FIK3618 Teleconomics, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

Tele-ekonomi, avancerad kurs

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course will cover techno-economic aspects on three different levels
1. Technology and services
2. Business models and strategy of companies
3. Market structure, competition and regulation

The course will be performed ”bottom up”, i.e. levels 1->2->3.
This is in contrast to the techno-economic basic course which is performed "top down", i.e. level 3->2->1

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course the PhD students should be able to analyze the following aspects:
• to analyze telecom markets in terms of services, market segments and actors
• to describe basic regulatory tools and the impact on competition & pricing
• to use business modeling and business strategy concepts to analyze mobile operators and mobile service providers, including services offers and value network
• to make a mobile broadband network design given demand, dimensioning principles, cost and performance figures including to model and analyze the cost structure

The focus of the course is:
• To analyze different mobile solutions and services in an overall context with business, market & regulatory aspects
• To do this with an ”senior researcher” approach being able to handle multiple perspectives and uncertainty

The course is designed in order to:
• Help the PhD students to see ”outside the box”
• Provide PhD students with knowledge and insights that can support problem formulation & motivation and provide an overall picture for the own PhD thesis
• Share insights, concerns and problems with other students

Course Disposition

The course is a reading course with individual work assignments with oral and written reportss including self-reflections on the own research problems and topics.
The course contains lectures and seminars with a high involvement of students and using  research areas and topics of the individual PhD students.
Each student will use an own case for his/her research
• A technical or service solution or concept
• The solution/concept is studied at each level: technical/service; business; market.

The students will
• write own analyses of the chosen concept for each level
• review analyses and reflections of other students
• review research papers from reading list
• look for useful papers supporting their own research

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

PhD students admitted to KTH programs
The students should have done the HW1-3 assignments in IK2514
or similar assignements in techno-economic basic course at the PhD level.

Recommended prerequisites

IK2500 Radio Communication Basic Course or  IK2510 Wireless Networks
IK2514 Wireless infrastructure deployment and economics


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Selected research papers

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Examination is based on
    • A number of assignments to present before/during each seminar
    • A final report to be submitted during the Autumn

    Other requirements for final grade *

    Approved home work assignments for all levels and a an approved final report,
    no exam

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Jan Ingemar Markendahl

    Further information

    Course web

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    Course web FIK3618

    Offered by

    EECS/Communication Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Jan I Markendahl (

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Communication Systems