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Education & Training

Online Course

12 August 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 10 August 2021 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


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$459 non-member

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Course Description

The standardization of massive and critical machine type communications (MTC) by 3GPP has provided a robust and flexible framework for the cost-efficient, wide-scale deployment of a plethora of new use cases. Relevant technologies have been standardized for both LTE and 5G/NR and they receive a lot of focus from mobile network operators, equipment vendors and IoT solution providers. In this context, the involved engineering, R&D, and technical management personnel must not only assimilate the technical aspects of the available MTC solutions; they are also required to consider new and diverse network architectures, design methodologies and performance metrics.

This course provides a thorough understanding of MTC over 3GPP radio access, with focus on LTE and 5G/NR. At first, an overview of the IoT framework is provided, including the relevant capabilities, use cases and standardization efforts. Next, the two main categories of MTC, namely, massive MTC (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), also referred to as critical MTC (cMTC), are thoroughly explained. The presentation of mMTC and cMTC includes all the standardized solutions for LTE and 5G/NR, covering the relevant technical requirements, the air interface implementation, the involved procedures and the available deployment options.  Following the above, design methodologies and performance metrics suitable for MTC are introduced. Finally, core network requirements for the support of MTC are explained, covering both EPC and 5GC and discussing the benefits of virtualization, network slicing, mobile edge computing and local breakout.

Through engaging topic discussion, including presentations of relevant case studies, participants in this course will develop a profound and robust understanding of the subject matter in a very short period of time.

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, companies involved in the design and implementation of IoT-based solutions and universities.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate level of instruction.

Prerequisites: Overview level knowledge of LTE and 5G/NR is required.  The ComSoc Training course 5G/NR Non-Standalone Implementation and Migration to 5G/NR Stand-Alone being offered on 29 July is recommended in advance of this course because it provides an introduction of the 5G technology and a more detailed analysis of the 5G/NR Air Interface and of the Non-Standalone and Standalone deployment options. The 5G/NR Non-Standalone Implementation and Migration to 5G/NR Stand-Alone course will help you to understand the implementation of two very important use case categories, namely massive IoT (mIoT) and Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), over LTE and 5G/NR Radio Access.


Panteleimon Balis

Panteleimon (Padelis) Balis


Teledrom AB

Learning Objectives

Students will develop a thorough understanding of the following topics:

  • IoT overview, market trends and standardization efforts.
  • Requirements of mMTC and cMTC
  • Air interface and procedures of the standardized MTC solutions for LTE and 5G/NR.
  • Performance aspects for mMTC and cMTC.
  • MTC deployment case studies.
  • Core network requirements and capabilities for the support of MTC.

Course Content

  • Overview of machine type communications (MTC)
    • Internet of Things (IoT) concepts and market trends
    • MTC categories and use cases
    • MTC standardization and 3GPP solutions
  • Massive MTC in LTE and 5G/NR
    • mMTC performance requirements for LTE and 5G/NR
    • LTE CAT-M physical layer and procedures
    • NB-IoT physical layer and procedures
    • CAT-M/NB-IoT and other mMTC enhancements in 5G/NR
    • mMTC deployment cases.
  • Critical MTC in LTE and 5G/NR
    • cMTC performance requirements for LTE and 5G/NR
    • cMTC physical layer and procedures in LTE and 5G/NR
    • cMTC deployment cases
  • MTC design and performance aspects
    • mMTC design aspects
    • cMTC design aspects
    • Key performance indicators for MTC
  • Core network aspects for 3GPP-based  MTC
    • Core network architecture for MTC
    • Network slicing for EPC and 5GC
    • Local breakout and mobile edge computing

Course Agenda

Below is an approximate schedule for this course:

9:00am EDT (New York) - Facilitator Introduction
9:10am EDT - Instructor Lectures*
12:00pm EDT - Mid-point break (approx. 60 minutes)
1:00pm EDT - Instructor Lectures*
4:30pm EDT - Course concludes

*A short 10-15 minute break will occur in the first and second half of the course.

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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