5G Air Interface Standalone Operation

The 5G air interface is a key part of the 5G system which will facilitate Enhanced Broadband and Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication, as well as the support of Massive IoT (Internet of Things). This course focuses on NR standalone operation (also known as Option 2). In so doing, the course details all aspects, from the physical layer channel and reference signals, through to scheduling and analysis of NR RRC signalling utilized to configure the NR air interface.
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Section 1 - 5G New Radio
Section 2 - 5G Physical Layer
Section 3 - 5G Massive MIMO and Beamforming
Section 4 - 5G Physical Layer and Channels Introduction
Section 5 - Downlink Physical Channels and Signals
Section 6 - NR Uplink Physical Channels
Section 7 - 5G Reference Signals
Section 8 - NR RRC
Section 9 - NR Layer 2
Section 10 - 5G Carrier Aggregation
Section 11 - 5G Dual Connectivity
Section 12 - 5G Air Interface Security
Section 13 - 5G Scheduling
Section 14 - 5G Access Procedures
Section 15 - 5G Connected Mode Procedures
Section 16 - 5G Paging
Section 17 - 5G Measurements
Section 18 - 5G Intra 5GC Mobility
Section 19 - 5G Mobility with EPC

Topic areas covered include:

  • 5G Phases:
    • NR (New Radio) Phases:
      • R15 Phase 1 and R16 Phase 2.
    • 5G NR Roadmap:
      • Early Drop, Main Drop and Late Drop.
  • 5G RAN Architecture:
    • 5G RAN Deployment Options:
      • Option 3, Option 3x, Option 3a, Option 2, Option 7 and Option 4.
      • EN-DC, NGEN-DC, NE-DC.
    • Standalone Architecture.
    • Non-Standalone Architecture.
    • C-RAN:
      • F1 and E1 Interfaces.
  • Managing 5G QoS:
    • 5QI.
    • QCI vs 5QI.
  • 5G Bearers:
    • Terminology:
      • Master RAN Node and Secondary RAN Node.
      • MCG, SCG, PCell, PSCell. SpCell and SCell.
    • Signalling Radio Bearers:
      • SRB1, SRB2 and SRB3.
    • Dedicated Radio Bearers:
      • DRB.
    • Network Slicing:
      • S-NSSAI.

Topic areas covered include:

  • CP-OFDM and DFT-s-OFDM.
  • 5G NR Duplexing:
    • FDD and TDD Duplexing Modes.
    • SDL (Supplementary Downlink).
    • SUL (Supplementary Uplink).
  • 5G Frequency Bands:
    • Definition of Frequency Ranges:
      • FR1 and FR2.
    • 5G NR Bands.
    • Band Combinations.
    • Baseband Processing Combination.
    • Harmonics and Intermodulation Issues.
    • 5G Carrier Numbering:
      • NR-ARFCN.
  • NR Numerology and Frame Structure:
    • Numerology:
      • µ=0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
      • SCS (Sub Carrier Spacing).
      • 15kHz, 30kHz, 60kHz, 120kHz, 240kHz.
    • Slot Length.
    • Frame Structure.
    • NR Slots.
    • 5G NR Time Unit:
      • Tc.
    • NR Cyclic Prefix.
    • NR Physical Resource Block:
      • PRB Options.
    • Resource Grid:
      • Resource Element.
    • 5G NR Transmitted Signal.
    • Slot Format Configuration.
    • Uplink/Timing.
  • Channel Bandwidth:
    • Maximum Transmission Bandwidth.
    • Carrier BWP (Bandwidth Part):
      • PRB and CRB.
      • Point A Definition.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Why Massive MIMO?
    • Requirement for Massive MIMO:
      • Antenna Elements.
      • Antenna Arrays.
    • Increasing Capacity.
  • MIMO in 5G:
    • Summary of Transmission Path in 5G NR.
      • Codewords, Layers and Antenna Ports.
    • MIMO Spatial Multiplexing.
    • SU-MIMO vs MU-MIMO.
  • Beamforming (Massive MIMO):
    • Spatial Multiplexing vs Beamforming.
    • Creating a Beam.
    • Narrow Beams and Beam Steering.
    • Beamforming Nulls:
      • Null Beam Steering.
    • Massive MIMO Antennas.
    • MIMO in a Handset.
    • Multiple Panel Antenna.
  • NR Beam Management:
    • Beam Sweeping.
    • SS Block:
      • NR SSB, PSS, SSS, PBCH and DMRS.
    • Beam Management Reference Signals:
      • CSI-RS and SRS.
    • Transmission Configuration and Quasi Co-Location:
      • TCI, QCL and QCL Type.
    • Single and Multiple CSI-RS:
      • CRI (CSI-RS Resource Indicator).
      • PMI (Precoding Matrix Indicator).
    • Transmission Based on SRS.
    • SS Burst and Burst Set.
    • SS Block Locations.
    • SS/PBCH Block Index Indication.
    • Beam Measurement, Determination and Reporting.
  • Transmission and Ports in NR:
    • Downlink Transmission:
      • Codewords.
      • DMRS Ports.
    • Uplink Transmission.
    • NR Downlink Antenna Ports.
    • NR Uplink Antenna Ports.

Topic areas covered include:

  • NR Physical Layer Processing:
    • Key Specifications.
    • Code Block Generation:
      • Scrambling.
      • Channel Coding.
      • Rate Matching.
      • Code Block Concatenation.
    • Code Block Group:
      • NR CBG Size.
    • Codewords to Antenna Ports.
  • NR Channels:
    • Logical Channels:
      • BCCH, PCCH, CCCH, DCCH and DTCH.
    • Transport Channels:
      • BCH, DL-SCH, PCH, UL-SCH and RACH.
    • Mapping Logical Channels into Transport Channels:
      • DCI and UCI Mapping.
    • Physical Channels:
      • PBCH, PDSCH, PDCCH, PRACH, PUSCH and PUCCH.
    • Mapping Transport Channels to Physical Channels.
    • Synchronization and Reference Signals.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Downlink Synchronization Signals:
    • PSS and SSS.
    • PCI Identification.
  • Physical Broadcast Channel:
    • DMRS for BCH.
  • Physical Downlink Control Channel:
    • CORESET:
    • REG, CCE, Aggregation levels.
    • CORESET Configuration.
    • Type 0 PDCCH Common Search Space.
    • PDCCH for SFI.
    • PDCCH for Pre-emption.
  • Physical Downlink Shared Channel:
    • PDSCH Configuration Setup.
    • PDSCH DMRS.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Physical Random Access Channel:
    • NR Preambles.
    • RACH/PRACH Configuration.
    • PRACH Configuration Index.
    • PRACH SCS:
      • 1.25kHz, 5kHz, 15kHz, 30kHz, 60kHz and 120kHz.
    • Preamble Formats for NR:
      • 0, 1, 2 and 3.
      • A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, C0 and C2.
  • Physical Uplink Shared Channel:
    • Configuring PUSCH.
  • Physical Uplink Control Channel:
    • PUCCH Formats.
    • PUCCH Location
    • PUCCH Configuration.

Topic areas covered include:

  • PDSCH DMRS:
    • Type A and Type B.
    • DMRS Configuration Parameters.
    • Configuration Type 1 and Configuration Type 2.
  • CSI-RS:
    • CSI-RS Configuration.
    • ZP and NZP CSI-RS.
    • CDM Types.
    • Examples of CDM4 and FD-CDM2.
    • Periodic and Semi-Persistent CSI-RS.
    • CSI-RS Frame Location.
    • CSI-IM (CSI Interreference Measurement).
  • NR QCL (Quasi Co-Location):
    • QCL Types.
    • TCI (Transmission Configuration Indicator).
  • Sounding Reference Signal:
    • SRS Mapping.
    • Wideband and Sub-Band SRS.
    • SRS Usage.
  • Phase Tracking Reference Signal:
    • PTRS Location.
    • PTRS Configuration.
    • PTRS Conditions.

Topic areas covered include:

  • NR Radio Resource Control:
    • RRC Features.
    • RRC States.
  • RRC Messages and Parameters:
    • MIB:
      • RMSI.
    • System Information Messages.
    • Broadcast vs Dedicated System Information:
      • RRC System Information Request.
    • RRC Setup:
      • 5G-S-TMSI, Dedicated NAS Message.
      • NR Slicing, S-NSSAI List.
    • RRC Resume.
    • RRC Re-establishment.
    • RRC Reconfiguration:
      • Master and Secondary Cell Group.
      • Measurement Configuration.
      • Radio Bearer Configuration.
    • Measurement Report.
    • RRC Release.
  • E-UTRA RRC Related:
    • E-UTRA Measurement Configuration.
    • UL Information Transfer MRDC.
    • SCG Failure Information NR.

Topic areas covered include:

  • NR Service Data Adaptation Protocol:
    • SDAP Services.
    • SDAP Protocol Data Units.
  • NR Packet Data Convergence Protocol:
    • PDCP Services.
    • PDCP Functions.
    • PDCP Profiles.
    • PDCP Protocol Data Units.
  • NR Radio Link Control:
    • Transparent Mode
    • Unacknowledged Mode.
    • Acknowledged Mode.
    • RLC Protocol Data Units
  • NR Medium Access Control:
    • MAC Services and Functions.
    • MAC Control Elements:
      • Activation and Deactivation.
    • NR RNTI Identities.
    • MAC Headers.

Topic areas covered include:

  • 5G Carrier Aggregation Options:
    • Band Combinations.
    • Baseband Processing Combination.
  • RRC and Layer 2 Procedures:
    • Measurement Triggers.
    • RRC Reconfiguration.
    • MAC Scheduling.
  • Carrier Aggregation Interworking.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Defining Dual Connectivity.
  • Dual Connectivity Operation.
  • PSCell Addition:
    • SgNB Addition Request and Request Acknowledge.
    • RRC Reconfiguration.
    • Reconfiguration with Sync.
    • PSCell Split SRB.
    • PSCell Split DRB.
    • Random Access Process.
  • Secondary Node Release.
  • Secondary Node Change.

Topic areas covered include:

  • RAN Security Keys and Algorithms:
    • NEA and NIA.
  • RRC Security Procedures:
    • Security Mode Command.
  • Control Plane Security.
  • User Plane Security.

Topic areas covered include:

  • NR Scheduling:
    • Downlink Control Information.
    • Search Space.
    • PDCCH Aggregation Levels.
    • Resource Allocation Type.
    • Allocation Type 0.
    • Allocation Type 1.
    • Dynamic Switch.
    • PDSCH and PUSCH Scheduling.
  • NR Downlink Resource Allocation:
    • PDSCH Time Domain Resource Allocation:
      • K0 and HARQ-ACK K1.
    • Table 1 and Table 2 PDSCH/PUSCH MCS.
    • Transport Block Size.
    • Downlink Configured Scheduling:
      • SPS (Semi Persistent Scheduling).
      • CS-RNTI.
    • Discontinuous Reception.
    • Downlink HARQ Operation.
  • NR Uplink Resource Allocation:
    • PUSCH Time Domain Resource Allocation:
      • K2.
    • PUSCH MCS Index.
    • Uplink Configured Scheduling.
    • Downlink HARQ Operation.
  • NR Feedback:
    • Buffer Status Report:
      • LCG (Logical Channel Group).
    • Power Headroom Reporting.
    • HARQ-ACK.
    • Scheduling Request.
    • UCI (Uplink Control Information):
    • Channel State Information:
      • CSI Report Configuration.
      • cri-RI-PMI-CQI.
      • cri-RI-i1.
      • cri-RI-i1-CQI.
      • pdsch-BundleSizeForCSI.
      • cri-RI-CQI.
      • cri-RSRP.
      • ssb-Index-RSRP.
      • cri-RI-LI-PMI-CQI.
    • CQI (Channel Quality Indicator).
  • Inter-RAN Resource Coordination:
    • Resource Coordination Signalling.
    • Coordination Resource Bitmap.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Initial Access:
    • Scanning:
      • GSCN (Global Synchronization Channel Number).
    • SSB Operation:
      • PSS and SSS Operation.
      • PBCH Payload and PBCH DMRS.
    • Deriving SSB Index.
    • CORESET#0.
    • NR System Information:
      • PLMN/Cell Selection.
    • RACH/PRACH Parameters.
  • PRACH Procedures:
    • PRACH Power Control.
  • 5G Timing:
    • Initial Timing Advance.
    • TAG (Timing Advanced Group):
      • PTAG (Primary Timing Advance Group).
      • STAG (Secondary Timing Advance Group).
  • Registration and Operation:
    • RRC Setup.
    • Additional RRC Procedures.
    • Initial NR NSA Registration.
    • UE Capabilities:
      • UE NR Capability Parameters.
      • UE MR-DC Capabilities.

Topic areas covered include:

  • RRC Connection Mode Signalling.
  • Radio Link Failure:
    • RLF Configuration.
    • Out-of-Sync and In-Sync.
    • Failure Report.
  • Beam Failure:
    • Beam Failure Parameters.
    • Beam Failure Detection.
    • Beam Failure Recovery.
    • Connection Re-establishment.
  • Connected Mode DRX.
  • Power Control:
    • Downlink Power Allocation.
    • Uplink Power Control.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Idle Mode DRX:
    • Discontinuous Reception for Paging.
  • Paging Identities:
    • i-RNTI.
    • 5G-S-TMSI.
  • RRC Paging Configuration Options.
  • Connected and Inactive Mode Operation:
    • RNA (RAN based Notification Areas).

Topic areas covered include:

  • NR Measurement Types.
  • Measurement Quantities:
    • SS-RSRP (SS Reference Signal Received Power)
    • SS-RSRQ (SS Reference Signal Received Quality)
    • SS-SINR (SS Signal-to-Noise and Interference Ratio)
    • CSI-RSRP (CSI Reference Signal Received Power)
    • CSI-RSRQ (CSI Reference Signal Received Quality)
    • CSI-SINR (CSI Signal-to-Noise and Interference Ratio)
  • Event Based Triggers.
    • Hysteresis and Offsets.
  • NR Measurements:
    • NR Measurement Configuration Options:
      • RRC Measurement Configuration Parameter.
    • Measurement Objects.
    • Report Configuration:
      • Event A1, A2, A3, A5, A5 and A6.
    • Summary of LTE Events.
    • Measurement Identities.
    • NR Measurement Timing Configuration:
      • SMTC.
      • MTC.
    • Identifying Suitable NR Cell.
    • Measurement Report.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Connected Mode Mobility.
  • RRC Operation for Mobility.
  • Xn Related Operation.
  • Interworking with Dual Connectivity.
  • Interworking with Carrier Aggregation.

Topic areas covered include:

  • Mobility to LTE:
    • Inter-RAT Mobility.
  • Mobility from NR Command:
    • RAT Type.
    • RAT Container.
    • NAS Security Parameter From NR.

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