UNIK4700 – Building Mobile and Wireless Networks

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Course content

The course introduces IP-based radio technologies and mobility management.

This course is extending the knowledge of students into the areas of “short-range” communications and should thus be seen as a supplement to high-frequency directional radio links and mobile radio evolutions. Focus in this course will be on radio links for personal and mobile devices covering from some cm (contactless, short range) up to some 10 meters (wireless area). The second half of the course will analyse the IP-based mobility management.

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.
This introductory work is mandatory for the participants, as it forms the basis for a home work, analysing selected topics in dedicated areas. The home work will be a report, and contributes to the final grade.
Simulation of throughput in a network simulator is the second topic relevant for the final grade. Participants will learn to use the network simulator, and analyse specific radio interfaces.

• Principles of radio propagation and radio interaction
• Research topics in contactless, short-range and wireless radio networks
• IP-based mobility management for high throughput
• Analysis of critical parameters for mobility, a.o. hijacking, denial of service attack and re-mapping
• Simulations of radio throughput

Learning outcome

Participants will achieve detailed knowledge on upcoming IP-based radio technologies for distances of a few cm to about 10-100 meters. The corresponding mobility schemes for high-throughput will be analysed. Simulation tools will be used for simulating the radio-throughput through appropriate tools.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Wave theory, fundamentals of data communication.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with UNIK9700 – Radio and mobility (continued)


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


The final grade is based on a portfolio assessment consisting of 1) reports on the selected topics (70 %), and 2) reports on the simulation work (30%).

Towards the end of the semester, the lecturer will give each student a preliminary grade. If a student is balancing between two grades, he/she may request 3) an oral examination which will count for 20%. The distribution will then be 1) 55%, 2) 25% and 3) 20%.

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.

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)