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Essential HSPA and HSPA+  |    A 2 day training course

HSPA and HSPA+ training course description

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) provide speeds of upto 14Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink. This theory-based course provides an overview of the 3GPP R5 and R6 HSDPA/HSUPA standards and the technologies which are involved. The HSPA+ R7 enhancements are also covered.

What will you learn
  • Explain the relationship between HSPA and UMTS.
  • Describe the benefits of HSPA/HSPA+
  • Explain the HSPA/HSPA+ technical enhancements.
  • Explain packet flows in HSPA/HSPA+.
  • Recognise the migration issues involved with HSPA/HSPA+
HSPA and HSPA+ training course details

HSPA and HSPA+ training course contents

  • UMTS review
  • UMTS architecture, components, interfaces, protocols, W-CDMA, standards, 3GPPr5, 3GPPr6, evolution to HSDPA and HSPA.

  • HSPA basics
  • What is HSDPA, what is HSUPA, key features, system capacities, data rates, delays. Key concepts: Adaptive modulation and coding (AMC), QPSK, 16QAM, HARQ, MAC-hs, multiplexing, subframes.

  • HSPA channels
  • Logical, transport, physical channels, dedicated vs. shared channels, HS-PDSCH, HS-SCCH, HS-DPCCH, code multiplexing, E-DCH, Enhanced DPCCH.

  • MAC-architecture
  • Controlling HS-DSCH, flow control, buffering, priority queues, packet scheduling, fast packet scheduling, Selecting modulation and coding. HARQ: Packet retransmissions, Incremental redundancy, comparison with ARQ, TFRC. MAC-d, MAC-c/sh, MAC-hs, MAC-es, MAC-e.

  • HSPA migration
  • HSDPA in the Radio Access Network (RAN), reuse of existing UMTS components, changes required, Impact on Iub/Iur interfaces, new and modified NBAP procedures, backwards compatibility.

  • Packet flows
  • Packet data session setup, simultaneous voice and data, QoS, TCP flow control, WCDMA packet scheduler, mobility procedures.

  • HSPA phase 2 (3GPP r6)
  • What is evolved HSPA? Speeds. Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO). Optional all IP architecture. R8 and LTE.

Learning path



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Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning.