5G and the Pathway to 5G

Course summary

  • Tue 04 Jul 2017 to Wed 05 Jul 2017
  • Oxford
  • £995.00
  • Course code O16C730H6Y
  • telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Closed to new applications

5G and the Pathway to 5G


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This course is day 2 and 3 of LTE Advanced and 5G System Design and Operation and can be taken on its own or as part of the full 5-day course. 

All delegates will receive a free copy of "LTE Advanced: 3GPP Solution for IMT-Advanced" edited by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley).

Programme details

Day 2 – Pathway to 5G (Harri Holma and Antti Toskala)

This course covers the bridging technologies between LTE and 5G based on 3GPP Releases 13 and beyond. 

We cover the concepts of LTE-Advanced Pro, often referred to as 4.5 or 4.9G and how 5G services can be enabled on top of LTE networks. 

The course includes the topics of Internet of Things optimization, Narrowband IoT and MulteFire in unlicensed bands. 

We also describe the use of WiFi as an aggregation layer, the provision of Public Safety services and low latency access. 


  • Explains LTE evolution steps in Releases 13 and beyond which enable 5G services on top of LTE network.
  • LTE-Advanced Pro (4.5G/4.9G)
  • Carrier Aggregation (CA) evolution to 32CA
  • Licensed Assisted Access (LAA/LTE-U)
  • Unlicensed band MulteFire
  • LTE – Wi-Fi aggregation (LWA)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Optimization 
  • Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)
  • Massive MIMO (3D beamforming)
  • Low latency <2 ms round trip time
  • Device-to-device communication (D2D)
  • Public safety
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V)
  • Cloud radio architecture
  • eMBMS evolution


Day 3 - 5G (Harri Holma and Antti Toskala)

In this session we cover the rapidly developing 5G radio from the low layers to the network architecture and deployment aspects. 

We explain the 3GPP standardization process, the System Architecture and many of the enabling technologies including the use of mm spectrum, Massive MIMO, Network Slicing and QoS. 


  • 3GPP standardization steps
  • 5G technology componens
  • Spectrum
  • Massive MIMO beamforming
  • Frame structures and protocols 
  • System and radio architecture
  • Dual connectivity
  • Massive MIMO
  • Multiconnectivity with LTE
  • Waveforms <6 GHz and mm waves
  • Network slicing and QoS
  • Power consumption and energy efficiency
  • IoT optimization
  • 5G trial specs and differences to 3GPP


Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview 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.


Standard course fee: £995.00


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Dr Harri Holma


Fellow, Nokia Bell Labs, Finland

Harri Holma joined Nokia Research Centre in 1994 and received his M.Sc. 1995. He has been with Nokia since 1998 and has been located both in Finland and in USA during that time.

He is currently working with Nokia Bell Labs as Fellow with special interest on radio system performance. He completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology 2003.

Dr Holma has edited the books "WCDMA for UMTS", "HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS", "LTE for UMTS", "LTE-Advanced", "Voice over LTE", “HSPA+ Evolution to Release 12” and “LTE Small Cell Optimization” and contributed to a number of other books in the radio communication area.

Dr Antti Toskala


Head of 3GPP Radio Standardization,
Nokia Networks

Antti Toskala (M.Sc) joined the Nokia Research Center in 1994, where he undertook WCDMA system studies. In September 1995 he joined the ACTS FRAMES project, and in the later phase, worked as the team leader for the work package which defined the FMA2 WCDMA concept. During 1997, he worked as a Senior Research Engineer and CDMA Specialist participating in the ETSI SMG2 UMTS standardization work.

He chaired the UMTS physical layer expert group in ETSI SMG2 during 1998, and from 1999 (the start of the 3GPP activity) until 2003 he worked in 3GPP as chairman of the TSG RAN WG1, the group responsible for the physical layer of the WCDMA standard. His group was responsible for the standardization of WCDMA physical layer, High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and for the start of uplink packet data evolution (HSUPA).

From 2003 to 2005 he worked as Senior Standardization Manager with System Technologies, at Nokia Networks and contributed to product development as the HSDPA Chief Architect for Nokia Networks.

From 2005 to 2006 he worked with Nokia Networks as Senior Standardization Manager focusing on HSPA and LTE standardization.

Currently he is with Nokia Solutions and Networks, in Espoo, Finland working as the Head of 3GPP Radio Standardization, with technical focus on HSPA and LTE evolution.

He has co-authored what are considered to be the 3 definitive books in 3G (“WCDMA for UMTS”, “HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS” and “LTE for UMTS”). He regularly lectures on WCDMA, HSPA and LTE technologies in various universities and institutions around the world and has a large number of patents and publications in the field.

As part of the 2010 LTE World Summit LTE Awards, he received the “Award for Individual Contribution for LTE Development” recognising his contribution to both LTE standardization and LTE knowledge spreading in the industry.


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