IK2510 Wireless Networks 7.5 credits


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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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.

Intended learning outcomes *

Upon the completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • apply the most important techniques for analyzing the capacity, design, resource management, and performance of Wireless Networks
  • use and modify simulation tools for performance evaluation of Wireless Systems (e.g. RUNE-TDMA and RUNE-CDMA)
  • read the current literature at both conference and journal levels.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

IK2507 Wireless Communication Systems 7,5 hp

IK2508 Wireless Transmission Techniques 7,5 hp

or equivalent courses.

Documented proficiency in english B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

IK2507 Wireless Communication Systems

IK2508 Wireless Transmission Techniques


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Fundamentals of Mobile Data Networks, Guowang Miao, Jens Zander, Ki Won Sung, and Ben Slimane, Cambridge University Press, March 3, 2016, ISBN-10: 1107143217. 

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LABA - Laboratory work, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 6.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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.

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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Further information

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EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study *

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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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.

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: http://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex.