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The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is a globally significant third generation (3G) mobile cellular radio system. It provides a natural progression path for all GSM/GPRS networks. The use of UMTS and HSPA enables mobile-network operators to offer higher bit rate services and much more flexible radio interface compared with 2G technologies. It is more efficient in terms of spectrum utilization. The course covers all aspects of 3G operation from the radio air interface through to the core network including planning and optimization. This course also covers the next evolutionary step for 3G networks, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). It is crucial for engineers to appreciate at this early stage the capabilities and implications for this emerging technologies. Emphasis will be given on understanding the fundamentals, radio network design and optimization. .