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This course provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the theory and practice of mobile data networks. Covering basic design principles as well as analytical tools for network performance evaluation, and with a focus on system-level resource management, you will learn how state-of-the-art network design can enable you flexibly and efficiently to manage and trade-off various resources such as spectrum, energy, and infrastructure investments. Topics covered range from traditional elements such as medium access, cell deployment, capacity, handover, and interference management, to more recent cutting-edge topics such as heterogeneous networks, energy and cost-efficient network design, and a detailed introduction to LTE (4G).
Fundamentals of wireless area communication systems: Structure and functional blocks.
Performance measures: coverage, quality, capacity, Traffic models. Quality of Service (QoS) classes and negotiation.
Wireless Network Models: Models for Wireless Access Networks, Services Scenarios and Performance Metrics, Radio Resource Management in Wireless Access Networks, Orthogonal Signal Sets, Guaranteed Service Quality – Blocking, Best Effort - Non-Blocking.
Medium Access Control: Data Traffic and Performance Measures, Contention-Free Access Protocols, Contention-Based Access Protocols, Applications, IEEE 802.11, Cellular Networks.
Scheduling: Issues in Wireless Scheduling, Wireless Scheduling and Capacity Region, Round Robin Scheduling, Max Throughput Scheduling, Proportional Fair Scheduling, Max-Min Scheduling, Max Utility Scheduling, Scheduling in OFDMA Systems.
Principles of Cellular Systems: Orthogonal Multiple Access Cellular Systems, Coverage Planning, Static channel allocation, Traffic-Based Capacity Analysis, best Effort Data Services, Outage Based Capacity Analysis, Directional Antennas and Sectorisations, CDMA Cellular Systems, Uplink Capacity of DS-CDMA Systems, Traffic-Based Capacity of DSCDMA Systems, Down-Link Capacity of DS-CDMA Systems, Multi-Service DS-CDMA Systems.
Transmitter Power Control: Performance Metric and Conditions of Achievability, Centralized Power Control, SIR Balancing, Admission Control, Distributed Power Control, Power Control for Elastic Traffic,
Distributed Power Control for Wireless Data, Power Control in DS-CDMA Cellular Systems
Interference Management: Classification of Interference Management Techniques, Interference Avoidance, Interference Randomization, Interference Cancellation, Interference Management for Heterogeneous Networks.
Association and Handover: An Anatomy of Handover, Handover Decision Problem, Handover Resource Management, Soft Handover, Soft Handover Procedure in Practical Systems, User Association.
Energy-Efficient Design: Energy Consumption in Wireless Networks, Energy-Efficient Transmission, Tradeoff in Network Resource Utilization, Energy-Efficient MAC Design, Energy-Efficient Network Management.
LTE: Physical Layer for Downlink, Physical Layer for Uplink, Interference Management in LTE.
Wireless Infrastructure Economics: Communication Infrastructures, Wireless access economics, Spectrum cost and regulation, Affordable wideband wireless access.