Course detail

Mobile Communication

FEKT-BPA-MKOAcad. year: 2023/2024

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

Entry knowledge

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. 


Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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


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.
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).

Study aids

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. 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  

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic parameters of GSM network I
2. Testing of GSM mobile station
3. Testing of PLL and VCO circuits in mobile station
4. Measuring of basic parameters of a signal
5. Walsh functions and PN sequences
6. Measuring the characteristics of a communication channel
7. Features of an OFDM signal
8. Physical layer of the LTE signal
9. Bluetooth and WiFi system parameters
10. Measuring of the LoRa signal in the 2.4 GHz RF band