Transmission Network planning for UMTS


  • This course explore various technology options and architectures for Ethernet backhaul solutions, including MPLS, Metro Ethernet over fiber, copper and microwave radio deployments
  • Introduces various planning tools needed for multimedia network planning.
  • The course focuses on demonstrating methods for estimating the backhaul requirements based on the type of geography served, expected adoption of new networks and traffic models for key applications.


Instructor led training , Conducted on regular and fast track program. Contact us.

What you will gain?

  • List the requirements and challenges for 3G backhaul and wireless network backhaul options along with comparing different backhaul facilities and explain the pros and cons of the available solutions
  • Discuss the role of these key technologies from a backhaul perspective, their operations and support: ATM, TDM, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet and IP
  • Apply the end-to-end QoS concepts in IP and Ethernet integrated backhaul and their usage in SLA monitoring


  • Basic knowledge of telecommunications (E1, SDH, etc.). Understanding of GSM networks.
  • Basic understanding of data networking concepts such as IP routing and protocol stacks

Who should attend?

  • People involved in planning, design and engineering of 3G/4G backhaul systems.
  • It is suitable for those who want to learn various strategies for sizing and deploying Ethernet backhaul.

Course outline

1. UMTS overview

  • Motivation , key features for UMTS
  • Technology evolution and landscape
  • WCDMA technology in UMTS
  • Encoding and modulation techniques
  • Spreading and scrambling
  • OVSF codes in WCDMA
  • Importance of power control
  • Macro diversity in WCDMA

2. UMTS network details

  • UMTS core network Architecture
  • UMTS radio network
  • UTRAN channels and protocols

3. End to End scenarios

  • Circuit switched scenarios
  • Packet switched scenarios
  • System scenarios
  • Mobility
  • Handover

4. Backhaul requirements for 3G and 4G networks

  • Data services requirements
  • Wireless network architectures
  • IP backhaul challenges
  • Applications; impact on IPBH

5. Wireless networks Backhaul Overview

  • What is an IP backhaul network?
  • Transport technologies landscape
  • Various L1 and L2 protocols
  • “Access network” transport solutions
  • “Aggregation network” transport solutions
  • World wide BH preferences

6. ATM as a Backhaul Solution

  • Overview of ATM
  • Role of ATM in wireless backhaul
  • ATM QoS concepts and role of IMA

7. IP and MPLS Basics

  • IP fundamentals
  • Integration of IP with MPLS
  • MPLS fundamentals
  • MPLS NEs;LSPs,FECs and TE
  • Role of MPLS and VPNs in wireless backhaul and QoS assurance

8. Microwave in wireless Backhaul

  • Microwave network fundamentals
  • Microwave access architecture options ; pros and cons
  • Issues with microwave access and their resolution
  • Microwave Vs WIMAX in wireless backhaul

9. Carrier Ethernet in IP backhaul

  • Ethernet fundamentals
  • Carrier Ethernet and Ethernet services model
  • CE attributes and the support for QoS
  • Role of circuit Emulation and circuit bonding
  • Role of CE in IP backhaul

10. wireless backhaul evolution scenario

  • Flat vs. Centralized network architecture
  • How traffic is mapped to 2G , 3G and 4G networks
  • 5-phase evolution example from 3G/4G to a converged cell siteusing carrier ethernet

11. Backhaul capacity planning

  • Diffusion modeling to forecast 2G,3G and 4G subscribers
  • Example of voice capacity planning
  • Contrast legacy voice planning with tomorrow’s multimedia planning
  • Multimedia planning process described
  • Map traffic to planning zones
  • Throughput requirements for the “blended subscriber” by planning zone; estimate the number of cell sites per planning zone
  • Determine “over subscription factor” needed to define backhaul capacity

12. Mini- backhaul capacity planning workshop

  • 2G/3G/4G subscriber forecasting
  • Subscriber characterization in terms of who,when,where and how
  • Estimated peak throughput requirements
  • BH by planning zone
  • Final estimate of backhaul
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