Mobile Communications

Course Description

Basic characteristics of wireless systems are described, with an emphasis on mobile systems. The phenomena in the wireless channel and methods of suppressing the influence of the channel on the reliability of communication are studied. A cellular planning overview and the basics of MIMO technology are given. The most important mobile systems are presented, with a more detailed look on features of 5G network.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the basic features of a wireless channel and equalization techniques.
  2. Explain the main characteristics of mobile systems from different generations.
  3. Evaluate correctness of cellular planning.
  4. Explain the basics of MIMO technology.
  5. Recognize the main features of 5G network.

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are conducted with the help of power-point presentations with explanations on the board. Lectures are available online in electronic form.


Solving numerical examples.

Independent assignments

During the semester, projects from the course area are planned. More complex tasks would be solved, most often with the use of software tools. Each project would be handled by smaller group of students.


Laboratory exercises are planned during the course. At the end of each exercise, the activity and understanding would be check.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 6 % 0 % 0 %
Homeworks 0 % 8 % 0 % 0 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 26 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Final Exam: Oral 20 %
Exam: Written 0 % 60 %
Exam: Oral 40 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Technologies for public mobile networks: 2G, 3G, and 4G, Components of radio access network and core network
  2. Technical parameters of mobile network, Statistical description of the wireless channel (fading, Doppler spectra, temporal channel variations)
  3. Wireless channels characterization (narrowband and wideband channels, multipath propagation), Channel models and channel sounding
  4. Diversity types and methods of implementation, Selection diversity and error probability, MRC (Maximal-Ratio Combining), Purpose of interleaving; Methods of implementation
  5. Channel equalization in time and frequency domain; Modeling of equalizers, Linear equalizers; Linear transversal filters, Zero-Forcing (ZF) method of equalization, Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE) method of equalization
  6. Decision Feedback Equalizers (DFE), Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (MLSE); Viterbi algorithm, Examples of designs of equalizers in some systems (GSM, UMTS)
  7. Cellular system basics
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Capacity in cellular network, Handover
  10. MIMO System model; System capacity
  11. MIMO - Example of realisation in LTE system
  12. Architectures of 4G/5G mobile networks, Protocol architectures of radio acess network (RAN) and core network in 4G/5G systems
  13. Quality of Service (QoS) in 4G/5G networks, Network Function Virtualization in 5G networks
  14. The concept of network slicing, Technologies of wireless interface in 5G networks
  15. Final exam

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T. S. Rappaport (2002.), Wireless Communicatios, Prentice Hall;
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(.), Svaka literatura koja u naslovu ima ključne riječi: Wireless Communications,
David Tse, Pramod Viswanath (2005.), Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, Cambridge University Press

For students


ID 222449
  Summer semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
15 Exercises
12 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

Very Good