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What is a blacklisted Cell in LTE?

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Can someone put some thought on this?

posted Sep 16, 2013 by Luv Kumar

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These are the cells that UE should not consider while doing measurements, handovers or cell-reselections. These black-listed cells can be Intra-frequency, Inter-frequency or Inter-RAT cells .

The black-listing is provided in the SystemInformationBlockType4 and SystemInformationBlockType5 that is transmitted by RRC in E-UTRAN.

By providing a black-list of the cells, the UE can avoid wasting time performing measurements on that frequency and then reading the System Information only to find out that there was no point of doing this operation. At the same time the neighbour list can be reduced and the amount of cells the UE reports in measurements can be reduced. The UE can also re-select to a new cell faster because the neighbour cell list size is reduced.

The possible reasons for black listing could be that a cell is reserved for operator then the UE's should not be able to use them. Similarly if the cell is reserved for future use or reserved for private use (Femtocells?) or in a scenario where it wont be possible for the UE to reselect it (Examples are cells that are separated by a river and micro cells that are in two different skyscrapers, etc).

Source: http://blog.3g4g.co.uk/2009/04/black-listed-and-white-listed-cells-in.html

answer Sep 16, 2013 by Salil Agrawal
I want to ask on what basis the cells in the LTE are categorized as blacklisted or not ?
These are the cells that UE should not consider while doing measurements, handovers or cell-reselections.
The possible reasons  could be that a cell is reserved for operator then the UE's should not be able to use them, similarly if the cell is reserved for future use or reserved for private use (Femtocells?) etc.
hello every body, i wish add one thing about the use of blacklist cell.
when we have a problem of overshoot coverage, it means that one cell coverage overshoot  its expected coverage and arrive to non-neighbor cells, then to avoid many problems related idle and connected mobility, the operator can add this cell to blacklist of all these cells.
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