3GPP R4 / R5 - Core Network Signalling

3 Day Course
Code PWS205

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Mobile Technology Evolution - GSM (R99) to 3GPP R4 / R5 Networks (4 topics)

  • The Migration of Circuit Switched and Packet Switched Domains
  • Introduction of the MSS Nodes - MSC Server and MGW
  • Overview of Core Network Protocols
  • Layered architecture implementation and design

3GPP SS7 Signalling Operation (6 topics)

  • Examine the Operation of SS7 in 3GPP R4 / R5 Networks
  • Understand the protocols associated with call setup - BICC, MGCP, ISUP etc
  • Describe additional network entities and functions
  • Examine the operation of IP Tunnelling and the use of IPBCP
  • Examine the operation of Q.AAL2 (Q.2630) - ATM AAL.2 bearer control
  • Understand the functionality of RANAP and BSSMAP core communication

Transmission Bearers Explained (5 topics)

  • Understand topology architectures available with the core network
  • Examine the implementation of TDM, ATM and IP bearer
  • Discuss market drivers and the advantages / disadvantages of each technology
  • Understand MGW functionality associated with implemented bearers
  • Examine MPLS functionality as an IP bearer transmission network

Signalling Transmission (SS7 over IP / SIGTRAN) (4 topics)

  • Describe the stages involved with network signalling planning
  • Understand the functionality of SIGTRAN
  • Explain the interaction with transmission and traffic bearers
  • Complete SIGTRAN trace practical drawings

Practical Trace Analysis (5 topics)

  • The course will examine a series of practical protocol traces
  • Q.2630 (Q.AAL2)


An understanding of GSM and UMTS mobile core networks, along with knowledge of signalling would be an advantage or for the delegate to have attended the 3GPP R4 / R5 Core Network Overview.

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