Syllabus for

TLEN 5510 - Wireless & Cellular Communications

by Dr. Thomas Schwengler

Fall 2016

Email: Thomas.Schwengler (at)

Office Hours: By appointment

Course Outline

Wireless Communications

– Brief History – Spectrum – US Spectrum Landscape – Emission Levels – International Spectrum Landscape

Cellular Systems

– Cellular Concepts – System Capacity – Modulation and Coding – Standard Air Interfaces – Speech Coding – Migration to 3G, 4G – Fixed Wireless Access

Radio Propagation Modeling

– Propagation Characteristics – Free-Space Propagation – Ray Tracing – Classic Empirical Models – Further Modeling Work – In-Building Penetration

Fading, Shadowing, and Link Budgets

– Large-Scale Shadowing – Link Budgets – Small Scale Fading

Microwave backhaul

– Spectrum – Propagation – Diffraction by Obstacles – Atmospheric Effects – Weather Impact

Practical Aspects of Wireless Systems

– Cell Site Considerations – Synchronization and GPS – Health Concerns – Environmental Concerns


– CDMA Basics – cdmaOne – cdma2000 – UMTS – OFDM and OFDMA basics – Wi-Fi – WiMAX – LTE – Wi-Fi – WiMAX – LTE


– Introduction – Fundamental Principles – Classic MIMO Systems

Core Network Evolution

– Wireless Signaling – 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Wireless Networks – Backhaul and Fronthaul – C-RAN – Small Cells and Heterogeneous Networks

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