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ENG-519 IMT 2020 Guidelines & SDN/NFV






This 3-day training course via virtual classroom sessions (6 half days) will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully understand IMT-2020 network modern design using SDN and NFV. The course will dive deep into the QoS system procedures needed for the regulator and the parameters associated with the procedures for designing and optimizing this advanced network.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts and technologies behind IMT-2020 network architectures

  • Identify how these key concepts and technologies have been adapted and implemented in IMT-2020 networks as well as the implications of their use

  • Explain the main radio technologies used in IMT-2020 networks, such as the 5G-NR air interface, the use of mmWave, beamforming, scalable numerology, and others
  • Apply the technologies related to NFV and SDN to the design and operation of telecommunications networks, especially IMT-2020 networks

  • Analyze QoS/QoE for SDN/NFV and IMT-2020 applications


The training course covers the following topics:
  • IMT-2020 - Regulatory Authority Organizational Improvements to support Digital Transformation

    • Adapted structure of Regulatory Authority

      • Horizontal "Digital Transformation Unit"

      • Vertically responsible "Sector Units"

  • Envisioned technologies for IMT-2020 by regulation and standardization bodies

  • RAN

    • Spectrum sharing

    • TV White Spaces (TVWS)

    • Millimeter-Wave (mmWave)

    • Carrier aggregation

    • Dual connectivity

    • Unlicensed spectrum

    • New waveforms for IMT-2020

    • Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA)

    • Massive MIMO

    • IMT-2020 TDD communications, interference management, and sychronization

    • IMT-2020 QAM modulation schemes

    • Separation of control and data planes in the RAN

    • Cloud RAN (C-RAN)

    • Device to Device (D2D)

    • Machine to Machine (M2M)

  • CORE Network

    • Software Defined Networks (SDN)

    • Network slicing (multi-tenant networks, support to verticals)

    • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

    • Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)



  • RF Parameter Planning & Optimization

  • Network architecture diagram
    • PCI Planning

    • RACH Planning

    • Power Control

    • TA & RNA Planning

    • Cell Selection & Reselection

    • Handover

    • IMT-2020 Throughput & Capacity Calculation

    • 5GS to EPS Handover

    • EPS to 5GS Handover

    • Interworking with Non-3GPP Networks

    • Non-3GPP Access Registration

    • Establishing PDU Sessions

    • Modifying PDU Sessions

    • Utilizing PDU Sessions

    • Use cases for RF Parameter Planning and Optimization

  • The Evolution of RAN: from Cloud RAN/FlexRAN to Virtual RAN for IMT-2020 Wireless Networks




  • Single RAN and Cloud RAN
    • 3GPP releases

    • Specifications

    • Huawei SRAN/C-RAN

    • Ericsson SRAN/C-RAN

    • Nokia SRAN/C-RAN

    • Reduced Interference and Advanced C-RAN

    • Cost Efficiency

    • Advantages and disadvantages of LTE overlay and SRAN/C-RAN

  • SRAN/C-RAN Deployment Strategies
    • Base case: LTE RAN overlay with common existing 2G/3G core netowkr and retention of existing legacy 2G and 3G networks

    • Scenario 1: LTE RAN overlay network with a full refresh of the existing legacy 2G RAN, and retention of the existing legacy 3G and core networksSpecifications

    • Scenario 2: SRAN, with full network swap of 2G and 3G access and core detworks

  • Architecture

    • Traditional architecture

    • Base station with RHH

    • Centralized base station architecture - C-RAN

    • Comparison between traditional base station, base station with RRH and C-RAN



  • RAN Virtualization

    • Virtualization

    • Introduction to Virtual RAN

    • VRAN Enablement - Software

    • VRAN Enablement - Hardware Platform

    • Baseband Unit Virtualization

    • Virtualization of BBU overview

    • Virtualized BBU-Pool

    • Advantages of Virtualizing BBU

    • Cloud RAN and Virtualization

    • C-RAN interworking with NFV

    • C-RAN interworking with SDN

  • SDN and NFV - Revolutionizing the Telecom Industry

    • Major Building blocks of modern networks

    • Data Plane Functions

    • Control Plane Function

    • Challenges

    • SDN and NFV Relationship

    • What is SDN

    • What is NFV

    • Open Source in Telecom



  • SDN

    • Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Definition

    • SDN Framework and Concepts

    • OpenFlow

    • Network Function Virtualization (VNF) Definition

    • Cloud Computing & Virtualization

    • Cloud Ecosystem

    • Standards and Open Source

    • SDN Interfaces

    • Network Interfaces

    • IETF-based SDN technologies


      • Application-Based Network Operations (ABNO)

      • Path Computation Element Protocol

      • BGP-based

      • Interface to the Routing System

      • Service Function Chaining

      • Segment Routing

    • ONF-based SDN technologies

  • NFV

    • Market Drivers for NFV

    • ETSI NFV ISG Model

    • NFV Architecture

    • Motovation for NFV

    • Virtual Machines

    • Hypervisors

    • Hypervisors Models

    • NFV Principles

    • NFV Framework and Scope

    • NFV Infrastructure

    • NFV Management and Orchestration

    • Network programming models

    • Overlay virtual networking

    • Virtualization using SDN


  • QoS QoE for SDN/NFV

    • Characterization of QoE

    • Relationship between QoE and QoS

    • Infrastructure Metrics for SDN/NFV deployments

    • QoE-aware network and application management

    • QoE management for cloud applications

    • Big Data and analytics-driven QoE monitoring approaches

    • QoE management for different application sectors

  • QoS QoE for IMT-2020 Applications

  • Existing applications and uses cases (e.g. Web-Browsing, Video Streaming)

  • Evolving and new services (e.g. 4K Video, Virtual Reality, Real-time Broadcasting, Real-time Gaming)

  • Jitter

  • Bandwidth

  • Reliability

  • Delay

  • QoS Flow

  • QoS Profile


Target Audience

  • Technical management and those who are part of the decision making and strategy building in telecom regulators or operators.


Neotelis Virtual Classroom Trainings combine real-time (live) Virtual Classroom sessions on a web-based videoconferencing platform with an expert trainer and off-line activities in-between live sessions. Presentations, workshops, case studies, and discussions on real-life situations faced by participants, as well as videos, whiteboards, quizzes and questionnaires are all used to engage participants and enhance their learning experience.

The training material is designed to provide practical tools which can be immediately applied in a work environment, and the complete material is provided to all participants for future reference and follow-up action plans.

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From 18 to 25 November 2020

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Very helpful training course - I recommend.R.N. (TRC Jordan)
Overall, this course is excellent.R.N. (TRC Jordan) (SUTEL)
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