Course Overview

This module examines the evolution, design and application of the networking technologies Long Term Evolution and WiMAX. Each technology presents a different roadmap to 4th Generation networking. Additionally, an analysis of different methods of wireless backhaul are examined to highlight network versatility and capability to provide services to rural areas.


5 Days

Delivery Method

Classroom based, instructor led tuition with elements of guided research to develop academic writing skills.


The course is aimed at people who are looking to establish themselves in the mobile telecommunications industry as network surveyors, architects, field engineers and planners.

Course Prerequisites

Students attending this course should have completed 7CS005 Radio and Wireless Engineering or have relevant industrial experience.

Course Objectives

On completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the organisations and laws governing the use of wireless networks.
  • Explain the fundamental concepts and operating principles of wireless in a design.
  • Understand PMR, DMR and Tetra technologies, network topologies and functionality.
  • Understand the principles and protocols of 4th Generation (4G) mobile communications (WiMAX and Long-Term Evolution LTE).
  • Understand planning, surveys, design and implementation processes and 802.16e/m WiMAX.
  • Identify the key elements of LTE architecture and describe their function.
  • Understand what defines a true 4G network.
  • Understand the IEEE standardisation process.
  • Understand how satellite communications can be used for remote connectivity.
  • Understand the different wireless technologies used by professional organisations and emergency services.

Content Headings


  • Introduction to LTE
  • LTE network topology
  • LTE air interface
  • The importance of CSFB
  • VoLTE
  • LTE Advanced & beyond


  • Introduction to WiMAX
  • IEEE 802.16 standards
  • WiMAX architecture
  • WiMAX air interface
  • UK mobile and wireless broadband spectrum
  • WiMAX security


  • Introduction to microwave
  • Link planning
  • Fresnel Zones
  • Fade margin / system operating margins


  • Satellite theory
  • Satellite services
  • Frequency allocation
  • Types of orbit


  • ETSI
  • PMR466
  • Spectrum allocation
  • Digital PMR
  • DMR standards
  • DMR tiers
  • TETRA 1 & 2
  • TETRA case study


The student will submit a 4-6000-word assignment on a subject covered in the course syllabus within 6 months of course completion.

Course Guide

Design and Implementation of 4G Networks