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5G For Experienced Radio Engineers

Course Description

5G and Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming many industries and will create value for both businesses and their customers. The course “5G for experienced radio engineers – with strategic perspectives” provides a technical description of the emerging standard for 5G radio access New Radio (NR) and Next-Generation Radio Access Network (NGRAN) developed by 3GPP as part of Release-15 and Release-16. The NR part of the course covers physical layer aspects as well as layer 2 and layer 3 aspects, with focus on the physical layer. The NGRAN part covers the RAN-internal interfaces (Xn, F1 and E1) as well as the NG-interfaces towards the 5G core network (5G NAS protocols are mentioned but covered in less detail). Rel-15 has some features moved to March-2019. Rel-16 is expected to be completed in March 2020. This course will continuously be updated according to these new releases.


5G for Experienced Radio Engineers
  • 5G-NR Use cases (eMBB, URLLC, mMTC, FWA)
  • 3GPP standardisation of 5G-NR (Non-standalone & Stand-alone, 3GPP Release 16)
  • 5G-RAN Architecture (NSA vs. SA, 5G Core design)
  • 5G-RAN QoS and Network Slicing (Network Slicing, 5QI)
  • E-UTRAN & New Radio - Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) (Dual Connectivity explanation and motivation, Split Bearer, Bearer mapping, VoLTE, VoNR)
  • EN-DC UL Power Limitations (Dynamic Power Sharing, Semi-static Power Sharing, Single UL Transmission, TDM Patterns for Single Uplink)
  • UL Coverage Extension Techniques (UL Split Bearer with EN-DC, Inter-band Carrier Aggregation, Supplemental Uplink)
  • LTE-NR Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (Type 1 & 2 Terminal)
  • NR Numerology (Variable Subcarrier Spacing)
  • (Numerologies for Different Use Cases, Delay Spread and Maximum Radius Limitation)
  • Mixed Numerology (Use Case for Nixed Numerology)
  • NR Frequency Bands & Bandwidths (3.5 GHz, 700MHz, BW=100MHz, maximum Bandwidths, mmWaves)
  • NR TDD Radio Frame Structure & Inter-Operator Alignment (Proposed TDD Frame Structure proposed by different vendors, Latency and Throughput Differences)
  • NR TDD Synchronization (Requirements)
  • NR Downlink Physical Channels (PSS, SSS, PBCH, PDSCH, PDSCH, CORESET)
  • NR Uplink Physical Channels (PUSCH, PUCCH Formats, PRACH Formats)
  • Time & Frequency Domain Scheduling Short TTI, Self-Contained Slot, Low Latency, PDCCH Overhead)
  • NR Demodulation Reference Signals (Configuration for PDSCH & PUSCH)
  • Layer 2 protocols (SDAP, PDCP, RLC, MAC)
  • Massive MIMO (Introduction, 8 vs. 16 vs. 32 vs. 64 TRX, Application Scenarios, Beam Sweeping, Investment Analysis)
  • Overview of Terminals for the European Market

Target audience

The course is aimed at radio-, development- and system engineers who need to understand the 5G Air Interface.


This course requires the participants to have experience/knowledge of LTE Radio Networks.

Course length

2 days


1.850 €