Whether you come from the IT industry and have been working with switches and WiFi access points or if you have a background developing, selling or building 3GPP infrastructure, this course will give you the tools to understand private networks, and what you need to think about building one. The course covers among other things business/use cases, technology, practical examples and useful tips on how to succeed with private 4G/5G business models.
Note: This course is not delivered with the FoldOut methodology.
No prerequisites required.
- Course introduction (scope, agenda, modules, timing etc.)
- What is a private mobile network?
- Drivers for private 4G/5G networks
- Who deploys and uses private mobile networks?
- Why does the market for private networks take off now?
- The state of the market, challenges, opportunities and future outlook for private mobile networks
Wireless network flavours and the need for private 4G/5G
- Access networks
- IoT networks
- Asset/people tracking networks
- Fixed Wireless Access networks
- Private 4G/5G networks
- Neutral host networks
- Mixed networks and network orchestration
Enterprise networks and why they are important to understand for private 5G deployments
- Basic enterprise network building blocks
- Addressing, switching, routing, segmentation
- IT and OT
- Where private networks fit in
- The cloud and the edge
- Application Programming Interface (API)
- Challenges in IT networks
- IoT reference architectures related to enterprise networks
4G and 5G radio and core equipment for private networks
- High level description of the 4G and 5G network evolution
- Main differences between 4G and 5G in private networks
- What makes 5G a “cloud-native” core network?
- 5G Network Slicing explained
- User plane security in 5G networks
- The components of a 4G/5G base station
- Operation and Maintenance with FCAPS support
- Troubleshooting private mobile networks
- Device ecosystems, device management, SIM and eSIM
- RAN/Core vendor types, service providers and the system integrator role in private networks
Licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands
- Spectrum and spectrum characteristics
- Licensed frequency bands
- Unlicensed spectrum bands for access networks and IoT
- Lightly licensed spectrum
- An example of a lightly licensed spectrum model: the CBRS
Practical differences between WiFi and 4G/5G networks
- Traditional WiFi business models
- Why do we need more radio protocols indoors?
- Application areas where private mobile networks fit in
- Practical and relevant differences between WiFi and private 4G/5G networks
- Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) limitations in unlicensed bands
- CSMA vs SINR based access
- Coverage comparison between WiFi and private 4G/5G
- Power control/consumption, spectral efficiency and range impact comparison
- Ways to combine WiFi and cellular networks to boost capacity/speed
- WiFi calling and other ways to handle voice in WiFi networks and private 4G/5G networks
- Security comparison between WiFi and 4G/5G
- End-to-end traffic management
When, why and how private 4G/5G networks are deployed
- How can private 4G/5G networks be delivered?
- Private 4G/5G network flavours
- Common challenges in private network deployment projects
- Why and when a private 4G/5G network is the right choice for:
- Access networks
- Neutral Host Networks
- Asset tracking and wayfinding applications
- Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions
- The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape
- Spectrum support for NB-IoT and LTE-M
- LoRaWAN as a complement to private 4G/5G networks
- Example of IoT architecture with integrated SIM/eSIM management
Customer requirements and network design
- Successful private 4G/5G customer journeys
- The impact of who you turn to when interested in private 4G/5G networks
- Private 4G/5G projects – who does what?
- Understanding use cases and alternative implementation options
- Defining technical requirements – is a private 4G/5G network actually needed?
- Examples of customer requirements on access networks, voice, video, IoT, FWA and asset tracking
- Spectrum considerations
- Security challenges
- What to consider when defining the production environment
- Do we need a pilot phase?
- Service provider considerations in access networks
- High Level Designs (HLD) and Low Level Designs (LLD)
- Planning and design of radio networks (examples of tools)
- Deployment and support
- The system integrator role
- Summary of objectives and what we have learnt during the course
- Reference Point model of the 5GS for non-roaming and roaming scenarios (both LBO and HR options)
- LTE, WiFi and fixed access in the 5G ecosystem
- UE identities in 5G: SUPI, SUCI, GPSI, PEI, etc.