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UMTS / HSPA / LTE Protocols

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
Subject area(s)Electronic Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
FeesFrom £495.00
Application statusDates to be confirmed - Accepting applications
Course codeO14C734H6Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk.


We can accept registrations up to 2 days before the course start date if you provide a purchase order or credit/debit card details.

This course is day 5 of the LTE and LTE-Advanced: System Design and Operation course and can be taken on its own or as part of the 5-day course. For details of the full 5-day LTE, LTE-Advanced and HSPA Evolution: System Design and Operation course click here.

Please send me details about future LTE and HSPA Protocols courses.


This course presents the architecture, protocols and several key procedures used in the common deployments for the 3GPP R99-R10 systems (UMTS / HSPA / HSPA+ / LTE / LTE-A). Service provision and QoS management are discussed, along with common migration options that are currently available, including those in the Air Interface, Radio Access Network and Core Network subsystems. The Impact of the 3GPP system evolution on the various standardised interfaces and interworking with both legacy and non-3GPP systems is also presented.

Programme details

Course content

  • UMTS Air Interface
    • RRC / RLC / MAC / PHY / User Plane
    • Air Interface channels
    • States and transitions
    • Procedures
  • HSPA Protocols
    • HSDPA principles, channels and structures
    • HSUPA principles, channels and structures
    • MAC enhancements for R5/R6
  • HSPA+ evolution (R7/R8)
    • CPC / E-FACH / E-RACH / CPC
    • DC-HSPA
    • CS Voice over HSPA
  • UTRAN Protocols and Interfaces
  • LTE / EPS
    • Overview
    • Connection Components and Bearers
    • QoS
  • LTE Air Interface
    • RRC /PDCP / RLC / MAC / PHY / User Plane
    • Air Interface channels
    • States and Transitions
    • Procedures
  • E-UTRAN Protocols and Interfaces
  • EPC Architecture and Protocols
  • Connecting to the IMS
  • VoLTE Protocols
  • LTE-Advanced
    • Carrier Aggregation
    • BMS / MBSFN
    • eMeICIC / ABS

  • Staff


    Neil Wiffen

    Role: Speaker

    Senior Technical Instructor,
    Red Banana Wireless Ltd

    Since 2001 Neil has developed and delivered training for the majority of...more


    Participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample is an illustration only.

    Level and demands

    Who is it for?

    Hardware / software engineers, system designers and implementation engineers who require an understanding of the UMTS protocol architecture including the changes that will occur with the introduction of HSPA and an insight into the consequences of these changes.

    Engineers and Team leaders working in the following disciplines would find the course particularly useful: Protocol Architecture Development; Handset and Network Testing; Software Development; Hardware Engineering; Network Planning; Systems Engineering; Application Development; Service Provision; Network Operation; Chip-set Manufacture; Cell Planning.

    Delegates should already have a general understanding of UMTS principles and basic mobile call / network procedures, or have attended the previous 4 days of the LTE and HSPA Evolution: System Design and Operation course.


    Rewley House Accommodation

    Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


    Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

    All courses are VAT exempt.

    Fee options

    Programme Fee
    Standard course fee: £495.00

    Apply for this course

    If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please contact:
    Course Administrator
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
    Email: telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk

    You can apply for this course in the following ways:

    Apply by post, email or fax
    PDF Application Form PDF document.

    Terms and Conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.
    Guidance Notes (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

    Programmes including this module

    This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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