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  • Course Length:
  • 4 hours

ITU is defining 5G standards as part of IMT2020 with active input from industry groups like the NGMN alliance and 3GPP. This course is an overview of target services and potential technologies of the network architecture in the upcoming 5G standards. Starting with the 5G services and performance targets, the 5G network architecture and building blocks are explored. Then, the evolution of the 5G RAN is discussed. An overview of key components for a 5G wireless network is given and fundamental technologies for a 5G network architecture are then discussed. Afterwards, potential deployment and evolution scenarios are summarized. Finally, RAN and core technologies converge with the exploration of network slicing and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC).

A high-level technical overview to personnel involved in product management, marketing, planning, design, engineering, and operations.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Give examples of use case families identified by NGMN for 5G
• Highlight the key building blocks of 5G that help achieve higher data rates and lower latency
• Sketch the end-to-end 5G network architecture, including 5G NG-RAN and 5G Core (5GC)
• Step through the deployment options of 5G
• Define network slicing and identify its benefits in 5G networks
• Define MEC and identify its benefits in 5G networks

1. 5G Services and Performance Targets
1.1 eMBB, MMTC, URLLC Use Cases
1.2 5G Specifications Status

2. 5G Architecture Building Blocks
2.1 Architecture Principles and Key Features
2.2 5G Spectrum

3. Evolution to 5G NG-RAN
3.1 gNB Split Architecture
3.2 Deployment Scenarios

4. 5G Core Network Architecture and Operations
4.1 5G Core Architecture
4.2 Life of 5G UE

5. 5G Network Deployments
5.1 Non-Standalone (NSA) Deployment
5.2 Standalone (SA) Deployment

6. Network Slicing in 5G
6.1 Network Slicing Examples

7. Multi-Access Edge Computing
7.1 Benefits and Use Cases

Suggested Prerequisites