Mobile Communications

The course introduces technologies and protocols from physical layer to transport layer in wireless and mobile networks. Wireless communications suffers from network characteristics that are quite different than in fixed networks, e.g., interference, attenuation, bad channel conditions, mobility of end systems and users etc. The course covers protocols on physical, medium access, routing, and transport level in wireless local / personal area networks (WLAN, Bluetooth, Zigbee etc.) as well as satellite and cellular networks (GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, 5G). Novel network architectures such as mobile ad-hoc and wireless mesh networks are also discussed.


Code 11033
Type Course
Site Bern
Track(s) T1 – Distributed Software Systems
Semester S2024


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course you will be able to

  • identify and evaluate physical layer characteristics in wireless networks compromising network performance
  • evaluate multiplexing techniques and their combinations in wireless networks
  • explain and compare mobility management protocols in cellular networks and IP networks
  • to evaluate different satellite communication technologies
  • to discuss and compare various wireless communication technologies for local and personal area networks
  • discuss protocols and protocol mechanisms on transport layer, in particular TCP, to support communication of mobile users
  • to evaluate novel wireless network architectures such as mobile ad-hoc and wireless mesh networks, where not only end systems but also routers communicate via wireless networks only.
Lecturer(s) Torsten Braun
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at

Schedules and Rooms

Period Weekly
Schedule Monday, 10:15 - 13:00
Location UniBE, Engehaldenstrasse 8
Room 002

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Monday, 19.02.2024 at 10:15 in UniBE, Engehaldenstrasse 8, room 002.