5G and 5G-Advanced Specifications and System Design


Oxford CPD 5G Telecoms Training Course

Attending this course will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the key aspects of 5G telecoms.

The course covers the 5G New Radio technology and explains the important features that provide the improved performance and flexibility.

The new 5G network architecture and protocols are also covered, with a final day spent explaining how handsets are actually designed.

The course will appeal to a wide audience including mobile operators, government regulatory bodies, telecoms consultants and those working in the field of IPR.

Oxford CPD has been running courses in Cellular Communications for over 20 years. We will restrict the number of attendees to allow for discussions and question and answer sessions, that previous attendees have found so valuable. The sessions will be augmented with additional material to review at your leisure.

Programme details

This course is available as a full 5-day course, or most of the sections can be taken independently. 

All delegates will receive a free copy of 5G Technology: 3GPP New Radio (Harri Holma, Antti Toskala, Takehiro Nakamura)

Monday 27 June (Day 1)

Session 1: 5G Introduction (Dr Jonathan Moss)

  • The key features of LTE Advanced as basis of 5G New Radio
  • New 5G concepts including Network Slicing, URLLC and Bandwidth Parts
  • An overview of beamforming and its application to 5G at millimetre frequencies

Session 2: 5G Learnings and Global Status (Dr Harri Holma and Dr Antti Toskala)

  • New use cases of 5G communications
  • 5G data rates, performance, and capacity
  • Network architecture concepts: Non-standalone architecture (NSA), Standalone Architecture (SA), Open- and Virtual-RANs (O-RAN & vRAN)

Tuesday 28 June (Day 2)

Session 1 and 2: 5G Spectrum evolution and mmWave (Dr Harri Holma and Antti Toskala)

  • Spectrum strategies, auctions and refarming including Dynamic Spectrum Sharing
  • Millimetre wave regulation and data rates achieved in real world deployments
  • Massive MIMO technology and practical examples of new RF heads
  • Carrier aggregation and dual connectivity
  • Enhanced MIMO and multi-cell transmission

Wednesday 29 June​ (Day 3)

Sessions 1 and 2: 5G-Advanced in 3GPP Releases 16-18 (Dr Harri Holma and Antti Toskala) 

  • Industrial IoT / URLLC: Unlicensed band, positioning, 60-71 GHz, reduced capability IoT 
  • Boosted 5G experience: Extended reality (XR), cloud gaming, edge computing  
  • Radio enhancements: AR/VR optimization, cloud gaming, enhanced MIMO, UE power savings, mobility enhancements, multi-cell transmission 
  • New use cases: Car-to-car (V2X), Non-terrestrial Networks (NTN), Public safety, Sidelink 
  • Deployment automation: Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB), Self Optimized Network (SON), Minimization of Drive Testing (MDT)

Thursday 30 June (Day 4)

Session 1 and 2: 5G RF Design Challenges (Laurent Noël)

  • How UE RF design tackles the increasing number of bands and band combinations
  • How 5G new features, Dual Connectivity and new physical layer impacts the RF Front-End complexity
  • RF Performance Challenges in migrating from single carrier LTE to EN-DC to NR standalone uplink carrier aggregation 

  • Overview of 3GPP features that minimise UE power consumption: cDRX, 5G SUL/ULSUP, uplink CP-OFDM, Bandwidth Part adaptation and benefits of small cell deployments. 

Friday 01 July (Day 5)

Session 1 and 2: 5G Protocols (Neil Wiffen)

  • The evolution of 3GPP RAN and Core Network protocols
  • 5G NR Protocols and associated procedures
  • New 5G Architectures: Cloud-RAN), 5G Core Network (5GCN), Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Machine Type Communications (MTC) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)
  • The concepts of Service-Based Architecture (SBA) and Network Functions (NFs)
  • The use of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to support Network Slicing



Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford electronic certificate of attendance. 

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.

You will be required to attend all of the sessions on the course in order to be considered for an attendance certificate.


Description Costs
Standard course fee - full week £1995.00


Fees include electronic copies of course materials.

All courses are VAT exempt.

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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 Jonathan Moss


Telecoms Consultant

Jon is an experienced RF Design Engineer and Telecoms Trainer.

He currently works on vehicular radar development for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems at Veoneer. He previously worked for 5 years in Windows Mobile handset development and prior to that was responsible for 3G network optimisation for O2 Group in the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man. He has experience in handset and base station testing and represented BT/O2 at 3GPP RAN4 meetings in the early 2000's. 

He received M.Eng. (double-first) and D.Phil. qualifications from University College, Oxford in 1994 and 1998. He is a member of the IEEE and has been Expert Witness in two UK patent litigation cases. 

Mr Laurent Noël


Systems Senior Principal Engineer and 3GPP RAN4 delegate at Skyworks Solutions Inc. 


System Performance Analyst at Videotron, Canada, Mobile Devices Certification
Senior System Architect at ST-Ericsson, France. He worked on reconfigurable multi-mode, multi-standard, digital RF solutions for LTE, FDD-WCDMA, EGPRS, and TD-SCDMA projects.

Throughout 2007 and 2008 Laurent actively participated in the definition of the DigRF SM v4 standard within the MIPI alliance. Prior to that he worked at BT Laboratories (Martlesham Heath, UK) where he was involved in 3G testing activities and in research on high speed digital optical systems, including millimetre wave radio systems over fibre.

He received a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Montpellier II, France, in 1991, and a degree as a microelectronics engineer at the "Institut des Sciences de l'Ingenieur" (ISIM), Montpellier, France, in 1994.

Mr Antti Toskala


Bell Labs Fellow,
Nokia Bell Labs,
Espoo, Finland

Antti Toskala (M.Sc) joined the Nokia Research Center in 1994, where he undertook WCDMA system studies, leading later WCDMA concept development in the ACTS FRAMES project. 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 onwards he worked with Nokia Networks as Senior Standardization Manager focusing on HSPA and LTE standardization, and later as Head of Radio Standardization with  Nokia Siemens Networks  focusing on LTE and LTE-Advanced work in 3GPP.

He was nominated as Nokia Fellow in 2015 and Bell Labs Fellow in 2016.

Currently he is with Nokia Bell Labs, in Espoo, Finland, heading 3GPP RAN Standardization, with technical focus on 5G and 5G evolution.

He has co-authored 8 books in 3G, 4G and 5G (Including “WCDMA for UMTS”, “HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS”, “LTE for UMTS” and “5G technology”). He regularly lectures on LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G 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” recognizing his contribution to both LTE standardization and LTE knowledge spreading in the industry.

Mr Neil Wiffen


Senior Technical Instructor,
Red Banana Wireless Ltd

Since 2001 Neil has developed and delivered training for the majority of the major 3G handset and chipset manufacturers through EMEA, Asia-Pac and North America. Currently his training and consulting efforts are focussed on 3 key topic areas:

3G protocol stack (WCDMA, HSDPA,HSUPA)
Mobile Network Service Provision (Mobile Data Solutions, End-to-end Service Provision, Network Optimisation)
Government Research (Current and Emerging Wireless Systems)

Previously, Neil has worked as a Technical Instructor for Wray Castle Ltd., developing and delivering UMTS technical training material, and prior to this he spent 13 years with GCHQ on various Research and Development projects in both engineering roles and as a technical team leader.


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Level and demands

RF and baseband engineers, radio planners, service developers, mobile operators, equipment designers and telecoms consultants.

In addition, the course will appeal to technical managers, analysts and strategists wishing to increase their technical understanding of the key subject areas currently in 4G and 5G telecoms.

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, 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.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.