Wireless Access Networks

Course Description

Overview of wireless access technologies. Fixed wireless access networks. Network topologies, hotspot networks. Communication links: point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, multipoint-to-multipoint. Standards for most frequently used wireless access networks: WPAN, UWB, WLAN, WMAN, WWAN. Network services. Wireless access networks planning, design and installation. Terminal mobility issues regarding wireless access to Internet. Wireless networking security issues. Wireless access network exploitation and management, software requirements, link quality control.

General Competencies

Upon completion of the course students will understand wireless technologies with applications to various wireless access networks. They will have extensive theoretical knowledge about relevant standards. Students will have the ability to plan, design and implement wireless access networks.

Learning Outcomes

  1. interpret basic terms and characteristics of wireless access networks
  2. compare various wireless access technologies
  3. explain main characteristics of WLAN technologies
  4. choose modulation technique for wireless transmission
  5. illustrate standards and typical applications and services in WLAN networks
  6. assess security issues in wireless networks
  7. analyze measurements of wireless access network parameters

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

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Exams

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Experimental Exercises

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Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Class participation 0 % 12 % 0 % 12 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 30 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 46 %
Final Exam: Oral 12 %
Exam: Written 0 % 76 %
Exam: Oral 12 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Necessity for wireless terminals connectivity and networking. Wireless networking advantages and disadvantages.
  2. Overview of wireless access technologies. Narrowband and broadband networks, fixed and nomadic networks. Wireless local loop (WLL), Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) interfaces.
  3. Fixed wireless access (FWA) networks, frequency bands for different networks. Criterions for frequency bands allocation.
  4. Network topologies, hotspot networks. Communication links: point-to-point (PTP), point-to-multipoint (PMP), multipoint-to-multipoint (MTM).
  5. Standards for most frequently used wireless access networks: WPAN (802.15, Bluetooth, DECT, IrDA), UWB (Ultra-Wideband), WLAN (802.11, Wi-Fi, HIPERLAN, IrDA), WMAN (802.16, WiMAX, HIPERMAN, HIPERACCESS), WWAN (802.20).
  6. Other technologies for broadband wireless access, Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS), Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS). Ad Hoc networks.
  7. Network services. Services types based on carrier frequency and bandwidth.
  8. Mid-term exam.
  9. Wireless access networks planning, design and installation. Services provision, legislative and technical aspects.
  10. Technical and economical factors for network planning: expenses, coverage, link capacity, network complexity and carrier-to-interference ratio (C/I). Base station or access point allocation. Base station and access point equipment.
  11. Terminal mobility issues regarding wireless access to Internet.
  12. Wireless networking security issues.
  13. Example of laptop or handheld PC wireless connection in real environment. PC wireless interface equipment.
  14. Wireless access network exploitation and management, software requirements, link quality control.
  15. Business model, wireless network services market, market research and marketing, service providers, wireless data application service providers (WDASP) and their role on public telecommunication services market, billing systems.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Information Processing (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)
Wireless Technologies (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)

Literature

M. P. Clark (2000.), Wireless Access Networks: Fixed Wireless Access and WLL networks -- Design and Operation, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester
D. H. Morais (2004.), Fixed Broadband Wireless Communications: Principles and Practical Applications, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River
R. Pandya (2004.), Introduction to WLLs: Application and Deployment for Fixed and Broadband Services, IEEE Press, Piscataway
H. R. Anderson (2003.), Fixed Broadband Wireless System Design, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester

Associate Lecturers

Laboratory exercises

General

ID 127425
  Summer semester
4 ECTS
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
6 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

89,5 Excellent
77,5 Very Good
60,5 Good
50 Acceptable