Communication Engineering part time

Area of studies
Civil Engineering

Level of qualification
2. Cycle (Master)

Qualification awarded
DiplomingenieurIn (DI)

Mode of study

Duration of study
4 Semesters

ECTS-Credits awarded
120 ECTS


FH site

Tuition fees
€ 363.36

ÖH contribution
€ 18,50


Details - Next Generation Access

Course number: M-CE-2.04
Course: Next Generation Access
Type: Integrierte Lehrveranstaltung (Integrated Course)
ECTS-Credits: 4
Instructor: Dr. DI Plamen I. Bratanov,
Dr. Mugdim Bublin
Course ID: NGA
Semester: SS 2012
Semester of degree program 2
Number of groups 1
Language of instruction:
Curriculum version: 2011

The networking world is evolving constantly. Previously separated networks such as telephone networks, cellular networks and the Internet are converging and soon all services will be provided based on IP-networks.
Next Generation Networks (NGN) describe such architectures where services are provided across different networks based on the Internet paradigm.
In addition to traditional, operator controlled services, so called Peer-to-Peer (P2P) services are emerging in such environments. P2P systems are based on the user's devices rather than on heavy network infrastructure and thus mark a paradigm shift in communications networking.
This course will introduce into the most important communication network and service architectures in IP-based mobile and fixed line communication networks.
One part of the lecture addresses the evolution of traditional telecommunication systems towards the Internet starting from Internet telephony to the IP Multimedia Subsystem, which is used in UMTS for push-to talk and presence services today.
The second part is dealing with Peer-to-Peer networks and services. The general focus is on upper layer (above TCP/IP) communication protocols. The course teaches the basic protocols and algorithms for signalling and P2P overlay networking as well as practical aspects of system evaluation and Internet standardization.

• Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks
• Next Generation Networks (NGN)
• Communication Networks with focus on network support for service control and service delivery in IP-based communication systems

• algorithmic principles,
• architectural principles,
• protocol mechanisms and
• evaluation methods of IP based communication networks with a focus on
• network support for service control and delivery for fixed and mobile communications.
• Understand the principles of service support in communication networks.
• Understand common design principles of IP-based networks.
• Understand design decisions behind standardized network service platforms (mostly centralized).
• Understand common principles of decentralized, Peer-to-Peer systems.
• Be able to assess the capabilities of service enabling network technology.
• Not addressed:
– Internet applications and web services
– Multimedia and coding
– Basic network protocols
– Security, Quality of Service

Previous knowledge:
(1) Principles of communication networks
(2) Broadband Communication Networks
(3) Protocol basics, ISO-OSI reference model
(4) Circuit-switched and packet-based (Internet) communication
(5) TCP/IP protocol suite, QoS
(6) Call models
(7) Mobile communication systems
(8) Cellular system principles (GSM)

Method of instruction:
Lecture, script, class-room book.

Written and oral examination.

(1) Next Generation Networks - Perspectives and Potentials, J. L. Salina, and P. Salina, Wiley, 2008.
(2) CAMEL – Intelligent Networks for the GSM, GPRS and UMTS Network, R. Noldus,
Wiley, 2006.
(3) The IMS - IP Multimedia Concepts and Services, M. Poiselkä, G. Mayer, H. Khartabil, and A. Niemi, Wiley, 2006.
(4) The 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem, G. Camarillo, and M. Garcia-Martin, Wiley, 2008.
(5) P2P Systems and Applications, R. Steinmetz, and K. Wehrle, Springer, 2005.