Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments

Half Day Course

Instructor: Jonathan Levine

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

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    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 increasing 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, 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 do small cells change the concept of traffic engineering?
    • What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?

     

    Who Should Attend

    This course is suitable for those who have and do not have a background in wireless. A pre-requisite to consider prior to taking this particular course is the Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications course also offered in the ComSoc Training collection of courses. This is not a requirement for participation.

    Instructor

    Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments

    Jonathan Levine

    Director of Engineering, Mobilitie LLC, IEEE WCP

    Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Director of Engineering for Mobilitie LLC based out of Chicago, IL. In his current role he is responsible for leading engineering design and driving the technical deployment process for wireless network evolution. His particular focus is on high density 4G/5G network deployment and next generation form-factor innovation. Prior to his current role, he spent over 10 years with U.S. Cellular. His latest role there was Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular's Technology Development Group where he was responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN consists LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups. Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005. His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University. Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this half day course you will be able to identify:

    • Deployment challenges of small cells
    • Deployment options of small cell architecture
    • Differences between small cell and macro network deployments
    • Traffic engineering strategies 
    • Device behavior in numerous small cell environments

    Course Content

    A general course outline follows:

    1. Overview of the business need for small cell
    2. What is a small cell?
    3. Deployment challenges for small cell
    4. How to support small cell architecture as an operator
    5. Traffic engineering
    6. Coexistence of small cells in a macro network (challenges and device operation)

    Course Materials

    Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participating.

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