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Understanding WiMAX Wireless

Training Course Outline

Course Duration:
2 days

Training Course Description:
This 2-day course has been designed to give engineers a good basic understanding of the technologies and functions associated with the 802.16 WiMAX wireless networks and the possible environments that a WiMAX may be deployed.

Delegates should have a good understanding of data networking principles. Delegates without these skills can gain them by attending one of the prerequisite courses below. Additionally an understanding of radio principles is desirable but not essential.

Prerequisite courses:
ICND: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices
Hands On TCP/IP and Internet Protocols
Understanding IP and Datanetworking
Network+ Certification Support Skills 2005
GSM Radio Principles Explained

Follow up courses:
Wireless LAN Administration
UMTS Technical Overview
Introduction to TETRA

Understanding WiMAX Wireless includes the following modules:

  • Telecommunications networks
  • Replacing the PSTN one component at a time
  • Economic advantage if WiMAX
  • Disruptive technology

WiMAX physical layer

  • OFDM
  • TDD & FDD
  • Adaptive antenna systems
  • WiMAX variants

The medium access control (MAC) layer

  • The MAC & WiMAX architecture
  • Service classes & QoS
  • Service specific convergence sublayers
  • Transmission convergence (TC) layer

How WiMAX works

  • Channel acquisition
  • Initial ranging & negotiation
  • SS authentication & registration
  • IP connectivity
  • Radio link control (RLC)
  • The UL
  • Service flow

Quality of Service (QoS) on WiMAX

  • Overview
  • The challenge
  • Legacy of QoS mechanisms
  • OPSK versus QAM
  • QoS measures specific to the WiMAX specs
  • authorisation

Dealing with interference with WiMAX

  • Dealing with interference with WiMAX
  • Interference
  • Countering interference
  • Mitigating interference with antenna technology
  • Dynamic frequency selection (DFS)

Security & 802.16 WiMAX

  • Security in WiMAX networks


  • VoIP
  • Switching
  • Objections to VoIP over WiMAX
  • The QoS solution
  • Architecture of WiMAX VoIP


  • WISP WiMAX triple play
  • IPTV

Regulatory aspects of WiMAX

  • Operate licensed or unlicensed
  • The FCC new spectrum policy

How to dismantle a PSTN

  • Immediate markets
  • Secondary markets
  • Demographics
  • Services
  • Economics of wireless in the enterprise

Projections: WiMAX is a disruptive technology

  • How WiMAX will disrupt the telephone industry:
    • Cheaper
    • Smaller
    • Simpler
    • More convenient to use

Appendix A considerations in building wireless networks



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