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Wireless Broadband Networks

Semester 2

This course starts with a description of the latest techniques in block based transmission with strong emphasis on Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). Multiple input/output antennas systems with applications to ultra wideband systems are then analyzed. Access control and management to ensure quality data transmission is discussed. The introduction of WIMAX and LTE systems and standards are detailed as examples of 4G systems. Finally, the future trends and possible convergence of networks are elaborated.

  • Orthogonal Frequency Division multiplexing and other block based transmissions
  • Multiple input – multiple output antenna systems (MIMO)
  • Ultra-wideband systems
  • Medium Access control
  • Mobility Resource Management
  • Routing protocols for multi-hop wireless broadband networks
  • Radio resource management for wireless broadband networks
  • Quality of service for multimedia services
  • Long term evolution of Cellular networks
  • Wireless broadband networking with WIMAX
  • Wireless Local Area Network
  • Convergence of networks

One 2-hour final exam                                          60%

One 1-hour in-course tests                                   20%

Five Take home assignments (equal weighting)  20%

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the application of orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing to fourth generation (4G) telecommunication systems
  • Apply linear and non-linear equalizers to recover transmitted signals
  • Evaluate the technological evolution from 2G to 4G technologies and their effects on channel capacities (bandwidth)
  • Describe the various MIMO systems and demonstrate the advantages of using MIMO antenna in wireless transmitters and receivers
  • Apply blocked based transmission systems to the design of ultra-wideband and multiple band telecommunication systems
  • Determine the ideal management techniques for broadband networks
  • Describe the application of WIMAX and LTE systems to the realization of 4G technologies
  • Explain the trend in network convergence

Text Book:

Wong, D. T. C., Kong, P.-Y., Liang, Y.-C., Chua, K. C. & Mark, J. W. (2009) Wireless broadband networks. John Wiley and Sons.ISBN 978-0470-18177-5

Supplemental Reading:

Singh, M. & Heath, R. (2009) OFDM: Principles of multicarrier modulation.  Pearson Education, Limited. ISBN 978-0131-57027-6

Fortheringham, V. & Sharma, C. (2008) Wireless broadband: conflict and convergence. IEEE Press: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978–0470–22762-6

Internet Resources:

Broadband access regulation and policy

Emerging Technologies in Wireless Technologies

Videos for Wireless Broadband Networks

Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 3
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