Learning outcomes of the course unit
Overview of main telecommunication systems, with particular attention to wireless systems.
Course contents summary
Introduction to wireless networks. Characterization of the wireless propagation medium. Contention access methods (with fixed resource assignment and with random access). Communication noise. Cellular network plannin. Personal area networks (PAN). Evolution of cellular systems from 2G to 3G: GSM, GPRS, UMTS. Wireles local area networks (WLAN): 802.11 protocols and real cases.
Laboratory classes with Opnet network simulator.
- A. B. Carlson e P. B. Crilly, Communication Systems: an Introduction to Signals and Noise in Electrical Communication, Mcgraw Hill Higher Education, 5th edition, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0071263320.
- P. M. Shankar, Introduction to Wireless Systems, Wiley, 2001, ISBN-13: 978-0471321675.
- K. Pahlavan e Prashant Krishnamurthy, Principles of Wireless Networks: a Unified Approach, Prentice Hall (Communications Engineering and Emerging Technologies Series), 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0130930033.
- S. Haykin e M. Moher, Modern Wireless Communications, Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0130224729.
- F. Muratore (Ed.), UMTS: Mobile Communications for the Future, Wiley, 2001, ISBN: 0-471-49829-7.
- Rysay Research/3G Americas, HSPA to LTE-Advanced: 3GPP Broadband Evolution to IMT-Advanced (4G), September 2009.
- E. Aboelela, Network Simulation Experiments Manual, Morgan Kaufmann (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking), 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0120421718.
Direct theory classes (2/3 of the course). Laboratory classes (1/3 of the course) with final project to carry out with Opnet simulator.
Assessment methods and criteria
Intermediate exam on the theoretical part at the end of the first two months. Final project with Opnet.