Towards 5G Course: Research and Standardization

The "Towards 5G - Research and Standardization" course allows you to get in-depth knowledge on the latest 5G Air Interface and software defined architecture, with latest updates on 5G R&D projects and 3GPP standardization process. 

Instructed by: Emil Olbrich . in:

Course Description

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the overall 5G ecosystem and individual building blocks 
  • Be aware of the 5G research, development and standardization roadmaps 
  • Knowledge on the 5G applicability in the variety of use cases
  • Awareness of the latest research projects and research status 
  • Insights to the 3GPP standardization process 
  • Awareness of the latest 5G standardization developments 
  • Knowledge of the technologies for 5G air interface and architecture


  • On-demand access to all 6 sessions within 3-month timeframe
  • 5G Book and Slides
  • Access to the internal forum for Q&As
  • Official Certificate 


The cost for single person licence is 1295 USD. For multi-user licences and group discounts - please contact us directly - HERE. We are happy to adapt the offer to your needs and budget. 

Free Trial Version 

We offer a free trial version of the Towards 5G - Research and Standardization course with very limited number of activities. To have access to the trial version – please go HERE

Scope and learning outcomes

The course is divided into 6 modules with  associated learning outcomes: 

1. An Introduction to 5G 

    • What is the general scope of ”5G”,
    • What are the key scenarios / use cases / services,
    • What are the key players / stakeholders in the 5G research and standardization,
    • What is 5G-PPP, what role does it have and what are the currently ongoing research projects,
    • What are the key requirements and diversification of the service requirements,
    • What is NGMN and what the role of the NGMN whitepaper is,
    • How the overall 5G network is defined,
    • What are the key technologies, spectrum bands and licensing schemes envisioned for 5G.

2.  What’s Going on in 5G Research?

    • When 5G research was started,
    • What was the landscape of key FP7 projects,
    • What are the scopes and outcomes of METIS and 5GNOW projects,
    • What is the landscape of the 5G-PPP projects under H2020,
    • What are the scopes and current example outcomes of METIS-II, 5G-NORMA, FANTASTIC-5G, CHARISMA, and SESAME projects,
    • How are all the concepts create overall 5G picture.

3.  Variety of 5G Use Cases 

    • Who defines the use cases in 5G era,
    • What is the ”use case triangle” that defines the corner use cases for 5G,
    • What are the use cases defined by ITU-R, METIS-II, NGMN and how they map to the ”triangle”,
    • What are the key requirements for the use cases defined by NGMN,
    • What is SMARTER and use cases defined by the 3GPP,
    • How the work under SMARTER is proceeding,
    • What are the 3GPP requirements, scenarios, and KPIs for 5G system,
    • How are example use cases mapped to technological aspects.

4. Standardization Progress Towards 5G 

    • How is 3GPP organized in terms of working groups, meetings, stages,
    • What do typical 3GPP terms mean,
    • How do 3GPP deliverables (specifications) differ from each other,
    • How does 3GPP proceed while preparing world-class specifications,
    • What kind of phases are envisioned for NR/5G standardization proces,
    • What kind of solutions are studied to fulfill NR requirements,
    • Which features are already specified or are being studied in LTE to pave the way towards NR systems.

 5. Flexible 5G Air Interface 

    • What are the key components of the 5G air interface,
    • What are the spectrum usage aspects and how spectrum framework is created,
    • What are the novel non-orthogonal waveforms and multiple access schemes,
    • What are pros and cons of different spectrum usages, waveforms and multiple access schemes,
    • How can the energy and signalling efficiency be improved via novel RRC state machine,
    • What are the new channel coding schemes selected for 5G radio,
    • What are the concepts for flexible air interface, including dynamic TDD, self-contained subframe and unified air interface
    • What are the key aspects of massive MIMO and mmWave usage in 5G.

6. Software-Defined 5G Architecture

    • What are the key ideas behind NFV and SDN and how they complement each other,
    • What is network slicing and how it encompasses NFV and SDN,
    • How the shift from cell-centric networking to user-centric networking can be achieved,
    • What are the connectivity concepts for 5G including D2D, V2X and multi-connectivity,
    • What is the vision of the 5G architecture and what are the functions that it will be composed of,
    • What are the deployment scenarios for NG RAN,
    • What does tight interworking with LTE mean,
    • How the flexibility in the RAN can be acheived by means of functional split among CU and DU.

Time Commitment are designed to fit the schedules of busy professionals. That’s why each course is self-paced and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


"The course is structured with a gradual approach, introducing the different generations of mobile communication technologies, then introducing the key technology sets, identifying the various independent product domains of these technologies, and then unveiling 5G technologies, products and active vendors and standards bodies."

 "The platform works without hitches, thus far; the videos are nicely made, the diagrams are very clearly presented, and the overall experience is a seamless one. I am going through the course at my own pace, while reading the recommended course book, which itself is very interesting, not verbose or bogged down by too many jargons, as one would have thought before taking it up. It’s actually a very fluent read and experience."

Osman Nasir, Product Manager at C-BOR Broadband Australia


  • Session #0 - Introduction to the Towards 5G - Research and Standardization Course
      • Course Content and Learning Outcomes
  • Session #1 - An Introduction to 5G
      • Activity #0 - 5G Introduction
      • Slides for Session #1
      • Question to you
      • Activity #1 - 5G Overview
      • Activity #2 - 5G-Private Public Partnership
      • Activity #3 - 5G High Level Requirements
      • Activity #4 - NGMN and 5G Framework
      • Activity #5 -5G Technologies and Spectrum Overview
      • Activity #6 – Chapter Recap
  • Session #2 - What's going on in 5G Research?
      • Activity #0 - Course Content and Learning Outcomes
      • Slides for Session #2
      • Question to you
      • Activity #1 - 5G Research Projects Timeline
      • Activity #2 - FP7 5G Projects Map
      • Activity #3 - Key FP7 5G Projects: METIS
      • Activity #4 - Key FP7 5G Projects: 5GNOW
      • Activity #5 - H2020 5G Projects Map
      • Activity #6 - Key 5G Projects: H2020 METIS-II
      • Activity #7 - Key 5G Projects: H2020 5G-NORMA
      • Activity #8 - Key 5G Projects: H2020 FANTASTIC-5G
      • Activity #9 - Key 5G Projects: H2020 CHARISMA
      • Activity #10 - Key 5G Projects: H2020 SESAME
      • Activity #11 - Key 5G Aspects Being Studied
      • Activity #12 - Chapter Recap
  • Session #3 - Variety of 5G Use Cases
      • Activity #0 - Course Content and Learning Outcomes
      • Slides for Session #3
      • Use Cases Overview
      • IMT-2020 and METIS-II Use Cases
      • NGMN: 5G Whitepaper Use Cases
      • 3GPP: SMARTER Use Cases
      • 3GPP: 5G System Requirements
      • 5G Use Case Examples Technical Enablers
      • 5G Use Cases – Chapter Recap
  • Session #4 - Standardization Progress Towards 5G
      • Activity #0 - Course Content and Learning Outcomes
      • Slides for Session #4
      • Question to you
      • 3GPP Structure and Nomenclature
      • 3GPP Standardization Process
      • 3GPP 5G Introduction
      • 3GPP 5G Studies - NR
      • 3GPP 5G Studies – NG RAN
      • Standardization of Evolved LTE: Intro
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: NB-IoT
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: Evolved MIMO
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: Licensed Assisted Access
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: LTE-WiFi Aggregation
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: Device-to-Device
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: Vehicular-to-X
      • LTE-Advanced Pro: Enhanced Mobility
      • 5G Standardization – Chapter Recap
  • Session #5 - Flexible 5G Air Interface
      • Activity #0 - Course Content and Learning Outcomes
      • Slides for Session #5
      • Question to you
      • 5G Air Interface Overview
      • 5G Spectrum Framework
      • 5G PHY Technologies: Waveforms
      • 5G Multiple-Access Schemes
      • 5G Novel RRC-State Machine
      • 5G PHY Technologies: Coding schemes
      • 5G PHY Technologies: Dynamic TDD
      • 5G Unified Air Interface Concept
      • 5G PHY Technologies: mmWave
      • 5G PHY Technologies: Massive MIMO and Dynamic Beamforming
      • 5G Air Interface – Chapter Recap
  • Session #6 - Software-Defined 5G Architecture
      • Activity #0 - Course Content and Learning Outcomes
      • Slides for Session #6
      • Question to you
      • Network Evolution Towards 5G System
      • Flexible and Software-Based Network
      • Network Slicing
      • 5G UDN, UCN and Multi-Connectivity
      • 5G Device-to-Device and Vehicular Communications
      • 5G System Architecture by 3GPP
      • 5G QoS Framework
      • 5G Deployment Aspects
      • 5G RAN Flexible Function Splitting
      • 5G Architecture – Chapter Recap

About Instructor

Emil Olbrich

Trainer & President, PrimeLime

Emil Olbrich is currently President at PrimeLime, Trainer at and also VP of Networks with Signals Research Group. Prior to this he was head of LTE research, development, test and evaluation for the Public Safety Communications Research Program where he deployed the first and most diverse Public Safety 700 MHz LTE test lab in the world with over 70 participating vendors and commercial carriers. He was responsible for the specifying, deploying and maintaining the entire ecosystem of LTE which included devices, air interface, transport, radio access network, evolved packet core, IP networking, IMS core and application servers. He also led the team efforts, which include standards work, test case development and test case execution.

Mr. Olbrich has over 20 years of experience in the field of wireless telecommunications. He has worked primarily in R&D at some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world – such as Motorola, Qualcomm and Ericsson. His scope of work includes deploying and operating LTE infrastructure (RAN, EPC and IMS) from numerous Tier 1 vendors; testing new LTE mobile devices from multiple suppliers; testing, deploying and operating some of the first commercial CDMA networks; serving as Lead Project engineer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and as the Project Manager for the China Ministry of Information Industry 3G testing in China; and supporting the early development of HDR (EV-DO and EV-DO Rev A).

He has been a speaker at events such as the GSMA Mobile World Congress, LTE North America, 4G World, International Wireless Communications Expo and LTE World Summit. Mr. Olbrich has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University.


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