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Seit WiSe 2020/21


Wireless Communication Systems


Caire, Giuseppe




Fakultät IV

Institut für Telekommunikationssysteme

34331600 FG Theoretische Grundlagen der Kommunikationstechnik

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Mohr, Werner


Learning Outcomes

Students acquire the fundamental background on Wireless Communication Systems and a broad overview of the current and near future standards such as LTE and 5G Wireless Networks. Furthermore, students acquire concepts and principles of the economic and market drivers beyond the development of wireless communication systems, and get ideas and examples of the industrial research and standardization process behind the development of such systems.


This module deals with the theoretical basis and most relevant wireless communication systems and discusses their architecture, interfaces and services. In the theoretical part the cellular concept, radio propagation and diversity, digital modulation, coding and scheduling as well as multiple access schemes are explained to derive the basic system concepts of deployed systems. The corresponding radio interfaces are explained and compared. As an example of today’s broadband mobile systems based on IP technology, LTE and 5G are presented in detail. System planning and maintenance issues are introduced as well. A special highlight consists of the economic importance and costs of the different components of the system. In an outlook future research directions towards beyond 5G / 6G systems as well as means for collaborative research are presented. It is the objective of this module to link communication theory with industrial research and development towards deployed systems in our societies and economies. • Basic environment of Mobile Communication: History of Mobile Communication, Market, Regulation and Standardization, Frequencies, Mobile Channel, Cellular Radio, Services. • Theoretical foundation of wireless communication systems including cellular concept, radio propagation and diversity, digital modulation, multiple access schemes, coding and scheduling. • Overview of Wireless Communication Systems: Public Cellular Mobile Radio Systems, Trunked Mobile Radio, Broadband Wireless Access (WiFi, WiMax). • Network Planning and Optimization. • GSM: General overview, Architecture, The Radio Interface, Signaling Architecture and Protocols, Signaling Functions, Network Management, GSM-R. • 3G Systems: General overview, Architecture, The Radio Interface, HSPA, Basic Core Entities, The Core Network, Services. • 4G and 5G: Multi Radio Access, End-to-End IP, LTE, Further research activities. • Economics: Basics, Structure of the Business Case UMTS, Business Case LTE, new business models for 5G for verticals. • Applications (WLANs, Cellular, Vectoring in cable modem transmission)

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Wireless Communication SystemsVL0432 L 615WiSeEnglish3
Wireless Communication SystemsUE34331600 L 015WiSeEnglish1

Workload and Credit Points

Wireless Communication Systems (VL):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
135.0h(~5 LP)
Pre/post processing15.03.0h45.0h
Preparation and Homework15.03.0h45.0h

Wireless Communication Systems (UE):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
45.0h(~2 LP)
Pre/post processing15.01.0h15.0h
Preparation and Homework15.01.0h15.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The module consists of conventional frontal teaching in class, developing theoretical and mathematical basic concepts as well as providing industrial and economic background, exercises developed in class, in order to develop problem-solving skills and reinforce comprehension of the theory.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Prerequisite for participation to courses are a mathematical background at the level of beginning MS students in Electrical Engineering (multivariate calculus, Fourier and Laplace Transforms, signals and systems, linear algebra and notions of matrix theory). The course is open to students enrolled in any MSc in EE CS, Mathematics and Physics.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

(Deliverable assessment) Project presentation40oral30 min
(Examination) Written test40written80 min
(Learning Process review) Oral consultation20oral20 min

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

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Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

Course teaching and organization is supported by an ISIS course. The exam registration via Qispos.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Computer Engineering (M. Sc.)120WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23
Computer Science (Informatik) (M. Sc.)110WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23
Elektrotechnik (M. Sc.)115WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23
Information Systems Management (Wirtschaftsinformatik) (M. Sc.)15WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23
Technomathematik (B. Sc.)15WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23
Technomathematik (M. Sc.)15WiSe 2020/21WiSe 2022/23

Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


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