ING-INF/03 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Knowledge of technologies used in mobile networks, markedly different from those adopted in fixed networks due to the characteristics of the radio channel and management of user mobility. Ability to carry out the planning of a mobile network. Knowledge of current operating standards. Knowledge of the features of the mobile services already present in the market and next.

The student must acquire the ability to rationally communicate his knowledge on the subjects of the course topics, with specialized vocabulary in the field. Ability to read independently standards and scientific literature in order to keep abreast of rapid developments in mobile radio technologies and to investigate complex issues.

Course Structure

Frontal classes and laboratory

Detailed Course Content


Introduction and basic concepts. Classification, motivation and requirements of mobile networks. Issues on wireless channel and mobility management.

Wireless Channel and RadioTransmission. Radio propagation model. Modulation techniques. Cell dimensioning.

Radio Access: Techniques for multiple access. Modeling radio resource sharing

Radio Planning: Cellular coverage and frequency reuse. Techniques for static and dynamic allocation of frequencies. Analysis of radio capacity.

Mobility management and Performance Analysis: Cell Selection, Handover, Location Updating. Teletraffic models. Mobility patterns.

2nd generation mobile networks. GSM: Architecture and radio interface; physical and logical channels; management of the mobility, radio resources and security; the GSM services. GPRS radio interface, medium access control, protocol architecture. Hints on EDGE.

3rd generation mobile networks. UMTS radio interface and architecture; management of the mobility, radio resources and security; UMTS services and QoS classes.

4th generation mobile networks. LTE main features and performance, network architecture, radio interface, services.

On 5G. Challenges and Solutions.

LTE test laboratory.

Textbook Information

1. H. Walke: “Mobile Radio Networks”, Wiley.

2. M. Schwartz, “Mobile Wireless Communications”, Cambridge University Press.

3. O. Bertazioli, L. Favalli, “GSM-GPRS”, 2° Edizione, Hoepli Informatica.

4. G. Columpsi, M. Leonardi, A. Ricci: “UMTS, tecniche ed architetture per le reti di comunicazioni mobili multimediali”, 2° Edizione, Hoepli Informatica.

5. C. Cox, “An introduction to LTE: LTE LTE-Advanced, SAE, VoLTE and 4G Mobile Communications”, 2° Edizione, Wiley.

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