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 at the lab. sessions are mandatory.

  • Book: KREHER R., GAENGER K. LTE Signaling Trouble Shooting & Optimization. WILEY, 2011, 296p.
  • 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.

Nb hours: 42.00


  • Written exam (50% of the final grade),
  • Lab. reports (50% of the final grade).

The module is acquired if the average score is >= 10 and the written exam score is >=8.