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HetNet / Small Cell Planning & 5G Network Architecture

Event Details

Course Overview:

Outdoor small cells put cost-effective capacity and coverage right where they are needed most. If you are deploying thousands of cells, how can you rapidly choose the best location for each small cell? The challenge: You’re aiming for better performance and also need to get the cells up and running fast.

Tools designed for placing a few macro cells won’t help you do this job effectively. That’s because the number of outdoor small cells you need is much larger, and the placement issues are more complex. To cover the geography of a city center, for example, a small cell layer would typically need up to 10 times more cell sites than would be used in a macro network.

Effective network planning is essential to cope with the increasing number of mobile broadband data subscribers and bandwidth-intensive services competing for limited radio resources. Operators have met this challenge by increasing capacity with new radio spectrum, adding multi-antenna techniques and implementing more efficient modulation and coding schemes.

One way to expand an existing macro-network, while maintaining it as a homogeneous network, is to “densify” it by adding more sectors per eNB or deploying more macro-eNBs. However, reducing the site-to-site distance in the macro-network can only be pursued to a certain extent because finding new macro-sites becomes increasingly difficult and can be expensive, especially in city centres. An alternative is to introduce small cells through the addition of low-power base stations (eNBs, HeNBs or Relay Nodes (RNs)) or Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to existing macro-eNBs. Site acquisition is easier and low cost with this approach and also correspondingly smaller.

This training address the most promising approaches to RAN architecture, functions, interfaces and protocols redesign towards IMT2020 (5G). Design constraints, reliability, dependability and extremely low latency will be covered. The possibility of supporting different types of software-defined air interfaces, frequency bands and multi-tenancy models are also a part of the challenges that need to be addressed.

Course Objectives:

This course will enable participants to:
  • Smarter Ideas for Small Cell placements
  • Learn Architecture and Technologies behind HetNet and small cells
  • List small cell deployment challenges 
  • Interfaces and relationships between small cells,  metro cells, macrocells, residential femtocells, enterprise femtocells and picocells
  • Small cells coverage and capacity requirements and HetNet architecture
  • Small cell flat IP architecture
  • Link budget
  • Analyze and calculate capacity and coverage for a small cell
  • Interfaces for 5G wireless, in particular for optimal PHY/MAC/handover control;
  • Multi tenancy, with dynamic sharing and distribution of network resources between service providers
  • Optimized backhaul front haul integration (wireline or wireless) and control
  • Implementation and applicability of SDN approaches, decoupling U/C planes to wireless functionalities beyond routing
  • Optimized network function placement in cloud based RAN implementations to support energy efficiency reduction
  • New protocols and procedures for service composition and allocation
  • Novel service addressing architectures based on innovative networking approaches, such as ICN/CCN

Who Should Attend?

For engineers, technicians, and managers and other non technical staff responsible for the planning, design, site selection, acquisition and operation of wireless networks, HetNet, Small Cells, Macro and indoor design services.

Course Duration:

5-day instructor-led training with case studies.

Course Outlines:

  • Small Cell Technologies and Network Architecture
  • HetNet Small Cell  Planning and Design
  • Balance QoS and TCO using Economic Model Tuning
  • HetNet Small Cell Features
  • SON - Self Organizing networks
  • 5G Requirements - Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance
  • 5G Network Architecture and Planning
  • 5G Air Interface
  • RF Radiation Safety Standards
28 Feb 2018

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