40148 «Cellular Network Evolution»

Course Code



This course offers a top down approach that is useful for choosing the best investment. Investment contracts used to be a result from negotiations between technical supplier staff selling to technical operator staff. The modern trend is towards business people selling to business people. There is a convergence of dedicated networks towards a multimedia capable network. Controlled migration is necessary, not to jeopardize the investments already made. This is technically fulfilled by means of end-to-end requirements.


Learning objectives

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

  • Introduction to GSM network - architecture
    GSM evolution

     -  GSM core network

     -  GSM radio network

     -  GSM functionality

     -  GSM services

      -  GSM data solutions (12.4 kbps, HSCSD solution)

  • Introduction to GPRS network - The need to data evolution
    GPRS core network architecture

     -  GPRS core network design

     -  GPRS air interface

     -  GPRS data rate restrictions

      -  GPRS Data solutions

      -   DGE evolution

      -  EDGE supported services

      -  RTTI EDGE solution to higher data rates (IP TV solutions)

      -  Cost deployment and investment needs

  • Introduction to UMTS
    Spreading techniques – the direct sequence technique

     -  UMTS RAN architecture

     -  WCDMA transmission rates

     -  Cellular design to fit supported rates

     -  UMTS core architecture – The soft switch service solution

     -  UMTS transport network evolution – the ATM & IP solution

     -  MPBN general solution – MPLS & combined ATM/IP

     -  UMTS supported rates

     -  Multimedia Service – IMS solution

     -  Network deployment and investment costs

  •  Introduction to 3.5G solution – the HSPA High Speed evolution path

     -  Enhanced Downlink – The HSDPA principle

     -  HSDPA functionality

     -  HSDPA supported rates

     -  HSDPA services

     -  Enhanced Uplink – EUL

     -  Multimedia services over EUL

     -  Cell planning to support HSPA services

     -  Cost related investments and network deployment to HSPA

  • 4G evolution path - Need to evolve to higher bit rates

     -  The 3GPP evolution path to Release 8 SAE/LTE

     -  LTE description

     -  OFDM principles

     -  MIMO solution

     -  SAE architecture

     -  LTE supported services

     -  Migrating towards LTE/SAE – The investment requirements


Target audience

The target audience for this course is:

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



The participants should have a general knowledge in cellular systems and wireless/radio technology


Duration and class size

The recommended length of the course is 4-5  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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