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Education & Training

Online Course

22 - 23 May 2024 - 10:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 20 May 2024 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom


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CEU Credits: 0.85 CEUs

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, currently receiving a lot of focus by Mobile Network Operators, equipment vendors and IoT solution providers. In this context, the involved Engineering, R&D and technical management personnel not only need to assimilate the technical aspects of the available MTC solutions but 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 a 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, focusing on the relevant technical requirements, the air interface implementation, and the involved procedures.

The special MTC cases of UAV and V2X communications, as well as the recently introduced 5G/NR RedCap, are also included in the course, with focus on the relevant use-cases and the air interface implementation.

Finally, the evolution of MTC towards 6G is explained.

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

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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.

Instruction Level

Intermediate level of instruction.


Overview level knowledge of LTE and 5G/NR is required.  The ComSoc Training course, 5G RAN and Core Network is recommended in advance of this course.


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 for the mMTC and cMTC solutions for LTE and 5G/NR.
  • Special MTC Cases: UAV, V2X and 5G/NR RedCap
  • Evolution of MTC towards 6G

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
    • CAT-M physical layer and procedures
    • NB-IoT physical layer and procedures
    • CAT-M/NB-IoT migration to 5G/NR
  • Critical MTC in LTE and 5G/NR
    • cMTC performance requirements
    • cMTC physical layer implementation
    • cMTC procedures
  • Special cases of MTC: UAV, V2X and 5G/NR RedCap
    • UAV use cases, communication challenges and implementation aspects
    • V2X use cases and implementation aspects
    • 5G/NR RedCap use-cases and implementation aspects
  • Evolution of MTC towards 6G
    • MTC Trends towards 6G
    • Zero energy MTC
    • MTC over non-terrestrial networks

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 0.75 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.