This course describes the principles of Networks with wireless access technologies, and the implications that the special features that this type of access (for example, mobility of users) have in the network protocols. The traditional cellular communication networks (GSM) and their evolution (GPRS and UMTS), and the paradigms coming from the evolution of data networks (IEEE 802, Internet) to support mobility, will be analysed. To achieve this objective, the student must acquire specific knowledge and capacities.
The student should meet the following specific objectives:
- Understand the specific characteristics of the wireless access and the impact of mobility.
- Understand the protocols to support mobility in IP networks.
- Understand the standards IEEE 802.11, including aspects related to QoS and security.
- Understand the role of the standard IEEE 802.21 to support technology independent handover control mechanisms.
- Understand the 4G (EPS), 3G (UMTS) systems and their evolution from 2G (GSM): standardization process, architecture, protocols, and service provisioning.
- Understand the future 5G networks and the relevant technologies (virtualization, C-RAN and MEC).
- Work with the main technologies in the field of mobile communication networks, understanding their components and functionalities.
- Design and configure mobility solutions in IP networks to support a group of mobile users.
- Configure equipment based on IEEE 802.11 technologies, understanding advanced configuration options.
- Design and configure a wireless access solution to support mobile users.
- Design cellular communications networks architectures.
Additionally, it is expected that the student will be acquire the following:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, science, telecommunication technologies and engineering.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- Ability to access technical literature and understand it.