Course detail

Mobile Communication

FEKT-BPA-MKOAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course is aimed at the digital mobile communication systems. The first part of the course provides the classfiication of mobile systems, their present development, general principles of signal processing, architecture and signal distortion in radio environment including the methods of their mitigation. In the second part of the course, the deployed mobile systems (GSM, UMTS, LTE) are described. Attention is also given to the development of mobile systems and future mobile and wireless systems (5G, IoT, M2M, IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, LPWAN). In laboratory practices students perform tests not only commercial mobile systems, but also partial parts of mobile systems (mobile terminals). For testing, state of the art measurement equipment is used.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

The home faculty only

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able:
- describe the general mobile communication system and explain the function of blocks,
- describe used methods of source coding, channel coding and modulations,
- explain basic principles of multiplexing signals, equalization and MIMO technology,
- describe architecture of WWAN systems (GSM, UMTS, LTE), WLAN systems (IEEE 802.11) and WPAN system (Bluetooth),
- explain methods of signal processing used in WWAN systems (GSM, UMTS, LTE), WMAN system (WiMAX), WLAN systems (IEEE 802.11), WPAN system (Bluetooth) and LPWAN systems (LoRa, SigFox).


Basic knowledge of digital signal processing, expression of signals in time and frequency domains, fundamentals of electromagnetic fields and fundamentals of linear and nonlinear circuits is requested.

Work in the laboratory is conditional on a valid qualification of a "worker knowledgeable for independent activity" according to the Decree No. 50/1978 Coll., which students must obtain before starting the course. Information on this qualification is given in the Dean's Directive on familiarisation of students with safety regulations. 



Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain up to 100 points for their active work in laboratory and on the final exam.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to mobile communications
2. Signal processing (source coding, channel coding)
3. Signal processing (interleaving, digital modulations)
4. Basic concept and functions of radio communication systems
5. GSM system (frequency bands, system architecture, signal processing)
6. UMTS system (system architecture, signal processing)
7. LTE system (system architecture)
8. LTE system (signal processing)
9. Systems LTE-CAT, NB-IoT
10. WPAN systems (Bluetooth, ZigBee) a WLAN systems (802.11)
11. LPWAN systems (LoRa, SigFox)
12. Systems for machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
13. Future systems (5G, 5G SA, 5G NSA), evolution of mobile communications, trends 

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to present the philosophy of modern mobile communication systems, their architecture and methods of signal processing such as source coding, channel coding, modulation techniques, equalisation, frequency hopping, MIMO technology etc.

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 and updated for every academic year.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

STUBER, Gordon L. Principles of mobile communication. ISBN 978-3319556147. 2018. (EN)
CHILAMKURTI, N., ZEADALLY, S., CHAOUCHI, H. (Eds.) Next-Generation Wireless Technologies. ISBN 978-1-4471-5164-7. Springer, 2013. (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-ECT , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
    specialization BPA-PSA , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Course schedule, introduction to mobile communications (frequency bands, frequency tables, division of mobile systems, general block diagram of a radio communication system)
2. Signal processing (source coding, channel coding)
3. Signal processing (interleaving, digital modulations)
4. Basic concept and functions of radio communication systems, multiple access systems and multiplexing methods, methods of transmission, area structure, frequency band utilization, handover, types of connection, distortion phenomenons and their limitation
5. GSM system (frequency bands, system architecture)
6. GSM system (signal processing)
7. GSM system (data transmission, GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, specialties of GSM 1800 system, TEMS programme)
8. UMTS system (system architecture)
9. UMTS system (signal processing), HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
10. LTE system (signal processing, architecture), LTE-A
11. Cordless telephone systems (DECT), paging (RDS, ERMES)
12. WPAN systems (Bluetooth, ZigBee), WLAN systems (802.11) and WMAN systems (WiMAX)
13. Evolution of mobile communications, trends

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Testing of PLL and VCO circuits in mobile station
2. Repeaters for GSM system
2. Testing of GSM mobile station
4. Basic parameters of GSM network I
5. Testing of GPRS and EDGE systems

6. Basic parameters of GSM network II
7. Bluetooth and WiFi system parameters
8. Walsh functions and PN sequences
9. Testing of the ZigBee system
10. ROMES - the programme for testing of mobile networks