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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.

Automation, SON & The End-To-End Road to 5G

Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

This half-day course provides an understanding of self-organizing networks and automation roadmap, and the end-to-end road to 5G. In this context, the self-organizing network (SON) mechanisms are introduced and their roles and roadmap towards and in the next-generation architecture are outlined. A characterization of 5G and positioning for the needs of the next decade is provided, along with details on enabling technologies such as virtualization, softwariziation, cloudification, orchestration, network densification, new radio and next-generation network architecture, mmWave, analytics, automation, and others. This includes a discussion on technologies, roadmap, how they fit together, and how they provide an end-to-end intelligent, flexible, efficient, dynamic and autonomous enabling environment. Furthermore, requirements and design principles, challenges, gaps and realities, global initiatives and standardization, are outlined.

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.

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
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.

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