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3G Tutorial

*NEW* October 2008 – Wireless Tutorial: 2G, 3G, 4G and Beyond
Click here for the updated presentation.
This updated version of Brough Turner’s popular 3G tutorial will benefit both the technical and general telecom audience. Brough reviews the history and evolution of mobile radio, evolving network architectures, services, applications, and business models; considers alternative 4G paths and potential for convergence of GSM/LTE and WiMAX; and discusses the longer term impact of new WiFi standards on fixed and mobile wireless services.  He also covers core network architectures and their evolution to all-IP, new wireless applications and application frameworks, spectrum licensing and more.


Original 3G Tutorial – January 2003

By Brough Turner and Marc Orange, NMS Communications

You may download our complete 120+ slide tutorial on 3rd Generation Mobile Wireless Systems, in PDF (2 MB) or PowerPoint *(6 MB) formats.  This comprehensive slide set on 3G communications will benefit both the technical and general telecom audience. The tutorial reviews the history and evolution of mobile radio, evolving network architectures, services, applications, and business models.  Alternative 3G paths and potential for convergence in the evolving network are reviewed in detail.

*NOTE: The PowerPoint version is roughly three times as large as the PDF version, and requires Microsoft PowerPoint to display. The advantage of the PowerPoint version, however, is that many of the graphical slides "build" on consecutive keystrokes, illustrating message flows or the evolution of network architectures.

Here is an outline of the slide set:

  • A brief history of cellular mobile telephony
  • The 3G vision and variants that are included within "3G"
  • 2G and 3G radio technologies and how today's systems evolve to 3G
  • Core network architectures and their evolution to 3G
  • The potential for global roaming
  • New applications and application frameworks
  • Business models: what's really happening and how is the 3G vision likely to unfold?
  • Evolving services in 2.5G and 3G: SMS, EMS, MMS Messaging; location and presence; video and IP multimedia

The original version of this tutorial was presented at the VON Fall 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9, 2002. For the most up-to-date version, recorded in October 2008, please click here.  We welcome your feedback, as we are committed to the ongoing improvement of the tutorial. Please email your comments to Brough_Turner@nmss.com

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