Course detail

Mobile Communication Systems

FEKT-MSMKAcad. year: 2018/2019

Students become familiar with the elementary principles of signal propagation and data transmission in mobile networks. The cours continues with explanation of principles, that apply in data transmission in GSM, GPRS and EDGE networks, including the measurement of Quality of Services and network optimization issues. Emphasis is put on explanation of the principles of 3rd a 4th generation mogile systems (UMTS, LTE). During the course, the principles and properties of wireless access networks (802.11x), WiMAX neworks, ITS, and the specifics of Car2Car and Car2X communication are discussed.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate of the course is able to
- explain the principles of data transmission in GSM networks and in the mobile networks of 3rd and 4th generation,
- compare the properties of radio interfaces in different mobile communication networks,
- describe the communication of wireless access networks using the OSI mode,
- analyze and interpret the traffic in mobile networks,
- discuss the properties of different mobile network systems.


Student registering for the course should be able to describe the basic principles of electromagnetic wave propagation (properties of direct, reflected and space wave) and the specifics of different frequency bands. In general, knowledge of the Bachelor's level degree are required. The course a continuation of the Bachelor's course BRMK.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

PROKOPEC, J. Systémy mobilních komunikací: Sítě pro mobilní datové služby. Skriptum FEKT VUT v Brně, 2012. (CS)
HILLEBRAND, F. (Ed.) GSM and UMTS: The Creation of Global Mobile Communication. Chichester (UK): Wiley, 2002. (EN)
ERGEN, M. Mobile Broadband Including WiMAX and LTE. New York: Springer, 2009. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and practical laboratories.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

During the semester, the students can acquire up to 30 points for their active work in laboratory. The final exam is awarded by up to 70 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Data transmission in mobile networks, introduction.
2. GSM, EDGE - second generation cellular networks
3. UMTS - third generation cellular networks. Introduction, physical layer
4. UMTS - architecture evolution (rel. 99, rel. 4, rel. 5)
5. UMTS - radio resources management, high speed data transmission HSPA
6. LTE - Long Term Evolution, 3GPP Release 08. Physical layer description
7. LTE - Architecture, system properties
8. LTE - Radio resources management, CloudRAN, LTE Advanced
9. Wireless Access networks (802.xx), WLAN 802.11 a, b, g, n, ...
10. Wireless Personal Networks WPANs
11. WiMAX and Mobile WiMAX - broadband wireless access networks
12. ITS networks (Intelligent transportation System), Car2Car and Car2X communication
13. Fifth generation of cellular networks, wireless networks for Internet of Things


The aim of the course is to introduce students with the conception and function of mobile communication systems for data transmission used at present time in Czech republic and world-wide and suggest tendencies for mobile communications in the near future.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course anually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-EST , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer