This course discusses the structure, components and features of third generation mobile systems and the provision of telephony and data services using such systems.
To gain maximum benefit from this course you should have an appreciation of the fundamentals of mobile communications. It is recommended that the online courses MBA: “Introduction to mobile systems” and MBB: “Mobile radio communications” are studied before attempting this 3G course.
This e-learning course has a comprehensive range of interactive training facilities to provide a total learning experience. Technical words and acronyms have links to an online glossary giving an instant explanation. Interactive simulations explain concepts and systems operation.
Onscreen question sessions at the end of each module test understanding and provide further guidance and instruction. Revision links provide quick access to subjects previously discussed and relevant to the module being studied. Once studied as a structured, assessed course, the content can be browsed for revision or reference.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- explain the differences between UMTS and GSM in terms of modulation/multiple access method and packet mode (IP mode) integration.
- list the main frequency bands used by UMTS systems and explain how frequency sharing in UMTS leads to more efficient use of frequency spectrum.
- explain the concept of WCDMA scrambling and channelisation codes and capacity limitations.
- explain the radio aspects of WCDMA, including multipath receiving, transmitter power control and radio channel structure and use.
- explain the physical and logical structures of UMTS networks and the evolution to IP (Internet Protocol) operation for all forms of traffic.
- describe the role and distribution of synchronisation signals in a mobile system.
- show how user mobility is managed in UMTS and to discuss the various forms of handover.
- identify the mandatory and optional requirements for UMTS mobile equipments.
- describe security measures in UMTS systems, services enabled by UMTS security and "lawful interception".
- explain the benefits and operation of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), and Evolved HSPA (HSPA+).
1. Course Introduction
2. UMTS compared with GSM
3. WCDMA coding aspects
4. WCDMA radio aspects
5. Evolution of UMTS architecture to “All IP”
6. Managing mobility
7. User equipment
8. Security in UMTS
9. HSPA and HSPA+