5G/NR Non-Standalone Implementation and Migration to 5G/NR Non-Standalone

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Event Date: 15 April 2021

The deployment of 5G/NR is currently one of the highest priorities of advanced Mobile Network Operators. Driven by the fierce competition, Engineering and R&D staff from both operators and vendors, not only need to assimilate the technical depth of the 5G/NR technology but are also required to ensure the tight and cost-efficient interworking of this technology with the legacy LTE infrastructure. The goal of this course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of 5G/NR implementation, considering both Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) deployment options. At first, the architecture, the air interface, and the 3GPP deployment options of 5G/NR are presented. Next, the NSA deployment of NR with LTE as an anchor technology is explained, focusing on radio functionality, bearer handling, mobility and performance. Moreover, the main aspects of 5G SA deployment are analyzed, including the new 5G QoS framework, the benefits from the deployment of the new 5G Core Network (5GC) and the impact of the migration from NSA to SA. Relevant case studies will be presented and methods for the dynamic spectrum sharing between LTE and 5G/NR in lower frequency bands will be discussed.


Panteleimon Balis

Dr. Panteleimon Balis has over 20 years of industry experience and has been an instructor in the area of mobile and wireless communications since 2004. Dr. Balis is a consultant with the Swedish company Teledrom AB, the main global training provider of Ericsson. He has taught hundreds of training courses globally, focusing on GSM, WCDMA, LTE and 5G/NR Radio Access Technologies. Moreover, he has worked for 6 years for Vodafone Greece, first as a network engineer and next as a 2G/3G Radio Access Network Technology Supervisor. Early in his career, he served in the Hellenic Navy within the Communications Centre of the Headquarters of National Defence, Athens, Greece. Dr. Balis is an IEEE Member and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He earned his Dipl. in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, his M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Newcastle, and his Ph.D. in Mobile Communications also from the University of Newcastle, UK.

Audience: The course is intended for radio network engineers holding technical positions up to principal engineer or mid-level technical manager, as well as for academic staff involved in research and teaching in course-related areas. The course should be interesting for mobile network operators, mobile network infrastructure vendors and universities.

Publication Year: 2021

5G/NR Non-Standalone Implementation and Migration to 5G/NR Non-Standalone
  • Course Provider: Communications Society
  • Course Number: COMM072
  • Duration (Hours): 6
  • Credits: None