GSM and GPRS System Engineering

GSM and GPRS remain the foundation technologies for many mobile networks worldwide, offering voice and data services through globally standardized network infrastructures. This course explores the network architecture for both circuit and packet switched services, detailing the air interface and the initial procedures required for network access. Network usage is also explained, showing how calls, texts and data sessions are established and maintained as the subscriber moves around the network.

This course will contain the following sections:


  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • GERAN Architecture
  • MS, BTS, BSC and PCU
  • Core Network Architecture
  • MSC Server, MGW, SGSN and GGSN
  • Network Databases
  • VLR, HLR, EIR and AuC
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • GSM & GPRS Frequency Bands
  • Modulation Techniques and Coding
  • TDMA and Frequency Reuse
  • GSM & GPRS Frame Structures
  • Frames and Multiframes
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Mobility Management
  • Idle, Dedicated, Standby and Ready
  • Cell Selection and Re-selection
  • GSM Attach
  • HPLMN and VPLMN
  • Pooling
  • GPRS Attach
  • HPLMN and VPLMN
  • Combined Attach
  • Activity
  • Signalling analysis of an IMSI Attach and GPRS Attach procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • GSM & GPRS Authentication
  • GSM & GPRS Encryption
  • Activity
  • Signalling analysis of GSM & GPRS security procedures using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • GSM Mobile Originated Call Setup
  • HPLMN and VPLMN
  • GSM Mobile Terminated Call Setup
  • HPLMN and VPLMN
  • Text Messaging
  • Mobile Originated SMS
  • Mobile Terminated SMS
  • Activity
  • Signalling analysis of a GSM Mobile Originated and Mobile Terminated Call Setup procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Session Management
  • GPRS PDP Context Management
  • Activate, Modify and Delete
  • GPRS Data Transfer
  • Gi, Gn/Gp, Gb and Um
  • Circuit Switched Interworking
  • Suspend and Resume
  • Dual Transfer Mode
  • Activity
  • Signalling analysis of a GPRS PDP Context Activation procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • GSM Mobility
  • Location Area Update
  • Handover
  • GPRS Mobility
  • Cell Re-selection
  • Routing Area Update
  • Packet Handover
  • GSM & GPRS Roaming
  • Activity
  • Signalling analysis of a GSM Handover and GPRS Routing Area Update procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
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Duration 12 hours
CPD Learning Credits 12

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