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Half Day Course Descriptions – For In-Person Or Online Training

Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

With mobile data traffic expected to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the targeted capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the demands for data, video and application access caused by smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small.

Small cells provide flexibility and significant user-perceived signal quality improvements at an attractive cost. This is especially important with the evolution to Quality-of-Service-based applications such as VoLTE. Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as it may reduce the number of cell towers and it locates a cleaner signal using less overall power to the end user.

In this half day course, you will learn why small cells are needed and if they are the right solution. A detailed description behind deployment challenges including topics such as radio interference, property rights, power requirements and options, back-haul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control will be addressed. Take this course to come away with the answers to the following questions: How will this change the way the operator supports the network? What are the small cell system options and the trade-offs of each? What do small cells do for the consumer? How to small cells change the concept of traffic engineering? What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?

Wireless Evolution of the Radio Link
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

This exciting half day course will revisit the fundamental theories behind how wireless signals are created.  From there, numerous techniques describing how information is carried across these radio waves will be described.  Finally, the course will match these radio transmission techniques with the technologies used in the past, today, and those planned for the future of the wireless industry.  Please join us for an exciting ride through the evolution of commercial wireless radio systems.
Takeaways from this course:

  • Learn how to calculate the peak theoretical capacity of any wireless channel
  • Understand the key variables to improving wireless channel capacity
  • Revisit the definition of radio modulation types from including AM, FM, PM, OFDM, etc
  • Learn how an antenna works and define various antenna types and associated applications
  • Relate radio architecture function and evolution to the various systems deployed today; WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and beyond
  • Understand the keys to optimal radio network performance
Broadband Mobile Satellite Communications
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

The growing demand for broadband/wideband satellite communications (satcom) for mobile and temporary locations has motivated the introduction of technology solutions and network architectures that provide bi-directional connectivity at tens to hundreds of Mbps. Current commercial and military applications under highly-dynamic conditions utilize a variety of fixed and transportable satcom terminals as well as newly developed mobile satcom terminals being deployed on aircraft. This course addresses the design of broadband mobile satcom networks at Ku and Ka bands (10 – 30 GHz), and should allow participants to specify major space and ground network elements; evaluate types and sources of tracking antenna technology, RF electronics, and modem equipment; and select the most appropriate air-to-ground architecture, coverage, and bandwidth. Case studies are presented of broadband communications systems at Ku/Ka-band for commercial aircraft.
Detailed topics include:

  • Design of broadband satellite links at 10 to 30 GHz, including radio wave propagation (based on free-space propagation from satellite to aircraft, influenced heavily by rain attenuation); space – ground link budget principles; and system-level approaches, such as advanced forward error correction (turbo codes and LDPC), automatic uplink power control, and Adaptive Modulation and Coding (ACM)
  • Architecture of the space segment, star/mesh networking, high throughput multi-beam satellites at Ku and Ka-bands, frequency reuse
  • Configuration of the ground segment using Ku and Ka frequencies, taking into account the unique aspects of aircraft installation and operation
  • Phased array antenna designs (electronic and mechanical), reflector dishes and flat-panel antennas using mechanical steering
Systems evaluation of alternatives (figures of merit) to optimize the passenger experience and service performance
Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

Today’s smartphone can simultaneously operate on numerous wireless network architectures.  This course will define these architectures along with those legacy network elements which have come and gone.  We will describe the strategy behind architecture direction in the industry and provide a view of how today’s architectures may continue to evolve.  Please join us and arm yourself with the knowledge to understand wireless network architecture direction as the industry continues to pave a path toward a more enhanced connected world.

Takeaways from this course:

  • Understand basic network architecture functions including network elements, interfaces, signaling and control planes, protocol stacks, etc
  • Step through network architectures from the early days of wireless to today, including operator networks and personal area networks
  • Relate overall wireless network architecture function and evolution to the various systems deployed today; WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and beyond
  • Understand the approach of standards bodies including IEEE, 3GPP, and 3GPP2
  • Align network function to the elements required in the architecture
  • Identify the necessary requirements to evolve the wireless network architecture in support of emerging network functionality
  • Understand the keys to optimal end-to-end network performance
Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)

One Day Course (4 hours of instruction)

Most new Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications have a wireless component. Generally, the wireless technology is an enabler, but not the main focus of the company developing the application / product. Such companies may struggle with the main issues associated with selecting and integrating wirelesss technology into products. This course teaches you what you need to know in order to select a wireless solution for an IoT application regardless of the chosen platform.

One Day Course Descriptions – For In-Person Or Online Training

NEW! Designing the Green Internet

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Is it true that the Internet consumes more than 3% of all energy in World?
Does a search on the Internet consume the same amount of energy as preparing a cup of coffee?
... Or more in general, how can we allow the Internet to grow without depleting the World's energy resources?

The course will provide an up-to-date review of the main issues in energy saving in today and in tomorrow's Internet. The presentation of the different subjects will be based on analytical models, simulation analysis and actual measurements, and enable the attendees to gain both theoretical and practical insights to the design of energy efficient networking solutions. Current case studies will be presented that include:
- energy consumption breakdown of a typical cellular network provider
- energy consumption breakdown of a typical data center
- actual measurements on energy consumption from a real WiFi testbed
- application of green paradigm to the design of next generation radio networks

High Throughput Satellites

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This day-long course presents the configuration and application of high throughput satellite (HTS) systems that were first introduced around 2000 and represent an important capability to provide broadband interactive services from space-based repeaters. We address the selection of orbit, frequency band (generally those between 10 and 30 GHz), and how best to configure the satellite communications payload for the intended service. Essential elements include: spot beams for frequency reuse and elevated levels of EIRP and G/T; cross connect systems including physical connections and digital processing “channelizer” configurations; high-power platforms in GEO; and efficient amplifier designs. Users of these capabilities would represent individual consumers, enterprises and governments, for fixed and mobile platforms. Technology for implementing the ground segment, user terminals, and applications will be addressed at the subsystem level, with identification of key technologies to facilitate a cost/effective application system. Limitations will be discussed that relate to the available spectrum, GEO and non-GEO orbits, radiowave propagation, amplifiers and antennas, and interface with the public Internet and private networks.

Enabling Wireless Towards 2020

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This course outlines the LTE roadmap to 5G along with the emerging and new paradigm evolution, in an online interactive session. It discusses the key technologies, their attributes, roles and prospects, the change in landscape and the shifts in enabling environment to keep up with demands. This course also provides a picture of the next several years, with such paradigms as densification, small cells, machine-type communication and virtualization. Self-organizing network (SON) technologies and standards and its future success together with the maturity of other technologies such as: interference management, backhaul options, multi-band, and small cells / HetNets, and their evolution path are discussed. The LTE standardization evolution, enabling the Internet of Things, and the road to 5G are outlined and discussed.

The Big Picture for Small Cells

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

With mobile data traffic expected to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the targeted capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the demands for data, video and application access caused by smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small.
Small cells provide flexibility and significant user-perceived signal quality improvements at an attractive cost. This is especially important with the evolution to Quality-of-Service-based applications such as VoLTE. Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as it may reduce the number of cell towers and it locates a cleaner signal using less overall power to the end user.
In this one day course, you will learn why small cells are needed and if they are the right solution for you. A detailed description behind deployment challenges including topics such as radio interference, property rights, power requirements and options, backhaul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control will be addressed. Take this course to come away with the answers to the following questions:

  • How will this change the way the operator supports the network?
  • What are the small cell system options and the tradeoffs of each?
  • What do small cells do for the consumer?
  • How to small cells change the concept of traffic engineering?
  • What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?

 This course will also address:

  • DAS and distributed radio solutions
  • Active, integrated radio antenna approach
  • Tradeoffs of more or less "densified" networks
  • Physical plant concerns for small cell (backhaul assurance, OAM, alarming)
  • Updated data forecasts from industry
Deployment strategies and common, current concerns across operators
Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This course provides an end-to-end understanding of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and the end to end aspects and road to 5G. The building blocks and roadmap for an increasingly user-centric and on-demand dynamic delivery, business-aware operation and service-oriented architecture are outlined. The vision, requirements, key enabling technologies and architectural considerations for 5G are discussed, along with transformations and new possibilities, challenges and realities, and timeline.

In this end-to-end context, role and functions of NFV, SDN, Cloud and Edge Computing, Slicing, Multi-Domain Orchestration, Open Source, Analytics, and Densification roadmap are detailed, as they enable agility, modularity, flexibility, sustainability, programmability and efficiency. Network and business transition and transformation requirements, considerations and challenges are discussed in how they provide a service-oriented and business-agile environment, offering network on-demand and anything-as-a-service (XaaS), for a wide range of use cases and requirements, including enhanced mobile and immersive broadband and human-machine interaction with critical / low latency and massive Internet of Things (IoT).

VoLTE and RCS: Revolutionizing Mobile Services

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) are poised to change the Voice Telephony paradigm that existed for over 100 years.  Major US operators have either launched or are about to launch VoLTE.  VoLTE, adopted by the industry and GSMA as a subset of LTE and IMS capabilities, fulfills the vision of multimedia services over LTE. RCS, meanwhile, has been created to re-define the basic concept of mobile services that people expect from mobile operators. While VoLTE offers HD voice and quality of service, RCS complements these with rich services, like video sessions, chat and group chat, and file transfers during calls.  Both VoLTE and RCS use a common IMS platform and provide great synergy for each other.  LTE network deployments around the world have outpaced projections providing a foundation for VoLTE deployment to follow. Operators around the world are ironing out quality and customer expectations for VoLTE in preparation for the market explosion of VoLTE in the next 12 – 24 months.
LTE is the culmination of the trend towards All-IP networks to meet increased demand for data services due to explosion of smart phones and tablets. IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), once thought as the key technology for multimedia services over IP networks, has struggled to maintain momentum in its competition with other VoIP and Over-The-Top (OTT) technologies. Though LTE can be used by OTT technologies to challenge IMS even further, it is also seen as the savior of IMS and the foundation for VoLTE and RCS.
This course addresses the technologies behind VoLTE and RCS as multimedia communications will replace existing voice telephony and provide a better alternative for fragmented OTT. 
Beginning with a brief overview of evolution to All-IP network, the lecture continues with the VoLTE initiatives in GSMA and the architectural details of VoLTE. The nuts of bolts of VoLTE and RCS (EPS and IMS technologies) are covered in detail including the EPC design that enables QoS support for real-time services, seamless mobility within and across multiple radio access networks and IMS architecture for supporting multimedia over all-IP networks. 
VoLTE is described in detail including:

  •  registration
  •  session establishment
  •  messaging procedures

Roles of CS Fallback (CSFB), Simultaneous Voice and LTE (SVLTE), and Voice Call Continuity (VCC) in providing an evolution to VoLTE are also covered in addition to:

  •  alternatives and challenges to VoLTE such as Skype and other OTT technologies
  •  motivations, concepts and architectures for RCS

RCS is intended to be “just there, and it just works” in most phones, just like how voice services have been just there and just work in the first few generations of cellular wireless systems. Thus, it requires certain protocols behind the scenes to allow for service provisioning, client configuration, registration, capability discovery, etc., and these are discussed. The course concludes with an update on the deployment status and market projections for these technologies.

Understanding LTE Advanced, Its End-to-End Road to 5G, and Self-Organizing Networks (SON)

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This course outlines the LTE roadmap along with the emerging and new paradigm evolution, in an online interactive session. It discusses the LTE-Advanced key technologies & their attribute, roles and prospects, the change in landscape and the shifts in enabling environment to keep up with demands, along with the picture of the next several years with such paradigms as densification with small cells, machine-type communication and virtualization. The course then details self-organizing networks (SON). What is SON and why, and what is the SON technology and standards, and its different mechanisms. Furthermore, the future success of SON together with maturity of other technologies such as interference management, backhaul options, multi-band, and small cells / HetNets, along with SON scenarios, synergy and evolution path are discussed. The course ends with a discussion on the end-to-end road to 5G.
By the end of this course you will understand and appreciate the following, which form the outline:
1) The attributes and realities of LTE-Advanced / Roadmap today and in the next several years – what, why, how, when
2) Evolution path for Small Cells, HetNets and associated technologies, communication coordination & interference management, machine-type communication, and virtualization
3) The need and the means for multi-dimensional technology transformations in phases to keep up with demand, and on the Road to 5G
4) The what, why, how, which and when for automation and Self-Organizing Networks (SON)
5) SON technologies and standards, their synergy, realities & success, related technologies, and their evolution path

Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Where am I? Where are you? These are arguably the most frequently asked questions that cellular subscribers expect answers to as an adjunct to the basic communication function of their handsets. Location based services are featured in widely used applications in cellular communication – emergency services, weather forecast delivery, social networking, targeted advertising, navigation, are just a few. Not only cellular -- positioning/location technologies are dominant in virtually all wireless network deployments for a myriad of commercial, industrial, governmental and military uses.
This one day course will give you a firm introduction to the how and the why of wireless positioning. In it, you will learn about the E911 emergency calling rules and compliance methods, the fundamentals of GPS and other satellite navigation systems, time of arrival and time difference of arrival techniques, signal strength methods and angle of arrival location. In addition to cellular, the course discusses positioning issues within important short-range network environments and implementations, including WLAN (Wi-Fi), WPAN, and UWB. Finally, we will attempt to predict the directions that positioning and location technologies will be going to in the future.
Take this course to gain an understanding of:

  • the physical and geometrical properties of location technologies
  • FCC E911 requirements, how they provided the impetus for the development of location awareness and LBS (location based services) applications in cellular terminals, and the various methods of compliance
  • the basics of GPS positioning, its limitations and accuracy
  • path loss and statistical received signal strength location methods, their advantages and limitations
  • why AOA (angle of arrival) location technology is likely to gain prominence in the near future
  • how location awareness is specified for cellular networks, including LTE and LTE advanced
  • positioning technologies in non-cellular networks – WLAN, WPAN, RFID, and UWB
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This one day essentials course covers the most important facets you need to take into consideration when developing a new Machine-to-Machine product or service. 
Topics covered include:

  • What is M2M (Machine-to-Machine)?
  • What can an M2M solution comprise?
  • Possible overall processes involved in bringing a solution to the M2M marketplace
    (with suggested times and major activities involved; flow chart for taking M2M product from design to launch)
  • Wireless technologies and hardware available and the selection criteria for your solution
    (including what cellular technologies are available in various countries over the glow and their advantages and disadvantages)
  • Regulatory, Industry and Carrier Certification processes for wireless devices
    (what certification may be required depending on the solution and country?)
  • Steps to consider when designing the solution up front in preparation for ease of certification
  • Over-the-Air Considerations
    (Antenna RF performance; performance tests; special packagaing; behavior of the device depending on network conditions;
    bandwidth consumption of the device and latency)
  • Platforms available to manage the SIMS/Devices (how will remote devices be managed and maintained; what to look for in selecting a wireless vendor,
    carrier and plaform to manage SIMS/Devices; do you need management to the SIM or down to the actual wireless device itself? M2M Service Alliance
    between Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, TeliaSonera, Everything Everywhere and Sprint)
  • Preparation for deployment of the M2M Solution
    (are you ready?; testing considerations; coverage - considerations beyond OTA)
  • The M2M Business Case
    (what business model to use)
From LTE to LTE-Advanced and Beyond

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

LTE is the latest wireless cellular system, which comes with a new OFDMA-based air interface and an All-IP Network to provide many improvements over the 3G cellular networks. Unlike earlier cellular packet technologies like HSPA (which are constrained to operate within the frameworks of 3G networks), LTE is deeply optimized for wireless data throughout all the layers of its protocol stack.
Even as LTE has established itself around the world over the past couple of years, LTE-Advanced has been emerging. LTE-Advanced promises even higher data rates and other performance enhancements, supported by technologies like Carrier Aggregation, Coordinated Multi-Point, enhanced multi-antenna capabilities, relaying, and improved inter-cell interference coordination for not only LTE cells, but also small cells and HetNets.
In this one-day course, we take a whirlwind tour of LTE, then see how LTE-Advanced builds on top of LTE with even more sophisticated and advanced ideas, to further improve performance of wireless cellular networks and push the envelope further. We conclude by looking forward towards 5G, and discuss some of the main concepts of 5G that are being proposed and investigated.
Take this course to:

  • Understand what LTE is, why it's used, how it works and what it's future directions are
  • Grasp how LTE is being enhanced by LTE-Advanced, and peer further ahead at ideas for 5G.
  • Identify limitations of LTE and areas of improvement, and how specific concepts and features in LTE-Advanced address these issues.
  • Appreciate LTE Network and Service Architectures
  • Get a big perspective on how LTE and LTE-Advanced work, and how many of the latest communications and networking technologies are implemented in these systems.
Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Take this one day online course to understand basic wireless principles. Taught from a non-technical perspective for anyone to appreciate, the course starts with a brief look at how wireless has developed from ancient times to today and goes on to define radio, spectrum and mobility terms. The electromagnetic spectrum, propagation and antennas are introduced along with modulation and access methods. Wireless systems are addressed giving you a look at protocols and layers, wireless networks and design features.You will also understand the systems, protocols and mechanisms needed to support mobility in communications. Wireless Standards are introduced along with the types of telecommunications networks: cellular, vehicular, sensor, RFID, satellite and others. Services, applications and devices including smartphones and other wireless communication devices are explored.This training course is ideal for professionals who need to stay competitive in today’s job market with up-to-date knowledge of technologies, products and services in the Mobile Telecommunications Industry.

Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practice on Seven Key Areas

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Explore the fundamental evolution of wireless communications in a one day online course that addresses the following key areas: RF engineering, wireless access technologies, network and service architecture, network management and security, infrastructure, operational standards, regulations, policies and agreements.
By taking this course, you will better understand:

  • The network components that comprise a wireless communications system architecture
  • The evolution of IEEE 802.11, 3GPP, and 3GPP2 standard technologies
  • Fundamental engineering techniques of antenna systems and communications engineering
  • Impacts to radio frequency propagation
  • The evolution of wireless access technologies including FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and OFDMA
  • An overview of the LTE RAN and the Evolved Packet Core
  • An overview of LTE protocol layering and channels
  • Example peak throughput calculations for IEEE 802.11 and LTE
  • An overview of TCP/IP architecture and operation fundamentals
  • A review of the Service Delivery Platform Architecture

An overview of agreements, standards, policies, and regulations for wireless networks is also addressed.

The following courses is available in two formats: Five Day online or Three Day In-Person

Covering all of the seven areas tested on the IEEE WCET Certification exam this course provides an overview with breadth and depth in the following seven areas:

Wireless Communications Engineering: Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices

RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas

- Antenna Engineering (Topics covered include: Antenna basics and parameters; directivity, gain and effective aperture; antenna polarization and bandwidth; antenna types and diversity; phased arrays, beamforming, and smart antennas, MIMO)

- Radio Wave Propagation (Including: Line of Sight transmission theory; free space loss with a focus on the Friis Transmission Formula and Link Budget; spectrum and regulatory bodies; propagation environments; and software modeling tools)

- RF Transmission System & Engineering (The Superheteordyne Receiver; Receiver sensitivity; frequency conversion process; receiver dynamic range; filter and selectivity; receiver phase noise; direct conversion & other receivers; detector & demodulator)

Wireless Access Technologies

- Access technology attributes and evolution

- Mobile cellular standards and technology evolution ; introduction to IEEE Wireless Technologies

- Satellite communications attributes; other wireless systems; spectrum consideration; trends and the future

Network and Service Architectures

- Review of fundamental networking concepts; IP networking fundamentals, including IPv6; mobility management; 802.11-based WLAN network fundamentals; basics of teletraffic analysis

- Cellular network architectures (Functional requirements; network elements and functions; network protocols; examples of signalling for call delivery, roaming, etc.; packet data services in 2G cellular systems)

- Towards an all IP-Core Network (Technologies for QoS support and VoIP transport; SIP signalling; cellular network evolution to all-IP core network architectures; IP Multimedia Subsystem; LTE's Evolved Packet Core)

- Service architectures and alternative architectures (IMS; service creation and architectures, including Parlay/OSA concepts; mesh networks; ad hoc networks; satellite networks)

Wireless Network Management and Security

- Network Management: Motivation, Internet protocol suite and SNMP; network management attributes; ITU TMN, FCAPS and Layers; reference architecture and interfaces; business process framework; network management evolution

- Security: Basic concepts; wireless security; WiFi security; cellular security (GSM, UMTS, LTE)

Infrastructure and Wireless Communication 

- Infrastructure: Wireless base station equipment; site development; industry standards

Agreements, Standards, Policies and Regulations

Fundamental Knowledge - Wireless Communication concepts and course review / wrap up

This course does not teach the WCET Certification exam -- but it can help you prepare to sit for the exam or deepen your understanding of current practices in wireless communications. Every time this course is offered the lectures are updated to include the most recent examples going on in the industry.

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