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.




  • Term: Master Computer Science, Diploma (Graduate)
  • Requirements: see below
  • Faculty: MA-INF 3202; alte DPO: B/C; neue DPO: B
  • Effort: 2L+2E / 6CP (diploma 4CP)
  • 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:

Registration - information on how to officially register for the module "Mobile Communication" can be found undefinedin this slide set - the deadline for registration is Nov. 30, 2011 (for all students of Uni Bonn).

If you did not participate in the first lecture on Tuesday October 11, please carefully read the "undefinedinformation on tutorials/exercises".

The first assignment sheet will appear on Tuesday October 18, the first exercise will take place on Tuesday October 25, attendance and preparation/active participation is mandatory!

Please note that the lecture room has been changed to LBH III.03a compared to the prior announcement of room II.27!.


  • 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 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.

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

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slides 1-11 (726.847 Bytes)
slides 12-22 (661.157 Bytes)

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

Slides 1-33 (1.915.219 Bytes)
slides 1-26 (887.486 Bytes)
slides 27-33 (1.036.450 Bytes)

2. Wireless Communication Basics

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

Slides 1-46 (1.201.386 Bytes)

3. Wireless Technologies Overview

3.1. Bluetooth

Slides 1-53
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3.2. Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 Slides 1-71 (780.591 Bytes)
3.3. WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (IEEE 802.16)
(this subsection maybe very short …)
Slides 1-32 (1.553.800 Bytes)
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slides 21-32 (992.626 Bytes)

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

4.1. Motivation + Overview of GSM
4.2. GSM Network: Architecture and Concepts
4.3. Data Services in GSM: CSD and HSCSD
4.4. Packet-oriented Data Service: GPRS

Slides 1-79 (1.261.775 Bytes)

5. Mobility Management in (Wireless) Networks

5.1. Mobility in the Internet – Mobile IP
5.2. Mobility Management Internet vs. GSM/GPRS
5.3. Further Information
Slides 1-27 (319.425 Bytes)

6. Third generation mobile communication: UMTS

6.1. Overview of 3G/UMTS and its architecture
6.2. WCDMA Principles, Spread Spectrum
6.3. Support of mobility: Macro-diversity & Handover
6.4. Breathing cells & Power Control
6.5. Outlook: Future generations of mobile communication
6.6. Further information
Slides 1-64 (1.874.922 Bytes)
slides 1-42 (881.932 Bytes)
slides 43-64 (1.004.122 Bytes)

Changes / Add-ons in chapter 6

6.5. Outlook: Future generations of mobile communication

slides 38-51
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7. Mobile Ad hoc Networks    (guest lecture Dr. Michael Gerharz) Handout (2.250.477 Bytes)
Sensor Networks Overview    (guest lecture Prof. Dr. Pedro José Marrón) Slides (670.620 Bytes)


Assignment Sheets

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Practical exercises

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