Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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). As part of the learning activities, the students will select a paper for presentation from a a shortlist of research papers or other useful literature such as, magazines, journal articles and whitepapers, that relate to the theme of the course. This includes papers describe upcoming developments in standards, technical enhancements for realising interesting/challenging 5G vertical use cases; or envisioned developments beyond 5G (6G). These papers will not only expose students to concepts beyond legacy systems considered in the lectures, it will also further   develop their  presentation and research skills.  As an alternative,  some students may complete basic hands-on to simulation assignments to deepen their understanding of the RAN design and its performance aspects.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 20.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Edward Mutafungwa, Tarik Taleb

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Edward Mutafungwa, Tarik Taleb

Contact information for the course (valid 10.08.2020-21.12.2112):

For inquiries for further information on the course please contact any of the following course teachers:

  • Prof. Tarik Taleb <>
  • Dr. Edward Mutafungwa <>,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 and5G 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 (3GPP).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In-Class Exercises (30%), Assignments (30%) and Final Examination (40%)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours 26 h
    Assignment & independent learning: 109 Hours


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Lecture 1: Mon 07.09.20   12:15 - 14:00   
    • Lecture 2: Fri 11.09.20      12:15-14:00     
    • Lecture 3: Mon  14.09.20 12:15 - 14:00   
    • Lecture 4: Mon  21.09.20 12:15 - 14:00    
    • Lecture 5: Mon  28.09.20 12:15 - 14:00   
    • Lecture 6: Mon  05.10.20 12:15 - 14:00   
    • Assignment  - Paper presentation day 1: Mon 12.10.2020 , 12:00 - 14:00
    • Assignment  - Paper presentation day 2: Wed 16.10.2020, 14:00 - 16:00 
    • Examination: Tue 20.10.2020 09:00-12:00    

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