SENG 42663


Status : Elective Pre-requisite : SENG 21562, SENG 22612, SENG 31543 Co-requisite : None


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe Global System for Mobile communication (GSM)
  • Recognize the GSM subsystem and the network subsystem
  • Explain different types of mobile network technologies and cellular network services
  • Explain ad-hoc and Bluetooth networks
  • Compare Bluetooth and wireless LAN.

Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), The classic SS-7 protocol stack, SS-7 protocol for GSM, IP based SS-7 protocol stack, The GSM subsystems, The network subsystem, The base station subsystem (BSS) and voice processing: Frequency bands, The base transceiver station (BTS), The GSM air interface, The base station controller (BSC), The TRAU for voice encoding, Voice activity detection, Mobility management and call control, Call reselection and location area update, The mobile terminated call, Handover scenarios.

The general packet radio service (GPRS) and EDGE, The GPRS air interface, state model, and network elements: The packet control unit (PCU), The serving GPRS support node (SGSN), and The Gateway GPRS support node (GGSN), GPRS radio resource management, mobility management and session management (GMM/SM), Small screen web browsing over GPRS and EDGE, WAP 2.0, Small screen web browsing with network side compression.

Universal mobile communication systems (UMTS) and high speed packet access (HSPA), Code division multiple access (CDMA), High speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and HSPA+, High speed uplink packet access (HSUPA), Long term evolution (LTE), IEEE 802.16 and WiMAX, Wireless local area network (WLAN), Bluetooth networks, Piconets and the Master/Slave concept.

Lectures, case discussions and assignments.

End of course unit examination, case study presentations and group assignments.

  1. Sauter, M (2011). From GSM to LTE: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband. John Wiley & Sons
  2. Perez, A (2012). Mobile Networks Architecture (ISTE). John Wiley & Sons
  3. Lin, Y B and Chlamtac, I (2001). Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures. John Wiley & Sons.