School of Advanced Communications Technologies

Mobile Networks – Technologies Evolution (5 Day Boot Camp)

Course-DescriptionThis programme is designed to give a comprehensive and clear understanding of mobile network technology and operations (end-to-end). We specifically include the technologies and trends that operators are adopting in order to transform their networks in a global drive, firstly to remain profitable, and secondly to ensure they have a sound framework on which to innovate and develop their customer proposition.

You will examine all aspects including the capabilities, limitations, operation and deployment issues of the various 3GPP cellular technologies from GSM through GPRS, EDGE, 3G and HSPA(+), to LTE and LTE Advanced; services and applications; transmission and switching technologies; control; signalling and networking; as well as mobile network operation and techniques.

Focussing mainly on the 3GPP family of technologies, you will gain a unique insight into the evolving architecture of modern networks, including the infrastructure required to provide fast internet access, as well as value added services (including messaging), and digital services.

As well as current and evolving cellular architecture, technology frameworks that provide the foundation for transformation, such as Policy Control and Charging (PCC) Architecture, Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN); the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) are examined – alongside support systems that include service delivery platforms, advanced billing, OSS and BSS (and their transformation), and planning. Finally, the impact of complimentary technologies such as WiMAX and WiFi are discussed and evaluated in order to complete the picture.

Exercises and discussions are used throughout to build the model of a typical network and operator strategies.

Participants will develop or be able to:

  • Discuss with confidence:
  1. The main principles and requirements of modern cellular networks, differentiating between circuit-switched and packet-switched requirements and
  2. How network need to change and evolve to meet current and future demands, including capacity, cost efficiency, and service capability
  • List the main differences (capabilities, limitations, operation and deployment) between the various 3GPP radio schemes, focusing on GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G W-CDMA (UMTS), HSPA(+), LTE and LTE Advanced
  • Present a diagrammatic representation of the basic architecture of a cellular system, highlighting the functionality of each network element – and show how the network evolves as the later 3GPP radio schemes are introduced
  • Discuss the principles and operation of Roaming, Billing (including Prepaid), and Service Delivery (including the range of service delivery platforms that are available, IN / CAMEL Services, video, and Location-Based Services)
  • Identify key technologies that provide the building blocks for the mobile network including Transmission, Switching, Signalling and Control, and Networking – stating clearly where the technologies are used
  • Identify key technology frameworks that provide the foundation for technology transformation – such as IP, PCC, NFV and SDN, IMS, and On-Line Charging – and discuss with confidence and clarity their meaning, relevance and likely deployment scenarios
  • Name three functions supported by each of OSS and BSS within modern networks, showing the relative position within the overall network infrastructure
  • Understand how other radio access technologies such as WiMAX and WiFi can be used to offer an enhanced user experience, including how they can be integrated into the wider system