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Half Day Course Descriptions – For In-Person Or Online Training

5G New Radio, A New Standard and Industry Update
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

As industry moves toward accelerated 5G deployments, it is necessary for all players involved to have a good idea of what is on the horizon for initial 5G deployments. In this half-day course, the instructor will describe the general 5G architecture change from 4G, providing an overview of what technical enhancements are included in the recently published (Dec 2017) 3GPP 5G-NR Standard and the associated work currently taking place in the wireless industry. The focus of this course is to provide insights into the opportunities enabled by this standard in an easy to understand reference for business strategy.

Automation, SON & The End-To-End Road to 5G
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

This half-day course provides an understanding of self-organizing networks and automation roadmap, and the end-to-end road to 5G. In this context, the self-organizing network (SON) mechanisms are introduced and their roles and roadmap towards and in the next-generation architecture are outlined. A characterization of 5G and positioning for the needs of the next decade is provided, along with details on enabling technologies such as virtualization, softwariziation, cloudification, orchestration, network densification, new radio and next-generation network architecture, mmWave, analytics, automation, and others. This includes a discussion on technologies, roadmap, how they fit together, and how they provide an end-to-end intelligent, flexible, efficient, dynamic and autonomous enabling environment. Furthermore, requirements and design principles, challenges, gaps and realities, global initiatives and standardization, are outlined.

Fundamentals of 5G Small Cell Deployments
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

With mobile data traffic expected to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the targeted capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the increasing demands for data, video, connected devices, and application access from smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small. The new 5G-New Radio standard brings multi-frequency, multi-technology aspects to small cells, thus enhancing their functionality. Small cells provide flexibility and significant data performance improvements at an attractive cost. This is especially important with the evolution to Quality-of-Service-based applications such as VoLTE, Internet-of-Things explosion, and growing legacy user demand. Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as it locates a cleaner signal using less overall power to the end user.

In this half-day course, you will learn why small cells are needed and if they are the right solution. A detailed description behind deployment challenges including topics such as radio interference, new frequencies used, property rights, power requirements and options, backhaul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control will be addressed.

Wireless Evolution of the Radio Link
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

This exciting half day course will revisit the fundamental theories behind how wireless signals are created.  From there, numerous techniques describing how information is carried across these radio waves will be described.  Finally, the course will match these radio transmission techniques with the technologies used in the past, today, and those planned for the future of the wireless industry.  Please join us for an exciting ride through the evolution of commercial wireless radio systems.
Takeaways from this course:

  • Learn how to calculate the peak theoretical capacity of any wireless channel
  • Understand the key variables to improving wireless channel capacity
  • Revisit the definition of radio modulation types from including AM, FM, PM, OFDM, etc
  • Learn how an antenna works and define various antenna types and associated applications
  • Relate radio architecture function and evolution to the various systems deployed today; WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and beyond
  • Understand the keys to optimal radio network performance
Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture
Half Day Course - 3 Hours of Instruction

Today’s smartphone can simultaneously operate on numerous wireless network architectures.  This course will define these architectures along with those legacy network elements which have come and gone.  We will describe the strategy behind architecture direction in the industry and provide a view of how today’s architectures may continue to evolve.  Please join us and arm yourself with the knowledge to understand wireless network architecture direction as the industry continues to pave a path toward a more enhanced connected world.

Takeaways from this course:

  • Understand basic network architecture functions including network elements, interfaces, signaling and control planes, protocol stacks, etc
  • Step through network architectures from the early days of wireless to today, including operator networks and personal area networks
  • Relate overall wireless network architecture function and evolution to the various systems deployed today; WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and beyond
  • Understand the approach of standards bodies including IEEE, 3GPP, and 3GPP2
  • Align network function to the elements required in the architecture
  • Identify the necessary requirements to evolve the wireless network architecture in support of emerging network functionality
  • Understand the keys to optimal end-to-end network performance
Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)

One Day Course (4 hours of instruction)

Most new Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications have a wireless component. Generally, the wireless technology is an enabler, but not the main focus of the company developing the application / product. Such companies may struggle with the main issues associated with selecting and integrating wirelesss technology into products. This course teaches you what you need to know in order to select a wireless solution for an IoT application regardless of the chosen platform.

One Day Course Descriptions – For In-Person Or Online Training

An Introduction to Wi-Fi

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Wi-Fi systems are the most widely deployed wireless technologies in the world today. Yet, they receive less attention these days than cellular technologies like LTE. Despite the fact that Wi-Fi systems carry higher volumes of mobile data, operate at higher data rates than LTE, they are almost like commodity items that people don't think too much about but rather, take for granted. However, Wi-Fi systems are actually very sophisticated systems that were created to satisfy difficult and challenging requirements. For example, they operate in unlicensed bands, with very severe emission limits; also, they need to provide high data rates because they are in direct "competition" with wired LANs using technologies like Ethernet with super-fast rates; furthermore, in some scenarios, Wi-Fi systems are deployed in a somewhat distributed manner, without strong centralized control. Thus, challenges of interference management and resource sharing arise. Additionally, different types of traffic might need to be given different treatment (QoS), resulting in additional challenges from the resource sharing and interference management perspectives. These other technical challenges have been handled over the years (as different members of the Wi-Fi family of technologies have been created) through a variety of solutions and approaches, some of which are pretty ingenious from an engineering point of view.

We will explore these along with the solutions and approaches. Examples of such creative solutions include the various coordination functions at the MAC layer (e.g., DCF, PCF, etc.) spread spectrum, OFDM, etc., to handle challenging constraints at the physical layer while trying to achieve high data rates.

Wi-Fi Security

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Everyone uses Wi-Fi. However, most people may not have a strong understanding of what the differences are between the available security options, like WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, TKIP, AES, etc. You may even have heard that WEP is supposed to be bad, but you are not be sure how WPA and WPA2 improve on it. Furthermore, because Wi-Fi security started from something very weak, and then was improved in stages, it can be very helpful to trace through the various generations of Wi-Fi security, and thus gain a better understanding of wireless security. This course explains the motivations for wireless and Wi-Fi security and describes initial attempts with open authentication, WEP-based authentication, WEP encryption, etc. We will then explore the many problems with WEP, its use of keys, etc.; and ways that it can be broken. We’ll then discuss how WPA, as a stopgap measure, addresses some of the issues with WEP and how WPA2 is even more secure. The IEEE 802.1X model, and the difference between PSK and enterprise modes will then be explained.

IoT and M2M Essentials

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction) Machine-to-Machine (M2M) products and services are an essential component of the Internet of Things. This one day essentials course covers the most important things you need to consider when developing a new Internet of Things or Machine-to-Machine product or service. This course covers the following topics:

  • Common IoT / M2M applications
  • IoT / M2M communications architecture
  • Major elements of an IoT / M2M solution
  • Technology choice selection
  • Development and implementation issues
  • Testing and certification
  • IoT / M2M business ecosystem

LTE Fundamentals: The Essentials

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction) LTE is the wireless cellular system that comes after 3G. Designed from the ground up as a long term evolution of the 3G systems, it came with a new OFDMA-based air interface and an All-IP Network to provide many improvements over the 3G cellular networks. Unlike earlier cellular packet technologies like HSPA (which are constrained to operate within the frameworks of 3G networks), LTE is deeply optimized for wireless data throughout all the layers of its protocol stack. In this one-day course, we review the fundamentals of LTE. Why LTE is used and how it works will be discussed.

Beyond LTE: LTE Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro, and 5G

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction) LTE is the most successful wireless cellular system in the world today. It serves our voracious appetite for more and more mobile data, but the demand for mobile data continues to grow, and LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro are emerging. Whereas LTE-Advanced can in some ways be considered the first "true" 4G system, LTE-Advanced Pro is already heading firmly towards the support of new applications and capabilities on the path towards 5G. 5G is in some ways still a catalog of concepts, some more fleshed out than others, but by 2020 should become more concrete. This course covers:

  • motivations for going beyond LTE, and eventually towards 5G
  • new application scenarios such as MTC and D2D that are strong drivers for 5G
  • technology innovations in LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro: carrier aggregation, CoMP, HetNets, relaying, LAA, NB-IOT., etc.
  • concepts on 5G (network densification, etc.) from IMT-2020, etc.
  • Massive-MIMO, millimeter wave, 5G new RAT, NFV, network slicing, and other technologies that are expected to be part of 5G

LTE Performance and Optimization Framework

This course provides specialized information related to long term evolution (LTE) radio access network (RAN) optimization from a non-vendor perspective, providing an overview of all the aspects of the radio access network for LTE with respect to performance and optimization.

Conventionally a wireless technology course details and lists the important problems a technology solves, describes solution architecture, how it operates and specific use cases. However, this course is different than a standard technology course. This course focuses on the optimization techniques and areas to target when it comes to 4G LTE Optimization and Performance. 4G LTE is a purely packet switched network technology and it comes with its own set of optimizing challenges such coverage, interference, mobility, capacity and quality. In this course we will address how the above-mentioned performance challenges can be solved in 4G LTE Optimization.

LTE Optimization mainly refers to the pre-optimization and the continuous optimization before and after the network is launched. This course covers RAN aspects of 4G LTE Optimization starting with the six different types of key performance indicators (KPIs) defined in third generation partnership project (3GPP) standard, including topics such as how each one of these KPIs are computed, what parameters and configuration affect these KPIs, and how these KPIs can be optimized. This course also covers the practical aspects of these KPIs and how it will affect the end consumer experience.

Optimization in 4G LTE is different than 2G and 3G technology, therefore conventional optimization techniques are not applicable for 4G LTE, hence a dedicated course for LTE Optimization is more helpful to answer your 4G LTE specific questions.

Course participants will be provided with starting points to consider and to investigate whenever they are faced with a throughput optimization problem in LTE. The instructor provides practical industry wisdom on how to think and apply the knowledge in everyday optimization scenarios.

Nanoscale Communication Networks

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This course explains the IEEE 1906.1-2015 - Recommended Practice for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Framework standard. It includes an introduction to theoretical background as well as practical implementation and use-cases. Successful completion of this course will enable one to apply the standard to improve interoperability of simulation modules and actual system components. A precise description of what a nanoscale communication network is and the minimum requirements to define it are provided. A framework for nanoscale communication networks is specified using universal building blocks. The 20 standard metrics for nanoscale communication networks will be covered in-depth. A reference model in the network simulation 3 (ns-3) is discussed to provide a practical embodiment of the standard. Finally, use-cases of the standard are described to provide practical examples of applications of the standard.

Visible Light Communications: The High Bandwidth Alternative to WiFi

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

The visible light spectrum is 1000 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum of 300 GHz, and this simple fact provides the motivation to use visible light as a high bandwidth alternative to radio. The applications range from gigabit interconnects in data centers, through mobile networking in homes and offices to point-to-point long range wireless backhaul links outdoors. We will set the scene by looking at existing conventional wireless access technology and state clearly its limitations. Then we will go on to provide a general background to the subject of optical wireless communications, followed by a brief summary of the history of visible light communication VLC). We will discuss the relationship between VLC and LiFi (light fidelity), introducing the major advantages of VLC and LiFi and discuss existing challenges. Recent key advancements in physical layer techniques that led to transmission speeds greater than 10 Gbps will be discussed. Moving on, we introduce channel modelling techniques, and show how this technology can be used to create fully-fletched cellular networks achieving orders of magnitude improvements of area spectral efficiency compared to current technologies. The challenges that arise from moving from a static point-to-point visible light link to a LiFi network that is capable of serving hundreds of mobile and fixed nodes will be discussed. An overview of recent standardization activities will be provided. Lastly, we will discuss commercialization challenges of this disruptive technology.

Background Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas. The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area. Participants will be provided with an overview of the field that concentrates on a number of specific topics, including: 1. Introduction to optical systems (point-to-point links, reconfigurable networks, line/client, switching techniques) 2. Communications concepts (SNR, ISI, BER, PRBS, eye diagrams, link budget, data standards) 3. Channel multiplexing techniques (time, wavelength, subcarrier, space, polarization) 4. Fiber-based data-degrading effects (loss, chromatic dispersion, polarization-mode dispersion, polarization-dependent loss) 5. Amplifiers (EDFA and Raman, gain flattening, gain transients) 6. Nonlinear effects, dispersion management and fiber types 7. Modulation formats, capacity and data constellations (OOK, PSK, QAM, OFDM) 8. Direct and coherent detection schemes 9. Mitigating data impairments: optical (tunable compensators) and electronic (DSP, FEC) 10. Basics of lightwave system modeling

Designing the Green Internet

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Is it true that the Internet consumes more than 3% of all energy in World?
Does a search on the Internet consume the same amount of energy as preparing a cup of coffee?
... Or more in general, how can we allow the Internet to grow without depleting the World's energy resources?

The course will provide an up-to-date review of the main issues in energy saving in today and in tomorrow's Internet. The presentation of the different subjects will be based on analytical models, simulation analysis and actual measurements, and enable the attendees to gain both theoretical and practical insights to the design of energy efficient networking solutions. Current case studies will be presented that include:
- energy consumption breakdown of a typical cellular network provider
- energy consumption breakdown of a typical data center
- actual measurements on energy consumption from a real WiFi testbed
- application of green paradigm to the design of next generation radio networks

High Throughput Satellites

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This day-long course presents the configuration and application of high throughput satellite (HTS) systems that were first introduced around 2000 and represent an important capability to provide broadband interactive services from space-based repeaters. We address the selection of orbit, frequency band (generally those between 10 and 30 GHz), and how best to configure the satellite communications payload for the intended service. Essential elements include: spot beams for frequency reuse and elevated levels of EIRP and G/T; cross connect systems including physical connections and digital processing “channelizer” configurations; high-power platforms in GEO; and efficient amplifier designs. Users of these capabilities would represent individual consumers, enterprises and governments, for fixed and mobile platforms. Technology for implementing the ground segment, user terminals, and applications will be addressed at the subsystem level, with identification of key technologies to facilitate a cost/effective application system. Limitations will be discussed that relate to the available spectrum, GEO and non-GEO orbits, radiowave propagation, amplifiers and antennas, and interface with the public Internet and private networks.

Satellite Data Communications and VSAT Networks

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Satellite data networks have become an important tool of corporations, government agencies as well as consumers needing remote access to the Internet. In this intermediate level, one-day course the instructor reviews the design and use of such networks, which employ inexpensive very small aperture terminals (VSATs). The instructor will provide up-to-date information and methodologies to employ communications satellites specifically for data communications and the Internet. The focus is unique because it combines theory and practice, addressing currently available technology solutions as well as the foundations needed to understand them.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

This course provides an end-to-end understanding of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and the end to end aspects and road to 5G. The building blocks and roadmap for an increasingly user-centric and on-demand dynamic delivery, business-aware operation and service-oriented architecture are outlined. The vision, requirements, key enabling technologies and architectural considerations for 5G are discussed, along with transformations and new possibilities, challenges and realities, and timeline.

In this end-to-end context, role and functions of NFV, SDN, Cloud and Edge Computing, Slicing, Multi-Domain Orchestration, Open Source, Analytics, and Densification roadmap are detailed, as they enable agility, modularity, flexibility, sustainability, programmability and efficiency. Network and business transition and transformation requirements, considerations and challenges are discussed in how they provide a service-oriented and business-agile environment, offering network on-demand and anything-as-a-service (XaaS), for a wide range of use cases and requirements, including enhanced mobile and immersive broadband and human-machine interaction with critical / low latency and massive Internet of Things (IoT).

Technical Writing and Presentation for ESL Engineers

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Technical writing and presentation for an engineer for which English is a second language (ESL) can at times be harder than the technical expertise the engineer attempts to convey. Without the proper communication skills in English, technical contributions could be drastically discounted and dismissed within the technical community. Beyond the known English grammar and common language usage, this course will explain the key factors to overcome cultural difference, logic inference and body language diversity.
,br> This course will highlight the subtleties of English awkwardness in a case-by-case approach based on excerpts of reviewed papers from submissions to many international consumer electronics, communications, and computer conferences. The instructor will lead you through corrections made about the English errors, which happen more often than one would expect, even among reputable and experienced engineers. Reconstruction in more authentic American English style will also be demonstrated.

Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Where am I? Where are you? These are arguably the most frequently asked questions that cellular subscribers expect answers to as an adjunct to the basic communication function of their handsets. Location based services are featured in widely used applications in cellular communication – emergency services, weather forecast delivery, social networking, targeted advertising, navigation, are just a few. Not only cellular -- positioning/location technologies are dominant in virtually all wireless network deployments for a myriad of commercial, industrial, governmental and military uses.
This one day course will give you a firm introduction to the how and the why of wireless positioning. In it, you will learn about the E911 emergency calling rules and compliance methods, the fundamentals of GPS and other satellite navigation systems, time of arrival and time difference of arrival techniques, signal strength methods and angle of arrival location. In addition to cellular, the course discusses positioning issues within important short-range network environments and implementations, including WLAN (Wi-Fi), WPAN, and UWB. Finally, we will attempt to predict the directions that positioning and location technologies will be going to in the future.
Take this course to gain an understanding of:

  • the physical and geometrical properties of location technologies
  • FCC E911 requirements, how they provided the impetus for the development of location awareness and LBS (location based services) applications in cellular terminals, and the various methods of compliance
  • the basics of GPS positioning, its limitations and accuracy
  • path loss and statistical received signal strength location methods, their advantages and limitations
  • why AOA (angle of arrival) location technology is likely to gain prominence in the near future
  • how location awareness is specified for cellular networks, including LTE and LTE advanced
  • positioning technologies in non-cellular networks – WLAN, WPAN, RFID, and UWB
Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Take this one day online course to understand basic wireless principles. Taught from a non-technical perspective for anyone to appreciate, the course starts with a brief look at how wireless has developed from ancient times to today and goes on to define radio, spectrum and mobility terms. The electromagnetic spectrum, propagation and antennas are introduced along with modulation and access methods. Wireless systems are addressed giving you a look at protocols and layers, wireless networks and design features.You will also understand the systems, protocols and mechanisms needed to support mobility in communications. Wireless Standards are introduced along with the types of telecommunications networks: cellular, vehicular, sensor, RFID, satellite and others. Services, applications and devices including smartphones and other wireless communication devices are explored.This training course is ideal for professionals who need to stay competitive in today’s job market with up-to-date knowledge of technologies, products and services in the Mobile Telecommunications Industry.

Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practice on Seven Key Areas

One Day Course (6 hours of instruction)

Explore the fundamental evolution of wireless communications in a one day online course that addresses the following key areas: RF engineering, wireless access technologies, network and service architecture, network management and security, infrastructure, operational standards, regulations, policies and agreements.
By taking this course, you will better understand:

  • The network components that comprise a wireless communications system architecture
  • The evolution of IEEE 802.11, 3GPP, and 3GPP2 standard technologies
  • Fundamental engineering techniques of antenna systems and communications engineering
  • Impacts to radio frequency propagation
  • The evolution of wireless access technologies including FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and OFDMA
  • An overview of the LTE RAN and the Evolved Packet Core
  • An overview of LTE protocol layering and channels
  • Example peak throughput calculations for IEEE 802.11 and LTE
  • An overview of TCP/IP architecture and operation fundamentals
  • A review of the Service Delivery Platform Architecture

An overview of agreements, standards, policies, and regulations for wireless networks is also addressed.

The following course is available in two formats: Three or Four Day online or Three Day In-Person

Covering all of the seven areas tested on the IEEE WCET Certification exam this course provides an overview with breadth and depth in the following seven areas:

Intensive Wireless Communications: Intermediate Level - Covering 7 Key Areas of Wireless

RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas

- Antenna Engineering (Topics covered include: Antenna basics and parameters; directivity, gain and effective aperture; antenna polarization and bandwidth; antenna types and diversity; phased arrays, beamforming, and smart antennas, MIMO)

- Radio Wave Propagation (Including: Line of Sight transmission theory; free space loss with a focus on the Friis Transmission Formula and Link Budget; spectrum and regulatory bodies; propagation environments; and software modeling tools)

- RF Transmission System & Engineering (The Superheteordyne Receiver; Receiver sensitivity; frequency conversion process; receiver dynamic range; filter and selectivity; receiver phase noise; direct conversion & other receivers; detector & demodulator)

Wireless Access Technologies

- Access technology attributes and evolution

- Mobile cellular standards and technology evolution ; introduction to IEEE Wireless Technologies

- Satellite communications attributes; other wireless systems; spectrum consideration; trends and the future

Network and Service Architectures

- Review of fundamental networking concepts; IP networking fundamentals, including IPv6; mobility management; 802.11-based WLAN network fundamentals; basics of teletraffic analysis

- Cellular network architectures (Functional requirements; network elements and functions; network protocols; examples of signalling for call delivery, roaming, etc.; packet data services in 2G cellular systems)

- Towards an all IP-Core Network (Technologies for QoS support and VoIP transport; SIP signalling; cellular network evolution to all-IP core network architectures; IP Multimedia Subsystem; LTE's Evolved Packet Core)

- Service architectures and alternative architectures (IMS; service creation and architectures, including Parlay/OSA concepts; mesh networks; ad hoc networks; satellite networks)

Wireless Network Management and Security

- Network Management: Motivation, Internet protocol suite and SNMP; network management attributes; ITU TMN, FCAPS and Layers; reference architecture and interfaces; business process framework; network management evolution

- Security: Basic concepts; wireless security; WiFi security; cellular security (GSM, UMTS, LTE)

Infrastructure and Wireless Communication 

- Infrastructure: Wireless base station equipment; site development; industry standards

Agreements, Standards, Policies and Regulations

Fundamental Knowledge - Wireless Communication concepts and course review / wrap up

This course does not teach the WCET Certification exam -- but it can help you prepare to sit for the exam or deepen your understanding of current practices in wireless communications. Every time this course is offered the lectures are updated to include the most recent examples going on in the industry.