VT 2002, Period 4, 2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures (Arkitekturer för trådlösa och mobila nätverk)

Last modified: 2002-11-06


  • See note in the Exam section for more details on the oral presentations.

2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures is a 5 point course designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; especially those in the Telecommunication Graduate Program or the International Masters Wireless program.

Advanced undergraduates should have completed the course 2G1305 (Internetworking) or 2G1701 (Advanced Internetworking) or an equivalent course with a grade of 4 or 5 and obtain permission of the 2G1330 instructor.

Information is available on:


This course will give both practical and general knowledge concerning wireless and mobile network architectures. After this course you should have some knowledge of these architectures and understand the basic priciples behind them. You should be able to read the current literature at the level of conference papers in this area.

As with the Internetworking course you may not be able to understand all of the papers in journals, magazines, and conferences in this area - you should be able to read 90% or more of them and have good comprehension. In this area it is especially important that develop a habit of reading the journals, trade papers, etc. In addition, you should also be aware of both standardization activities, new products/services, and public policy in the area.

You should be able to write papers suitable for submission to Mobicom and other conferences and journals in the area. This course should prepare you for starting an exjobb in this area (for undergraduate students) or beginning a thesis or dissertation (for graduate students).


  • Telesys, gk or Datorkommunikation och datornät/Data and Computer Communications or equivalent knowledge in Computer Communications; Internetworking; and permission of the instructor

Students considering participating in this course should contact the instructor.


This course will focus on the network architectures that are used in wireless and mobile networks. In some cases we will dig deeper into the protocols used by such networks. The course should give both practical and more general knowledge concerning the these network architectures.

The course consists of 10 hours of lectures, 10 hours of recitation (övningar), and an assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student.


  • Mobility Management
  • Handoff Management: Detection and Assignment, Radio Link Transfer
  • Network Signaling
  • Intersystem Handoff and Authentication in IS-41
  • Roaming
  • Example networks: Cellular Digital Packet Data, GSM, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), WLAN
  • Mobile Number Portability, User Mobility, Device Mobility, ...
  • Economic models, such as, Prepaid, Flat rate, ...
  • Mobile Services
  • Heterogeneous networks

Examination Requirements

  • An assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student (5 p)
  • Registration: 5 April 2002, to maguire@it.kth.se giving:
    • Group members, leader.
    • Topic selected
  • Written report
    • The length of the final report should be 10 pages (roughly 5,000 words) for each student.
    • The report may be in the form of a collections of papers, with each paper suitable for submission to a conference or journal
    • Contribution by each member of the group - must be clear (in the case where the report is a collection of papers - the role of each member of the group can be explain in the overall introduction to the papers.
    • The report should clearly describe: 1) what you have done; 2) who did what; if you have done some implementation and measurements you should describe the methods and tools used, along with the test or implementation results, and your analysis. Final Report: written report due 3 June 2002 + oral presentations scheduled 3rd and 4th of June 2002
    • Send email with URL link to maguire@it.kth.se
    • Late assignments will not be accepted
    • Note that it is pemissible to start working well in advance of the deadlines!
  • Oral presentations: 3rd and 4th of June from 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-18.00 each day, in seminar room "Castor", 8th floor of Forum building; Each group should present their results for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. You only need to attend the day you present.
    • 3 June
      • 8.00- 8.30 -- MG
      • 8.30- 9.00 -- DGT
      • 9.00- 9.30 (otherwise taken)
      • 9.30-10.00 -- SP
      • 10.00-10.30 -- CL
      • 10.30-11.00 -- LYM
      • 11.00-11.30 -- KL
      • 11.30-12.00
      • 13.00-13.30 -- RN
      • 13.30-14.00 -- BL
      • 14.00-14.30
      • 14.30-15.00
      • 15.00-15.30 (otherwise taken)
      • 15.30-16.00 (otherwise taken)
      • 16.00-16.30 (otherwise taken)
      • 16.30-17.00 (otherwise taken)
      • 17.00-17.30
      • 17.30-18.00 -- MSJ
    • 4 June
      • 8.00- 8.30 -- YBJ
      • 8.30- 9.00 -- VK
      • 9.00- 9.30 -- PL
      • 9.30-10.00 -- EH
      • 10.00-10.30 -- AW, WW, and SS
      • 10.30-11.00 -- AG and SB
      • 11.00-11.30 -- KC
      • 11.30-12.00 -- PL
      • 13.00-13.30 -- YR
      • 13.30-14.00 -- MA and IG
      • 14.00-14.30 -- AB
      • 14.30-15.00 -- BK
      • 15.00-15.30 -- SP
      • 15.30-16.00 -- SS and FG
      • 16.00-16.30 -- GS
      • 16.30-17.00 -- PÖ and DF
      • 17.00-17.30 -- SMS and MM
      • 17.30-18.00 -- MÅ

Grades: U, 3, 4, 5


Main Text-Book

The course will mainly be based on the book Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures by Yi-Bing Lin, Imrich Chlamtac, John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471394920

Copies of the textbook will be on sale at the "Kistabutiken" (student bookshop), located in Electrum, level 3. Above the restaurant.

Additional Reference Books

  • Mobile IP: Design Principles and Practices by Charles E. Perkins, Addison-Wesley, 1998, ISDN 0-201-63469-4.
  • Mobile IP: the Internet Unplugged by James D. Solomon, Prentice Hall, 1998, ISBN 0-13-856246-6.
  • Pervasive Computing: Technology and Architecture of Mobile Internet Applications by Jochen Burkhardt, Dr. Horst Henn, Stefan Hepper, Klaus Rintdoff, and Thomas Schäck, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-72215-1. This is a book about writing Java server applications for PDA, WAP devices, PCs, ... .
  • Wireless Internet Applications and Architecture: Building Professional Wireless Applications Worldwide by Mark Beaulieu, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-73354-4. This book gives provides some good descriptions of why mobile applications are not like desktop applications.
  • William C.Y. Lee, Mobile Cellular Telecommunications: Analog and Digital Systems, Second Edition, 1995, ISBN 0-07-038089-9; all the usual radio topics
  • Ellen Kayata Wesel, Wireless Multimedia Communications: Networking Video, Voice, and Data, Addison-Wesley, 1998, ISBN 0-201-63394-9. (This book is really about signal processing and means to over come problems. Written by someone who works with satellite systems.)
  • David J. Goodman, Wireless Personal Communication Systems, Addison-Wesley, 1997, ISBN 0-201-63470-8. Greate coverage about the link layer details and general architectures of AMPS, IS-41, North American TDMA and CDMA, and GSM. Only very breif coverage of CT2, DECT, PHS, and PACS. This is an exteremely well written book.
  • Theodore S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition, Prentice-Hall, 2002, 736 pp., ISBN: 0-13-042232-0.
  • H. Peter Alesso and Craig F. Smith, The Intelligent Wireless Web, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-73063-4.
  • K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Principles of Wireless Networks, Prentice Hall PTR, 2002, ISBN 0-13-093003-2.

Lecture notes are available on-line in PDF format. See the notes associated with each of the course topics.

Supplementary readings

To be added

Useful URLs


Friday 15-Mar-02: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00 - Electrum room C32
Monday 18-Mar-02: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00 - Electrum room C32

Starting at 10.00 should allow students from most places in Sweden to leave at ~7.30 and still make it in time for the start at 10.

Lecture Plan and Lecture Material (OH slides)

Note that the lectures will occur in a very intensive fashion to accommodate graduate students coming from elsewhere in Sweden.

The lecture material below may be updated as each part of lectures approaches.

Lecture plan

The numbers in parenthesese refer to the chapters in the course book.

Recitations (Övningar) Material

    • Thursday May 2nd at 13-15 room C33
      SMS (short message service) - 140 bytes that saved an industry
    • market overview, size, services and usage
    • the format of an SMS message
    • vendor specific implementations
    • how is it delivered to a and from a mobile phone
    • different SM-SC protocols
    • Tuesday May 7th at 13-15 room C33
      WAP (wireless application protocol) - a hype that alomst killed an industry
    • motivation behind and history of WAP development
    • the WAP 1.2 stack
    • security problems
    • WAP 2.0 stack
    • relation to iMode and cHTML
    • Monday May 13th 13 at 10-12 room C33
      MMS (multimedia message service) - the hope of an industry
    • message format
    • delivery mechanism
    • building your own MMS gateway
    • Why you should not pay 10 SEK to senda a MMS

Staff Associated with the Course


to be added

Other on-line Course Material

Sources for Further Information

For further information related to communications (especially conferences, publications, ...) contact one of the professional societies, such as the IEEE Communications Society, vendors, or use the WWW!

Mobile Computing at Washington University

Handsets poised to be commodities: "Microsoft, Intel Aim for High-End Phone", Wall Street Journal Europe, Tuesday, 19 Feb. 2002, page 1 and pg. A6, features an article, which describes how they are attempting to provide a platform for high-end phones so that they will be commodities just like PCs. The figure on A6 shows the basic components of a handset and lists the prices for the components and for licensing the design "framework":

color screen 17 euro
printed circuit board 9 euro
flash memory 2 euro
radio chip and related electronics 40 euro
baseband chip 34 euro
battery 29 euro
license for reference design for phone 7.50 euro
license of user interface software 3.40 euro
license for operating system software 5.70 euro

An footnote indicates that the last three items could be developed in house, but typically cost 15 euros from outside suppliers.

IEEE 802.15 Working group:
802.15.3 high performance requirements (upto 55Mbps)
802.15.4 low bandwidth (~250kbps), extra-low power MAC and physical devices

Page History

2005.02.08 removed admin contact
2002.12.31 updated links for IMIT location of the web pages
2002.05.27 Added final presentation schedule
2002.04.24 Added information on first 3 recitations
2002.04.05 augmented note regarding oral presentation to indicated students need not attend both days and added text from first lecture regarding written assignment, etc.
2002.04.04 added note regarding oral presentation dates
2002.03.22 added small note regarding IEEE 802.15 working group
2002.03.18 added URL to lecture notes for lectures 9&10
2002.03.16 added URL to lecture notes for lectures 5 and 6
2002.03.15 added long version of URL to lectures 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 - so no one should have problems accessing this material
2002.03.14 added near final versions of lectures 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
2002.03.14 added base URL to fix problems with people who come to the page via 2G1330
2002.03.13 added "The Intelligent Wireless Web" book
2002.03.08 added draft version of lecture notes for lecture1
2002.02.25 added three books for further reading
2002.02.20 adding information about handset article and preliminary breakdown of the lecture hours with references to the chapter in the course text
2002.01.31 change in assigned room
2002.01.10 Added assigned room
2002.01.04 Added potential schedule
2001.12.28 Added URL for Washington Univ.
2001.11.29 Added 2G1701 Advanced Internetworking as an alternative prerequisite
2001.11.28 Added clarification regarding the lectures occuring in an intensive manner
2001.11.17 Added further clarification regarding advanced undergraduates
2001.11.01 First version for 2002

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