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

Optical Communication Technologies in the 5G Era

Half 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.

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.

Introduction to Quantum Communications

Half Day Course (3 hours of instruction)

The marriage of ever-more sophisticated signal processing and wireless communications has led to compelling 'tele-presence' solutions - at the touch of a dialing key.  However, the 'quantum' leaps both in digital signal processing theory and in its nano-scale based implementation is set to depart from classical physics obeying the well-understood laws revealed by science.  And so, we embark on a journey into the weird and wonderful world of quantum-physics, where the traveler has to obey the sometimes strange new rules of the quantum-world. Hence, we ask the judicious question: can the marriage of applied signal processing and communications extended beyond the classical world into the quantum world?

This course will describe a three-pronged approach with an emphasis on the following:

  • quantum coding for improving the performance of all quantum systems
  • existing and future quantum key distribution networks
  • employment of quantum search algorithms for solving large-scale search problems in wireless systems with a long-term view
Non-cellular Wireless Systems

Half Day Course (3 hours of instruction)

This course focuses on non-cellular wireless systems.  Wireless local area networks—most notably Wi-Fi—are studied along with their security features. Wireless personal area networks including Bluetooth (both legacy and low-energy), Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and RFID are also covered. Additionally, ad hoc networks, including mesh networks and wireless sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) features are examined. The course concludes with a look at architecture and features of satellite communication, along with an overview of wireless positioning and location techniques.

Special note:  This is the fourth in a series of four courses addressing the overall technologies in wireless communications.  The four courses in the series include:

  1. Fundamentals of Wireless Communication
  2. Network and Service Architecture
  3. Cellular Networks
  4. Non-cellular Wireless Systems
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