Single RAN

1 Days / 2 Live Online Sessions (0900-1230) / Technical Level: Level 2

Course Code: LT1203

Course Summary

The advent of technologies such as SDR (Software Defined Radio) and packet-based backhaul have enabled vendors and operators to develop ‘Single RAN’ concepts in which MSR (Multi-Standard Radio) base stations are capable of managing 2G, 3G and even 4G cells from within a single base station unit. Shared IP-based backhaul via an Ethernet packet network further allows for the traditional multi-RAN concept to be abandoned as Single RAN architectures begin to be deployed. This course provides a detailed overview of the Single RAN concept, of the technologies and techniques that enable it and of the architectures and deployment options that have made it a reality.

Who would benefit

This course is designed for engineers, managers and other personnel who have a need to acquire a technical overview of the Single RAN concept and of the technologies and techniques that enable it.


An understanding of 2G, 3G and/or 4G access network architectures and technologies would be an advantage as would a basic knowledge of IP.

Topic Areas Include

  • Defining the single RAN

  • Potential benefits and dangers of single RAN implementation

  • MSR base stations

  • Software defined radio

  • Multi-standard band sharing

  • OBSAI and CPRI

  • Localized versus distributed cell sites

  • MSR base Station sharing

  • Potential RF issues

  • Single RAN architecture

  • Backhaul networks and architectures for single RAN

  • Multi-RAT operation

  • Flexible core network connectivity

  • Network area coordination

  • RSFP index and idle mode mobility

  • Connected mode mobility

  • IP flow mobility

  • Multi RAN architecture

  • Single RAN architecture

  • Single RAN implementation example