Mobile Networks


The objectives of this course are focused on understanding the structure of a cellular network and the roles assigned to the different functional blocks. It is also studied the operational principles of a few local area network protocols. Students acquire skills in the simulation of cellular systems, studying the performance of these systems for different scenarios of propagation. The course also includes the development of applications for next-generation cellular systems.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Filipe Lourenço Bernardo, Paulo da Costa Luís da Fonseca Pinto


Weekly - 4

Total - 53

Teaching language



The students attending this course should have some background in basic communications mechanisms utilized at the physical layer (e.g. modulation, error coding, and network organization through protocol''''''''s stack).


- Redes Celulares, Sérgio Pinto, FCA Editores, 2009

- UMTS Signaling, R. Kreher, T. Rudebusch, Wiley, 2007

- Evolved Packet Systms (EPS),  P. Lescuyer, T. Lucidarme, Wiley, 2008

- WiMax – Technology for Broadband Wireless Access 3rd Ed., L. Nuaymi, Wiley, 2007

- The IMS – IP Multimedia Concepts and Services, M. Poikselka, G Mayer, Wiley, 2009

Teaching method

- Theoretical classes providing theoretical background and practical examples

- Laboratory classes to practice multiple exercises and interpretation of the performance results

Evaluation method

Evaluation Scheme: 2 Components

- Theoretical (2 tests (35% x 2) or 1 exam (70%) )

- Laboratory (two practical assignments with final discussion (30%))


Subject matter

- Introduction to wireless networks;

- Cellular Systems 2G: GSM;

- Cellular Systems 2G/2.5G: GSM/GPRS

- Cellular Systems 3G: UMTS

- IEEE 802.11 and 802.15.4 standards

- Cellular Systems 4G and 5G: LTE and LTE-A

- IMS: architecture/services

- IMS: Registration;

- IMS: Example of a multimedia session.


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