The course provides insight into the operation of cellular communication systems. The focus of the course is on architectural, networking and protocol aspects rather than radio.
Main topics of the course are the UMTS network architecture, network elements, protocols and services of UMTS systems. We will discuss central system functions as mobility management, management of the radio resources, session and call control functions, provision of a certain quality of service as well as authentication, authorization and accounting aspects.
Based on the acquired knowledge of UMTS systems, further advancements will be discussed, esp. High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA), Long-Term Evolution (LTE and LTE-Advanced) and System Architecture Evolution (SAE).
The course will also enable students to do individual studies and research in the area.
The course consists of two parts: In the first part of the semester, lectures on the material are given. In the second part, individual studies (reading a paper and a presentation) help to improve understanding of the material.
Grading scheme: 20% individual studies, 80% oral exam (20 min, registration at ICS office in Z1031).
At least 50% correct answers are required to pass oral exam (typically 5 topics are raised during oral exam).
Binding registration for the exam (using Thoska or the registration form provided by the examination office IA) is required at the beginning of each semester (check the registration time window which is defined each semester) in order to participate in individual studies projects and the oral exam. As your course grade is a result of the individual studies and the oral exam, only formally registered students are eligible for participation in the individual studies and may receive credits for it.
Requirements: Communication Networks and Protocols, Advanced Mobile Communication Networks (AMCN).
Special remarks for students of Informatik and Ingenieurinformatik Diploma programs:
Die Anrechnung der SWS für Praxisseminare in Komplexprüfungen kann nur nach vollständigem, erfolgreichen Abschluss der Individual Studies erfolgen. Andernfalls ist die Teilnahme an der Komplexprüfung, bzw. Anrechnung des Praxisseminars dafür, nicht möglich.