Wireless: Emerging Technologies

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  • Course:Wireless: Emerging Technologies
  • Course ID:EWT Duration:5 days Where: Your Office (7+ Persons)
  • Available as a private, customized course for your group at your offices or ours and in some cases as a WebLive(TM) class.

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Course Outline

  • Historical Perspectives
    • Evolution of cellular networks
    • 3GPP standards
  • GSM Architecture
    • Core network
    • Radio Network (RAN)
  • Principles of Cellular Networks
    • RF coverage
    • Frequencies and frequency bands for GSM
    • Basic wave phenomena:  Reflection, refraction, scattering
    • Coverage and cell types: Microcells, macrocells, picocells, femptocells, umbrella cells, indoor/outdoor coverage
    • Propagation models:  Friis, Okomura Hata, Egli, indoor
    • Calculating cellular coverage:  Link budget analysis
    • Frequency planning:  Frequency reuse patterns
    • Capacity planning:  Erlang B table and telecom traffic theory
    • Cell splitting
  • An Overview of GSM Functionality
    • Idle mode behavior
    • Busy mode behavior
    • Handovers
    • Location updating
  • GPRS Evolution
    • GSM data transmission principles
    • Inability of GSM to support high packet data traffic
    • GPRS:  A packet data solution
    • GPRS air interface:  Supported data rates, coding schemes
    • RLC/MAC layer
  • GPRS Architecture
    • Core network nodes
    • Protocols over core
    • RAN functionality enhancement: PDP context activation, IMSI/ P-TMSI attach, session setup signalling
  • EDGE Evolution
    • Enhancements on data rates over the air
    • GMSK and 8-PSK modulation schemes
    • VoIP and IMS over Edge
  • 3G Network Evolution:  The Path and the Need
    • 3GPP standards
    • R99 standards
    • P3 up to P6
    • P8- LTE evolution
  • WCDMA Air Interface
    • Spreading principles
    • Simulation examples
    • Exercises on spreading codes
    • WCDMA scrambling codes and channelization codes
    • Tx transmission principles
    • Rx principles
    • Rake receiver
    • Logical-transport-physical channels
    • Traffic examples
  • UMTS Core Network
    • Soft switch emerging solution
    • ATM transport network
    • IP transport network
    • SS7 signaling over ATM & IP
  • UMTS Functionality Principles
    • Idle mode behavior
    • Busy mode behavior:  PS and CS traffic
    • Handovers
    • Location updating
  • 3.5G solution:  HSDPA/HSUPA
    • Principles and ideas
    • HSDPA fundamentals
    • EUL fundamentals
  • Latest Step Up:  LTE/SAE
    • 3GPP P8 release
    • EPS presentation
    • LTE radio interface
    • EPC:  Core network solution
  • MIMO and OFDM:  Basic Principles
  • WiMAX, the Competitor to LTE:  WiMAX Functionality


Course Overview

Course in a Nutshell

GSM and its enhancements constitute the most important family of wireless technologies in terms of their subscriber base and impact. This course overviews the whole range of GSM-related technologies in terms understandable to non-wireless engineers.  Covered are the basic principles, network architecture, and functionality of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE/SAE, and OFDM/MIMO.  Also covered are the reasons that led to the evolution from one step to the next and the strengths and weaknesses of each technology.  The course concludes with an overview of WiMAX which,  like LTE, employs OFDM and MIMO.


Customize It!

  • Are you interested in this course from the particular perspective, say that of an IT practitioner? Let us know, as we can tailor the course to suit the needs of your profession.
  • Is your audience nontechnical? If so, we can focus on the technology principles, major trends, and applications/services – all in terms understandable to a lay audience.
  • Are you an engineer new to wireless?  We can tailor the course to a level that takes advantage of your existing technical background and discusses issues relevant to your needs.


Learn How To

  • Understand the basic principles that underlie all wireless networks
  • Explain the architecture and functionality of a GSM network
  • Describe why and how GSM/GPRS evolved to EDGE
  • Describe the WCDMA principles and UMTS
  • Explain the workings of HSDPA and HSUPA
  • Describe the SAE/LTE evolution
  • Describe the application of OFDM and MIMO in LTE and WiMAX
  • Describe the basics of WiMAX


Audience / Prerequisites

Aimed At

Technical and non-technical professionals and managers in OSS/BSS areas, new comers to wireless technologies, and others who need to keep up with the technologies in the rapidly evolving field of wireless communications.



You need not be an engineer but you should be comfortable with the discussion of telecommunications issues and possess some prior exposure to wireless communications.

  • Very thorough content, good speed. The instructor is very knowledgeable and able to simplify complex subject matter. It was helpful to have printed material. Great course!” – A. Wegel, Sr. Director, Product Management, Leading Wireless Applications/Services Provider
  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable … great teaching methods … excellent course guide and reference … Thank you for sharing your years of knowledge in this complex and evolving technology!” – Intelligence Analyst, US Department of Justice
  • “Great ability to explain difficult concepts simply and in laymen terms.” – A Public Class Participant