Price: $1,699.00

Course Number: 542
Length: 2 Days
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GSM Training Description

Why choose TONEX for your GSM Training?

GSM Training provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand treatment of the entire GSM network and the signaling methods of its terrestrial interfaces. In this course, you will gain the knowledge necessary to understand and use GSM services, network, architecture, protocols, terminology, implementation and all the interfaces in between the GSM subsystems.

GSM Training provides you with a comprehensive business and technical foundation in GSM network, services and applications. This course will familiarize you with all essential GSM nodes, their functionality as well as their interaction with each other and with nodes outside GSM network.

GSM Standards by ETSI and 3GPP

The technology behind the Global System for Mobile communication (GSMTM) uses Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying (GMSK) modulation a variant of Phase Shift Keying (PSK) with Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) signalling over Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) carriers.

Although originally designed for operation in the 900 MHz band, it was soon adapted for 1800 MHz. The introduction of GSM into North America meant further adaptation to the 800 and 1900 MHz bands. Over the years, the versatility of GSM has resulted in the specifications being adapted to many more frequency bands to meet niche markets.

GSM was designed principally for voice telephony, but a range of bearer services was defined (a subset of those available for fixed line Integrated Services Digital Networks, ISDN), allowing circuit-switched data connections at up to 9600 bits/s. At the time of the original system design, this rate compared favorably to those available over fixed connections. However, with the passage of time, fixed connection data rates increased dramatically. The GSM channel structure and modulation technique did not permit faster rates, and thus the High Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)) service was introduced in the GSM Phase 2+.

In the course of the next few years, the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) was developed to allow aggregation of several carriers for higher speed, packet-switched applications such as always-on internet access. The first commercial GPRS offerings were introduced in the early 2000s.

Meanwhile, investigations had been continuing with a view to increasing the intrinsic bit rate of the GSM technology via novel modulation techniques. This resulted in Enhanced Data-rates for Global Evolution (EDGE), which offers an almost three-fold data rate increase in the same bandwidth.

The combination of GPRS and EDGE brings system capabilities into the range covered by the International Telecommunication Unions IMT-2000 (third generation) concept, and some manufacturers and network operators consider the EDGE networks to offer third generation services.

GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Satellite Training Courses

Course Name


CAMEL Training3 Days
EDGE Training3 Days
GERAN, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE Security Training2 Days
GPRS Training2 Days
GPS (Global Positioning System) Fundamentals2 Days
GSM System Engineering Training2 Days
GSM Training2 Days
SATCOM Training, Satellite Communications Training Course2 Days
VSAT Training, Very Small Aperture Terminal Training3 Days

UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPA/HSPA+ Training Courses

Course Name


Advanced HSPA/HSPA+ Training3 Days
HSDPA Fundamentals2 Days
HSPA+/LTE QoS Training2 Days
HSPA/HSPA+ Network Planning and Design Training – Level I3 Days
HSUPA Fundamentals2 Days
IMS Training3 Days
MBMS Training – Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service2 Days
UMTS Core Network Fundamentals2 Days
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE Security Training2 Days
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ Training2 Days

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to provide a general overview for strategic or technical managers, consultants, communications professionals, software engineers, system engineers, network professionals, marketing and sales professional, IT professionals, and others who plan on using, evaluating or working with GSM, EDGE, GPRS, 3G and other wireless networks, applications and services.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the functionality of a GSM network
  • Explain the basics of GSM network planning
  • Explore project planning process of GSM/GPRS networks
  • Understand the engineering tools and procedures required for GSM engineering and planning
  • Understand existing and emerging standards for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS
  • Review successful GSM deployments
  • Discuss successful and unsuccessful GSM/GPRS deployments
  • Step through a practical process for managing a GSM/GPRS project
  • Explore advanced features in GSM and GPRS networks
  • Explain GSM architecture and services
  • Describe functions of BTS, BSC and TRAU
  • Describe functions of VLR, HLR,EIR, MSC, G-MSC
  • Describe SS7 network architecture and functions
  • Explore IMSI Attach/Detach and Location Update GSM procedures
  • Understand GSM protocols and layers
  • Explore GSM/GPRS operation procedures
  • Explore GSM radio and core network signaling
  • Explore GSM/GPRS customer care and support
  • Explore GSM/GPRS troubleshooting
  • Explain the basics of GSM security


GSM Services and Features

  • Introduction of GSM
  • GSM services
  • Bearer services in GSM
  • Teleservices in GSM
  • GSM Standards
  • ETSI and the Special Mobile Group
  • GSM Phase 2+
  • 3GSM
  • 3GPP and UMTS


  • GSM system architecture
  • GSM architecture
  • GSM addressing
  • Location areas and identity numbers
  • GSM Air Interface
  • Basic of speech coding
  • GSM radio propagation and impairments
  • GSM cell planning
  • GSM subsystems
  • Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)
  • Security procedures and algorisms
  • Roaming and Call Routing
  • Routing in GSM PLMNs
  • Location registration

The Base Station Subsystem (BSS)

  • Base Transceiver Station (BTS) part of BSS
  • Base Station Controller (BSC) part of BSS
  • Transcoding Rate and Adaptation Unit (TRAU)

Network Switching Subsystem (NSS)

  • NSS Components
  • HLR/AuC
  • EIR
  • NSS Subsystems and SS7
  • Mobile Services Switching Center (MSC) part of NSS

SS7 in GSM

  • Call processing and information access
  • SS7 network architecture
  • SSP, STP and SCP
  • SS7 routing
  • SS7 links
  • SS7 protocols
  • Message Transfer Part (MTP) 1-3
  • SCCP
  • TCAP
  • MAP

Air Interface (MS-BSS) of GSM

  • The A-Interface Structure
  • LAPDm, GSM 04.08
  • The Structure of the Air-Interface in GSM

Abis Interface (BSS-BSC)

  • Channel Configuration
  • Signaling on the Abis Interface
  • LAPD, Q.931; GSM 08.05

A-Interface (BSC-MSC)

  • Signaling over A-Interface
  • The Base Station Subsystem Application Part
  • SS7, SCCP/User part

GSM Operation Scenarios

  • GSM netwrok planning
  • Project planning process of GSM networks
  • Engineering tools and procedures required for GSM engineering and planning
  • Review successful GPRS deployments
  • Successful and unsuccessful GSM/GPRS deployments
  • Step through a practical process for managing a GSM/GPRS project IMSI Attach and Detach
  • Location Update
  • Location Update in the BSS
  • Security operations (Authentication, Ciphering, IMEI check)
  • MOC and MTC
  • Call Setup
  • MTC and MOC
  • Handover
  • SMS
  • Supplementary services
  • GSM Troubleshooting

ADvanced features

  • AMR
  • Comparison of AMR and other GSM
  • coding schemes
  • EDGE
  • 8PSK vs. GMSK
  • EDGE Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCS)
  • GAIT
  • AMR
  • Comparison of AMR and other GSM
  • Coding schemes
  • EDGE
  • 8PSK vs. GMSK
  • GSM/ANSI-136 Integration Team (or GAIT)
  • Location Management
  • Value-added services

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