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Course unit, curriculum year 2022–2023

Advanced Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr

Tampere University
Teaching periods
Active in period 1 (1.8.2022–23.10.2022)
Active in period 3 (1.1.2023–5.3.2023)
Active in period 4 (6.3.2023–31.5.2023)
Active in period 5 (1.6.2023–31.7.2023)
Course code
Language of instruction
Academic years
2021–2022, 2022–2023, 2023–2024
Level of study
Advanced studies
Grading scale
General scale, 0-5
Persons responsible
Responsible teacher:
Jukka Talvitie
Responsible teacher:
Mikko Valkama
Responsible organisation
Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences 100 %
Coordinating organisation
Electrical Engineering Studies 100 %
Core content
  • Evolution of mobile radio networks:
    - Evolution of radio networks from 2G to 4G and beyond (GSM, UMTS, LTE, 5G)
    - Network architectures and tasks of separate network elements
    - Circuit-switched and packet-switched networks
  • LTE radio interface:
    - LTE radio interface
    - Description and main functionalities of layer 1 and layer 2 protocols (PHY, MAC, RLC, PDCP)
    - Differences between the access stratum and non-access stratum
    - User plane and control plane interfaces and procedures
    - Security and integrity
    - Logical channels, transport channels and physical channels
  • LTE radio resource management functionalities
    - Radio resource management and modeling
    - Resource allocation, admission control, network access and load control
    - Link adaptation: Power and rate control
    - Handovers and mobility management
    - Scheduling
    - Retransmission protocols (e.g. hybrid ARQ)
    - Interference management

    LTE network is used as a reference system, but the studied RRM principles are applicable also in many other wireless systems. After learning this part of the course, the students are able to assess and possible invent new methods for different radio resource management strategies related to RRM.
  • Procedures related to radio resource management and radio resource control protocols
    - states of UE regarding RRC states and EPC related states for connectivity and mobility
    - cell search and synchronization
    - random access procedure
    - connected mode mobility procedures
    - idle mode mobility procedures
Complementary knowledge
  • Tasks of separate network elements in 2G and 3G
  • General understanding of standardization and 3GPP specifications
  • Interfaces and protocol structures between different network elements including the radio access network and core network
  • Comparison between different RRM approaches/methods regarding power/rate control, scheduling, retransmission protocols, and interference management
  • Signal structures used in RRM functionalities of LTE
Specialist knowledge
  • Timeline of 3GPP releases
  • Specific 3GPP-specified RRC protocol descriptions for LTE mobility management and connection establishment
Learning outcomes
Compulsory prerequisites
Further information
Learning material
Studies that include this course
Completion option 1
Student must complete the mandatory seminar work (including a presentation and/or a written report), and pass the exam. The course can also be passed with grade 1 without taking the exam by participating in the teaching events.
Completion of all options is required.

Participation in teaching

10.01.2023 29.04.2023
Active in period 3 (1.1.2023–5.3.2023)
Active in period 4 (6.3.2023–31.5.2023)
15.05.2023 27.08.2023
Active in period 4 (6.3.2023–31.5.2023)
Active in period 5 (1.6.2023–31.7.2023)


30.08.2022 30.08.2022
Active in period 1 (1.8.2022–23.10.2022)
08.05.2023 19.05.2023
Active in period 4 (6.3.2023–31.5.2023)
05.06.2023 27.08.2023
Active in period 5 (1.6.2023–31.7.2023)