Performance Evaluation of Telecommunication Systems

Professors George Efthymoglou (Head of the Department)
Course category OPT/T&N
Course ID DS-308
Credits 5
Lecture hours 3 hours
Lab hours 2 hours
Digital resources View on Aristarchus (Open e-Class)

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to describe and explain the basic principles and advanced technologies and architectures that characterize modern wireless networks. This is achieved through the study of physical layer techniques such as digital modulations and coding, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), DFT-spread OFDM and MIMO diversity techniques. The course also examines how the above techniques apply to long term evolution (LTE). The performance of physical layer techniques is analyzed by simulations in Matlab software.


Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:


  • Has become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of various modulation and coding schemes.
  • Has become familiar with various physical layer techniques and how these are applied to 4th generation long term evolution (4G-LTE) systems.
  • Create simulation models to obtain the bit error rate performance of 4G systems using Matlab software tool.

Course Contents

  • Simulation in MATLAB software of algorithms at the transmitter and the receiver side that implement digital modulations such as: M-PSK, M-QAM, FSK, MSK, GMSK, and DPSK.
  • Monte Carlo simulation for the evaluation of  bit error rate (BER) and symbol error rate (SER) of these modulations in channels with Additive White Gaussian Noise (AWGN) and Rayleigh fading.
  • Simulation of an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) system in MATLAB and analysis of its channel estimation algorithm.
  • Transmission of single carrier frequency domain multiple access (SC-FDMA)
  • Transmission of OFDM Access (OFDMA)
  • LTE Link Budget Downlink
  • Receive Diversity: Single Input Multiple Input (SIMO)
  • Transmit Diversity: Multiple Input Single Output (MISO)
  • Transmit Diversity using Alamouti Code
  • ΜΙΜΟ Antenna Techniques and MIMO Capacity

Recommended Readings

  • Proakis J. & Salehi M. (2001). Communication Systems Engineering, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.
  • Harada H. & Prasad R. (2005): Simulation and Software Radio for Mobile Communications, Artech House Publishers.