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Course Outline: 0432 L 310 VL Modern Wireless Networks

Introduction
The goal of this lecture is twofold. First, to provide a solid overview of modern wireless communications systems. To this end, the scope of addressed topics is very broad, ranging from technologies suited for personal (Bluetooth) and local communication (IEEE 802.11) to the classical cellular networks, including the most important standards in the evolution path: GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, and LTE-Advanced. Second and most importantly, the aspect of integration of the above mentioned systems will be discussed, with many practical details on how different technologies and solutions can co-exist together in order to improve the overall service efficiency. A special attention will be put on problems with adjusting the individual mechanisms/solutions to work in a co-operative framework.
Lecture Topics
  • Basics of wireless communication
  • MAC layer solutions in wireless systems
  • IEEE 802.11 standard and its most recent extensions
  • IP-based mobility
  • TCP for wireless networks
  • Bluetooth standard and its evolution
  • Sensor networks
  • Ad-hoc networks
  • Mesh networks 
  • Cellular networks: detailed overview of GSM, UMTS and LTE/LTE-A and evolution perspectives 
Prerequisites
BSc module „Kommunikationsnetze” or similar knowledge is required.
Exam
Depending on the number of students either oral exam or written test.
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