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Education & Training

Online Course

23 - 24 February 2023 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

Registration closes on 21 February 2023 at 5:00pm EST

(formerly 5G/NR Non-Standalone and Standalone Deployment)

Online via WebEx


$279 IEEE ComSoc member
$349 IEEE member
$459 non-member

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CEU Credits: 0.8 CEUs

Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects of the 5G RAN and Core Network, covering both the Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) deployment options and including the concept of Network Slicing.

At first, an overview of the 5G System is provided, including the relevant architecture, the interfaces and the key technology enablers. Next, the new 5G Quality of Service (QoS) framework is introduced, highlighting the main differences compared to the 4G QoS. The presentation of the 5G Radio Access Network follows, including the New Radio (NR) Air Interface principles, Massive MIMO and Beamforming methods, Dual Connectivity and Carrier Aggregation aspects and the concept of LTE-NR dynamic spectrum sharing. Next, the 5G Core Network is presented, explaining the role of the included Network Functions, the Service-Based Architecture and the required Management and Orchestration Framework (MANO). Finally, the concept of Network Slicing is introduced, focusing on the relevant E2E aspects, as well as on the corresponding RAN and Core Network implementation principles.

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 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

Students will develop a thorough understanding of the following topics:

  • 5G System Architecture and Deployment options.
  • 5G RAN technology enablers and implementation aspects.
  • 5G QoS framework
  • 5G Core Network Architecture and Service-based interfaces.
  • Network Slicing and support in the 5G RAN and Core.
  • Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Introduction - 5G System Overview
    • 5G Standardization and Performance Requirements
    • 5G System Architecture and Deployment Options
    • Key RAN and Core Network technology enablers
    • RAN Splitting Options
  • 5G QoS framework
    • EN-DC QoS framework
    • 5G Standalone QoS framework
  • 5G Radio Access Network
    • 5G/NR Air Interface overview
    • Massive MIMO and Beamforming
    • 5G/NR Protocol Aspects
    • Dual connectivity and Carrier Aggregation
    • Bearer handling with EN-DC.
    • 5G NSA and SA performance aspects
    • LTE-NR Dynamic Spectrum Sharing
  • 5G Core Network
    • 5G Core Network Functions Overview
    • Service-based architecture and APIs
    • Native virtualization – Management and Orchestration
    • UE Registration call flow analysis
    • PDU Session Establishment call flow analysis
  • Network Slicing – RAN and Core
    • Concept and benefits of network slicing
    • Network slicing – E2E Aspects
    • Core Network Slicing
    • RAN Slicing
    • Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

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 0.8 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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