SON & The End-To-End Road to 5G

Half-day course

Instructor: Daniel Wong

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx

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Course Description

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.

Who Should Attend

All with an interest to develop an understanding of Self-Organizing Networks, 5G, Enabling Technologies and the End-to-end Road to 5G, how they fit and work together, and what is expected in the coming years leading to and positioning for the next decade.


SON & The End-To-End Road to 5G

Daniel Wong

President, Daniel Wireless LLC, IEEE WCP

K. Daniel Wong is President of Daniel Wireless LLC, a California-registered company that provides consulting and training in wireless, networking and software. He has over 20 years experience in wireless communications, both in industry and academia. Daniel is also an experienced speaker and teacher, having taught many highly-rated university level courses, industry short courses and tutorials at conferences, to a wide range of students from industry, government and academia. He is a member of the Practice Analysis Task Force that helped create IEEE's WCET certification program, and a co-author and co-editor of "A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge" (WEBOK). Daniel is also the author of "Wireless Internet Telecommunications" (Artech House, 2004) and "Fundamentals of Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies" (Wiley, 2012). Daniel graduated with a BSE (with Highest Honors) from Princeton University, and an MSc. and Ph.D from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

Learning Objectives

Take this course to:

  • Get an appreciation for the end-to-end picture of network evolution &  roadmap, key components and enablers, how each works, and how they fit together
  • Understand Self-Organizing Networks motivation, mechanisms and standards, roadmap and evolution towards the next-generation (5G) architecture
  • Understand 5G, vision, requirements, use cases, requirements and design principles
  • Understand next generation service oriented NFV/SDN based architecture and end-to-end enabling technologies, standardization and timelines, and key areas of and demands for innovations and research

Course Content

Consistent with the description indicated, the course outline will particularly include:

  • Motivations and drivers for change, market and user demands, economic sustainability, opportunities and paradigm changes, cost of ownership and time to market challenges – cost, energy and time-to-market efficiency
  • Understanding Self-Organizing Networks mechanisms, their characterization and standards, and their evolution towards the future self-organizing, autonomous, sustainable, energy-efficient, and smart architecture, operation, unified orchestration and management, and service delivery.
  • 5G vision, characterization, use cases, requirements, design principles
  • IoT and Verticals requirements; low-latency and use cases with extreme requirements; augmented and virtual reality; anything-as-a-service
  • Service oriented architecture, network slice, and slice on demand, NFV/SDN-based and cloudified 5G and role of full flexibility, scalability, big data and automation
  • End-to-end technology enablers from softwarization and virtualization to ultra-dense networks, mmWave and other bands, C-RAN, massive MIMO, new radio, and edge computing and delivery
  • 5G initiatives, timelines and standardization; 2017-2020+, realities & roadmap

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 Units for participating.

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 and refund cannot be accommodated.

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