Fundamentals of 5G Small Cell Deployments

Half Day Course

Instructor: Jonathan Levine

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

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Course Description

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 for your network. 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. Take this course to come away with the answers to the following questions:

  • How will 5G small cells change the way the operator supports the network?
  • What are the small cell system architecture options?
  • How do small cells change the concept of traffic engineering?
  • What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?
  • What is the role small cells plays in regards to the Internet of Things (IoT)?
  • How does 5G integrated with the small cell approach change the landscape of the modern wireless industry?


Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for those who have and do not have a background in wireless. A pre-requisite to consider prior to taking this particular course is the Introduction to Professional Wireless Communications course also offered in the ComSoc Training collection of courses. This is not a requirement for participation.


Fundamentals of 5G Small Cell Deployments

Jonathan Levine

Director of Engineering, Mobilitie LLC, IEEE WCP

Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Director of Engineering for Mobilitie LLC based out of Chicago, IL. In his current role he is responsible for leading engineering design and driving the technical deployment process for wireless network evolution. His particular focus is on high density 4G/5G network deployment and next generation form-factor innovation. Prior to his current role, he spent over 10 years with U.S. Cellular. His latest role there was Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular's Technology Development Group where he was responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN consists LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups. Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005. His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University. Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this half day course you will be able to identify:

  • Deployment challenges of 5G small cells
  • Deployment options of small cell architectures
  • Differences between small cell and macro network deployments
  • Network engineering strategies within 5G including IoT, mesh networks, outdoor DAS and more
  • Device operation engineering across functional categories within the 5G wireless network

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  1. Overview of the business need for small cell
  2. What is a 5G small cell?
  3. Deployment challenges for 5G small cell
  4. How to support 5G small cell architecture as an operator, integrator, and NEM
  5. Traffic engineering strategies across spectrum and device function types in a small cell environment
  6. Coexistence of 5G small cells in a macro network (challenges and device operation)

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.3 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participating.

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