5G & Network Function Virtualisation Series

Due 2017

Series Highlights

The 5G and Network Function Virtualisation Series follows on from the LTE Fundamentals and LTE Radio Access Network courses and is an advanced level series addressing a technical audience

5G Fundamentals

  • 5G definition

  • Millimeter-wave wireless communications and channel frequencies

  • Massive MIMO and beamforming

  • In-band full duplex transmission and self interference cancellation

  • Ultra dense networks and Device-to-Device (D2D) communications

NFV Fundamentals (5 tutorials)

  • Architectural framework

  • Functional blocks and reference points •

  • Use cases

  • NFVI architectural overview, virtualisation and associated interfaces, NFVI and Cloud computing, multiplicity and composition/decomposition

  • VNF architecture, VNF design patterns and properties, VNF states and transistions, VNF functional requirements on management & orchestration and infrastructure


  • What is MANO?, NFV MANO architectural framework

  • Functional Blocks •

  • MANO Descriptor Files

  • MANO Reference Points 

  • Os-Ma-Nfvo reference point – Interface and Info Model Spec

  • Ve-Vnfm reference points – Interface and Info Model Spec

  • Nf-Vi reference point – Interface and Info Model Spec


  • Or-Vnfm reference point – Interface and Information Model Specification

  • Or-Vi reference point ñ Interface and Information Model Specification

  • Vi-Vnfm reference point – Interface and Information Model Specification

  • VNF Packaging Specification

  • Network Service Template Specification

  • Open Source MANO

Telecoms Project Management Advanced

  • Intro to TM Forum Frameworx

  • eTOM

  • TAM Application Framework

  • SID

  • Integration Framework

  • Metrics

Network Security Fundamentals

  • Network security attacks, services and mechanisms

  • Symmetric/asymmetric encryption/decryption, cryptographic hash functions

  • Message authentication code, digital signature, key management

  • Port based access control (802.1X), WiFi security (802.11i/WPA2), firewalls

  • VPNs (IPsec), Transport layer security (SSL/TLS, SSH), application layer security (PGP, S/MIME)