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Mobile Networks Explained – Programme Details

Section 1 – Introducing Mobile Networks

  • A Telecommunications Network
  • Components of a Cellular Network
  • Cellular Networks
    • Drivers for mobility
    • The requirements of a Mobile Telecoms network
  • The market place
  • Trends and Forecasts
  • Regulation and Standards
  • GSM and GPRS – The Global Standard
  • Projecting ahead – The evolution to 3rd Generation

Section 2 – Radio and Cellular Principles

  • What is a cellular system?
  • Radio characteristics
    • Analogue
    • Digital
  • Spectrum – a scarce resource
    • The value of spectrum
    • Sharing the resource
      • FDMA
      • TDMA
      • FDMA/TDMA
      • CDMA and W-CDMA
  • Maintaining the call whilst mobile
    • Handover
  • Planning the network
    • Technical
    • Costs
    • The roll-out

Section 3 -  The User Experience (Services, Applications and Handsets)

  • What are services?
  • Who provides them?
  • What is their value
    • To the operator?
    • To the user?
  • How do we pay?
  • Services – a time line
  • The next step – Personalised, Location-based, High value, More-capable services
  • Example services
    • Messaging
    • Ticketing/vending
    • Vehicular
    • Multimedia information
  • Content
    • WAP
    • XHTML
    • i-Mode
  • Accessing the services
    • A Virtual Home Environment?
  • The requirements for User Devices
  • The user interface
  • Forms and Form Factors
  • Design considerations – Size, Functionality, Display, and Power considerations
  • Multi-band and multi – system handsets
  • Future devices
  • Other technologies
    • Bluetooth
    • Wireless LAN
  • Selling the handset
  • Current Handsets and capabilities
  • Exercise – an Island Telco (Choosing the strategy and access scheme)

Section 4 – the GSM and GPRS Network Infrastructure

  • The network – what does it do?
  • Circuit or packet switched?
  • The Core Network
  • Switches and routers
    • Circuit Switched
    • Packet Switched
    • Signalling – SS7
  • Controlling the network
    • Mobility
    • HLR, VLR, EIR and AuC
    • Services – IN and CAMEL
  • The Radio Network
  • Radio Elements
    • Base Transceiver Station (BTS)
    • Base Station Controller (BSC)
    • The Transcoder and Rate Adaption Unit (TRAU)
  • Evolution to 3rd Generation
    • The Core Network
    • EDGE
    • UMTS and W-CDMA
    • HSDPA
  • IP Network Infrastructure
  • IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
  • Convergence and the evolving network
  • Exercise – an Island Telco (Designing the Network)

Section 5 – Procedures and Operation

  • Identities
  • Location and Routing Areas
  • Procedures
    • At switch-on
    • Finding the network
    • The Location update
    • Making & receiving a call
    • Supplementary service examples
    • GPRS RA Update
  • Establishing the session (MM and PDP Contexts)

Section 6 – Network Building Blocks

  • Transmission – Connecting the network together
    • PDH
    • SDH
    • DWDM
    • Leased Lines
  • Transport and switching technologies
    • ATM
    • IP
    • Frame Relay
  • Signalling and Control
    • SS7
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Exercise – an Island Telco (Building the infrastructure)

Section 7 – Supporting Systems

  • Messaging Systems
    • SMS
    • MMS
  • Voicemail
  • Location Based Services
  • Access to Content
  • IN and CAMEL
  • Open Service Access
  • The Operational Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS)
  • Billing Systems in the Mobile Environment
  • Exercise – an Island Telco (Operating Profitably)

Section 8 – a Typical Network – Bringing it all Together

Reviewing the operator / network model, including:

  • Infrastructure
    • Architecture, Vendors
  • Branding
  • Services and Applications – Strategies
  • Data access mechanisms
    • Circuit switched, GPRS
  • Content
    • Portals & Content types
  • Evolution Strategies – GSM with GPRS, UMTS
    • (This section is used to review the exercises and discussions and builds on previous sections)