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Nokia Optical Transport
for Mobile Services

Course number: ER00839-V-1803
Course duration: 3 days
Price: $2,775 US

Course overview

This course is designed for network engineers, IT personnel, and network planning personnel who need to learn the principles and best practices for optical transport of traffic from current and future (5G) cellular networks, from the base stations to the mobile core network. After introducing cellular networks and discussing the challenges of the Radio Access Network (RAN), the course presents the typical use cases for optical fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul. Optical technologies and architectures based on the 1830 Versatile WDM Module (VWM) are proposed for fronthaul to meet 5G requirements, and the Time-sensitive Packet Switch (TPS) is introduced as well. The course includes multiple hands-on lab exercises where students can practice fronthaul configuration as well as troubleshooting in both Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) scenarios.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the basics of cellular networks
  • Describe the cellular protocol/network evolution
  • Explain the main functionalities and characteristics of 5G
  • Identify the mobile components of RANs in the different network generations
  • Describe the architecture of the distributed RAN (D-RAN), centralized RAN (C-RAN), and Cloud RAN (Cloud-RAN)
  • Define fronthaul, midhaul, backhaul and anyhaul
  • Describe the protocols supported by fronthaul architectures, such as Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI)
  • Identify the requirements for fronthaul architectures
  • Identify the specific requirements for 5G
  • Classify VWM components such as: translation line unit (TLU), photonic management unit (PMU), optical protection switch (OPS), site monitoring module (SMM), and optical supervisory unit (OSU)
  • Describe VWM use cases
  • Describe the passive, semi-passive, and active architectures
  • Describe OPS-based fronthaul solution



  • Check Performance Metrics (PMs) and alarms for CWDM and DWDM channels under various error scenarios
  • Identify where the traffic is flowing in an OPS ring, and switch it
  • Check PMs/alarms when a CWDM/DWDM channel is detecting frame/clock errors
  • Define the midhaul & backhaul architectures and optical solutions based on the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS)
  • Introduce the basic protection mechanisms offered by 1830 PSS equipment
  • Configure basic protection mechanisms
  • Identify the requirements to deliver synchronization to base stations via the optical fronthaul network
  • Identify the solutions enabling synchronization
  • Explain the basics of the 1588v2 Precision Time Protocol
  • Describe the main functionalities of the TPS solution
  • Identify the most important use cases related to the TPS solution

Course modules

  • Module 0 – Course Introduction
  • Module 1 – Mobile Protocols and Network Entities
  • Module 2 – Radio Access Network (RAN)


  • Module 3 – Optical Fronthaul
  • Module 4 – Synchronization on Fronthaul, Midhaul, and Backhaul

Schedule and registration

Nokia Optical Transport for Mobile Services Course

Price for this course is $2775 (USD) per seat

Duration: 3 days (9 am - 4 pm)

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- Virtual instructor-led Paris - CET English (US) Register Now
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- Virtual instructor-led New Delhi - IST English (US) Register Now

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