5G Competency (Intermediate Level)

  • 15m
  • 15 questions
The 5G Competency benchmark measures whether technical wireless personnel can explain common 5G technologies and issues to other people, and if they have had exposure to many wireless technologies, perhaps working on wireless and telecom projects. This benchmark is for technical learners. A learner who scores high on this benchmark demonstrates an intermediate level of understanding in commonly used 5G technologies and issues.

Topics covered

  • define 5G small cell technology and compare it with its legacy counterparts
  • define machine-type communication (MCT) and identify its specific characteristics
  • describe the 5G core network architecture and its components
  • describe the 5G security vulnerabilities introduced with the advent of virtualization and slicing mechanisms
  • describe the evolution of mobile communications from the mobile radiotelephone to today's networks
  • describe the importance and use of a protocol stack in the understanding of networking using the Internet as an example
  • describe the network vulnerabilities that are unique to 5G networks
  • examine how machine-type communication are expected to impact businesses, industries, and society as a whole
  • examine how the 5G protocol stack relates to the OSI model and how it extends its mechanisms of operation
  • examine how the very architecture of 5G vastly increases the number of potentially vulnerable entry points into the network due to various technological innovations
  • identify commercial applications of 5G in areas like manufacturing, industrial automation, and robotics
  • identify the types of cells in a 5G network and how each type is used within the network as a whole
  • outline the components of a mobile communications network and how they operate and interact
  • 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