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IK2560 Mobile Networks and Services 7.5 credits

This course teaches the basics of mobile networks, which are the backbone of our digitalized society. We start from the physical wireless transmissions and particularly consider signal design and encoding/decoding for error correction. We then cover the fundamental networking protocols and architectures for cellular networks as well as internet-of-things. Finally, we cover services and applications that the networks support, as well as business aspects related to successful network deployment. The physical transmissions are examined through a multiple-choice exam while the remaining aspects are explored more deeply in seminars and through project work.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

Open to all programmes, as long as it can be included in your programme, mandatory for TCOMM

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Communication Systems, åk 1, Mandatory

Master's Programme, ICT Innovation, åk 2, HCID, Recommended

Master's Programme, ICT Innovation, åk 2, HCIN, Recommended


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Kista

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2560 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basics of transmission methods, signal encoding, overview of wireless communication.
  • Architecture for wireless LAN, PAN and BAN.
  • Architecture of the cellphone networks of the current generation.
  • Mobile applications, the things internet (IoT), and device-to-device communication (D2D).
  • Sustainable development and tele-economy.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student shall be able to

  • explain basic functions in mobile networks and make performance calculations
  • discuss the effect of the availability of affordable mobile services and the internet of things (IoT) in a global society
  • explain the architecture of existing mobile and wireless networks and compare a network architecture with another
  • describe the most important transmission methods, the network protocols and the applications in the cellphone networks of the current generation
  • explain, in at sense, environment and sustainability challenges for the IKT sector, included electromagnetic radiation, energy consumption, limited natural resources, environment harmful effects, economic effects (both infrastructure and equipment) and economic and social societal effect
  • show their knowledge of mobile networks and services both orally and in writing
  • follow the current literature i.e. survey papers, conference contribution and periodical articles in the area.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

IK1203 Networks and communication or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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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, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - On-campus digital assessment, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: