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5G New Radio, A New Standard and Industry Update

Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

As industry moves toward accelerated 5G deployments, it is necessary for all players involved to have a good idea of what is on the horizon for initial 5G deployments.  In this half-day course, the instructor will describe the general 5G architecture change from 4G, providing an overview of what technical enhancements are included in the recently published (Dec 2017) 3GPP 5G-NR Standard and the associated work currently taking place in the wireless industry.  The focus of this course is to provide insights into the opportunities enabled by this standard in an easy to understand reference for business strategy.

Fundamentals of 5G 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 increasing demands for data, video, connected devices, and application access from smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small. The new 5G-New Radio standard brings multi-frequency, multi-technology aspects to small cells, thus enhancing their functionality.

Small cells provide flexibility and significant data performance improvements at an attractive cost. This is especially important with the evolution to Quality-of-Service-based applications such as VoLTE, Internet-of-Things explosion, and growing legacy user demand. Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as 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, new frequencies used, property rights, power requirements and options, backhaul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control will be addressed.

Introduction to MIMO

Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

MIMO is a key technology for achieving a vast increase of wireless communication capacity over a finite electromagnetic spectrum. It uses arrays of multiple antennas on one or both ends of a wireless communication link to enhance signal to noise ratio, combat fading, or create multiple communication paths in order to significantly boost channel capacity. This course will review the theoretical basis of MIMO and will show the necessary conditions and limitations that affect its use. It will also explain the application of MIMO in Wi-Fi and 4G cellular (LTE). In addition, the course will explain multi-user MIMO which accommodates greater throughputs on bands below 6 GHz, and massive MIMO, which will enable the expansion of the useful spectrum to microwave and millimeter wave bands within the framework of 5G cellular communication. Finally, there will be a discussion of antenna design relating to implementing MIMO in small portable devices.

Next-Generation Multi-Access Service Based 5G Architecture

Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

This course will help you to gain an understanding of the end-to-end 5G architecture and its roadmap, including 5G core, enabling variety of use cases, next generation service-based architecture and telco cloud. The instructor will share insight on end-to-end strategic pillars, technology, industry and ecosystem roadmap, challenges, realities and what to expect in the next several years, and beyond.

Participants will get the big picture of 5G systems, not just focusing on new radio. Timelines and how the use cases are enabled will be addressed. An explanation of the role of 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, fixed, and x-casting in the multi-access and access-agnostic converged future will be provided. Focus on 5G core and how the end-to-end services are enabled using RAN will be highlighted. The instructor will discuss the next generation architecture, technologies and operation and how service-based architecture, slicing, NFV, SDN, automation, orchestration, etc. is increasingly integrated. It will be explained how slice selection, analytics function, separation of control and user plane, session management function, user plane function, edge cloud, etc. all work together. Technology enablers such as machine-learning as an essential aspect of automation, edge cloud, etc. will also be discussed.

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.

Emerging Optical Communication Technologies for 5G

One Day Course (4 hours of instruction)

5G is regarded as the key technology for wireless communications in the decade of the 2020’s, and optical networks are being refined or redesigned to better support 5G networks.

In this newly updated half-day course, the instructor aims to provide an up-to-date overview of the emerging optical communication technologies for 5G and 5th-generation fixed networks (F5G).  It is intended to help attendees broaden their knowledge on the emerging applications of optical networks in future wireless networks.  This course will help to deepen your understanding of the state-of-the-art optical communication technologies, including recent technical advances ranging from core, metro to access optical networks, to address the critical demands of 5G.  You will also explore new R&D opportunities in the field of converged fixed-mobile networks.

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