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Education & Training

Online Course

23 October 2020 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 21 October 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


$279 IEEE ComSoc member
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$459 non-member

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Course Description

The Non-Standalone deployment of 5G/NR is currently one of the highest priorities of advanced Mobile Network Operators. Driven by the fierce competition, Engineering and R&D staff from both operators and vendors, not only need to assimilate the technical depth of the 5G/NR technology but are also required to ensure the tight and cost-efficient interworking of this technology with the legacy LTE infrastructure.

The goal of this course is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of 5G/NR, in the context of the 3GPP Non-Standalone deployment option 3. At first, the architecture, the air interface, and the 3GPP deployment options of 5G/NR are presented.  Then the interworking of NR with LTE as an anchor technology is explained, focusing on radio functionality, bearer handling, mobility and performance.  Two case studies will be presented to further illustrate applications of this technology. Finally, proposals for spectrum sharing between LTE and 5G/NR will be discussed.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for radio network engineers holding technical positions up to principal engineer or mid-level technical manager, as well as for academic staff involved in research and teaching in course-related areas. The course should be interesting for mobile network operators, mobile network infrastructure vendors and universities.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate level of instruction. Overview level knowledge of LTE and 5G/NR radio access technologies is required.


Panteleimon Balis

Panteleimon (Padelis) Balis


Teledrom AB

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the participant should understand the:

  • Main technical aspects and capabilities of the 5G/NR Radio Access Technology.
  • Architecture and radio interfaces of 5G/NR.
  • Benefits and challenges from the implementation of the 5G/NR reusing the legacy EPC Core Network.
  • Different strategies for the deployment of 5G/NR with 3GPP Option 3.
  • Radio network capabilities and expected performance of E-UTRAN/New Radio Dual Connectivity.
  • Methods to achieve LTE-NR spectrum sharing.

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Introduction - 5G/NR Architecture
  • 5G/NR Air Interface and Deployment Options
  • Non-Standalone 5G/NR with 3GPP Option 3
  • E-UTRAN/NR Dual Connectivity: Radio Network Functionality and Performance Aspects
  • Non-Standalone 5G/NR Case Studies
  • LTE-NR Spectrum Sharing

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 0.6 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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