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Level: Advanced

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.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IK2555 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

Intended learning outcomes

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.

Following this course a student should be able to:

  • Understand the architecture of existing mobile and wireless networks at a sufficient level to recognize the common features of such networks in any mobile or wireless network.
  • Based upon recognition of common features, the student should be able to compare and contrast one network architecture with another.
  • Describe differences between different types of mobility (such as user mobile, terminal mobility, session mobility) and understand how each type of mobility can be supported.
  • Understand the core network protocols and applications in third generation mobile networks.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of this area both orally and in writing.
  • Write papers suitable for submission to conferences and journals in the area.
  • Read the current literature at the level of conference papers in this area.

While 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 you 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.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 university credits (hp) in engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A.

Recommended prerequisites

Data and Computer Communications or equivalent knowledge in Computer Communications (such as IK1203) or
Internetworking (such as IK1550)


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Wireless and Mobile All-IP Netorks, Yi-Bing Lin and Ai-Chun Pang

Upplaga: Förlag: Wiley År: 2005

ISBN: 0-471-74922-2

Övrig litteratur

The course was previously mainly based on the book Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures by Yi-Bing Lin and Imrich Chlamtac, John Wiley & Sons; 2001 ISBN: 0-471-39492-0 (a version published in Singapore is ISBN 9971-51-366-8). This book is no longer in-print. Additionally, the new book addresses the focus of current mobile and wireless networks on internetworking and the use of IP as the protocol family of choice.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 7,5 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

An assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student along with an oral presentation.
Written report

  • The length of the final report should be ~10 pages (roughly 5,000 words) for each student (the style should be that of a conference paper);
  • Papers should not focus on physical and link layer issues as this is not a course in radio communication systems, but rather the papers should look at things which have an impact on the architecture or upon which the architecture has an effect.
  • If there are multiple students in a project group, 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.
  • Language: the report can be written in Swedish or English (NB: I can provide better feedback if the report is written in English.)
    Oral presentations: Each group should present their results for at most 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 some discussion.

Note: For graduate students the paper should be of the quality that it could be submitted to a conference - immediately following the course.

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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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.

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 IK2555

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study

Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is evaluated and developed according to the KTH policy for Course Analysis


  • To get an "A" you need to write an outstanding or excellent paper and give an outstanding or excellent oral presentation. (Note that at least one of these needs to be excellent.)
  • To get a "B" 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 "C" you need to write a paper which shows that you understand the basic ideas underlying mobile and wireless networks and that you understand one (or more) particular aspects at the level of an average masters student in the subject area. In addition, you must be able to present the results of your paper in a clear, concise, and professional manner - and answer questions (as would be expected at a typical international conference in this area.)
  • To get a "D" you need to demonstrate that you understand the basic ideas underlying mobile and wireless networks, however, your depth of knowledge is shallow and you are unable to orally answer indepth questions on the topic of your paper.
  • If your paper has some errors (including incomplete references) or you are unable to answer any indepth questions following your oral presentation the grade will be an "E".
  • If your paper has serious errors or you are unable to answer basic questions following your oral presentation the grade will be an "F".
  • If your paper or oral presentation are close to passing, but not at the passing level, then you will be offered the opportunity for "komplettering", i.e., students whose written paper does not pass can submit a revised version of their paper (or a completely new paper) - which will be evaluated; similarly students whose oral presentation is unacceptable may be offered a second opportunity to give their oral presentation. If a student fails the second oral presentation, they must submit a new paper on a new topic in order to give an oral presentation on this new topic.