Lecture: Mobile Communication

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



  • Responsible: Sascha Jopen
  • Dates: Tue 16 to 17:30, weekly, LBH / Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144, II.27/27a
  • Course number: 612213202


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

Important Announcements:

The registration is now open. Please register with TVS undefinedhttps://puma.cs.uni-bonn.de/ until 22.04.2014 12:00. You have to enter two choices for the tutorial date as required by the system, although we actually only offer one tutorial!

The first lecture of Mobile Communication was on Tuesday April 08, 2014 at 14.30h in LBH room II.27/27a. (undefinedImportant information on tutorials exercises here)

On April 03, 1889 (i.e. 125 years ago from our year 2014), prominent Heinrich Hertz took a position of Professor of Physics and Director of the Physics Institute at the University of Bonn. More on his biography undefinedcan be found here. Heinrich Hertz laid important foundations for wireless radio communication, about which you will learn in our lecture (among many other things).

Registration for the tutorial/exercise group (group Tuesday 16.00-17.30h) will be done online via the TVS-system (undefinedhttps://puma.cs.uni-bonn.de/). Information on the registration process will be given in the first lecture (an e-mail on the MoCo mailing list will follow - the registration process will start in the second lecture week).

The first assignment sheet will appear on Tuesday April 15, the first exercise will take place on Tuesday April 22..

The first practical assignment sheet will be published on Tuesday April 8. Questions on this will be taken after the lecture and/or the exercise/tutorial meetings.

Prerequisites: (recommended)

  • for students of Master Computer Science: High Performance Networking (MA-INF 3101)

  • for Diploma students: High Performance Networking or legacy: Data Communication and Internet Technology or Rechnernetze I

  • for B-IT MI students: High Performance Networking / 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. Access from outside requires a username and a password, which has been announced in the first lecture.

0. Important information about this lecture undefinedSlides 1-21
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 1-33

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. Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Ad-Hoc Networks Essentials
MANET Routing
Optimized Link-State Routing
Destination-Sequenced Distant Vector

Part 2:
Dynamic Source Routing
Lightweight Mobile Routing
Associativity-Based Long-Lived Routing
Geographic Routing
Improved Routing Strategies

undefinedSlides (part 1)

!!! Note large file size, ~15MB !!!

undefinedSlides (part 2)

undefinedSlides - all in one PDF
(one slide per page)

4. Wireless Technologies Overview

4.1. Bluetooth

Supplementary: Animation(s)

undefinedSlides 1-53


4.2. Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 undefinedSlides 1-71
4.3. WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (IEEE 802.16)
(cf. announcements in the lectures …)
undefinedSlides 1-32

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 mobile communication: UMTS

7.1. Overview of 3G/UMTS and its architecture
7.2. WCDMA Principles, Spread Spectrum
7.3. Support of mobility: Macro-diversity & Handover
7.4. Breathing cells & Power Control
7.5. Outlook: Future generations of mobile communication
7.6. Further information
undefinedSlides 1-74


Assignment Sheets

The PDF files can be viewed and printed with Adobe Reader. The program is undefinedavailable for free and installed on nearly all hosts of the institute.

undefinedInformation on Tutorials/Exercises

Exam Admittance (tba towards the end of the lecturing time)

Exam Schedule (tba towards the end of the lecturing time)

PDF-file Supplementary Slides Further Information
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Practical exercises

PDF-file Supplementary Slides Further Information
undefinedPA1 undefinedlq.dat.bz2 registration (see PA1 sheet)
undefinedPA2 undefinedSlides undefinedResults