Basic Cellular Networks Operator Course
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Basic Cellular Networks Operator Course

4.4 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Josh Russell
Last updated 1/2017
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the fundametnal principles used in creating a cellular communication network.
  • Gain a solid foundation for better understanding protocol specific network thoery like GSM and CDMA.
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  • This course is a beginner level course that teaches basic principles used in the development of wireless telecommunications networks.
  • No special equipment is needed to take the course. External speakers may help with setting a desirable volume level.
  • There are no additional materials required to take the course.

About This Course

Learn the fundamental concepts that every cellular network operator needs to know about cell phone architecture and functionality.   This course is tailored to students with little to no background in RF Engineering who want to learn the practical functions of how a cell phone network operates.



 This course covers fundamental principles used in wireless telecommunication including discussions about the history of cellular communications, radio frequency engineering, cell site planning, equipment components, and call processes.  By taking this course students will quickly grasp the same complicated subjects that are taught to military intelligence and law enforcement officers who work with cellular telecommunications in their respective duties.

This course is designed to be a beginner level class for students that are studying cellular protocol theory.  This class does not cover a specific cell phone protocol, rather it provides an overview of fundamental principles used in every type of cellular network architecture.  The topics discussed in this class are universal to all cell phone protocols and thus are necessary for those studying advanced protocol theory. 

This course is ideal for students who are either interested in RF engineering as a career or academic field, employees of wireless service providers, members of law enforcement or military, or professionals with a need to understand the basic workings of cellular technology.

The course uses a teaching method and approach that was developed for teaching military and law enforcement officers.  It takes into account that most students do not have an engineering background.  No complex math or abstract principles are presented, and every concept is illustrated with in depth talking points.  

Course Instructor.

This course is presented by retired Army sergeant Josh Russell.  Josh is a SIGNAL Intelligence and military intelligence expert with a background in special operations (SOF).  

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning level engineer students, military service members, law enforcement officers, business professionals, amateur radio enthusiasts
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Basic Cellular Networks Operator Course
15 Lectures 02:14:08

In this section I go over the course syllabus and talk briefly about the content of each individual lesson.

Preview 09:22

Learn about the development of radio communication technology leading up to the invention of the first cellular telecommunication networks.

Preview 13:56

An overview of how the first cellular networks were designed and deployed.

The First Cellular Concept

An overview of cell phone tower design and how radio coverage from a tower is determined.

Basic Cellular Architecture

This section describes a way to breakdown any cellular network protocol into 3 main categories that can be examined separately.  This enhances the students ability to absorb the technical aspects of cellular protocol theory.

Network System Layers

Check on learning lectures 2 through 5

Quiz 1
10 questions

A discussion about the use of channelization in cellular networks. This includes multiple definitions of the work "channel" within the network system protocol.

Radio Frequency Channels

Every cell phone network strives to achieve a high customer capacity.  This lesson talks about how engineers design a cellular network so that it provides service to high numbers of customers while using very limited resources.

Multiple Access

This section talks about how cell phones area able to transmit and receive signals simultaneously, allowing for cell phones to be mobile while also providing a quality user experience.


Check on learning Lecture 6 through 8

Quiz 2
11 questions

One of the basic principles of Radio Frequency Propagation.  We talk about the correlation between frequencies and their wavelengths and the implications this has on cellular telecommunication signals.

Frequency & Wavelength

Frequency, Wavelength, Amplitude

This lesson on modulation talks about the formation of an electromagnetic wave and how engineers design a protocol to add information to those waves so that they can provide voice and data services over the air.


This section talks about how cell phones measure the strength of the signal transmitted by a cell phone tower.

Preview 06:39

dBm Chart

Check on learning lectures 9 through 11

Quiz 3
10 questions

In this lesson we examine the procedural steps that are common in most cell phone networks when a call is made.

Call Flow Processes Part 1

Call Processes Part 2 & Conclusion

Final Exam
15 questions
About the Instructor
Josh Russell
4.4 Average rating
5 Reviews
20 Students
1 Course
SFC USA - Retired

I retired from the US ARMY in 2011 after spending 12 years in Military Intelligence as a SIGINT and Electronic Warfare Operator.  While I was on active duty my main focus was to use my knowledge of Radio Frequency Propagation and Cellular Communication to collect battlefield information and target acquisition.  Through necessity I developed an expert level of knowledge about the practical functionality of cell phone networks.  

In my UDEMY courses I use a curriculum to teach cellular network theory that I developed and used (and still use) to teach Military Intelligence Officers, Electronic Warfare Operators, and even Special Forces Green Berets, and Navy Seals.