Mobile Communications

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ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

undamentals of Communication Systems, Digital Communication Systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching will be based on lectures (carried out with and without support of multimedia presenters) complemented with short problem solving sessions to further the understanding of the syllabus major topics. In addition there will be laboratory classes in which the students will have to complete practical assignments dealing mostly with the programming and testing of signal prediction models and performance simulation of mobile communication systems. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students should understand the fundaments and the technology of mobile communication with emphasis on the effects of the mobility and presence of multipath propagation on the performance of the radio channel and on the design and operation of mobile communication systems. Students should also have a wide range of information and knowledge about the design and performance of several data and voice standardized mobile communication systems such as GSM, UTMS, LTE and 802-based systems and their applications to, among others, sensor networks, vehicular networks and the communication infrastructure of the internet of things.

Work Placement(s)



1-The mobile radio channel (propagation modeling and coverage project)

2-Cellular mobile systems for voice, video and other data transmission (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G systems)

3-Wireless local area network (WLAN) communication systems

4-Applications of mobile communication systems (Wireless Sensor Networks, Vehicular Networks, Internet of Things)

5-New technologies and next generation systems.

Head Lecturer(s)

Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes

Assessment Methods

Frequency: 20.0%
Project: 20.0%
Exam: 30.0%
Laboratory work or Field work: 30.0%


•Andreas Molisch (2011) - Wireless Communications 2nd ed., John Wiley

•Theodore Rappaport (1996) - Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, Prentice Hall

•Holger Karl et al (2008), “Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks”, John Wiley

•Christopher Cox (2013), “An Introduction to LTE: LTE, LTE-Advanced, SAE, VoLTE and 4G Mobile Communications”, John Wiley

•Afif Osseiran et al. (2016), “5G Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology”, Cambridge University Press

•Dieter Uckelmann et al (2011), “Architecting the Internet of Things”, Springer