VT 2004, Period 4, 2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures (Arkitekturer för trådlösa och mobila nätverk)

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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. Students with out one of these courses should obtain permission of the 2G1330 instructor.

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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: 01-May 2004, to maguire@it.kth.se with the "Subject: 2G1330 topics" 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 24 May 2004 + oral presentations scheduled from 31-May 2004 to 04-June 2004
    • 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: 31-May 2004 to 04-June 2004 from 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00 each day in Sal E (formerly known as Sal 5)
    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 half-day you present. The exact schedule into half-days will be made once I have received the written reports.

Grades: U, 3, 4, 5

To get a 4 you need to write a very good paper, i.e., it should be either a very good review or present a new idea; and you have to give a very good oral presentation.
To get a 5 you need to have an outstanding or excellent paper and give an outstanding oral presentation.


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, ISBN 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
    • IETF BoF Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP)
    • WRAPIis a Microsoft Windows XP software library that allows applications to query/set information about an IEEE 802.11 network.
  • 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
    • Bernard Aboba's "Unofficial 802.11 Security Web Page"
  • Community WLANs
    • Rob Flickenger, Building Wireless Community Networks, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st edition (December 15, 2001), 150 pages, ISBN: 0596002041
  • Bluetooth
    • Jennifer Bray and Charles F. Sturman, Bluetooth, Prentice Hall PTR; 1st edition (December 15, 2000), ASIN: 0130898406
    • Brent A. Miller and Chatschik Bisdikian, Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider's Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications, Prentice Hall PTR; (September 25, 2000), ISBN: 0130902942
  • low-power wireless sensor networks

Lecture notes are available on-line in PDF format.

Supplementary readings

  • Joseph Mitola III, "Software Radio Architecture: Object-Oriented Approaches to Wireless Systems Engineering", John Wiley & Sons, October 20, 2000, 568 pages, ISBN: 0-471-38492-5
  • Joseph Mitola and Zoran Zvonar (eds.) "Software Radio Technologies: Selected Readings", IEEE, 1st edition, 2001, 544 pages ISBN: 0780360222.
  • Markus Dillinger, Kambiz Madani, and Nancy Alonistioti (eds.), "Software Defined Radio: Architectures, Systems and Functions", Wiley, 2003, ISBN 0-470-85164-3.

To be added

Useful URLs


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

Dates for 2004:

Thu 18-Mar-04	10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 in Aulan (Forum Building)
Fri 19-Mar-04   10:00-12:00 in Aulan (Forum Building) and
                13:00-16:00 in C1 (Electrum Building)

Final oral presentations will be made for both this course and another course (2G1325: Practical Voice over IP) on the following days:

Mon 31-May-04	8:00-17:00 2G1325 and 2G1330 oral presentations
Tue 01-Jun-04	8:00-17:00 2G1325 and 2G1330 oral presentations
Wed 02-Jun-04	8:00-17:00 2G1325 and 2G1330 oral presentations
Thu 03-Jun-04	8:00-17:00 2G1325 and 2G1330 oral presentations
Fri 04-Jun-04	8:00-17:00 2G1325 and 2G1330 oral presentations

The oral presentations will take place in Sal E (formerly known as Sal 5).

The split between the courses will be based on the numbers of students in each course who have submitted reports.

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 for 2004(1.772 Mbytes)

Staff Associated with the Course


Use the normal process for registering. For most students this means you should speak with your study advisor (studievägledare.

Other on-line Course Material

An example of an outstanding paper on imode, it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper examing the much lower layer issues of Handover Considerations in the Design of Multi-Standard Transceiver Front Ends, it appears here with permission of the author.

Sources for Further Information

Note that the seminar series: 2E1380/2E1381 will have 4 tutorials on WCDMA

Mar 23 Tuesday 17:30-19 D2
Mar 25 Thursday 17-19 D2
Mar 30 Tuesday 17-19 D2
April 1 Thursday 17-19 D2

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

Working group IEEE P802.20, Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems

Page History

Earlier courses: 2003, 2002

2004.06.25 added link to multimode front-end paper
2004.06.16 added link to imode paper
2004.03.22 added WRAPI link
2004.03.20 added three new links to Wireless in Everything, Near Field Radios, and a new Bluetooth module
2004.03.17 updated links from this page and some links in the first four lecture sections
2004.03.16 added lecture notes for 2004
2004.03.15 change in room!!!
2003.08.25 added link to Alcatel Technical Review
2003.08.23 Noted that Sal 5 is now known as Sal E.
2004.02.17 added radio-over-fibre link
2003.08.09 added SDR and XG radio links
2003.08.01 Added clarification for grades four and five
2003.07.02 first version for 2004

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