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Course Name:

(E)GPRS Essentials

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed to provide a general overview for strategic or
technical managers, consultants, communications professionals, network
professionals and others who plan on using, evaluating or working with GSM
wireless networks, applications and services.
Target group:
Persons having previous knowledge of GSM/CDMA would be preferred.
Instructional Methods:
Lectures in Classroom, on Power-point slides, discussion, Questions &
Answers. All participants will also receive comprehensive course materials.
Course Objectives:
After the training, the participant will be able to:

Explain the basic principles of GPRS and EDGE

Understand the concept of functionality
Sketch the GPRS network architectures
Illustrate the steps involved in setting up Data Session

Motivation for GPRS

Limitations of a circuit switched network.

Requirements to support packet switched data.
The limitations of circuit switched data.
New GPRS applications.

GPRS Key Features

Overview of GPRS
Overview of the enhancements provided by EDGE
GPRS and EDGE expected data rates.

GPRS Mobiles

Main types of GPRS Mobiles

Requirements on the mobile to support packet data services
Mobile synchronization with the radio network
Operations between the mobile and GPRS core network

GPRS Architecture

Overview of GSM
Introduction to the GPRS Architecture
Main Components and Functionalities


Required modifications to the existing network components
Cell Reselection procedure.

GPRS Radio Network

Physical layer operations.

Error Protection techniques.
GMSK and 8PSK modulation.
MCS and CS classes.
Physical and logical channels.

GPRS Radio Technique

Structure of GPRS radio interface.

GPRS Protocol stack

Radio Frequency Channel Structure

Adding GPRS to an existing GSM radio network.

GPRS Channel structure.
GPRS physical and logical channels.
Preparing and processing user data for transmission over the air.
GPRS and GSM radio channel co-ordination

Managing Radio Resources

MAC- channel coordination.

RLC-modes of operation

Gb Interface

BSSGP virtual circuits.

Frame Relay.

GPRS Mobility and Roaming

Mobility at a cell level

Location Management in GPRS
GPRS Neighbor Roaming
GPRS Global Roaming
SGSN Interactions

GPRS Procedures

Attach Procedure

PDP Context Activation Procedure

Session Maintenance

Detach and Deactivation Procedures

GPRS Packet Network

IGPRS attach
PDP context activation.
Interface from SGSN to GGSN.

GPRS services

Service APN
Connecting to external networks.

Evolution of GSM to GPRS and GPRS to UMTS

Impact of GPRS on GSM

Strategy to evolve to GSM/GPRS

GPRS/EGPRS Network Architecture

GPRS mobile station modes and classes

Packet control unit (PCU) and channel codec unit (CCU)

Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)

Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN)

Border Gateway (BG)

Protocol stacks between the various GPRS network elements
and network optimization considerations

EDGE Air Interface Protocol Structures

EDGE vis--vis GPRS vis--vis GSM RF layer

GMSK of GPRS versus 8-PSK option of EDGE

EDGE Medium Access Control (MAC) Sublayer

EDGE Radio Link Control (RLC) Sublayer

EDGE link adaptation schemes

Air interface optimization considerations

EDGE Layer 2 Retransmission Strategies

Soft decoding

Incremental redundancy and hybrid ARQ

Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCS) and associated RLC block

structures and issues

Optimization considerations vis--vis retransmission strategies used in

EDGE and MCS families
Evaluation and feedback of the participants
3 Days
Maximum number of participants: 15