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Newsletter - July 2016

Included in this month’s newsletter are some of the tools we use during training, a short summary of recent updates to Microwave Link Planning and information on our growing number of Tech Talks.

Training Tools

We use a wide range of training tools to enhance the learning on our courses and we perhaps don’t shout about it enough. So we thought we’d mention some examples here to give you an idea of what tools we are using, where and how.

Aaronia Spectran Spectrum Analyzer - a highly sensitive portable handheld spectrum analyzer used on our system overview and radio principles courses, as well as on customised courses to demonstrate cellular operator band occupancy. This analyzer is also used on our Wi-Fi courses to illustrate the use of Wi-Fi spectrum, identify types of interference and track down sources of interference.

"Excellent reinforcement of theoretical knowledge…" (Delegate, Royal School of Signals)

Acrylic Wi-Fi – a freely available Wi-Fi scanner used on our Wi-Fi courses to illustrate the operation of the Wi-Fi radio, site surveys and wireless LAN performance.

Anite Nemo Outdoor – a laptop based drive test tool for wireless network testing used on our air interface and optimisation courses (GSM-LTE) to illustrate radio measurements and signalling procedures. We also use this tool to show how a drive test can be used for network analysis and optimization.

GNS3 – enables virtualisation of a number of IP environments. Used to build routed networks and test protocols such as ISIS, OSPF and BGP, as well as building MPLS, MPLS-TE and IPv6 test networks. GNS3 also allows import of Virtual Machines, used to add hosts and servers to our test networks.

"This is the best course I have been on. The presenter was thorough and diligent and the demos were really effective." (Delegate, UK Mobile Network Operator)

Viavi RANAdvisor True Site - a handheld indoor cellular and Wi-Fi survey tool used on our system overview, air interface, planning and optimization courses. In conjunction with Viavi Rubix, we can record drive test measurements on the handset and upload them to the Rubix cloud server for analysis. This tool is also useful for displaying radio metrics and signalling messages on cellular networks.

VMPlayer – a free Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that we use to demonstrate core network elements, such as those found in a typical IMS.

Virtual Box – used to reinforce learning across our IP courses, Virtual Box is a free Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) used to build a variety of Windows or Linux machines with their applications in a sandbox type environment.

Telecoms Acronym Buster …a reminder

The Telecoms Acronym Buster app containing 3000+ telecoms related acronyms is now available for free download on both IOS and Android devices. Hope you find it useful.

Tech Talks

Concise and informative live webinars addressing key technologies and concepts in the world of telecoms today.

Delivered in a live online format over three hours by leading subject experts, these talks work as both standalone events and precursors to further training. Some examples have been included below - please get in touch for further information.


Focussing on new features and updated capabilities in R12 and R13; as well as upcoming developments in R14 and R15.


A look at how cloud computing techniques are consolidating network equipment onto high volume servers, including use cases and Proof of Concepts (PoC).


An informed talk examining the current state of software defined networking in the telco world.

"The talk provided a leading edge capability for future networks. It planted some concepts in my mind that I will refer back to as our network evolves over the coming five years or so." (Delegate, UK Mobile Network Operator)


The areas of debate in relation to the use of unlicensed spectrum to deliver mobile services and the building blocks that will enable key technologies to work harmoniously.


A look at the technologies behind the macro and micro networks required to support the IoT, as well as historical context with Machine to Machine (M2M) communications.


A comprehensive tour through the IMS in support of services such as VoLTE.


An assessment of the key concepts of 5G and the changes that we can expect in mobile telecommunication networks in the years to 2020 and beyond.

Course Updates - Microwave Link Planning

Our Microwave Link Planning course has now been increased to three days to accommodate 11 new practical exercises, including planning a fixed link network with the associated interesting challenges.

Delegates will have access to fixed link radio planning software together with planning aids designed by Wray Castle.

If you would like to discuss this or any of our courses then please get in touch using the email or telephone number at the foot of this newsletter.      + 44 (0) 1539 742 729

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