TEK5110 – Building Mobile and Wireless Networks

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Course content

This course is extending the knowledge of students into the areas of Mobile and Wireless Systems, including Design, Network Management, Deployment and Trouble Shooting. The course is based on the evaluation of existing technologies, takes into account specific challenges of radio communications, including coverage and capacity, and addresses the economy in the networks.

The main goal of the course is to work with scientific literature and analyse advantages and weaknesses of suggested approaches. Students will be asked to select topics, work through the related literature, perform an analysis of the literature, present the results towards the other students and discuss the advantages and shortcomings.


  • Principles of radio propagation and radio interaction
  • Principles of Wifi (802.11) and mobile (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) networks
  • Network management
  • Critical parameter assessment both for coverage, capacity, and network monitoring
  • Future network concepts

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • have detailed knowledge on upcoming radio technologies for wireless and mobile communication systems, covering distances from a few cm to some kilometres
  • be able to use this knowledge to design wireless communication systems
  • have theoretical and practical knowledge on how to monitor and configure wireless networks


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

Wave theory, fundamentals of data communication.


Lectures, mandatory presentation of research topics for participants, and work on network simulator.

The introductory work is mandatory for the participants, as it forms the basis for a group work, analysing selected topics in dedicated areas. The envisaged areas are:

1. Mobile coverage, capacity and cost aspects of future mobile and wireless networks

2. Novel models for access network ownership, e.g. a model where a provider has just an access network, and collaborates with operators on handling the core network.

3. Internet light for all, providing free access to information for everyone to foster digital inclusion and the sustainability goals of the Agenda 2030.

4. Wireless Network management for future services. Management will include monitoring of a real-life wireless/Wifi installation, and analyse the network impact of services and applications.


Both literature presentation and group work are mandatory, and contribute to the final grade.


The final grade is based on a portfolio assessment consisting of 1) presentation and assessment of a scientific paper (20 %), 2) group work on selected topics (40%) and 3) final exam (40%).  

Both 1), 2) and 3) must be passed in order to pass the course. 

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Exam attempts in this course is counted together with UNIK4700 – Building Mobile and Wireless Networks (continued).

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)