Wireless Access Technologies



This course aims to analyze the fundamental techniques and advance infrastructure technologies for the Future Internet. The first part of the course addresses physical layer aspects: modulation, coding, multiplexing and diversity techniques. The second part of the course addresses multiple access schemes, resources and interference management techniques. In the third part, architectural aspects are studied, placing the emphasis on the cellular, local area network and proximal communications (i.e. wireless sensor networks, machine to machine and device to device communications) infrastructures paradigms. In the last part, architectural challenges and bottlenecks in the design of Future Internet Infrastructures are discussed, namely backhaul and latency limitations, centralization requirements, virtualization and heterogeneity.

Course Contents

  • Introduction on Future Internet Infrastructures: Basic principles and technologies, trends and challenges and Key Performance Indicators
  • Baseband transmission and physical layer techniques: modulation, coding, multiplexing, diversity, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)
  • Spread Spectrum techniques: Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum, interference, multipath channels and RAKE receivers, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing: orthogonal subcarriers, cyclic prefix for multipath channels, peak-to-average power ratio, frequency and timing offset
  • Multiple access schemes: Time/Frequency/ Code/Space/.. Division Multiple Access, scheduling, contention based random access
  • Cooperation and coordination techniques : interference management, ‘cell-edge’ improvements, Coordinated Multipoint Transmission/Reception, Distributed Input Distributed Output (DIDO)
  • The cellular architecture paradigm: GSM, UMTS, LTE, LTE-Advanced, 5G
  • The local broadband access architecture paradigm: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax
  • The Internet of Things architecture paradigm: machine-to-machine communications over cellular
  • Future Internet Infrastructures implementation challenges and bottlenecks
  • Behrouz A. Forouzan, «Data Communications and Networking», Fourth edition, McGraw-Hill (2007)
  • W Stallings, “Wireless Communications and Networks”, Prentice Hall (2004)
  • D. Tse, P. Viswanath, “Fundamentals of Wireless Communication”, Cambridge University Press (2005)
  • Bernhard H. Walke, Stefan Mangold, Lars Berlemann, “IEEE 802 Wireless Systems: Protocols, Multi-Hop Mesh/Relaying, Performance and Spectrum Coexistence”, Wiley (2006)
  • Uwe Hansmann et al, “Pervasive Computing: The mobile world”, (Springer 2003)
  • Lu Yan (Editor), Yan Zhang (Editor), Laurence T. Yang (Editor), Huansheng Ning (Editor), “The Internet of Things”, Auerbach Publications (2008)
  • Swami, A. (editor), “Wireless Sensor Networks: Signal Processing and Communications”, John Wiley and Sons (2007)