40400 «LTE/SAE Introduction»

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This course begins with a review of the mobile systems and the 3GPP WCDMA system. LTE is a fourth generation mobile communication technology standardized by the 3GPP.

The course LTE/SAE (Long Term Evolution / System Architecture Evolution) introduces participants to the new radio technology and protocols which enables support for broadband connectivity to mobile devices, involved in the E-UTRAN (Evolved UTRAN, also referred to as LTE) and the architecture behind EPC (Evolved Packet Core, also referred to as SAE – System Architecture Evolution).


Learning objectives

On completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of cellular networks
  • Describe the drivers for LTE
  • Summarize the evolution of 3GPP releases, from rel 99 to release 8
  • Describe the logical architecture of EPS (E-UTRAN and EPC)
  • Explain the EPS network architecture
  • Describe  the LTE radio interface
  • Describe OFDM principles
  • Describe the interfaces in EPS
  • Describe the eNode-B
  • Describe the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) nodes and functionality
  • Describe the role of the MME, S-GW and PDN-GW
  • Describe the S1 (and X2) protocol stacks
  • Explain the interaction with IMS on an overview level
  • Describe the E-UTRAN principles
  • List the radio interface protocols


Target audience

The target audience for this course is:

Network Engineer, Service Engineer, Service Design Engineer, Network Design Engineer



The participants should have a general knowledge in cellular technologies (2G, 3G) and general radio technology principlese


Duration and class size

The recommended length of the course is 2 days..

The maximum number of participants is 16


Learning situation

This course is based on theoretical instructor-led lessons given in a classroom environment.


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