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IMT Free Online Course on 4G Network Essentials

IMT is offering free online course on 4G Network Essentials. This course is ideal for network engineers, sales engineers, application developers, and many other telecoms pros.

This course will help applicants to understand the technology behind the apps and devices we use every day. This course will start on May 9, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Institut Mines-Télécom and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on May 9, 2017

Providers‡ Details

Institut Mines-Télécom is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering and digital technologies. Always attentive to the economic world, IMT combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations. It focuses on key transformations in Digital Technologies, Production, Energy and Ecology and trains the engineers, managers and PhDs who will be tomorrow‡s players in these key changes of the 21st century.

About This Course

4G is the cutting-edge network technology that links millions of smartphones to the internet. But how does it actually work?

Ideal for network engineers, sales engineers, application developers, and many other telecoms pros, this course will help you to understand the technology behind the apps and devices we use every day.

You‡ll get a solid overview of LTE/EPC (Long Term Evolution / Evolved Packet Core) 4G networks, how they work, how the network architecture is designed, and which protocols are used.

First, you‡ll gain exposure to the global architecture of the network, how the radio interface works, and how security is guaranteed.

Then you‡ll dive into the operational side. What is a bearer? How is it quickly configured and released? How does 4G handle millions of terminals that are on the move all the time?

Over the next few years, the advent of 5G will see over 20 billion mobile terminals go online. By mastering the key concepts of 4G, you can be ready for the next chapter in mobile networking—and the jobs of the future.

Why Take This Course?

Whether you‡re a graduate student or already in a professional role, targeting a career move or just building your skills, you‡ll gain plenty of detailed, practical knowledge that you can put into practice immediately.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe 4G networks‡ functioning and architecture.
  • Explain how telecommunications operators provide mobile users with a permanent IP address in a secure manner.
  • Analyze the internal exchanges and protocols used in a 4G network: attachment, location updating, handover.
  • Identify the transport and control functions in a 4G network. Diagnose a network service problem.


Xavier Lagrange
IMT Atlantique

Christophe Couturier
Teaching and Research Assistant
IMT Atlantique

Philippe Martins
Télécom Paris-Tech

Alexander Pelov
Associate Professor
IMT Atlantique


BSc degree (algebra, basic mathematics concepts) Network fundamentals (packet switching, layer approach, IP concepts, IP addressing) are addressed in Digital Networks Essentials.

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