GSM Technologies with Enhanced Data Capabilities

5 Day Course
Code PWS016

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Introduction (3 topics)

  • Digital, mobile, global: Evolution networks
  • Classification of Mobile Communication systems
  • Some GSM History and Statistics

The Mobile Radio Channel and the Cellular Principle (4 topics)

  • Characteristics of the mobile radio channel
  • Separation of directions and duplex transmission
  • Multiple access procedures
  • Cellular technology

System Architecture and Addressing (5 topics)

  • General description
  • Addresses and identifiers
  • System architecture
  • Subscriber data in GSM
  • PLMN configurations and interfaces

Services (4 topics)

  • Bearer services
  • Teleservices
  • Supplementary services
  • GSM services of Phase 2+

Air Interface - Physical Layer (6 topics)

  • Logical channels
  • Physical channels
  • Synchronisation
  • Mapping of logical channels onto physical channels
  • Radio subsystem link control
  • Power-up scenario

Coding, Authentication and Ciphering (3 topics)

  • Source coding and speech processing
  • Channel coding
  • Security-related network functions and encryption

Protocol Architecture (6 topics)

  • Protocol architecture planes
  • Protocol architecture of the user plane
  • Protocol architecture of the signalling plane
  • Signalling in the air interface
  • Signalling at the A and Abis interface
  • Signalling at the user interface

Roaming and Switching (4 topics)

  • Mobile application part interfaces
  • Location registration and location update
  • Connection establishment and termination
  • Handover

Data Communication and Networking (7 topics)

  • Reference configuration
  • Overview of data communication
  • Service selection at transitions between networks
  • Bit rate adaptation
  • Asynchronous data services
  • Synchronous data services
  • Teleservices: Fax

Aspects of Network Operations (3 topics)

  • Objectives of GSM network management
  • Telecommunication management network (TMN)
  • TMN realisation in GSM networks

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) (8 topics)

  • System architecture
  • Services
  • Session management, mobility management and routing
  • Protocol architecture
  • Interworking with IP networks
  • Air interface
  • Authentication and ciphering
  • Concepts of PDP requests

Edge and Evolution to GERAN (10 topics)

  • EDGE - Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution
  • 8-PSK Modulation versus GMSK Modulation
  • Modulation and coding schemes
  • Link quality control
  • Flow control modifications for EDGE
  • The EDGE compact concept
  • GERAN - GSM/EDGE Radio Access Network
  • GERAN System Architecture
  • GERAN protocol architecture
  • Core network evolution

Evolving Applications and Traffic Models for GPRS & 3G (6 topics)

  • WWW applications
  • E-mail applications
  • File transfer applications
  • WAP based applications
  • Streaming applications
  • Voice over IP

The (E)GPRS Simulator GPRSIM (11 topics)

  • Structure of the (E)GPRS simulator
  • Packet traffic generators
  • Traffic generator for Circuit-switched services
  • Channel management
  • QoS management
  • The SNDCP payer
  • The LLC layer
  • The RLC/MAC layer
  • Transceiver
  • Input-Output behaviour
  • Web interface

Traffic Performance of GPRS and EGPRS (6 topics)

  • General simulation parameter settings
  • Performance and capacity measures
  • Simulation results for GPRS
  • Simulation results for EGRPS and comparison with GPRS
  • Performance of evolving mobile applications
  • Performance gain through QoS management


A basic understanding of cellular concepts and communications basics.

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