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Cellular/Mobile Wireless 1

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This is the first of three courses in a series on mobile wireless cellular communications. This course (Part I) introduces the topic and concepts of mobile cellular communications, beginning with the fundamentals of wireless communications concepts. It concludes with a functional overview of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) second generation (2G) standards: Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, and an introduction to Short Message Service (SMS).

Today’s mobile cellular networks are complex. This course gives the student the opportunity to learn the concepts of this topic, prior to introducing advanced concepts. This course is also recommended for military and organizations responsible for national security, since 2G services continue to operate in many nation states around the world.

Who Should Take This Course


This course is designed to introduce mobile wireless technologies and standards, therefore it is not imperative that the attendee has previous exposure to wireless technologies or mobile cellular standards. However, before attending this class, students should have a basic understanding of circuit switching used in the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and packet switching used in data networks. The Global Communications 1 and 2 courses provide a sufficient foundation to satisfy the recommended prerequisites.

Why You Should Take This Course

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • List the attributes of a basic communications system
  • Define the fundamentals of radio signals and how they propagate in cellular networks
  • Differentiate between the different multiple access methods used in mobile cellular standards
  • Analyze the attachment and different connection states defined in cellular radio functionality
  • Describe the technologies, functions and services involved with 2G GSM networks
  • Identify the various components that are incorporated into a 2.5 G GPRS network
  • Establish the fundamental differences between the ANSI-95/cdmaOne and GSM/TDMA air interfaces
  • Define the key requirements in the ITU-R’s IMT-2000 specifications for 3G mobile cellular
  • List the members of the 3GPP that created the UMTS standard in response to IMT-2000
  • List the members of the 3GPP2 that created the CDMA2000 standard in response to IMT-2000
  • Define the key requirements in the ITU-R’s IMT-Advanced specifications for 4G mobile cellular
  • Name the components of the pre-4G mobile wireless standards (LTE & IEEE Voice and Data Services in 3G/4G Networks
  • 5G and 4G Technologies and Networks
  • Prepare a list of features that define the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) 4G standard
  • Define the characteristics of 5G networks
  • List the three primary use cases that have been identified for 5G networks
  • Describe the features and functionality of Short Message System (SMS)
Course Outline


Day 1 –Fundamentals of Wireless Communications Systems and Mobile Wireless, Overview of Mobile Cellular Networks, Generations of Mobile Cellular Network Standards

Day 2 – 2G Mobile Cellular: Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications, Introduction to Short Messaging Service (SMS)


  1. Fundamentals of Wireless Communications Systems and Mobile Cellular
    1. Basic Radio Communications System
    2. Electromagnetic Spectrum
    3. Radio Frequency Spectrum – A Finite Resource
    4. The Role of Regulatory Authorities with Licensed Frequency Spectrum
    5. ITU Radiocommunications Sector (ITU-R)
    6. World Radio Conferences (WRCs)
    7. Mobile Network Operators: The Need for Wireless Spectrum
    8. Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) Frequency Bands
    9. Three Key ISM Frequency Bands for Unlicensed Spectrum
  2. Overview of Mobile Cellular Networks
    1. Overview of Mobile Cellular Networks
    2. Defining Multiple Access
    3. Multiple Access Methods:
      1. Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA)
      2. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
      3. Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
      4. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA)

4. Defining a Cell within a Mobile Cellular Network

Cellular Coverage Areas

  1. Radio Access Network (RAN) Defined
  2. Frequency Reuse in Cellular Networks
  3. Commonly Used Cellular Reuse Structures
  4. Cell Planning Exercise: Construct a 4-Cell & 3-Cell Pattern Network
  5. Mobile States and Mobility Management using Handovers (Handoffs)
  6. Mobile Communications: Full-Duplex Radio Link
  7. Frequency Division Duplex (FDD): Full-Duplex Transmission
  8. Time Division Duplex (TDD): Full-Duplex
  9. The Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN)
  10. Backhaul and Core Connections between the PLMN and the PSTN
  11. Traditional Mobile Wireless Backhaul: Copper-Based Circuits & Microwave
  1. Generations of Mobile Cellular Network Standards
    1. Characteristics of Mobile Cellular Generations: (1st to 4th generation)
    2. Part A: 2nd Generation Cellular Networks
      1. Compare the different 2G standards with the global regions where they are deployed
      2. Differentiate between the two most widely deployed 2G cellular standards
    3. Part B: Introduction to IMT and 3rd Generation Cellular Networks
      1. List each ITU-R IMT specification and associate each with the correct mobile generation it defines
      2. Identify the two partnership organizations that developed the most widely deployed 3G standards
    4. Part C: Introduction to 4th Generation Networks and Long Term Evolution (LTE): Name the key attributes of a 4G network and describe how LTE became the dominant standard
    5. Part D: Introduction to the Development of 5G Standards: Map the importance of key capabilities to usage scenarios that are defined in 5G mobile networks
  2. 2G Mobile Cellular: Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications
    1. Part A: GSM System Architecture
    2. Part B: GSM Platform: Mobile Station (MS) & Related Standards
    3. Part C: Base Station Subsystem (BSS): Nodes & Interfaces
    4. Part D: Network & Switching Subsystem (NSS): Nodes, Interfaces
    5. Part E: GSM Air Interface Channels and Mobile Services
  3. Introduction to Short Messaging Service (SMS)
    1. Introduction to Short Message Service (SMS): Mobile Architecture
    2. Evolution of Text Messaging
    3. Message Flow: Short Message Service (SMS) – Mobile Terminated (MT)
    4. Message Flow: Short Message Service (SMS) – Mobile Originated (MO)
    5. Different Text Messaging Standards: SMS, EMS, MMS
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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