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  • Course Length:
  • 2 Days Instructor Led

This course takes an in-depth look at the end-to-end 5G network (5GC, NG-RAN, and transport) and related operations including NSA and SA deployment scenarios. It provides key features and functionalities of the 5G NR, split architecture of NG-RAN, transport network options, 5G core network architecture based on SBA, and comparison with 4G EPC. Complementary technologies of network slicing, MEC as well as automation and orchestration are covered. It gives an overview of 5G operations through the life of a 5G device. Finally, 5G deployment scenarios of NSA and SA are captured.

This technical course is intended for planning, design, engineering and operations related job functions who need to get an understanding of 5G core and radio network architecture and operations.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Sketch 5G core (5GC) network architecture and identify network functions
• Sketch Next Generation Radio Access Network (NG-RAN) architecture and split architecture of gNB
• Describe various interfaces and related protocols of 5G end-to-end network
• Step through the life of a 5G device to understand key operations of 5G
• Identify complementary technologies such as network slicing, edge computing, virtualization and orchestration and their role in 5G
• Summarize deployment status of 5G

1. 5G in a Nutshell
1.1. 5G Services and performance goals
1.2. End-to-End 5G architecture
1.3. Key components of 5G network

2. NG-RAN Architecture
2.1. gNB Architecture
2.2. Cloud RAN
2.3. Fronthaul solutions
2.4. LTE and 5G Interworking

3. 5G NG Core Architecture
3.1. Core network architecture
3.2. Network nodes and interfaces
3.3. Control and User Planes
3.4. LTE and 5G Interworking
3.5. Non Stand-Alone (NSA) and Stand-Alone (SA) Architecture options

4. Life of a 5G UE
4.1. Power Up operation
4.2. Registration
4.3. IP connectivity
4.4. QoS in 5G
4.5. Data transfer
4.6. Mobility
4.7. Security in 5G

5. Supporting Technologies
5.1. Cloud and Virtualization
5.2. Network Slicing
5.3. Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)
5.4. Automation and Orchestration

6. 5G Deployments
6.1. Dual Connectivity
6.2. Migration of NSA and SA deployments
6.3. Backward and Forward compatibility
6.4. 5G POCs/trials

Suggested Prerequisites

• Introduction to 5G (Blended Learning)
• Technology Primer: 5G Services and Network Architecture (Instructor-led) and
• Technology Primer: 5G Radio Technologies and Deployments (Instructor-led)