Skip to main content
abstract blue background

Education & Training

Online Course

24 - 25 April 2024 - 10:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 22 April 2024 at 5:00pm EDT

Save with Course Combo Offer

Online via Zoom


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

Not a member?  Join ComSoc Today
IEEE Members can add ComSoc to their membership.
Students can save on registration fees.


CEU Credits: 0.85 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, including the concept of Network Slicing.

At first, an overview of the 5G System is provided, including the relevant architecture, the interfaces, the spectrum allocation 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). Moreover, 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. Finally, an overview of the evolution of 5G towards 6G is provided, with a focus on the technology trends and the relevant standardization efforts.

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.

Advanced Topics in Wireless: 5G NR, MTC, and Open RAN Course Series
Participants taking the three courses in the Advanced Topics in Wireless series will develop a comprehensive view on the 5G/NR technology, a profound understanding of the implementation aspects of all the ITU-specified use case categories, i.e. enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), mIoT and URLLC, and a robust foundation on the network architecture evolution technology enablers towards fully open radio access networks. Complete all three courses in this series to earn a digital badge.

Special note:  This course is one of three courses in the Advanced Topics in Wireless series.  The three courses in this series include:

  1. 5G RAN and Core Network: Architecture, Technology Enablers and Implementation Aspects, 24-25 April 2024
  2. O-RAN: Disrupting the Radio Access Network through Openness and Innovation, 8-9 May 2024
  3. Machine Type Communications in 5G and Beyond, 22-23 May 2024

Save on Courses

Save with Course Combo Offer
Register for all 3 courses in the Advanced Topics in Wireless Series in one transaction and save 15% on your registration when you use promo code ATW2024 during the checkout process or add this group of courses to your shopping cart now with the discount applied. Offer expires 22 April 2024 at 5pm EDT.

Student Discount
Students use promo code STUDENT24 during checkout to save 15% on your registration fee.*

*This promotion is only available to student members and cannot be combined with other course promotions or discounts.

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).
  • Evolution towards 5G Advanced and 6G

Course Content

The 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 analysisPDU 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)
  • Evolution towards 5G Advanced and 6G
    • 3GPP Release 18 main aspects
    • The 6G mega-trends
    • Standardization roadmap towards 6G

Course Agenda

Below is an approximate schedule for this course:

To be completed in 2 sessions from 10:30am to 3:30 pm EDT each day, with each session including 4hours+15mins teaching time plus 45 minutes break time.

Course Materials

A copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides is included. Access to the streaming video recording is provided for 20 business days after the course has been taught. Earn 0.85 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating and completing the post-course evaluation.

The web conference invitation is sent to each participant upon registration,  Course materials will be emailed to participants at least one business day in advance of the 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 course participant cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

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