Distance Learning

The Core Modules – The following four modules are mandatory

Module 1 – Introduction to LTE and 4G Wireless

  • The Wireless Evolution Roadmap
  • Global Market Analysis
  • Market Trends
  • 3G and 3.5G Wireless Systems
  • 3GPP Evolution
  • The LTE/SAE Concept and Requirements
  • 3GPP2 Evolution and Future Options
  • The IEEE 802.16 Family
  • Technologies for Evolving Wireless
  • The ITU 4G Framework and Timelines
  • Candidate 4G Technologies
  • Services, Applications and Timelines

Module 2 – The LTE Air Interface

  • Overview of the 3GPP Architecture
  • LTE Protocol Stack Overview
  • Performance Requirements
  • The Physical Layer
  • LTE Layer 2
  • The Packet Data Protocol (PDCP)
  • PDCP Messages and Procedures
  • Mobility Procedures
  • Multicast Architecture for LTE
  • LTE-Advanced
  • LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)

Module 3 – Delivering Advanced Services

  • Advanced Services Landscape
  • Consumer Services
  • Enterprise Services
  • Converged Services
  • Fixed – Mobile Convergence (FMC)
  • Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs)
  • Java and Service Delivery
  • The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
  • IMS Procedures and Security
  • SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)
  • Supporting Protocols
  • Charging for Advanced Services

Module 4 – The LTE Core Network (Evolved Packet Core)

  • Introduction to SAE/EPC
  • Core Network Evolution
  • Migration Paths, Data and Voice
  • EPC Architecture and Interfaces
  • Interworking with Legacy Networks and non-3GPP Networks
  • LTE Areas and Identities
  • The EPS Bearer
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Charging Mechanisms
  • Protocols Used in the EPC
  • SAE Security
  • EPC Procedures
  • The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

 

The Specialist Modules – Students must choose five of following modules

Module A – LTE Radio Network Planning

  • Review of Wireless Principles and Propagation
    • RF Principles
    • Parameters and Measurements
    • Modulation and Coding
    • Propagation
    • Impairments
  • OFDM and OFDMA Principles
  • OFDM Parameters
  • The LTE Air Interface
  • Antenna Systems
  • Multi-Antenna Configurations
  • Link Budgeting
  • Propagation Models
    • Model Selection
    • Model Inputs
    • Tuning Propagation Models
  • Capacity Planning for LTE
    • Coverage v Capacity
    • Traffic Profiling

Module B – Maximising Performance and Efficiency

  • Network Optimisation
  • LTE Advanced
  • Small Cells and HetNets
  • EXERCISES: Including hands-on optimisation experience using the Mentum Planet planning tool from InfoVista

Module C – Managing Services, PCC and Billing

  • Billing Principles
  • Online Charging
  • Offline Charging
  • Next-Generation Billing
  • Billing for IMS Services
  • Policy Control and Charging (PCC)
  • PCC Architecture and Procedures
  • Maximising OSS and BSS Potential
  • Billing for Roaming Services
  • Revenue Assurance

Module D – Traffic Engineering, QoS and MPLS in IP Networks

  • Principles of QoS
  • QoS Options for IP Networks
  • Class-based QoS
  • The LTE QoS Framework
  • Principles of Traffic Engineering
  • Introduction to MPLS
  • MPLS Architecture
  • Label Distribution in an MPLS Network
    • The Label Distribution Protocol
    • Distribution Procedures
  • Label Switch Router Operation
  • MPLS Management
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Generalised MPLS (GMPLS)
  • MPLS Security
  • MPLS with Frame Relay and ATM

Module E – Operating Effectively

  • The Business Environment
  • The Operational Environment
  • The Basic Requirements – Operational and Administrative
  • Internal Organisation
    • Major Divisions and Responsibilities
    • Key Functions
    • Interrelationships
  • Processes and Procedure Flows
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Provisioning
    • Engineering Processes
    • Fault Reporting and Rectification
    • Billing and Charging
  • Customer Care Facilities
    • Operational Support
    • Business Support
  • Business Systems
  • Operational Systems
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • The Role and Scope of OSS and BSS
  • The TMF and eTOM
  • Current and Legacy OSS/BSS Systems
    • Topologies and Infrastructure
    • Customer Care and OSS
  • NGOSS Explained

Module F – Marketing Telecoms and Digital Services

  • Marketing converged communication services
  • Customer satisfaction and loyalty drivers
  • Communications marketing objectives and metrics
  • Elements of the marketing strategy
  • Segment-specific marketing
  • Configuring customer solutions
  • Pricing and bundling next-generation services
  • Distributing next-generation services
  • Promoting communications solutions
  • The role of telecoms and third-party brands

Module G – Technology Transformation: Virtualisation, Cloud and Convergence

  • Convergence as a Concept
  • Convergence Technologies
  • Convergence and Bundling
  • Cloud Concepts
  • SaaS, PaaS, IaaS (Software, Platform, Infrastructure…as a Service
  • The Cloud Architecture
  • Virtualisation – Advantages
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Network Function Virtualisation
  • The NFV Platform
  • The Evolved Packet Core – Bringing it all Together

Module H – Project Management in Telecoms

  • Essentials of building a credible project plan
  • Financial resourcing and planning
  • Project management planning cycle
  • Risk analysis and treatment in project management
  • Effectively understand and apply project management tools

Module I – Connected TV – Internet Protocol for Television Transmission

  • Digital TV Technologies
  • Digital Broadcasting Standards
  • Digital Processes
  • Mobile Video
  • IP Video
  • Internet Video
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Developing Video Technologies
  • Case Studies

Module J – Finance for Telecoms Professionals

  • Excellent grounding in financial matters
  • Analyse and apply financial concepts
  • Principal financial documents (P&L, Balance Sheet & Cash Flow)
  • Key financial ratios
  • Cash flow forecasts