Mobile communication systems


This course presents a series of mobile systems in their entirety to synthetize the knowledge gained in more fundamental courses. It explores current and emerging standards and follows the evolution of various mobile services.

Teaching and Learning Methods : Lectures and Lab sessions (group of 2 students)

Course Policies : Attendance to Lab session is mandatory.


Book: R. Kreher, K. Gaenger, "LTE Signaling Trouble Shooting & Optimization", WILEY

Series of articles provided on the Intranet


Basic knowledge in Networking


    2G system : GSM overview

        The Circuit Switched approach: Global procedures to handle Mobility and Mobile phone Calls

        Radio Interface Architecture

    4G systems : LTE Network Architecture

        3GPP LTE Core Network, Mobility procedure, Radio Interface architecture and protocols, All IP architecture: IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

Learning outcomes:

  • be able to Identify the basic functions of a radio protocol stack, and the functions of the mobile core network
  • be able to analyze GSM traces on the radio interface for the various procedures (location update, voice calls, handover, ...)
  • be able to analyze LTE traces in the core network for the attachment procedures and handover.

Grading Policy: 50% Written Review, 50% TP. The module is acquired if the average score is >= 10 and the written exam score is >=8. 

Nb hours: 42.00, at least 5 Lab sessions (15 hours)