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
  • Start: will be announced in the fist week of the lecture period
  • Dates: Tue 16:00 to 17:30, weekly, LBH / Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144, II.27
  • Course number: 612213202


  • Term: Master
  • Requirements: Basic knowledge of communications systems and protocols, e.g. from a Bachelor course on computer networks (or similar topics)
  • Faculty: MA-INF 3202; B-IT Media Informatics
  • Effort: 2L+2E / 6CP(MA); 4CP(B-IT MI)
  • Follow-up/Side-events: We are offering a periodical seminar and a lab in each semester. However, the research activities of our department ar currently focused on IT security, thus it is not foreseeable how many topics related to Mobile Communication will be on offer.

Prerequisites (recommended)

We recommend existing basic knowledge on computer networks and communication systems protocols, e.g. coming from appropriate courses of your Bachelor programme.

For the Uni Bonn German programme "Bachelor Informatik" we recommend participation in the course BA-INF 101 "Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemem (KIVS)". All lecture material (slides, assignment sheets, ...) is available in English language and maybe helpful also for Master students who have not done the BA degree in Bonn. You can access the recent course material (of winter term 2016/2017) here on the KIVS web page (no username/password required from within the University computer network).


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

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.

Important Announcements:

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

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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

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2. Wireless Communication Basics

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

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3. Wireless Technologies Overview

3.1. Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 

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3.2. Bluetooth undefinedSlides 1-54
3.3. WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (IEEE 802.16)
(cf. announcements in the lectures …)

4. Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Ad-Hoc Networks Essentials
Optimized Link-State Routing
Dynamic Source Routing

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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

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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
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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


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