Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Designing and Planning HSPA and 4G Mobile Broadband Networks



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OAS ProfessionalDevelopment Scholarship Program

Designing and Planning HSPA and 4G Mobile BroadbandNetworks [1]




1. Institution that offers the course: InstitutoNacional de Investigación y Capacitación de Telecomunicaciones (NationalTelecommunication Research and Training Institute)(INICTEL-UNI) through the distance learning platform INICTEL-VIRTUAL (


2. Coordinator of the course: Regional TrainingCenter of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL): National Telecommunication Research andTraining Institute of the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (NationalUniversity of Engineering) (INICTEL-UNI). Coordinator: Eng. IsabelGuadalupe Sifuentes: Phone: (51-1) 626-1400 Extension: 7201, E-mail:


3. Start and end dates of the course: October 3 to November 4, 2016


4. Modality of the course: Distance


5. Course duration:  Four (4) weeks


6. Language of instruction: English


7. Course Objectives:

GeneralObjective:To introduce basic andspecialized aspects of mobile broadband network design techniques andtechnology planning with an informative approach, so that participants willunderstand the new parameters defined in each technology.

Specific Objectives:


§  To manage the sizing of the mobile broadband radio access network basedon the 3GPP standard releases.

§  To update participants on issues related to technological innovation andto design and planning trends, and their relations to the traffic patternsmanaged by mobile network operators 

8. CourseContent:

Week 01 – Radio Access Planning

  • Principles of Wireless Propagation
  • Propagation and spectrum. Frequency bands and spectrum re-farming.
  • Radio interface. Layer 1. Design and planning criteria
  • Modulating and Coding. Categories, Ue, e-nodeB
  • Antenna System: MIMO Gain and Performance Link Budgeting
  • Definition, Link Budget Variables
  • Defining and Calculating planning margins
  • Propagation models. Okumura-Hata, COST 231
  • Air interface sizing process
  • General parameters, traffic, mobile equipment, radio propagation, capacity, channel

Week 02 – Radio Access NetworkDesigns

  • Baseband: LTE vs. WCDMA/HSPA
  • HSPA and LTE Option Deployments
  • Network design, site, transmitter, adjacencies, carriers, architecture vs. demand/capacity

Week 03 – Capacity Planning

  • Calculating Cell Capacity
  • Accounting for Overheads
  • Determining the Average BH Capacity
  • Building Subscriber Profiles

Week 04 – Sizing Definition and Access Methodology

  • Input and output parameters
  • Traffic Model and Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Dimensioning the Traffic and Transport Network: User Plane, Control Plane, Synchronism and OSS

9.       Course Methodology:

The course will be 100% deliveredonline asynchronously through the INICTEL-UNI virtual training platform. Eachstudent is expected to participate by reading the material, make writtencontributions to discussions, forums and activities, and the tests to be definedby the professor. These techniques will ensure the necessary time flexibilityfor the participants to be able to organize themselves in the way that bestsuits them.


All activities will be evaluatedbased on a 20-point grade; to pass the course the minimum score is 70%,equivalent to 14 points.


  • Participation in forums: 20% of total grade.
  • Handing activities/assignments: 50% of total grade.
  • Course evaluations: 30% of total course grade


a)      Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS member state [2] Except Peru since it is the course venue.(Residents must send a copy of their visa.)

b)      Participant profile: Professionals interested in further specialization and professionals with a knowledge of LTE


o  No health certificate required.

o  Submit the completed applicationbefore the deadline established by the respective National Liaison Office (ONE)[3]. Candidates areresponsible for checking this date with their respective ONE 

Please Note: If you were awarded an OAS Professional DevelopmentScholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OASScholarship for Academic Studies, you are NOT eligible to apply for anotherProfessional Development Scholarship.

1Criteria:OAS scholarships are awarded in accordance with thecriteria established in the Manual of Procedures and Scholarships.[4]

1Scholarship Benefits: The OAS/CITEL and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación yCapacitación de Telecomunicaciones of the Universidad Nacional deIngeniería (INICTEL-UNI) will 

cover tuition costs for selected candidates.




1 Certification: TheOAS/CITEL and the National Telecommunication Research and Training Institute ofthe National University of Engineering (INICTEL-UNI) will award a certificateto all participants (available in electronic form) on the completion andapproval of the course.


1Responsibilityof the Selected Candidates

  • The selected candidates must confirmtheir acceptance to the Department of Human Development, Education andEmployment through the representation of the General Secretariat of the OAS intheir own country and ONE, in such a way that the OAScan make the necessary arrangements or nominate an alternate candidate if astudent refuses the scholarship.
  • After being selected, the candidatesmust accept the scholarship by confirming their availability for the course tothe Department of Human Development, Education and 
  • Employment during theestablished period and under the conditions of study that will be givenafterwards
  • The selected candidates must formally accept the ProfessionalDevelopment scholarship by completing and signing the "ScholarshipAcceptance Form" that the Department of Human Development, Education andEmployment will send to your e-mail address. The DHDEE shall make the necessaryarrangements only after it has received this form duly signed
  • If the selected candidate resigns, cancels or terminates scholarship after the program/course has started without presenting enough evidence as to the cause to the GS/OAS, she/he must refund to the GS/OAS all expenses incurred for him/her.
  • In case the selected candidate has accepted the scholarship but cannot attend the course due to justifiable reasons, he/she must notify immediately the Department of HumanDevelopment and Education so it can decide the actions to be taken. 
  • Both access to the equipment(computer) and the costs of communications (access to the Internet and e-mail)shall be covered by the student
  • Computer: Internet access: They musthave access to the network from their workplace or home. Minimum acceptablemodem speed is 28.8 kbps. Browser: The browser you use is very important. Thee-learning platform requires a browser that allows using Java and JavaScript.These options must be enabled in your browser. Technical assistance will begiven rom the course.

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    Submit the signed form and the documents stipulated in the announcement, along with the official OAS documents, that you will find in the following link: to the National Liaison office of your country:


Any questions regarding submission of applications for this courseshould be sent to:

[1] The GeneralSecretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) reserves the rightto cancel this scholarship announcement at any time in the process.The OAS,GS/OAS and its staff are not responsible for any actions in any way related tothe information contained in this announcement.


[3] The deadline forpresentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country andshould therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's countryof origin or permanent residence.

[4] Pursuant to Article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures forScholarships and Training Programs, OAS scholarships shall be granted on thebasis of the following criteria: the objectives and priorities established inthe OAS Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development; the training prioritiesof the member states; the merits and overall credentials of the candidate,including his/her academic and professional background; the financial need ofthe candidate; and An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for thebenefit of all member states that takes into account the greater needs of thesmaller and relatively less developed economies.


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