Advanced 5G RAN Specialist (AFRS)

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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 RAN

Course Objective

Advanced 5G-RAN Specialist (AFRS) is designed for anyone interested in acquiring the advanced knowledge and technical know-how on 5G RAN




Participants are required to attempt an examination upon completion of course. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills related to 5G RAN based on the syllabus covered
Module 1 5G Network Architectures
Topics Covered
  • Network and Service Requirements
  • Virtualization of Network Functions
  • Architectural, Functional, Operational, Legacy Support and Interworking Aspects
  • Separation of Control and User Planes (Software-Defined Networks)
  • Architectural Aspects
  • Network Slicing
  • Heterogeneous and Ultra-dense Networks
  • Cloud-RAN and Virtual-RAN
  • Architectural Aspects
  • Fronthaul Transport and Functional Split Options
  • Backhaul Transport Options
  • Mobile Edge Computing
  • Service and Deployment Scenarios
  • Architectural Aspects
  • Network Sharing

Module 2 Reference Architectures in 5G
Topics Covered
  • Introduction Reference Architectures
  • Access Network
  • Bearers and Identifiers
  • User-Plane and Control-Plane Protocol Stacks
  • Core Network
  • PDN Sessions and 5GC Identifiers
  • User-Plane and Control-Plane Protocol Stacks
  • Dual Connectivity and Multi-connectivity Schemes
  • LTE-NR Interworking and Deployment Scenarios
  • RAN-Level and CN-Level Interworking
  • 5G Deployments Scenarios and Architecture Options

Module 3 5G-NG RAN Protocol
Topics Covered
  • 5G Core Network
  • Radio-Access Network
  • Quality-Of-Service Handling
  • Radio Protocol Architecture
  • User-Plane Protocols
  • Service Data Adaptation Protocol (SDAP)
  • Packet-Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP)
  • Radio-Link Control
  • Medium-Access Control
  • Logical Channels and Transport Channels
  • Scheduling
  • Hybrid ARQ With Soft Combining
  • Physical Layer
  • Control-Plane Protocols
  • RRC State Machine
  • Idle-State and Inactive-State Mobility
  • Tracking the Device
  • Paging Message Transmission
  • Connected-State Mobility

Module 4 Radio Access Layer 2/3 Aspects and Operation
Topics Covered
  • Layer 2 Functions and Services
  • Medium Access Control Sublayer
  • Radio Link Control Sublayer
  • Packet Data Convergence Protocol Sublayer
  • PDCP Services and Functions
  • Header Compression Function
  • Ciphering and Integrity Protection Functions
  • Service Data Adaptation Protocol Sublayer
  • Layer 3 Functions and Services
  • Radio Resource Control Sublayer
  • System Information
  • User Equipment States and State Transitions
  • Idle Mode Procedures
  • Inactive Mode Procedures
  • Connected Mode Procedures
  • User Equipment Capability
  • Discontinuous Reception and Power-Saving Schemes

Module 5 Mobility Management
Topics Covered
  • Introduction to Mobility Management, Handover, and UE Measurements
  • Network-Controlled Mobility
  • Control-Plane Handover Procedures
  • User-Plane Handover Procedures
  • UE-Based Mobility
  • Paging
  • Measurements
  • UE and Network Identifiers
  • Random-Access Procedure (L2/L3 Aspects)
  • Multi-radio Dual Connectivity (L2/L3 Aspects)
  • Carrier Aggregation (L2/L3 Aspects)

Module 6 Characteristics of Wireless Channels
Topics Covered
  • Characteristics of Wireless Channels
  • Path Loss Models
  • Delay Spread
  • Doppler Spread
  • Angular Spread
  • Blockage
  • Oxygen Absorption
  • LoS Path Loss Probability
  • Two- and Three-Dimensional Channel Models

Module 7 COFDM Basics and Transmission Characteristics
Topics Covered
  • Cyclic Prefix
  • Pre- and Post-processing Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Peak-to-Average Power Ratio
  • Error Vector Magnitude
  • Carrier Frequency Offset
  • Phase Noise
  • DFT-S-OFDM Basics and Transmission Characteristics
  • Other Waveform Candidates
  • Filtered-OFDM
  • Filter Bank Multicarrier
  • Universal Filtered Multicarrier
  • Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing
  • Faster Than Nyquist Signal Processing
  • Comparison of the Candidate Waveforms

Module 8 Multiple Access and Duplex Schemes
Topics Covered
  • Multiple-Access Schemes
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access
  • Single-Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access
  • Non-orthogonal Multiple-Access Schemes
  • Sparse Code Multiple Access
  • Power-Domain Non-orthogonal Multiple Access
  • Scrambling-Based and Spreading-Based NOMA Schemes
  • Duplex Schemes
  • Frequency and Time Division Duplex Schemes
  • Half-Duplex and Flexible-Duplex Schemes
  • Full-Duplex Schemes
  • Operating Frequency Bands
  • Frame Structure and Numerology

Module 9 Time-Frequency Resources
Topics Covered
  • Time-Frequency Resources
  • Physical Resource Blocks
  • Bandwidth Part
  • Resource Allocation
  • Resource Allocation in Time Domain
  • Resource Allocation in Frequency Domain
  • Physical Resource Block Bundling
  • Resource Allocation for Grant-Free/Semi-persistent Scheduling

Module 10 Downlink Physical Layer and Procedures
Topics Covered
  • Demodulation Reference Signals
  • Phase Tracking Reference Signals
  • Channel State Information Reference Signals
  • Tracking Reference Signals
  • Control Channels
  • Physical Broadcast Channel
  • Physical Downlink Control Channel
  • Primary Synchronization Sequence
  • Secondary Synchronization Sequence
  • Synchronization Signal Blocks
  • Physical Downlink Shared Channel
  • CSI Measurement and Reporting
  • Beam Management
  • Channel Coding and Modulation Schemes
  • NR Polar Coding
  • Principles of Low Density Parity Check Coding
  • NR Low Density Parity Check Coding
  • Modulation Schemes and MCS Determination
  • HARQ Operation and Protocols
  • HARQ Principles
  • UE Processing Times, HARQ Protocol and Timing
  • Semi-static/Dynamic Codebook HARQ-ACK Multiplexing
  • Downlink MIMO Schemes
  • Capacity of MIMO Channels
  • Single-User and Multi-user MIMO
  • Analog, Digital, and Hybrid Beamforming
  • Full-Dimension MIMO
  • Large-Scale (Massive) MIMO Systems
  • NR Multi-antenna Transmission Schemes

Module 11 Uplink Physical Layer Functions and Procedures
Topics Covered
  • Reference Signals
  • Demodulation Reference Signals
  • Phase-Tracking Reference Signals
  • Sounding Reference Signal
  • Control Channels
  • Physical Uplink Control Channel
  • Physical Random-Access Channel
  • Physical Uplink Shared Channel
  • Uplink MIMO Schemes
  • Link Adaptation and Power Control

Module 12 NR Radio Parameters and Spectrum
Topics Covered
  • General Base Station RF Requirements
  • Conducted and Radiated Base Station Transceiver Characteristics
  • General UE RF Requirements
  • Conducted and Radiated UE Transceiver Characteristics
  • Radio Resource Management Specifications
  • Nyquist Zones and Sampling of Wideband Signals
  • Direct RF Sampling Transmitter Design
  • Direct RF Sampling Receiver Design

Module 13 Implementation and Operation in mmWave Bands
Topics Covered
  • Considerations for Implementation and Operation in mmWave Bands
  • Semiconductor Technologies for mmWave Operation
  • Analog Front-End Design Considerations
  • Power Consumption Considerations
  • Antenna Design Considerations
  • Sub-6 GHz Transceiver and Antenna Design Considerations
  • mmWave Transceiver and Antenna Design Considerations
  • Large Antenna Array Design and Implementation

Module 14 Multi-Antenna Transmission
Topics Covered
  • Downlink Multi-Antenna Precoding
  • Single-Panel CSI
  • Multipanel CSI
  • Type II CSI
  • NR Uplink Multiantenna Precoding
  • Codebook-Based Transmission
  • Non-codebook-Based Precoding

Advanced 5G RAN Specialist (AFRS)  involves rigorous usage of real-time case studies, role playing and group discussion

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