The course includes two modules of 5 credits each:
1) Mobile Radio Networks
2) Wireless Internet
The two courses will be offered in parallel during the semester for avoiding conflicts with the weekly schedule of the other courses. However, the lecture planning is organized so that the students attending both modules will have an integrated presentation of the two sets topics.
Module 1: Mobile Radio Networks
1.1 Multiple access techniques for radio systems with central channel.
1.2 Cellular coverage
1.3 Frequency reuse
1.4 Network architecture and functional elements
1.5 Mobility management: cell selection, location management, and handover.
2 Capacity and radio planning
2.1 Mathematical models and algorithms for coverage optimization.
2.2 Mathematical models and algorithms for static frequency assignment.
2.3 Dynamic channel allocation techniques.
3 Performance analysis
3.1 Models for the capacity of CDMA systems
3.2 Teletraffic models for the performance evaluation at session level.
3.3 Models for the dimensioning of cells and location areas.
4 The GSM system
4.1 Architectures and interfaces
4.2 Physical and logical channels
4.3 Transport in the fixed network
4.4 Mobility management mechanisms: location management and handover
4.5 Architecture of the signaling network, signaling protocols, network databases, call management procedures, mobility management procedures.
4.6 GPRS: radio interface, medium access control (MAC), IP support network, interconnection nodes, mobility management, protocol architecture, interconnection scenarios with public and private IP networks.
5 The UMTS system
5.1 Radio Access
5.2 Spreading and coding
5.3 Transport and signaling channels
5.4 Power control
5.5 Radio resource management
5.6 Packet data services
6 The LTE system
6.1 System architecture
6.2 Radio Interface
6.3 Core Network
Module 2: Wireless Internet
1. Technologies for wireless networks
1.1. Wi-Fi (Architectures and protocols of WLANs, IEEE specifications 802.11, multiple access mechanism, frame formats, distribution system, mobility management),
1.2. Bluetooth (Bluetooth & IEEE 802.15.1 specifications, picocells and scatternets, channel access, stations states, network formation and signaling),
1.3. Zigbee (IEEE 802.15.4 and Zigbee specifications, network architecture, multiple access mechanism, routing and addressing),
1.4. WMAN (IEEE 802.16 – WiMaX specifications, network architecture, Point-To-Multipoint mode, MESH mode, channel access and scheduling).
2. Network and transport levels
2.1. Network management at network level (Mobile IP, micro-mobility protocols).
2.2. TCP on wireless (algorithms for dealing with channel error, end-to-end approaches, indirect TCP, link layer approaches, analytical models of TCP performance on lossy channels).
3. Multiple access to radio channel)
3.1. Aloha protocol (infinite population model, finite polation model, single-buffer model)
3.2. Algorithms for stabilizing random access (stabilized Aloha, stack algorithms)
3.3. Models of CSMA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access), CSMA/CD (CSMA with Collision Detect), CSMA/CA (CSMA with Collision Avoidance),
3.4. Reservation Aloha and PRMA,
3.5. Polling systems (waiting time models, exhaustive service, gated service, limited service, round robin service)
3.6. Scheduled radio access (signaling needs, channel state dependent scheduling, multi-carrier scheduling).
4. Ad hoc networks
4.1. Basics of ad-hoc and MESH networks.
4.2. Medium access control in ad hoc networks.
4.3. Routing ad-hoc networks (proactive routing, reactive routing, geographic routing, hybrid routing).
4.4. Broadcast and multicast in ad-hoc networks (models and protocols).
The final exam is written and oral. Optional project activity is also evaluated for the exam.