Understanding Mobile Backhaul

3 Day Course
Code PDN047

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The mobile environment is evolving rapidly with ever increasing demands for greater bandwidth and guaranteed service delivery for multimedia applications. Mobile Operators have the responsibility of evolving the Radio Access Network infrastructure as well as the Core network itself. Early deployments of 3GPP technologies used legacy transport technology to connect base station equipment to network controllers. The industry is rapidly moving to all-IP packet-based networks. Considerable cost savings can be achieved by migrating to Packet-based Mobile Backhaul, and some Mobile Operators are looking to outsource the Mobile Backhaul to other Operators.

This course provides a high-level appreciation of the mobile environment, the principles and concepts of Mobile Backhaul, mobile network architectures and technologies, and introduces the need for change in mobile backhaul. The technology options and requirements for migration to packet-based networks and the transport technologies that are available for backhaul transport are discussed in a simple to understand manner. Key areas of interest to the Players of the mobile environment such as how is Synchronisation achieved, how Resilience can be supported, how is Quality of Service supported and maintained, and how secure is the infrastructure are examined at a suitable level for the target audience. The role of Carrier Ethernet Services within the mobile backhaul environment and the relevant MEF Implementation Agreements (MEF 22.1 & MEF 23.1) are discussed. The course concludes with a study of MBH solution alternatives to put everything into perspective and to highlight business opportunities within Mobile Backhaul.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

Sales Executives, Technical Sales Executives, and Product Managers working within Carrier Ethernet/Mobile Backhaul Service Provision, and anyone working within the mobile industry requiring a high-level knowledge of Mobile Backhaul, its issues and opportunities, and the role of Carrier Ethernet within mobile backhaul.


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Mobile Networks (4 topics)

  • The Mobile Environment
  • The Players & their areas of responsibility
  • What is Mobile Backhaul?
  • Review of Mobile Systems Evolution (2G to 2.75G; 3G,HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+; LTE/SAE; WiMAX)

Mobile Backhaul (5 topics)

  • Backhaul Tiers & Costs
  • Legacy Backhaul Technologies & Topologies
  • Drivers for MBH Network Change
  • Packet-based Backhaul Networks
  • Transition to Packet-based Backhaul

Packet-based Networks (6 topics)

  • Application to MBH
  • Layer 1 Physical Interfaces
  • Layer 2 Options
  • IP & Transport Layer Options
  • MPLS Options
  • Carrier Ethernet Options

MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Definitions (6 topics)

  • E-Line Service Type (EPL; EVPL; Point-to-Point EVC)
  • E-LAN Service Type (EP-LAN; EVP-LAN; Multipoint-to-Multipoint EVC)
  • E-Tree Service Type (EP-Tree; EVP-Tree; Rooted-Multipoint EVC)
  • Application and Use Cases in MBH for E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree Service Types
  • Service Attributes; their role and parameter values specifically for MBH
  • E-Access Service Type (Access EPL; Access EVPL) & Service Attributes

Backhaul Transport Technologies (4 topics)

  • Overview of Transport Systems
  • Wireless/Wireline Backhaul Technology
  • Aggregation & Backbone Tiers
  • Carrier Ethernet Service Types supported by different Packet & Transport technologies

Synchronisation in Mobile Backhaul (4 topics)

  • Why synchronisation is of key importance in Mobile Networks
  • Comparison of Frequency Synchronisation mechanisms in TDM & Packet Networks
  • Time Synchronisation
  • MEF 22.1 MBH Implementation Agreement Phase 2 requirements for Synchronisation

Resilience in Mobile Backhaul (4 topics)

  • Principles of Resilience & Terminology
  • How Resilience can be supported across Ethernet, IP, and MPLS
  • Resilience in the BTS Access, Controllers, & Core
  • MEF 22.1 MBH IA Phase 2 Resiliency requirements

Quality of Service in Mobile Backhaul (4 topics)

  • What is QoS? Why is it needed? (End-to-End QoS, The need for Backhaul QoS)
  • Using Class of Service to control QoS (Differentiated Services; DSCP, Traffic Class, and Priority Bits; Use of DSCPs for Mobile Backhaul; IEEE 802.1Q Priority Bits & VLANs; QoS with MEF Services)
  • Ingress & Egress Functions (Ingress Classification and Policing; Egress Scheduling, Queue Management, and Shaping)
  • Example use cases of QoS in Mobile Backhaul

MEF 23.1 Carrier Ethernet Class of Service Implementation Agreement Phase 2 (5 topics)

  • CoS Key Terms, their meaning, and their relationship
  • Performance Tier & Ethernet Network Sections Model
  • Performance Attributes and Metrics, Bandwidth Profile and Color
  • CoS Label Model
  • Applying MEF 23.1 in the Mobile Backhaul

Security in Mobile Backhaul (4 topics)

  • Security in 3GPP Mobile Networks
  • Protection of the Backhaul
  • IP Layer protection
  • IPsec VPN Deployment

Packet Backhaul Solutions for MBH (5 topics)

  • Putting Everything into Perspective
  • MBH Solution Alternatives
  • MBH Optimisation Considerations
  • Outsourcing the MBH Network
  • Selection of MBH Access Solutions

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Code Location Duration Price Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Virtual Classroom (Bangalore)
3 Days $2,860
Virtual Classroom (Dubai)
3 Days $2,860
Virtual Classroom (London)
3 Days $2,860
Virtual Classroom (Reston, VA)
3 Days $2,860
Virtual Classroom (Singapore)
3 Days $2,860

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