CIS 549/001

Wireless Mobile Communications

Fall 2017

Instructor: Bongho Kim


Class Schedule: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm, Towne 311 

Office hours: TBA

Course Description:

This course covers generations of wireless mobile network standards and systems, basic differences and their evolution, charting the development of mobile telecommunications systems from 3G UMTS, to today's state-of-the-art wireless technology 4G LTE, and includes a previous technology, WiMAX, and the next generation wireless technology, 5G. It covers the architectures and their network elements, protocols, functional entities, the connection setup procedures, and the call flow of the mobile networks. Students will use an end-to-end LTE application performance simulation platform for quantitative performance analysis and design of LTE services networks. Student will be introduced to a discrete event simulation platform to analyze network protocols and analyze the impact on end-to-end application performance over wireless network. The course includes fundamental networking topics (i.e. TCP/IP, Routing) with hands-on projects, contemporary research paper readings, book chapters, presentations, assignments to utilize the simulation platform and implementation team projects. The simulation platform provides the network protocol stacks and base source code.


Any undergraduate networking or distributed systems courses (e.g. ESE 404, ESE 407, CIS 505, CIS 551, or CIS 553) are suggested but not required as this course covers necessary networking topics. Course projects require knowledge of C/C++.

Course materials:

         Lecture note will be available

         Additional material will be drawn from selected research publications

          [book] Erik Dahlman, Stefan Parkvall, Johan Skold, ^4G, LTE -Advanced Pro and The Road to 5G ̄, Elsevier, 2016


         Written homework assignments: 28% (4% per assignment)

         Three Team projects (two people team): (tentative topics)

o    #1: Packet trace analysis: 8%

o    #2: Build Wi-Fi and LTE simulation in NS3 and TCP performance analysis: 10%

o    #3: Multi-Radio Access Technology simulation implementation and performance analysis: 25%

         Midterm: three paper comparison paper and presentation: 12%

         Final: three paper comparison paper and presentation: 12%

         Class participation: 5%


The schedule here is tentative and subjected to change.




Week 1





Wireless mobile systems/Technologies/Standards

         Overview of the wireless technology evolutions from 1G through 5G

         Standard organizations and standard development processes


         Provide reading material

Week 2


         Fundamental networking knowledge including network concept, media access control, Ethernet, and IP networks, and network protocols

         Network traffic analysis

         Assignment #1

Week 3


         Transport and network layer protocols and enhancement over wireless networks: TCP, MPTCP and IP

         TCP enhancement mechanisms over wireless networks

         Project #1 discussion: TCP traffic analysis and network packet manipulation for analysis


         Assignment #2

         Project #1: due by Sept. 27

Week 4


         Wi-Fi technology

o    Fundamental concept of 802.11

o    Media Access Control

o    Frame structure

o    Various 802.11 standards

         Network simulation procedures and various Network simulators

         Project #2 discussion: how to build an end-to-end Wi-Fi network simulator


         Team project #2: due by Nov.1


Week 5



         OFDM Essential and OFDM vs. CDMA

         System Architecture

         Access Service Network (ASN)

         Radio interface Protocol

         Assignment #3



Week 6


LTE (1/5)

         LTE Technology

-          OFDMA in LTE

-          LTE Channels and Signals

         Radio Interface Architecture

         Overall system architecture

-          Core network

-          Radio access Network (RAN)

         Radio protocol architecture

         Physical transmission resources

         Assignment #4

Week 7



         No class (instructor travel)



Week 8


LTE (2/5)

         Uplink Physical-layer processing

         Uplink timing alignment

         Retransmission Protocols

         Downlink and Uplink scheduling and rate adaptation


         Assignment #5


Week 9


Mid-term: three selected paper comparison and presentation


         Team project #3: due by Dec. 20


Week 10





Week 11


LTE (3/5)

         LTE Network Architecture

         Network Access Procedure

-          Acquisition and Cell Selection

-          System information

-          System Access

         Call Setup

         Network traffic models


         Assignment #6


Week 12


LTE (4/5): Multi-Radio Access Technology (M-RAT) Evolution

         Dual Connectivity: LAA, LWA, LWIP

         Mobile Network Mobility


Week 13


No class: Thanksgiving


Week 14


LTE (5/5)

         Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Services

         LTE for massive MTC Applications

-          MTC enhancements for LTE release 12

-          MTC enhancements for LTE release 13 eMTC

-          Narrow-Band IoT

         Device to Device Connectivity

         Assignment #7

Week 15



         What is 5G

         The future of wireless mobile Network (5G)

- vision

- features

- requirements

         5G General Design principles

         5G key technology components



Week 16


No class: Reading day (12/12-12/13)


Week 17


Final:  presentation (three selected paper comparison and Project #3 presentation)