Course Overview

Wireless 101 is designed to familiarize participants with the practical aspects of wireless communication systems and their industrial applications. When it comes to modern cellular systems, it is important to understand the numerous technological developments that affect its deployment and the business ecosystem.

Foundational theories of cellular communication are an important, yet often overlooked, domain in today’s wireless world. This course provides the basic principles of Radio Frequency (RF) theories and the underlying RF principles that apply to today’s cellular systems. After reviewing current industry practices around macro cell sites, we’ll study how cell sites are designed, the hardware components at a typical cell site, and the RF measurements necessary to maintain the integrity of a cellular network.

Intended Audiences

  • All job types
  • Personnel without any cellular/RF background
  • Decision-makers and operations personnel
  • Personnel who desire to refresh and advance their understanding of RF fundamentals and examine current trends, standards, and practices


None. Successful completion of this course is considered a prerequisite for other TEC learning modules.

Key Takeaways

  • List the forces driving demand for wireless communication networks.
  • Explain the relationship between spectrum, spectral efficiency, and speed of data services.
  • RF characteristics and behaviors in outdoor and indoor environments.
  • Perform link budget analysis for uplink and downlink.
  • Outline antenna characteristics.
  • Gain an understanding of different generations of cellular technologies.
  • Identify the roles of ITU, 3GPP, FCC, and NTIA.
  • Identify the different types of cell sites and their components.
  • Define industry accepted terminologies.

Course Includes

  • Course outline
  • Online access to self-guided PowerPoint deck
  • Certificate of completion


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