Advanced 5G Core Technologist (AFCT)

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Course Information

  • Duration: 5 Day / 40 Hours
  • Certification: Participants will receive a Certificate of Competency upon successfully completing the course and passing the examination
  • Who Should Attend: Cyber Security Specialist, Network Engineer, System Security, Software Engineer, Technologist, System Engineer, IT Professionals and Anyone seeking to acquire advanced knowledge on 5G Core

Course Objective

Advanced 5G-Core Technologist (AFCT) is designed for anyone interested in acquiring the advanced knowledge and technical know-how on 5G Core Network Technology




Participants are required to attempt an examination upon completion of course. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills related to 5G Core based on the syllabus covered
Module 1 Introduction to 5G Technology
Topics Covered
  • Deep Dive into 5G Core Network
  • Key Drivers for 5G Core
  • Introduction to 5G New Radio (NR)
  • Virtualization, Cloud Native, Containers, Microservices and Automation
  • 5G Core Network and Its Impact on Enterprises

Module 2 5G Core 3GPP Architecture
Topics Covered
  • The Non Stand-Alone (NSA) Architecture
  • Different Perspectives on 5G Core
  • Service-Based Architecture (SBA)
  • Understanding the Concept of Services
  • HTTP REST interfaces
  • Service Registration and Discovery
  • Key Component of 5G Core
  • Connecting the Core Network to Mobile Devices and Radio Networks
  • Mobility and data connectivity
  • Voice Services and Messaging Services
  • Exposure of network information
  • Device Positioning Services
  • Network Analytics
  • Public Warning System
  • Non-3GPP Access Networks
  • Network slicing
  • Roaming
  • Storage of data

Module 3 5G Service Quality Requirements
Topics Covered
  • Data Rate and Ultra Low-Latency
  • Enhanced Service Availability, security and mobility
  • Consistency, transparency, user’s QoE personalization and service differentiation
  • Longer battery life, seamless user experience and context aware networking
  • QoE-based service billing and pricing
  • QoE-rich resource and energy efficient
  • 5G market drivers & key vertical segments

Module 4 Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for 5G
Topics Covered
  • Introduction to Evolved Packet Core (EPG)
  • Key EPC Functions
  • Subscription and Mobility Management
  • Mobility Management
  • The EPS Bearer for E-UTRAN Access
  • Default and Dedicated Bearers
  • User-Plane Aspects
  • (Enhanced) Dedicated Core Networks ((e)DECOR)
  • Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS)

Module 5 Key Concepts of 5G Core
Topics Covered
  • Architecture Modelling for 5G Core
  • More on Service Based Architecture
  • Identifiers for 5G Core
  • Understanding Network Functions

Module 6 Session Management in 5G Core
Topics Covered
  • Introduction to Session Management in 5G Core
  • Connectivity service to DN
  • Basic PDU Session connectivity
  • Relation between transport network, PDU Session and application traffic
  • Multiple PDU Sessions
  • PDU Session Properties
  • IP Based PDU Session Types
  • IP Addressing for IP-based PDU Session Types
  • IP Address Allocation
  • Ethernet PDU Session Type
  • MAC Addressing
  • Support for Virtual LANs
  • QoS and Charging Aspects
  • Handling of Broadcast
  • Unstructured PDU Session Type
  • User Plane Handling
  • User Plane Path and UPF Roles
  • Control-Plane and User-Plane Separation and the N4 Interface
  • UPF Discovery and Selection
  • Selective Activation and Deactivation of UP Connection

Module 7 Components to Efficient User Plane Connectivity
Topics Covered
  • Service and Session Continuity (SSC) modes
  • SSC mode 1, mode 2, mode 3
  • Selective Traffic Routing to a DN
  • Up-link Classifier
  • IPv6 Multi-Homing
  • Application Function Influence on Traffic Routing
  • Edge Computing
  • Session Authentication and Authorization
  • Local Area Data Network

Module 8 Mobility Management
Topics Covered
  • Network Discovery and Selection
  • Registration and Mobility
  • Cellular Connected Mode Mobility
  • Reachability
  • Paging
  • Mobile Initiated Connection Only (MICO) Mode
  • UE’s Reachability and Location
  • RRC Inactive
  • Understanding N2 Management
  • AMF Management
  • 5GC Assistance for RAN Optimizations
  • Service Area and Mobility Restrictions
  • Control of Overload
  • Unified Access Control
  • Non-3GPP aspects
  • Interworking with EPC Using 3GPP Access
  • Interworking Using the N26 Interface
  • Interworking without an N26 interface

Module 9 Quality-of-Service (QoS)
Topics Covered
  • Introduction to Quality-of-Service (QoS)
  • Flow based QoS framework
  • Signaling of QoS
  • Reflective QoS
  • QoS Parameters and Characteristics
  • 5G QoS Parameters
  • 5G QoS Characteristics
  • Standardized 5QI to QoS Characteristics Mapping

Module 10 Policy and Charging Control
Topics Covered
  • Policy and charging control
  • Access and mobility related policy control
  • UE policy control
  • Management of Packet Flow Descriptions
  • Network status analytics
  • Negotiation for future background data transfer
  • Session Management related policy and charging control
  • Additional session related policy control features
  • Charging

Module 11 Introduction to Network Slicing
Topics Covered
  • Introduction to Network Slicing
  • Management and Orchestration
  • Preparation, Commissioning, Operation, Decommissioning, Summary
  • Network Slice Selection Framework
  • Identifiers
  • Network Slice Availability
  • Network Slice Selection
  • Network Slice selection at interworking with EPS

Module 12 5G Network Softwarization and Slicing
Topics Covered
  • 5G network softwarization
  • Softwarization in mobile edge networks
  • Softwarization in core networks
  • Softwarization in transport networks
  • Programmability considerations in 5G
  • 5G network slicing concepts
  • 5G network slicing principles
  • 5G network slicing use cases and application scenarios

Module 13 5G Network Slicing Enabling Technologies
Topics Covered
  • Software defined networking (SDN)
  • Traffic management applications for stateful SDN data plane
  • Network function virtualization (NFV)
  • NFV management and orchestration (NFV MANO) framework
  • Multi-access edge computing (MEC)
  • Cloud/fog computing
  • Network hypervisors
  • Virtual Machines
  • Containers

Module 14 5G Network Slicing Architectures, Implementation, Orchestration, and Management
Topics Covered
  • 5G network slicing architectures and implementations
  • Open source orchestrators for network slicing
  • Global standardization efforts on 5G network slicing
  • Single domain management and orchestration
  • Multi-domain orchestration and management
  • Network slicing management in edge/cloud and fog computing
  • RAN slicing for multi-Service 5G networks
  • Network sharing and slicing in 5G
  • End-to-end slice orchestration and management
  • Security and privacy challenges in 5G network slicing
  • Challenges of RAN virtualization in 5G network
  • Business model development and economic challenges for 5G network slicing
  • Mobility management in 5G network slicing
  • OTT-ISP collaboration for QoE-based service management in 5G network slicing

Module 15 Dual Connectivity in 5G Core
Topics Covered
  • Multi-RAT Dual Connectivity (MR-DC) Architecture
  • MR-DC: UE and RAN perspective
  • MR-DC: Subscription, QoS flows and E-RABs, MR-DC bearers
  • Managing secondary RAN Node Handling for Mobility and Session Management
  • Key Security Issues
  • Reporting User Data Volume Traversing via SN
  • 5G Core Network Functions
  • Services and Service Operations
  • 5G Protocols

Module 16 Selected Call Flows
Topics Covered
  • Registration (initial-, periodic-, mobility-registration)
  • Deregistration
  • UE triggered Service Request
  • Network triggered Service Request
  • UE Configuration Update for access and mobility related parameters
  • UE Configuration Update Procedure for transparent UE policy delivery
  • PDU Session Establishment
  • Inter-NG-RAN handover
  • Xn-based inter-NG-RAN handover
  • N2-based inter-NG-RAN handover
  • Preparation and Execution for N2-based inter-NG-RAN handover
  • Execution phase
  • Handover from 5GS to EPS
  • Handover from EPS to 5GS
  • Preparation and Execution Phase for EPS to 5GS
  • Idle mode mobility from 5GS to EPS
  • Idle mode mobility from EPS to 5GS
  • EPS fallback

Advanced 5G Core Technologist (AFCT)  involves rigorous usage of real-time case studies, role playing and group discussion

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