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Online Course

18 September 2020 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT

Registration closes on 16 September 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


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Course Description

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. Take this course to come away with the answers to the following questions:

  • How will 5G small cells change the way the operator supports the network?
  • What are the small cell system architecture options?
  • How do small cells change the concept of traffic engineering?
  • What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?
  • What is the role small cells plays in regards to the Internet of Things (IoT)?
  • How does 5G integrated with the small cell approach change the landscape of the modern wireless industry?

Who Should Attend

Recommended background is a general understanding of wireless network architecture, industry standards, and wireless operation. The Intensive Wireless Communications course can be a good resource in preparing for this course.


Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine

Director of Engineering

Mobilitie LLC, IEEE WCP

Learning Objectives

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

  • Deployment challenges of 5G small cells
  • Deployment options of small cell architectures
  • Differences between small cell and macro network deployments
  • Network engineering strategies within 5G including IoT, mesh networks, outdoor DAS and more
  • Device operation engineering across functional categories within the 5G wireless network

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Overview of the business need for small cell
  • What is a 5G small cell?
  • Deployment challenges for 5G small cell
  • How to support 5G small cell architecture as an operator, integrator, and NEM
  • Traffic engineering strategies across spectrum and device function types in a small cell environment
  • Coexistence of 5G 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 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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