Course detail

Next-generation of Wireless Networks

FEKT-DPA-NWNAcad. year: 2022/2023

The subject “NGWN” is dedicated to the introduction of current types of data transmission that utilizes the wireless communication networks and protocols within the concept of next-generation wireless networks. Students will be introduced to the main differences of wireless communication within the frequency spectrum ranging from 450 MHz to 72 GHz. The focus will be directed to: (i) modulation, (ii) security, (iii) communication range, (iv) reliability, (v) packet loss, and (vi) transmission delay.

The practical part of the course (laboratories) will be dedicated to principles of the Network Simulator 3, with accent given to a scenario focused on a data transmission utilizing emerging wireless communication technologies from the 5G NR group: LTE/LTE-A, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ad, Sigfox, LoRa, NB-IoT.

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

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Methods of educations are described in the article 7 of the BUT’s Study and Examination Regulation. Teaching methods include lectures and laboratories. The course is taking advantage of E-Learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The correct completion of all tasks in laboratories gives up to 30 points. The requirements on the completion of the tasks in laboratories are described in the annual supervisor’s notice. The maximum of 70 points can be gained during the final exam.

Course curriculum

1) Basic principles of wireless data transmission in telecommunication systems (spectrum utilisation, modulation, self-repairing codes,...).
2) LTE/LTE-A mobile systems (3GPP Rel. 8 -- Rel. 12).
3) Next-generation mobile systems - key principles.
4) Next-generation mobile systems - modulations, frequency utilization, frequency sharing.
5) Next-generation mobile systems - edge computing, cloud services.
6) Low Power Wide Area Networks - key principles.
7) LPWAN - Narrowband Internet of Things (3GPP Rel. 13).
8) LPWAN - Narrowband data transmission using the Sigfox technology (ISM band).
9) LPWAN - Narrowband data transmission using the LoRa technology (ISM band).
10) 5G+ Applications: Tactile Internet - principles, implementation, use-cases
11) 5G+ Applications: Augmented and virtual reality - introduction, key principles.
12) AR/VR - Antenna systems with beam forming and beam steering capabilities.
13) High-speed data transmissions in 5G NR - IEEE 802.11ad standard utilizing mmWave communication.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of this subject is to introduce current types of data transmission inside next-generation wireless networks. The practicals give an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained. Presented wireless technologies and communication protocols will be implemented and evaluated utilizing the Network Simulator 3 tool.

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

Rappaport, T. S., Heath Jr, R. W., Daniels, R. C., & Murdock, J. N. (2014). Millimeter wave wireless communications. Pearson Education. (EN)
Dahlman, E., Parkvall, S., & Skold, J. (2018). 5G NR: The next generation wireless access technology. Academic Press. (EN)

Recommended reading

Zaidi, A., Athley, F., Medbo, J., Gustavsson, U., Durisi, G., & Chen, X. (2018). 5G Physical Layer: Principles, Models and Technology Components. (EN)
Sauter, M. (2017). From GSM to LTE-advanced Pro and 5G: An introduction to mobile networks and mobile broadband. John Wiley & Sons. (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme DPA-EIT Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme DPAD-EIT Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

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