Lecture: Mobile Communication

The lecture is offered for Master Computer Science (module MA-INF 3202) and for B-IT students in Master Media Informatics. More information see below. Lecture and Exercises/Tutorials will be given in English language.



  • Responsible: Dr. Matthias Frank, Fabian Rump
  • Dates: Tue 16:00 to 17:30, weekly, LBH / Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144, II.27
  • Course number: 612213202


  • Term: Master
  • Requirements: see below
  • Faculty: MA-INF 3202; B-IT Media Informatics
  • Effort: 2L+2E / 6CP(MA); 4CP(B-IT MI)
  • Follow-up/Side-events: A seminar will take place in the next lecture period. Subsequent to lectures "High Performance Networking", "Principles of Distributed Systems", and "Mobile Communication" participating in a lab is possible.

Important Announcements:

  • undefinedThe exam time schedule for the second round of oral exams has been published. The exams will again be held at the LBH building (Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144) in room II.48. Please wait in front of the room until we call you in. Please bring your student id and your passport. If you will (for whatever reason) not attend the exam, please send us a short notice via email in advance. Thank you!
  • The second round of oral exams will be held on September 30, 2016. If you did not pass in the first attempt, please find additional information about how to register for your exam time slot on our mailing list.
  • undefinedThe exam time schedule has been published. The exams will be held at the LBH building (Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144) in room II.48. Please wait in front of the room until we call you in. Please bring your student id and your passport. If you will (for whatever reason) not attend the exam, please send us a short notice via email in advance. Thank you!
  • undefinedThe results of PA2 have been published. All students who passed both PAs are admitted to the oral exam. Information about the oral exams will be published via the mailing list.
  • undefinedThe results of PA1 have been published. All groups who passed PA1 can start working on PA2. The assignment sheet for PA2 can be found below.
  • undefinedA list of PA groups has been published. Please check the list and report back if your matriculation number is not on the list or something else is wrong.
  • Registration for the tutorials is now possible via the undefinedTVS system. Please register until April 19, 2016 23:59.
  • The first lecture of Mobile Communication will be held on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 14.30h in LBH room II.27



Prerequisites: (recommended)

  • for students of Master Computer Science: High Performance Networking (MA-INF 3101) or Principles of Distributed Systems (MA-INF 3105)

  • for B-IT MI students: High Performance Networking / Principles of Distributed Systems / Data Communication and Internet Technology (or similar - requiring specific negotiation with the lecturer)


Mobility Management in the Internet, Wireless Communication Basics,
Wireless Networking Technologies, Cellular/Mobile Communication
Networks (voice and data communication), Ad-hoc and Sensor

Mailing List - "Mobile Communication"

The mailing list "vl-moco" is used for news and organizational information concerning the lecture "Mobile Communication". An additional purpose is to discuss problems, e.g. with viewing or printing slides or assignment sheets. More information on subscribing the mailing list can be found undefinedhere. The mails on the list are being archived.

Slides and Presentations

Access to the files is unrestricted from within the computer science department (including VPN access). Access from outside requires a username and a password, which has been announced in the first lecture. We will *NOT* distribute the acess data via e-mail! If you miss this information, please ask your fellow students or any MoCo team member in person.

The list of chapters and subsections is preliminary and maybe subject to slight changes.

0. Important information about this lecture

undefinedSlides 1-23

undefinedGeneral information about exercises

1. Introduction

1.1. Everything moves …
1.2. Mobility versus portability
1.3. Mobile devices
1.4. Wireless communication
1.5. Mobile communication and the layer model

undefinedSlides 1-35

2. Wireless Communication Basics

2.1. Signal Propagation Characteristics
2.2. Modulation Schemes
2.3. Multiple Access Schemes
2.4. Wireless Links

undefinedSlides 1-47

3. Wireless Technologies Overview

3.1. Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 

undefinedSlides 1-74
3.2. Bluetooth undefinedSlides 1-53
3.3. WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (IEEE 802.16)
(cf. announcements in the lectures …)
Slides (will follow later)

4. Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Ad-Hoc Networks Essentials
MANET Routing
Optimized Link-State Routing
Destination-Sequenced Distant Vector
Dynamic Source Routing
Lightweight Mobile Routing
Associativity-Based Long-Lived Routing
Geographic Routing
Improved Routing Strategies

undefinedSlides 1-226

(lectures May 24th
& June 7)

(PDF with 2 on 1 page)

!!! Note large file size, ~20MB !!!

5. Cellular phone network: GSM, HSCSD, EDGE, GPRS

5.1. Motivation + Overview of GSM
5.2. GSM Network: Architecture and Concepts
5.3. Data Services in GSM: CSD and HSCSD
5.4. Packet-oriented Data Service: GPRS

undefinedSlides 1-80

6. Mobility Management in (Wireless) Networks

6.1. Mobility in the Internet – Mobile IP
6.2. Mobility Management Internet vs. GSM/GPRS
6.3. Further Information
undefinedSlides 1-28

7. Third generation (3G) mobile communication and beyond

7.1. Generations' Overview: 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
7.2. Overview of 3G/UMTS and its architecture
7.3. WCDMA Principles, Spread Spectrum
7.4. Support of mobility: Macro-diversity & Handover
7.5. Breathing cells & Power Control
7.6. Outlook: Future generations of mobile communication, 3.5G++
7.7. Further information

undefinedSlides 1-75

(Relevant parts for the exam will be announced in the last lecture + tutorial)


Practical exercises

PDF file Supplementary files Further Information
undefinedPractical Assignment 1 undefinedlq.dat.bz2Registration required (see assignment sheet)
undefinedPractical Assignment 2