12 1000 1 1000 25344 1 No 1000 1 1000 No
1 Rel 8 10296 10 10296 250368 1 No 5160 5 5160 No
1bis Rel 14 10296 10 10296 250368 1 No 5160 5 5160 No
2 Rel 8 51024 51 51024 1237248 2 No 25456 25 25456 No
3 Rel 8 102048 102 75376 1237248 2 No 51024 51 51024 No
4 Rel 8 150752 150 75376 1827072 2 No 51024 51 51024 No
5 Rel 8 299552 299 149776 3667200 4 No 75376 75 75376 Yes
6 4 Rel 10 301504 301 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
3654144 2 or 4 No 51024 51 51024 No
7 4 Rel 10 301504 301 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
3654144 2 or 4 No 102048 102 51024 No
8 5 Rel 10 2998560 2998 299856 35982720 8 No 1497760 1497 149776 Yes
9 6,4 Rel 11 452256 452 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
5481216 2 or 4 No 51024 51 51024 No
10 7,4 Rel 11 452256 452 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
5481216 2 or 4 No 102048 102 51024 No

UE category Downlink

The field ue-CategoryDL defines downlink capability

Downlink
category
3GPP
release
Downlink
Maximum number of
DL-SCH transport block bits
received within a TTI
Maximum number of bits of
a DL-SCH transport block
received within a TTI
Total number of
soft channel bits
Maximum number of
supported layers for
spatial multiplexing in DL
Support for
256QAM in DL
(Mbit/s)
M1 Rel 13 1000 1 1000 25344 1 No
M2 Rel 14 4008 4 1000 73152 1 No
0 Rel 12 1000 1 1000 25344 1 No
1bis Rel 14 10296 10 10296 250368 1 No
4 Rel 14 150752 150 75376 1827072 2 No
6 Rel 12 301504 301 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
3654144 2 or 4 No
7 Rel 12 301504 301 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
3654144 2 or 4 No
9 Rel 12 452256 452 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
5481216 2 or 4 No
10 Rel 12 452256 452 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
5481216 2 or 4 No
11 Rel 12 603008 603 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
7308288 2 or 4 Optional
12 Rel 12 603008 603 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
7308288 2 or 4 Optional
13 Rel 12 391632 391 97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
3654144 2 or 4 Mandatory
14 Rel 12 3916560 3916 391656 (8 layers, 256QAM) 47431680 8 Mandatory
15 Rel 12 749856 - 798800 749 - 798 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
9744384 2 or 4 Optional
16 Rel 12 978960 - 1051360 978 - 1051 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
12789504 2 or 4 Optional
17 Rel 13 25065984 25065 391656 (8 layers, 256QAM) 303562752 8 Mandatory
18 Rel 13 1174752 - 1206016 1174 - 1206 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
299856 (8 layers, 64QAM)
391856 (8 layers, 256QAM)
14616576 2 or 4 or 8 Optional
19 Rel 13 1566336 - 1658272 1566 - 1658 75376 (2 layers, 64QAM)
97896 (2 layers, 256QAM)
149776 (4 layers, 64QAM)
195816 (4 layers, 256QAM)
299856 (8 layers, 64QAM)
391856 (8 layers, 256QAM)
19488768 2 or 4 or 8 Optional

UE category Uplink

The field ue-CategoryUL defines uplink capability

Uplink
category
3GPP
release
Uplink
Maximum number of
UL-SCH transport block bits
transmitted within a TTI
Maximum number of bits of
an UL-SCH transport block
transmitted within a TTI
Support for
64QAM in UL
Support for
256QAM in UL
(Mbit/s)
M1 Rel 13 1000 1 1000 No No
M2 Rel 14 6968 6 6968 No No
0 Rel 12 1000 1 1000 No No
1bis Rel 14 5160 5 5160 No No
3 Rel 12 51024 51 51024 No No
5 Rel 12 75376 75 75376 Yes No
7 Rel 12 102048 102 51024 No No
8 Rel 12 1497760 1497 149776 Yes No
13 Rel 12 150752 150 75376 Yes No
14 Rel 13 9585664 9585 149776 Yes No
15 Rel 13 226128 226 75376 Yes No
16 Rel 14 105528 105 105528 Yes Yes
17 Rel 14 2119360 2119 211936 Yes Yes
18 Rel 14 211056 211 105528 Yes Yes
19 Rel 14 13563904 13563 211936 Yes Yes
20 Rel 14 316584 316 105528 Yes Yes
21 Rel 14 301504 301 75376 Yes No

Supported DL/UL categories combinations set

Defines the only combinations for UE UL and DL categories that are allowed to be signalled with ue-CategoryDL and ue-CategoryUL
It also defines which UE Categories a UE shall indicate in addition to the combinations for UE UL and DL Categories

DL Category UL Category Additional RRC signalling Maximum UE channel
bandwidth [PRB]
UE category DL/UL category
M1 M1 N/A 6
M2 M2 M1, M1 25
0 0 N/A (1)
1bis 1bis 1
4 5 4
6 5 6, 4
6 16 6, 4 6, 5
7 13 7, 4
7 18 7, 4 7, 13
9 5 9, 6, 4
9 16 9, 6, 4 9, 5
10 13 10, 7, 4
10 18 10, 7, 4 10, 13
11 5 11, 9, 6, 4
11 16 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
12 13 12, 10, 7, 4
12 15 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
12 18 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
12 20 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
12, 15
13 3 6, 4, 9*
13 5 6, 4, 9*
13 7 7, 4, 10*
13 13 7, 4, 10*
13 16 6, 4 13, 5
13 18 7, 4 13, 13
14 8 8, 5
14 17 8, 5 14, 8
15 3 11, 9, 6, 4
15 5 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
15 7 12, 10, 7, 4
15 13 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
15 16 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
15, 5
15 18 11, 9, 6, 4 12, 13
15, 13
16 3 11, 9, 6, 4
16 5 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
16 7 12, 10, 7, 4
16 13 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16 15 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
16 16 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
16, 5
16 18 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
16 20 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
16, 15
17 14 8, 5 14, 8
17 19 8, 5 14, 8
17, 14
18 3 11, 9, 6, 4 16, 3
18 5 11, 9, 6, 4 16, 5
11, 5
18 7 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 7
18 13 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 13
12, 13
18 15 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 13
12, 13
18 16 11, 9, 6, 4 11, 5
16, 5
18, 5
18 18 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
18 20 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
18, 15
19 3 11, 9, 6, 4 16, 13
19 5 11, 9, 6, 4 16, 5
11, 5
19 7 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 7
19 13 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 13
12, 13
19 15 12, 10, 7, 4 16, 13
12, 13
19 16 11, 9, 6, 4 12, 5
16, 5
19, 5
19 18 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
19, 13
19 20 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
19, 15
19 21 12, 10, 7, 4 12, 13
16, 13
19, 15
Nb = 60

* = if supported
(1) 36.331 : A UE indicating DL category 0 shall also indicate any of the categories (1..5) in ue-Category, which is ignored by the eNB


UE category Narrow Band

Category 3GPP
release
Downlink Uplink Total layer 2 buffer size
Maximum number of DL-SCH transport block bits received within a TTI Maximum number of bits of a DL-SCH transport block received within a TTI Total number of soft channel bits Maximum number of UL-SCH transport block bits transmitted within a TTI Maximum number of bits of an UL-SCH transport block transmitted within a TTI
(Kbit/s) (Kbit/s) Bytes
NB1 Rel 13 680 680 680 2112 1000 1000 1000 4000
NB2 Rel 14 2536 2536 2536 6400 2536 2536 2536 8000