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  • Course Length:
  • 3 Days Instructor Led

The cellular industry is gearing up for 5G. The industry is planning to support a variety of new and exciting services such as Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), hologram videos, and self-driving cars. Such services require a wide range of network capabilities to support a variety of consumer devices and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. This course takes an in-depth look at the RF planning and design aspects of 5G. The course first summarizes the essentials of the 5G air interface. Inputs to the RF design process are discussed. The link budgets for 5G for different scenarios are calculated and compared with the LTE link budget. The overall process of the RF design for 5G is described including traffic mapping and propagation modeling. The use of an RF planning tool to carry out the RF design is illustrated. Finally, cell configuration and operational parameters related to RF are discussed. In summary, this course provides an in-depth look at the entire RF planning and design process for 5G.

This detailed technical course is intended for design, engineering, performance optimization and related job functions.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Describe how the 5G air interface and the network infrastructure help deliver target 5G services
• Specify key 5G RF design inputs such as the capacity and RF antennas
• Explain main components of a 5G link budget for different services and compare the 5G link budget with the LTE link budget
• Illustrate main steps of the 5G RF design process including traffic mapping and propagation modeling
• List the steps for 5G RF design using an RF Planning tool
• Summarize the planning process for different RF configuration and operational parameters (e.g., PCI, neighbor list, PRACH parameters, and cell selection parameters)

1. 5G Air Interface Essentials
1.1. 5G services
1.2. 5G air interface
1.3. 5G devices
1.4. 5G network architecture
1.5. Legacy LTE network features

2. 5G RF Design Input considerations
2.1. Frequency bands of operations
2.2. DL and UL throughput estimation
2.3. Antennas and beamforming in 5G

3. 5G Link Budget
3.1. eMBB link budget for the DL
3.2. eMBB link budget for the UL
3.3. Implications of URLLC and mMTC on the link budget
3.4. Link budget: 5G vs. LTE

4. 5G RF Design Overview
4.1. 5G RF design process
4.2. RF design inputs
4.3. Traffic mapping
4.4. Propagation models
4.5. 5G RF design considerations
4.6. 5G site selection

5. RF Planning Tool
5.1. RF planning tool processes
5.2. Traffic demand mapping
5.3. RF prediction studies
5.4. Analysis of RF planning tool results

6. 5G RF Parameter Planning
6.1. RF cell configuration parameters
6.2. Key operational parameters
6.3. RF performance KPIs

Suggested Prerequisites

• 5G NG-RAN: Architecture and Operations (Instructor-led)