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Introduction to 5G Network Engineering - Unit 8: RAN Deployment Options

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Unit overview

With a great deal of flexibility built-in, and new standardised interfaces to support that flexibility, the NG-RAN can be implemented using a range of deployment scenarios. In this unit, we look at the different options, the requirements in terms of connectivity (fronthaul / backhaul / high-speed to the Remote Radio Heads), the advantages and disadvantages of the various options, and the terminology used.

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Partner Details Wray Castle is the leading provider of training in the telecommunications industry. They provide training on telecommunication technologies across the industry sectors and on a global scale, including mobile and fixed network operators such as EE, O2, Three and BT, as well as transport, defence, energy and emergency services.
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What you will learn
At the end of this unit, you will be able to:

• Draw and explain the relevance of the different RAN topologies and deployment options – including the overall impact on latency, reliability, cost and efficiency, and complexity
• List the options for backhaul/fronthaul transport, comparing and contrasting the various systems in terms of capacity, latency, synchronisation requirements and cost
• Use the correct terminology when referring to the evolutionary deployment options of 5G
• Highlight the relevance and main use scenarios for multi-RAT Dual Connectivity in 5G
Who should learn
This course is intended for engineers and managers new to, or already working in, mobile communications with a focus on 5G. It would also appeal to those looking to gain a head-start on 5G for future projects, or to remain at the forefront of developments in the field of telecoms.