VT 2003, Period 4, 2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures (Arkitekturer för trådlösa och mobila nätverk)

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  • The schedule of oral presentations has been set to at least one member of each group that submitted a written report. If you did not get a copy of this message and you intend to submit a report, please let me know. There is still plenty of time for more oral presentations on friday afternoon.

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, 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: 4 April 2003, 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 2 June 2003 + oral presentations scheduled 5th and 6th of June 2003
    • 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!
    • Language: the report can be written in Swedish or English - (I can provide better feedback if the report is written in English)
  • Oral presentations: 5th and 6th of June from 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00 each day in Sal 4
    Each group should present their results for 20 minutes (note that this is the upper limit on time - not a lower limit, thus an individial doing a project might plan on 8-10 minutes), followed by 10 minutes of discussion. You only need to attend the day you present.

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 brief 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.
  • WLAN
    • Håkan Lindberg, Trålösa nätverl - WLAN, WEP och WiFi, Studentlitterature, Lund, 2002, ISBN-91-44-02696-X
    • Harold Davis and Richard Mansfield, The Wi-Fi Experience: Everyone's Guide to 802.11b Wireless Networking, Que, Book and CD-ROM edition (December 21, 2001), 176 pages, ISBN: 0789726629
    • Matthew S. Gast, 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st edition (April 2002), 464 pages, ISBN: 0596001835
    • Jim Geier, Wireless LANS - Implementing High Performance IEEE 802.11 Networks, Sams, 2nd edition (July 9, 2001), 360 pages, ISBN: 0672320584
    • Lawrence Harte (Editor), Nancy Campbell, R. Dreher, Richard Dreher (Illustrator), Steve Kellogg (Editor), Steven Kellogg, Tom Schaffnit, Lisa Gosselin, Judith Rourke-O'Briant, The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technology, APDG Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2000), 278 pages, ISBN: 0965065847
    • James LaRocca, Ruth Larocca, and Judy Bass, 802.11 Demystified: Wi-Fi Made Easy, McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (June 10, 2002), 291 pages, ISBN: 0071385282
    • Daniel Minoli, Hotspot Networks: WiFi for Public Access Locations, McGraw-Hill Professional, (September 4, 2002), 435 pages, ISBN: 0071409785
    • Bob O'Hara and Al Petrick, The IEEE 802.11 Handbook: A Designer's Companion, IEEE, 1 edition (December 1999), ISBN: 0738118559
    • E. Ouellet, R. Padjen, A. Pfund, R. Fuller (Ed.), and T. Blakenship (Ed.), Building a CISCO Wireless LAN, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (June 15, 2002), 520 pages, ISBN: 192899458X
    • Ron Seide, Neil P. Reid, Lyssa Wald (Illustrator), and Dave Molta, Wi-Fi (802.11) Network Handbook, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, (December 5, 2002), 363 pages, ISBN: 0072226234
    • James Trulove (Editor), Build Your Own Wireless LAN (with Projects), McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (May 29, 2002), 351 pages, ISBN: 0071380450 Also as an e-book.
    • Jeffrey Wheat, Randy Hiser, Jackie Tucker, Alicia Neely, and Andy McCullough, Designing a Wireless Network, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (June 15, 2001), 379 pages, ISBN: 1928994458
  • WLAN security
    • Christian Barnes, Tony Bautts, Donald Lloyd, Eric Ouellet, Jeffrey Posluns, David M. Zendzian, Neal O'Farrell (Editor), Erif Ouellet, Hack Proofing Your Wireless Network, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (February 28, 2002), 512 pages, ISBN: 1928994598
    • Jahanzeb Khan and Anis Khwaja, Building Secure Wireless Networks with 802.11, John Wiley & Sons, 1 edition (January 10, 2003), 320 pages, ISBN: 0471237159
    • Stewart S. Miller, Wi-Fi Security, McGraw-Hill Professional, (January 22, 2003), 309 pages, ISBN: 0071410732
    • Randall K. Nichols and Panos C. Lekkas, Wireless Security: Models, Threats, and Solutions, McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (December 13, 2001), 657 pages, ISBN: 0071380388
    • Cyrus Peikari and Seth Fogie, Maximum Wireless Security, Sams, Book and CD-ROM edition (December 18, 2002), 408 pages, ISBN: 0672324881
    • Bruce Potter and Bob Fleck (Editor), 802.11 Security, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st Edition edition (December 2002), 208 pages, ISBN: 0596002904
    • Russell Dean Vines, Wireless Security Essentials: Defending Mobile Systems from Data Piracy, John Wiley & Sons, 1st edition (July 15, 2002), 320 pages, ISBN: 0471209368
  • Community WLANs
    • Rob Flickenger, Building Wireless Community Networks, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st edition (December 15, 2001), 150 pages, ISBN: 0596002041

Lecture notes are available on-line in PDF format.

Supplementary readings

To be added

Useful URLs


Note that in the following "xx" means "xx:00", not "xx:15".

Friday 2003-03-14 10-12 in Sal 4 Forum building
Friday 2003-03-14 13-16 in Aulan Forum building

Monday 2003-03-17 10-12 in Sal 4 Forum building
Monday 2003-03-17 13-16 in Aulan Forum building

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 P4-2003.pdf(1577 kbytes) - may be updated as each part of lectures approaches.

Lecture plan

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

  • Lecture 1
    • Course arrangement
    • Personal Communication Systems (PCS): handoff, mobility, paging (Chapters 1-4,22)
  • Lecture 2 (Chapters 5-8)
    • CDPD
  • Lecture 3
    • GSM (9,10,11), GPRS (18), SMS (12), International Roaming (13), Operation/Administration/Maintainence (14)
  • Lecture 4
    • Number portability (15), VoIP (16), Prepaid (17)
  • Lecture 5
    • WAP (19), Heterogeneous PCS (20), 3G(21)
  • Lecture 6
    • Wireless Local Loop (WLL) (23), Enterprise Networks (24)
  • Lectures 7 & 8
    • Bluetooth, Piconets, Scatternets
  • Lecture 9 &10
    • Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)

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!

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

A new working group IEEE P802.20, Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems

Page History

2005.02.08 removed admin contact
2003.05.30 the room is curently booked 10-12 and 13-16 each day, trying to extend this to start at 8.00 each day.
2003.05.17 add note regarding language of report and length of oral presentations
2003.04.22 oral presentations will be in Sal 4
2003.04.18 added additional books about WLAN, WLAN security, and community WLANs
2003.04.14 added Sierra Wireless link for AT commands
2003.04.13 fixed some links and added IEEE 802.20 link, put up a corrected version of the lecture notes
2003.04.12 added lecture notes for 2003
2003.04.10 clarified starting times
2003.04.07 new rooms for the afternoon sessions
2002.12.31 created the new version in the IMIT location for courses
2002.09.02 created instance of page for 2003
2002.11.07 added dates and classrooms for 2003
prior year Spring 2002

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