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Understanding Connectivity, 5G and NextG

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Topics explore a wide set of areas of 5G wireless systems so that students can design applications using 5G equipment & services. First topics are principles of mobile systems, 5G systems (core/radios), application types in 5G, and related wireline / wireless methods. In depth study of 5G explores the major flows in the Core & Radio Access, the behavior of the radio’s physical layer and how applications are supported, features of 5G systems (Voice, SMS, Location, Network Slicing, Analytics), and 5G standards. 5G services and equipment covers elements to build solutions using 5G. 5G Advanced changes by 2025 are reviewed to consider new features in designs. Connectivity aspects of 5G teaches security, energy impact, use of Non-Terrestrial Networks. Finally the evolution to 6G is reviewed.

Topics explore a wide set of areas of 5G wireless systems so that students can design applications using 5G equipment & services. First topics are principles of mobile systems, 5G systems (core/radios), application types in 5G, and related wireline / wireless methods. In depth study of 5G explores the major flows in the Core & Radio Access, the behavior of the radio’s physical layer and how applications are supported, features of 5G systems (Voice, SMS, Location, Network Slicing, Analytics), and 5G standards. 5G services and equipment covers elements to build solutions using 5G. 5G Advanced changes by 2025 are reviewed to consider new features in designs. Connectivity aspects of 5G teaches security, energy impact, use of Non-Terrestrial Networks. Finally the evolution to 6G is reviewed.

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4 weeks

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Completion Certificate

Last Updated January 11, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
3GPP • General Packet Radio Service • 5G Technology • Radio Equipment
Prerequisites:
Computer networking basics

Course Lessons

Lesson 1

Foundations of Mobile Systems

The basics of mobile systems, history, the 5G Core, 5G Radio and how different kinds of applications are built using 5G. Also covered are related wireline/wireless methods. Basic design is explored.

Lesson 2

Introduction to 5G Technology

Detailed study of 5G Core and Radio, and impact on application design. Special 5G features: Voice, SMS, Location, Network Slicing, Analytics. Using capabilities in design. The 5G Standards process.

Lesson 3

5G Implementations and Equipment

Implementation and its application to design. Non-standalone 5G, Roaming methods. Non public Network (private wireless). Equipment, Services, Radio modules and special UEs. Comprehensive design.

Lesson 4

Moving Ahead: 5G Advanced (Rel. 18)

Overview of main changes in 5G Advanced (5GA): user experience performance, changes for new markets, new capabilities, operational enhancements to 5G deployments. Study future design impacts from 5GA.

Lesson 5

Connectivity Risks and Implications

Principles of security implementation in 5G: user data, security domains, lawful intercept. Energy use in 5G. Coverage methods using Non-Terrestrial Networks and 5G. Impact of these aspects on design.

Lesson 6

Beyond 5G: Emerging Technologies and Capabilities

Vision/goals of 6G. Timeline & standards process. Innovations on AI Radio, Joint communications &sensing, Terahertz, new radio band, architecture, Future design impact. Involvement in standards.

Lesson 7 • Project

Project: Design a Smart City Product for a Major City

In this project, learners will gain practical experience in designing a 5G/wireless-based solution for a smart city.

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Gerald Karam

Research Scientist

Gerald is a senior scientist and telecom specialist. With decades of experience, he spends his time researching mobile systems, including 6G, and network services.

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