Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) & Small Cells Radio Planning and Optimization Certification Course


Course Overview

As cellular service subscribers are increasing in number, the service providers are considering small-cell networks to providing quality coverage and capacity. Distributed antenna systems (DASs) and fiber technologies offer leaner and cost efficient small cells deployment to the mobile operators. A distributed antenna system (DAS) is a shared-infrastructure to expand a wireless network footprint such as WiFi, GSM, CDMA/1x-EVDO, UMTS, and LTE by adding coverage and capacity in remote areas. DAS technology can also address small-cell backhaul efficiently. DASs are deployed in urban canyons, suburban areas, airports, stadiums, office buildings, and other venues where service providers need to enhance their coverage or network capacity. Small cell planning using DAS network allows improved Quality of Experience (QoE), lower latency and delays, cost-effective flat IP architecture.

This course provides deep insight of the DAS technology and planning of small cells for enhanced coverage and capacity in this training course. This course provides a detailed review of small cell technology and the analysis of small cell market and an in depth investigation of new functionality introduced for LTE-A in 3GPP Releases 10, 11 and 12, focusing on Heterogeneous Networks(HetNet) and the small cells concept support in LTE.

Key Benefits for Participants

This course will provide the following key benefits to the attendees:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cells, Broadband wireless Communication Systems and Applications of DAS Technology
  • Understanding the elements required for Cooperative Communication, DAS Technology, Frequencies, Deigning and Planning
  • Deep insight to In-Building DAS Infrastructure and Out-Door DAS infrastructure
  • Learn about DAS Antenna types and Network Topologies
  • Explore DAS System Engineering, Installation, Configuration, Maintenance and troubleshooting of DAS Systems
  • Identify the small cell market value, key requirements of Small Cell planning, Indoor and Outdoor scenarios for Small Cell Planning
  • Understand Link Budget Estimation, parameter Setting and Optimization for LTE Small Cells

Course Objectives

This course has the following major objectives:

  • Provide comprehensive knowledge about DAS Systems, Benefits of DAS technology and Complete Infrastructure of DAS Sytems
  • Deliver insights about RF Fundamentals for DAS systems, Antenna types, and passive and Active DAS Systems
  • Provide detailed insight to Components, technologies and planning of DAS Infrastructure
  • Detailed insights to DAS Configuration and Antenna Types for DAS Configuration
  • Comprehensive knowledge about Diversity and Multiplexing DAS for DAS Systems, MIMO, CR and SDR
  • Provide deep understanding of Small Cells for LTE, Small Cell technologies, and Small Cell Architecture
  • Explain indoor and Outdoor Small Cell Planning, Key Requirements for Small Cell planning and Link Budget Estimation for Small Cells in Detail

Course Outline

In “Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) & Small Cells Radio Planning & Optimization  Certification Course (Overview)”, we cover the fundamentals of DAS Systems and Small Cells for LTE, while in “Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) & Small Cells Radio Planning & Optimization  Certification Course (Comprehensive)”, we cover the following course content:

Introduction to Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

  • What is DAS?
  • Overview of Wireless Communication Systems
  • Broadband Wireless Communication Systems
  • Challenges of Broadband Wireless Access Networks
  • Improve Wireless Capacity and Coverage for 3G/4G Broadband Data Services
  • Benefits of DAS Technology
  • Limitations of DAS Technology
  • Applications of DAS Technology
  • Advantages of using a DAS
  • Reliable in-building communications
  • Availability and usability of RF signals in the intended coverage areas (coverage)
  • Ability to support the demands of the system users and recipients (capacity)
  • RF Distribution Technologies

DAS Fundamentals

  • RF Fundamentals
  • Antenna Theory
  • Fundamentals of Antennas
  • DAS as a Simple Repeater
  • DAS as Complete Infrastructure (indoor and outdoor wireless services)
  • Passive and Active DAS
  • Network Requirements
  • Shared Buildings
  • Shared Access Approach

Cooperative Communication Concepts

  • Physical Layer Model for Cooperative Radios
  • Network Models
  • Cooperative Contention-Based MAC Protocols
  • Distributed Organization of Cooperative Antenna Systems
  • Experimental Study of Indoor Distributed Antenna Systems
  • A Case Study on Distributed Antenna Systems

DAS Components, Technologies, Frequencies, and Planning

  • DAS System Components
  • Radios and Radio Repeaters
  • Amplifiers and Filters
  • Cabling
  • Cabling Distribution
  • Towers and Mounts
  • Antennas
  • Coax
  • Connectors
  • Couplers and Taps
  • Bidirectional Amplifiers
  • Repeaters
  • Diversity and Multiplexing for DAS
  • Channel Modeling Perspective
  • Distributed Antenna Processing
  • Theoretical Limits of Wireless Systems with Distributed Antennas
  • Cooperative Communications
  • Distributed Antenna Systems
  • Distributed Signal Processing in Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Outdoor-indoor interference for indoor DAS and femtocells
  • Evolution of Multi-Carrier DAS
  • Configuration of MIMO antenna system in DAS
  • MIMO distributed antenna system
  • MIMO vs SISO signal analysis
  • MIMO, SDR and CR

DAS Network Topologies

  • Point-to-Point
  • Point-to-Multipoint
  • Mesh (peer-to-peer or multipoint-to-multipoint)

Antenna types for DAS Configuration

  • Omni Directional
  • Broadcasts in all directions
  • Examples are whip, helical and dipole
  • Directional
  • Broadcast in a single direction
  • Examples are Yagi, and parabolic
  • Leaky Coax

Small Cells Fundamentals

  • Macro, micro, pico & femtocells
  • What is a small cell?
  • Benefits of small cells
  • Frequency planning for small cells
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Heterogeneous deployment scenarios

The Small Cell Market

  • Small cell forum
  • Hetnet forum
  • Small cell market highlights
  • Small cell providers

Support for Small Cells in LTE

  • Cell detection
  • Home evolved NodeB
  • Closed subscriber groups
  • HeNB support in Release 8
  • HeNB support in Release 9
  • HeNB support in Release 10
  • Self optimizing networks
  • Other Small Cell Technologies
  • Support for Small Cells in GSM
  • UMTS Small Cell Architecture
  • LTE Small Cell Architecture

Requirements for Small Cell Planning

  • The planning process
  • Business requirements
  • in-building design challenges
  • Clutter and building data
  • Site survey
  • Radio survey
  • Network planning tools

Antenna Systems for Indoor Small Cells

  • Requirements
  • Picocells and femtocells
  • Distributed antenna systems
  • Passive DAS
  • Active DAS
  • Diversity reception
  • MIMO antennas

Indoor Design Scenario

  • Design scenario
  • Capacity issues
  • Coverage issues
  • Interference issues
  • Multiple floors
  • Elevators
  • High-rise buildings
  • Handover issues
  • Typical process

Outdoor Design Scenario

  • Design scenario
  • Capacity and coverage
  • Interference issues
  • Outdoor remote radio heads
  • Indoor coverage from an outdoor cell

Interference Management

  • Downlink interference
  • Avoidance principles
  • Avoidance method
  • Uplink interference
  • Avoidance principles
  • Avoidance method
  • Uplink/downlink imbalance
  • Range expansion

Link Budget Estimation for LTE Small Cells

  • Link budget estimation
  • Small cell propagation models
  • EIRP
  • Receiver noise
  • Receiver interference
  • Receiver sensitivity
  • Link level parameters
  • Example link budgets

Parameter Setting and Optimization for LTE Small Cells

  • Parameter setting and self-configuration
  • Interference management
  • Mobility management
  • Small cell step by step planning using indoor radio planning tool
  • Designing of Floor plans
  • Analyzing in-building data
  • Demosntration of sample projects
  • Practicals and Exercises

Delivery Options

  • Online
  • Onsite

Who Should attend

  • Small cell training course provides a comprehensive overview and a technical introduction to Small Cells and HetNet and is intended for technical and non technical managers, enginners, slaes represntatives persons, involved in planning, design, architecture,deployment and testing of small cells.

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