GSM Air Interface

2 Day Course
Code PWS012

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course is designed to provide delegates with a comprehensive guide to the functionalities of the Air Interface and its procedures and design. The course covers topics such as TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access), FDMA (Frequency Division Multiple Access), traffic channels, control channels, frequency hopping and hand-over techniques and analysis of Layer 1, 2 and 3.


At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the functionality of the Air Interface
  • Understand the different methods of multiplexing
  • Understand the different channels and what they do
  • Understand the hand-over process between cells


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Overview of GSM Network Architecture (3 topics)

  • The handset - SIM
  • The base station - BSS, BTS, BSC, BTS
  • The MSC and HLR/VLR

The Air Interface (10 topics)

  • Multiplexing methods
  • TMDA
  • FDMA
  • The channels
  • Traffic Channels (TCH and SACCH)
  • Control channels (BCCH, SADCCH, CCCH)
  • Multipath equalisation
  • Spectrum optimisation
  • RF power control
  • Frequency hopping and re-use

Hand-overs (7 topics)

  • Types of hand-over
  • Internal BDC
  • Same cell
  • Same BSC
  • External MSC
  • Same MSC
  • Different MSC

Layer 1 (2 topics)

  • The Physical Layer
  • What happens

Layer 2 (2 topics)

  • The Data Link Layer
  • What happens

Layer 3 (2 topics)

  • The Network layer
  • What happens


Delegates must have attended a GSM overview course or be experienced in GSM architecture and structure, as this course covers many of the topics in substantial detail.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $2,360

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