Mastering 5G NR: Advances in Releases 16-18

This comprehensive course delves into the latest advancements in 5G New Radio (NR) technology, focusing on critical updates in Releases 17 and 18. Gain in-depth insights into the evolution of PHY and MAC layer designs, explore dynamic spectrum sharing and NR operation in unlicensed bands, and understand the strategic implications of small data transmission and sidelink enhancements for next-generation telecom networks.

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Is This Course Right for You? 

If you're navigating the complexities of 5G technology, "5G NR Evolution: Focus on Releases 17-18" is designed to elevate your expertise. This course offers deep dives into the advancements shaping 5G's future. 
  • Are you engaged in the development or deployment of 5G networks, aiming to grasp the latest enhancements in NR technology?
  • Do you seek to understand the intricacies of PHY and MAC layer designs within the 5G framework?
  • Are you curious about the impact of recent 3GPP releases on network performance and capability?
  • Do you aim to apply the latest 5G innovations in areas like MIMO configurations, dynamic spectrum sharing, and sidelink communications?
  • Are you striving to stay at the forefront of 5G technology and its evolving standards?

Who Should Attend:

Perfect for professionals eager to harness the capabilities of 5G and drive innovation in the telecommunications landscape.
  • Telecommunications professionals engaged in R&D or deployment of 5G networks
  • Technical managers seeking to update their team’s skills in cutting-edge 5G technologies
  • Engineers and designers focusing on PHY and MAC layers
  • Strategy and planning personnel from mobile network operators (MNOs)

Created & Delivered by

Dr. Kamran Etemad

Technology Advisory and Leadership, Advanced Wireless Technology and 4G/5G Standards Development, Standards and IP development and Patent Analysis. Advanced Technology Training and consulting.

  • 90+ Patents in 4G and 5G Design
  • 25+ Years of experience in telecom Industry
  • 3GPP Delegate and Contributor

Job Roles
  • Senior Technology Advisor, FCC
  • Former R&D Director, Intel
  • VP of Advanced Technology and Strategy, WFI
  • Executive Consultant, Sprint-Nextel

The Course Outline

This course is your gateway to mastering the nuances of 5G NR and its continuous evolution, equipping you with the knowledge to lead in the telecommunications arena.


Overview of 5GPP Standards Roadmap and Timeline


Capacity and Operational Efficiency Enhancements in Rel.16-18

  • MIMO Enhancements
  • Power Saving Enhancements
  • Mobility Enhancements
  • Carrier Aggregation and Dual Connectivity Enhancement
  • Two-Step RACH
  • Enhanced URLLC 
  • Remote and Cross Link Interference Management (CDI & RIM)


NR Positioning 

  • DL Reference Signals Measurements and Positioning
  • UL Reference Signal Measurements and Positioning
  • Enhancements in R17 and 18


Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB)

  • Objectives and IAB Topologies
  • Impacts on Air Interface
  • IAB enhancements in R17 and 18.


NR in Unlicensed Band (NRU)

  • Target Spectrum/Regulation and Deployment Models
  • PHY Layer Impacts
  • MAC and Higher Layer Aspects


NR for V2X 

  • PHY Layer Design
  • MAC and Higher Layer Aspects
  • Sidelink In Unlicensed Spectrum (R18)


Industrial IoT

  • Multi-Connectivity
  • TSC Mechanism, Timing and QoS Enhancements
  • Non Public Networks


Small Data Transmission (SDT)

  • Small Data Transmissions in LTE Advanced
  • RA and CG based SDT
  • Mobile Terminated SDT (R18)



  • MBS Requirements and Use Cases
  • Multicast Service Configuration and Operations
  • Broadcast Service Configuration and Operations
  • MBS Release 18 Enhancements


Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN)

  • NTN Architecture and Use cases 
  • Design Challenges and Opportunities
  • Physical layer and upper layer impacts Areas 
  • Improvements in R18


Overview of Other New Features in Release 18

  • Smart Repeaters 
  • UAV Support with 5G NR
  • Flexible Duplexing
  • Study on AI/ML use air interface

Certification included

  • Get Recognition and Boost Your Career

    Be recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of competence from and 6G Academy – the world's leading home of 5G and beyond Education.

    Certificates are issued in your legal name upon successful completion of the course, as per stipulated program requirements. 

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With 6G Academy, you're not just learning the latest in telecommunications technology; you're being prepared to lead the next wave of innovation. Our commitment to excellence ensures that our participants gain not only the knowledge but also the practical skills needed to excel in a rapidly evolving industry landscape.
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Frequently asked questions

Why Should I enrol? 

The global 5G market is currently worth 5.53 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. By 2030, the market is forecast to have a value of 620.72 billion U.S. dollars. Despite the downturn in the overall economy, businesses continue to invest in 5G and beyond because the majority of the workforce is critically dependent on telecom to function. This program was designed to help you take advantage of this growing need for skilled 5G NR professionals.

What jobs will this program prepare for me? 

Graduates of this program will have the 5G NR skills needed to be extremely valuable across many functions, and in many roles at mobile network operators, vendors, chipsets design, standardization and patent examination institutes, as well as Telco startups. Specific roles include: 
  • Radio Optimization Engineer
  • Radio Network Planning Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • RAN Design Architect
  • 5G Physical Layer Software Designer
  • Radio Engineer
  • System Test Engineer
  • Wireless System EngineerRF Engineer
  • Cellular Field Design Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Product Manager – RAN 5G
  • Systems Engineer – Protocol and Network Architecture

How do I know if this program is right for me? 

If you’re an engineer or someone with a strong telecom background, this program offers you the ideal path to pursue a 5G career and prepares you to seek out 5G NR jobs across the telecom ecosystem.

Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria? 

No. This 5G NR Training program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

What are the prerequisites for enrollment?  

The 5G NR Training Program is designed for students with intermediate experience of telecom wireless systems. You should be familiar with LTE Systems at the architecture and Air Interface level.6. If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?7. How is this training program structured?8. How long is this training program?9. What software and versions will I need in this program?10. What is the refund policy?

Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria? 

We have a number of short free courses that can help you prepare. Reach out to us at to discuss the options.

What software and versions will I need in this program? 

To successfully complete this training program, you’ll need to have a good internet connection, at least 1MB/s.

What is the refund policy? 

There is no possibility to refund the payment for this training program.

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