Mobile Communication Systems

Professors Athanasios Kanatas
Demosthenes Vouyioukas
Course category CSM/TEL
Course ID DS-302
Credits 5
Lecture hours 3 hours
Lab hours 2 hours
Digital resources View on Aristarchus (Open e-Class)

Learning Outcomes

The course provides the basic principles of cellular mobile communication systems. It also provides the methodologies of analysis and design of these systems. By concluding the course, students are able to

  • analyze and design basic mobile communication systems by emphasizing in physical layer techniques
  • recognize, describe and distinguish the characteristics of several type of cells, communication channels and multiple access techniques
  • analyze and design systems with different requirements of telecommunication traffic and quality links
  • compute the thresholds of link performance,
  • compare alternative implementation plans and evaluate the total performance of digital systems

The lab sessions aim to provide a deeper understanding of physical phenomena of propagation in the wireless channel and the simulation of cellular systems.

Course Contents

Initially, basic concepts of Mobile Communications Radiosystems are provided (cell types, communication channel types, basic cellular system operations). Basic Network Access Techniques (Multiple Access Techniques, Random Access Techniques) are discussed. Also, reference is made to the evolution of Wireless Communication Systems (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation cellular systems, Wireless Telephony Systems, Paging Systems, WLANs, WPANs, PMRs). Students are introduced to the concept of cells  and frequency reuse (elements from regular hexagon geometry, cellular systems design). Then the basic concepts of telecommunication traffic analysis and systems performance is provided (elements of Queuing Theory, Erlang B model, Erlang C model, spectral performance of cellular systems). In the following the main wireless propagation mechanisms are presented (multipath propagation, Doppler fading and shift, propagation loss, shadowing, coverage area definition, radio channel capacity limits). Interference types (co-channel interference and noise, neighboring channel interference) as well as handover and performance techniques (categorization of handover techniques, advantages and disadvantages of techniques, stable performance, dynamic performance, elastic performance) are discussed and compared. Techniques for improving spectral efficiency (sectoring, cell splitting) are then analyzed. Finally, elements and techniques of physical layer design (modulation and coding techniques, co-channel interference mitigation techniques) are presented and a presentation of standardized Mobile Communications Systems (GSM, GPRS, 3G and 4G) is presented.

In addition, extra content (in like articles, audiovisual lectures and Internet addresses, as well as exercises for student’s practice are posted electronically. Case studies, exemplary problems and methods for solving them are presented.

Recommended Readings

  • “Mobile Communications Systems”, Book code in 33154041, Edition: 2nd edition/2013, Authors: Kanatas Athanasios, Pantos Georgios, Costantinou Filippos, ISBN: 978-960-491-086-1, Publisher: A.Papasotiriou & Sia (1st Book)
  • “Antennas and propagation for wireless communication systems”, Book code in 59386401, Edition: 1st edition/2016, Authors: S. R. Saunders, A. Aragon-Zavala, Scient. Edit.: Dimosthenis Vougioukas, ISBN: 978-960-546-737-1, Publisher: Pedio S.A. (2nd Book)

Associated scientific Journals

  • ΙΕΕΕ Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • ΙΕΕΕ Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • ΙΕΕΕ Transactions on Antennas & Propagation
  • ΙΕΕΕ Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
  • IEEE Communications Magazine