High Speed Communication Networks

Course Description

Architecture of high speed communication networks. Access, metropolitan and core networks. Communication technologies used for data transmission in these networks. Modeling of communication channel in wireline and optical links. Simulation of data transmission in wireline and optical channels.Techniques for multiple access to communication channels: polling, random access and access through dedicated channels. Multiple access performances. Data link layer in access and metropolitan networks. Protocols used on data link layer. Quality of service in access networks.

General Competencies

Experience in modeling, analyzing and designing of high-speed networks. Fundamental knowledge on data transmission analysis in access networks, and fundamental knowledge on techniques forr multiple access to communication channels.

Learning Outcomes

  1. recognize different levels of communication networks
  2. reproduce cgharacteristics of high-speed network technologies
  3. apply channel models to determine transmission performnces
  4. analyze signal transmission through communication channels
  5. create models of access networks and channels
  6. compute performnces of multiple access to communication channels

Forms of Teaching


First cycle (seven weeks): lectures, then Midterm exam, and Second cycle (six weeks): lectures, then Final exam. Two hours of lectures per week.


Midterm exam: after 7 weeks of lectures; Final exam: after 6 weeks of lectures.


Lecturer defines fixed terms for consultations. Arrangement for consultations in other terms is possible via e-mail.

Other Forms of Group and Self Study

Students can voluntarily process some interesting themes related to a course and present them in brief during lectures.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Comment: Percent of Grade
Attendance 0 % 10 % 0 % 0 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Final Exam: Oral 10 %
Exam: Written 0 % 80 %
Exam: Oral 20 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Architecture of high speed communication networks. Basic characteristics of high speed core network, access networks and metropolitan area networks.
  2. Communication technologies used for data transmission in access, metropolitan and core networks.
  3. Technologies for data transmission in twisted pair-based access networks: xDSL technologies - characteristica, standards and protocols.
  4. Modelling of communication channels in twisted pair-based access networks.
  5. Simulation of data transmission in access DSL networks. Estimation of transmission performnces.
  6. Technologies for broadband access using optical fibers - optical access network architectures and standards.
  7. Protocols for dynamic bandwidth allocation in optical access networks. Estimation of protocol impact on quality of service.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Midterm exam.
  10. Link planning in optical access networks. Modeling of optical transmission channel.
  11. Techniques for multiple access to communication channels. Polling and controled access - performance analysis and protocols.
  12. Techniques for random multiple access to communication channels: ALOHA, CSMA. Performance analysis and protocols.
  13. Techniques for multiple access through dedicated channels: TDMA, FDMA; CDMA, OFDMA. Performance analysis.
  14. Data link layer protocols used in access and metropolitan networks.
  15. Network layer quality of service in metropolitan and access networks.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)


Walrand, J., Varaiya, P. (1999.), High Performance Communication Networks, 2nd ed., Morgan Kaufmann
Chan, W.C. (2000.), Performance Analysis of Telecommunications and Local Area Networks, Springer
Higginbottom, G.N. (1998.), Performance Evaluation of Communication Networks, Artech House
Starr, T., Cioffi, J.M., Silverman, P.J. (1999.), Understanding Digital Subscriber Line Technology, Prentice Hall
Keiser, G. (2006.), FTTX Concepts and Applications, Wiley-IEEE Press

Lecturers in Charge

Grading System

ID 34465
  Summer semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lecturers
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises


85 Excellent
70 Very Good
55 Good
40 Acceptable