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: Sascha Jopen
  • Dates: Tue 16:00 to 17:30, weekly, LBH / Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144, II.27/27a
  • Course number: 612113202


  • Term: Master Computer Science
  • 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:

The time slots for the second round of oral exams have been determined. undefinedYou can see your exam time slots here.

The time slots for the first round of oral exams have been determined. undefinedYou can see your exam time slots here.

Presentations for PA2 are finished. You can see undefinedyour results and also the final exam admission here.

The registration for our tutorials is now open. Please register with TVS undefinedhttps://puma.cs.uni-bonn.de/ until 21.04.2015 23:59. You have to enter two choices for the tutorial date as required by the system, although we actually only offer one tutorial!

The first assignment sheet will appear on Tuesday April 21, the first exercise will take place on Tuesday April 28.

The first practical assignment sheet was published on Wednesday April 15. Questions on this will be taken after the lecture and/or the exercise/tutorial meetings.

The first lecture of Mobile Communication will be held on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 14.30h in LBH room II.27/27a

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. Access from outside requires a username and a password, which has been announced in the first lecture.

0. Important information about this lecture

undefinedSlides 1-22

undefinedInformation 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 1-34

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 …)
undefinedSlides 1-33

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 1-225
(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 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.

Information 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
 undefinedSheet 01 undefinedFrequency Map Deutschlandradio Introduction
 undefinedSheet 02 Communication Basics
 undefinedSheet 03 Wireless LAN
 undefinedSheet 04 Mobile Adhoc Networks
 undefinedSheet 05 Bluetooth
 undefinedSheet 06 GSM
undefinedSheet 07 Exam preparation


Practical exercises

PDF-file Supplementary Slides Further Information
undefinedPractical Assignment Sheet 1 undefinedlq.dat.bz2 Registration required (see assignment sheet)
undefinedPractical Assignment Sheet 2