?beginning with the concepts of GSM and covering GSM system operation and the emerging 3G networks, the class offers a clear standards-based presentation emphasizing the protocols, signaling and system issues?

The growth of cellular services worldwide places significant demands on the technology to provide nearly wireline quality of services along with mobility, expanded coverage, capacity and new features. In many cases, the world of digital cellular continues to favor the GSM-based networks. The pre-1992 fragmented European cellular markets were served by incompatible analog systems (TACS, NMT, RC-2000, etc.) that limited the subscriber?s mobility at national borders, and threatened the viability of European economic unification. GSM was developed as a pan-European digital mobile telephony standard, and was placed in service in time to meet the growing demand for cellular services. Today, GSM provides reliable and ubiquitous mobile telephony and data services throughout the world, and is the basis for most 3G deployments and system upgrades.

The course is an intensive, system-oriented overview of GSM in all its deployments, which uses the radio interface signaling protocols to illustrate the system?s characteristics and operation. It is designed to prepare participants for further involvement with GPRS and UMTS networks and technologies. Concentration on the signaling aspects makes the system?s operation intuitive as it serves the needs of those who seek a strong standards orientation for the course. Additional material is included on GSM?s unique services and features such as SIMs and specific network aspects. During the course a special effort is made to bring order to the wide-ranging topics in GSM, and offer facilities for finding additional information in referenced professional work.

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This course offers an intensive protocol- and signaling-oriented overview of GSM, applicable to a wide range of wireless interests. It concentrates on the system aspects that, unless thoroughly understood, could impair efficient work anywhere in GSM and its 3G extensions. It offers a solid foundation for additional course work in GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA/UMTS. The course has been developed for project managers, system engineers, test engineers, performance engineers, technical marketing professionals, and all others responsible for product development, system operation and interoperability issues. The course makes extensive use of signaling and call processing scenarios, resulting in an intuitive understanding of actual system operation, while maintaining a strong standards orientation.

Although the course has no prerequisites and is specifically designed for a wide range of interests, it assumes general familiarity with telecommunications networks and technologies, cellular radio systems, and digital radio technologies. Those new to the industry and/or not yet familiar with telecommunications networks and wireless systems may find it useful to first attend OEI Course #TOO-319, Engineering Foundations of Cellular and PCS Communications Systems, which lays the foundation for the more advanced, standards-specific courses offered by OEI including TOO-363, as well as Course #TOO-368, GPRS and EDGE Systems Operation and Technology, and Course #TOO-378, WCDMA and UMTS Systems Operation and Technology.

Course Outline:

Text: An Introduction to GSM, by Siegmund Redl, Matthias Weber, and Malcolm Oliphant.

About the Instructor

Malcolm Oliphant is the CTO for APL, a specialized wireless training and consulting company based in Frisco, Texas. In addition to his work for APL, he is a consultant to the financial community, and a technical editor for several publishers and professional organizations serving the wireless sector. He is currently developing courses for APL around third- and fourth-generation cellular technologies and markets. Prior to this, Malcolm was the Strategic Marketing Manager for the Mobile Business Unit at Tektronix. Through early 2000, Malcolm was the Strategic Marketing Manager for IFR, and spent most of the 1990s with Schlumberger, where he was involved in early GSM deployments.

Malcolm has more than 30 years of experience with mobile radio systems and the evolving standards. He has co-authored three popular books on wireless subjects: An Introduction to GSM, GSM and Personal Communications Handbook, and The Future of Wireless Communications. Mr. Oliphant received his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, Hawaii.


Course: TOO-363 Duration: 3 Days FEE: $1,399 CEUs: 2.16

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