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With the ever growing usage of various wireless technologies and services, more and more handheld devices are equipped with multiple radio transceivers (e.g., LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GNSS). As a result, in-device coexistence interference has become a serious problem due to the extreme proximity of multiple radio transceivers within the same device. It has been shown by the studies of 3GPP that for some specific frequency bands, concurrent operations of LTE and ISM/GNSS radios working in adjacent or sub-harmonic frequencies will result in significant in-device coexistence interference that cannot be completely eliminated by filter technology. This motivates 3GPP to introduce signaling mechanisms and procedures, which enable the devices to effectively solve the indevice coexistence problems with help from the LTE network. This article first discusses the scenarios in which coexistence interference may happen, and then provides an overview of main solutions and related procedures specified in 3GPP Release-11 standards for LTE. In addition, some aspects of device-internal coordination and implementation to facilitate the coexistence scenarios are also discussed.
Date of Publication: November 2012