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Prof. Florian Kaltenberger - Mobile Communications Department, EURECOM, France - "OpenAir 5G Lab", 30 september - 4 october 2019

20 hours (5 credits)

Aula Riunioni del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Via G. Caruso 16, Pisa – Ground Floor

Short Abstract:
In this short course students will get an introduction into the OpenAirInterface project, an open-source software defined radio implementation of 3GPP standards that allows users to setup a 3GPP LTE network (and soon a 5G network) using only off-the-shelf computing and software defined radio hardware. The course will also include some basics about LTE and 5G. Students will get hands-on experience in the lab sessions where they will learn how to setup an LTE network with the USRP B210 to establish a connection to a real phone. Further we will also setup an experiment with USRP N310 that will demonstrate some basic 5G NR functionalities. Each lab sessions will have some tasks defined that the students will have to solve in groups of 2-3.
Students should have a basic experience of wireless communications and software development under Linux. Some prior knowledge of 4G and 5G technologies are beneficial.

Course Contents in brief:

  • Lecture: Introduction to OpenAirInterface
  • Lab session: setting up a network
  • Lecture: LTE physical layer
  • Lab session: understanding and using the LTE unitary simulators
  • Lecture: LTE Higher layers and procedures
  • Lab session: Analyze the connection procedure and extract the RRC messages
  • Lecture: 5G-NR: Architecture and Physical layer
  • Lab session: 5G-NR unitary simulators and state of development


Monday, 30 Sept. – Thursday, 3rd Oct, 2019

  • Monday, 30 Sept. 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday, 1 Oct. 9:00-12:00 14:00-17:00
  • Wednesday, 2 Oct. 9:00-12:00 14:00-17:00
  • Thursday, 3 Oct. 9:00-12:00 14:00-16:00