Start Date: 20/06/2023

Price 4,228 ILS


Course Overview

Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) are wireless communication networks between Earth and space-based platforms such as satellites, high altitude platform systems (HAPS), drones, and other airborne platforms.  NTN is evolving to become an integral part of the 4G, 5G and beyond cellular networks. NTN is growing in importance owing to its ability to offer wireless connectivity anytime and anywhere with reasonable cost.

The industry is primarily focused on developing LEO/MEO satellite-based NTN, which will enable 5G cellular coverage to be provided for all types of services across the globe. In addition, the MEC payloads on the satellite will serve as Edge computing for Cloud and networking computing services.

This course provides an overview of 5G technologies, Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) focus on Satellite payloads, including architecture, design, operation, applications and management. Students will learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with NTN.  Technical and operational aspects specific to NTN will be emphasized, ensuring students have a solid understanding what is required to establish and operate effective NTN solutions

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for students, professionals, researchers, academics, government officials, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in communication space exploration, satellite communications, and related fields


  • An engineering background with some knowledge of wireless network technologies is assumed. A basic understanding of 4G/5G or experience with cellular networks would be desirable.

Skills Gained: After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • To understand the fundamentals of 5G technologies, architecture, networking and their applications in NTN communications.
  • To examine the technical challenges associated with 5G over NTN design and operation.
  • To explore the various types of NTN, focused on satellite networks, and integration of terrestrial and NTN infrastructures.
  • To understand the role of NTN in enabling space exploration and the potential for future developments in this area

Course Outline:

1.     5G Evolution, architecture and requirements

  • 5G services (eMBB, URLLC, eMTC, IoT/mIoT)
  • spectrums, BW
  • 5G system Architecture, entities and principles
  • Major Network Functions review (AMF, SMF, UDM, UPF, )
  • CUPS – Control and User Plane Separation/Disaggregation

2.     Principles of radio transmission and reception in 5G

  • 5G Numerology (Scalable OFDM)
  • Frame Structure, slots, mini slots, CP, …
  • Network Slicing, Roaming, ofloading
  • MNO, MVNO and resource allocation
  • IoT services and provisioning

3.     5G and beyond network architecture and deployment

  • MEC – Multi-Access/Mobile Edge Computing/Clouding architecture for 5G
  • Radio access network architecture and deployment options
  • Cell sites, Access, Edge and Core
  • Fronthaul, Midhaul and Backhaul networking, requirements, and

4.     O-RAN architecture and principles

  • Open-RAN (O-RAN) architecture,
  • O-RU, DU and CU, Split 2x, H.PHY/L.PHY
  • Orchestration

5.     Introduction to NTN

  • 5G – NTN
  • IoT-NTN
  • Major technology challenges in Satellite communications
  • Commercial and private satellite constellation – Overview

6.     NTN architecture and constellation aspects

  • NTN use
  • Frequency spectrum aspects
  • User equipment capable of NTN
  • Satellite access node radio transmission and reception
  • Satellite constellations
  • New Space satellite – architecture evolution
  • Orchestration, management and planning

7.     5G NTN architecture details

  • 5G system architecture, core network and service-based architecture for NTN
  • Transparent NTN NG-RAN architecture
  • Regenerative NTN NG-RAN architecture
  • NTN backhaul and IAB
  • Inter-satellite link (ISL)
  • Interworking between terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks and multi connectivity aspects

8.     NTN RF aspects and Challenges

  • NTN channel model aspects
  • Large-scale fading aspects
  • Path attenuation and link budget
  • Round-trip time and differential time delay
  • Carrier frequency shift (Doppler frequency shift)
  • NTN UE power saving aspects

9.     NTN procedures and protocol stack

  • Protocol stack for 5G NTN
  • HARQ
  • Timing
  • Random access
  • Scheduling requests (SR) and buffer status report (BSR)
  • Timing relationship enhancements
  • Mobility scenarios
  • Measurements and measurement reporting
  • NTN and inter-country mobility management

10.     NTN within 3GPP Release 18 – outlook beyond Release 18

11.     Long-term outlook regarding NTN evolution – path towards 6G

12.     Summary and conclusion