Lecture: Mobile Communication

The lecture is offered for Master Computer Science (module MA-INF 3202) Lecture and Exercises/Tutorials will be given in English language.




  • Term: Master Computer Science
  • Requirements: Basic knowledge of communications systems and protocols, e.g. from a Bachelor course on computer networks (or similar topics)
  • Faculty: MA-INF 3202
  • Effort: 2L+2E / 6CP


  • 2023-06-27: We have decided to extend the deadline of Sheet 5 Task 3 by one week, the new deadline for this task is now 2023-07-02 (Sunday) at 23:59. Please note that this extension is valid only for this task and not the whole sheet.
  • 2023-06-07: We have decided to extend the deadline of the LoRaWAN crypto challenge by one week, the new deadline for this task is now 2023-06-18 (Sunday) at 23:59. Please note that this extension is valid only for sheet 4 task 3 (40 points) and not for the whole sheet.
  • Like every year there are multiple students which registered a PECAS group but do not appear in our list of participants that was derived from the registrations in TVS. We do not have any means to contact such students directly because we only know the GitLab account name and don't have any names, matriculation numbers or email addresses. If this description fits you, YOU NEED TO BECOME ACTIVE. Please send an e-mail to the orga mailing list, containing the names, matriculation numbers, CS account names and e-mail addresses of all participants of your PECAS group. GitLab-participants that do not appear in our list of participants have to be removed from repositories for the reasons described above.
  • 2023-04-04: The first introductory lecture took place, if you didn't attend, please consult the Orga slide set and/or consult with fellow students.

Exam Dates


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

Prerequisites (recommended)

We recommend existing basic knowledge on computer networks and communication systems protocols, e.g. coming from appropriate courses of your Bachelor programme. From the Uni Bonn "Bachelor Informatik" curriculum, we recommend the contents of the course BA-INF 101 "Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemem (KIVS)". All lecture slides are available in English language and may also be helpful for Master students who have not done taken this course. You can access the most recent course material undefinedhere on the KIVS web page (no username/password required from within the University computer network).

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

Orga Information about Lecture, Exercise, Registration, Admission & Exam
0. Important information about this lecture undefinedSlides
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


2. Wireless Communication Basics

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


3. Wireless Technologies Overview

3.1. Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 


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


Will not be discussed in the live lecture (and will not be relevant for the exams).

undefined30 min. video of 3.3. on WiMAX is available from SS 2021.

4. LoRa and LoRaWAN - Long Range Wide Area Networks



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


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

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++

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Assignment Sheets

PDF file Supplementary files Further Information
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