Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 22.10.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I 2018-2019 (autumn), I 2019-2020 (autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will develop factual knowledge and understanding of the 5G core network, the Evolved Packet System (EPS) architecture, its components and its protocols. They will also understand the migration scenarios from 2G/3G to 4G and 5G. The students will become also familiar with the latest developments in the area of Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking, Network Slicing, and Network Softwarization. Furthermore, the students will learn about the evolved radio access networks (RANs). They will also carry out some basic hands-on simulation assignments to deepen their understanding of the RAN design and its performance aspects. Moreover, the students will be allocated a selective set of research papers that will help them develop their technical writing and research skills, as well as, gaining some experience in presenting their findings to peers.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course covers key system level technical issues involved in the design and deployment of the 5G core network and the EPS, in a stepwise progressive fashion. The course also covers aspects relevant to carrier grade virtual mobile core networks, as an important vision of 5G. Furthermore, the course will introduce some of the key recent RAN technology developments including LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro, as well as, the newly developed 5G New Radio (NR) standards. To that end, where appropriate, the course provides an overview on relevant standards and exposes students to some relevant research papers and standards documents (mostly from the Third Generation Partnership Project).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In-Class Exercises, Assignments and Final Examination (40%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 26 h
Assignment & independent learning: 109 Hours

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Language class: 3 English


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