Anatomization of 5G Communications: Network Architecture & Topology

5G    |    Intermediate
  • 12 videos | 1h 16m 12s
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Familiarity with 5G network architecture is imperative for anyone involved with this groundbreaking technology, even non-technical administrators, partners, and participants. This course approaches 5G network architecture and design concepts from a high level - an easy way for all interested parties to understand the working mechanisms of 5G networks. Topics in this course include a review of cellular mobile communication networks, their components, and architecture, in addition to a deep dive into the technologies that empower 5G's revolutionary potential. You'll also examine how 5G is expected to coexist with 4G during an initial transition period and review some more theoretical concepts involving what are known as protocol stacks. At the end of this course, you should have a solid recognition of how 5G mobile networks and network communication in general work.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Discover the key concepts covered in this course
    Recall the various components of a modern cellular mobile communications network and how they interact with each other
    Recognize the characteristics and components of a core cellular network and backhaul and the required design parameters for use in a 5g network
    Describe what a ran is, its characteristics, some of the technologies used by it, and why it is an important part of the 5g architecture
    Describe mimo and massive mimo as technologies and how they help to enable many of the innovative characteristics of 5g
    Identify the types of cells in a 5g network and how each type is used within the network as a whole
  • Distinguish between the nfv and sdn and identify how they enable 5g network slicing
    Recognize what network slicing is and what role it plays within a 5g network
    Specify how 4g and 5g must coexist during a transition period and how this is achieved
    Describe the importance and use of a protocol stack in the understanding of networking using the internet as an example
    Identify the various components of the 5g protocol stack and the roles they play
    Summarize the key concepts covered in this course

IN THIS COURSE

  • 2m 5s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about your instructor and this course. In this course, you’ll approach 5G network architecture and design concepts from a high level. You’ll review cellular mobile communication networks, their components, and architecture, and then you'll dive deeper into some of the technologies that empower 5G's revolutionary potential. You’ll also learn how 5G is expected to coexist with 4G during an initial transition period. FREE ACCESS
  • 7m 20s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about mobile communication networks. These networks are complex and multifaceted. They involve different components, each of which performs a particular function. Here, you’ll learn the main components of a mobile communications network. You’ll begin by looking at a network diagram of a typical mobile communications network. You’ll see the network is composed of the devices that connect to the network wirelessly. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Core Cellular Network and Backhaul
    7m 15s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about the core network. This is the component which interconnects all of the other major components of a mobile communication providers network. The core network delivers user data to the internet and connects voice callers to their colleagues and their loved ones. The core network and the backhaul are the backbone of a cellular provider's service, and their capacities directly affect the capacity of the network. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Radio Access Network and its Part in 5G Architecture
    6m 27s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about the radio access network, or RAN. This is the part of the mobile communications network that conceptually resides between the wirelessly connected device, such as a smartphone or a sensor, and the core network. It connects the device to the network and ensures the device has the level of service and features delivered by 5G. The RAN consists of the base station subsystem, transceivers, and baseband electronics. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  MIMO and Massive MIMO in 5G Enablement
    7m 24s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about multiple-input multiple-output, or MIMO. You’ll learn this is a method of multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmission and receiving antennas to take advantage of a physical phenomenon known as multipath propagation. For 5G however, the extension of MIMO, called massive MIMO, plays a vital role in its revolutionary capabilities. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  The Anatomy of a Cell in a 5G Network
    6m 19s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about the major advantages of the architecture of a 5G network. You’ll learn that this architecture incorporates multiple cell sizes. Higher frequency ranges used by 5G along with higher capacities and higher bandwidth density requirements led to a hierarchical cellular structure of the network. 5G has introduced various cell types whose primary distinguishing factor is their size. Here, you’ll look at the various cell types and their purposes. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  NFV and SDN for 5G Network Slicing
    7m
    In this video, you’ll learn more about network slicing. To understand this pioneering innovation, it is important to first understand the technologies that make it possible. These technologies include software-defined networking and network function virtualization. Traditional network design and administration involves the use of specific network devices like routers, switches, and firewalls. There are physical connections between the devices and each one is configured separately. Connect them all together for a traditional network. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  5G Network Slicing
    7m 36s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about network slicing. You’ll see that much like SDN and NFV, network slicing is an abstract concept and that’s difficult to visualize. It makes use of abstractions that themselves are difficult to grasp. You’ll learn how this approach functions and its significance to 5G. Slicing is virtually segmenting the original physical network infrastructure into multiple independent networks. Each network segment or slice is configured to meet specific service requirements. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  How 5G and 4G Must Coexist
    7m 45s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about how 5G and 4G can coexist. The transition to 5G involves a process that entails the coexistence of 4G and 5G networks for a certain amount of time. This transition period is different than previous transitions from one generation to the next. As with any transition from generation to generation, there’s a period where technologies must co-exist to ensure a smooth changeover from one technology to another. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  What Is a Protocol Stack?
    9m 6s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about protocol stack. Communication from one device to another is described in terms of a protocol stack. 5G uses a specific protocol stack that defines the way communications over a network take place. First, you’ll learn what a communication protocol stack is, and how it can be helpful to understand the operation of 5G. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  The 5G Protocol Stack
    6m 12s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about new radio or NR. This is the term given to the radio access technology that delivers 5G service to end-users. This is called the air interface, and it describes the methodology involved in connecting and communicating on a 5G network. New radio and its protocol stack were designed to be the global standard for connectivity of 5G networks. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Course Summary
    1m 44s
    In this video, you’ll summarize what you’ve learned in this course. You’ve learned about 5G network architecture and design concepts from a high level. You reviewed mobile cellular network architecture and examined the various components, including the core, the backhaul, and the radio access network. You examined wireless concepts and constructs including massive MIMO and the anatomy of a cell. You also analyzed network slicing and the underlying technologies that make this revolutionary functionality possible. FREE ACCESS

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