cod. 1006831

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Telecomunicazioni (ING-INF/03)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
0 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

This course will cover the most promising technologies investigated in the context of 5G wireless communications which are planned to be standardized and deployed by 2020. We will start with the main applications that have motivated a new generation of networks and explain various improvements that have been suggested in all communication layers. The attendees will be able to understand the limitations of current networks as well as the requirements of the next generation, motivated by the vertical industries. Furthermore, they will be able to study new architectural paradigms, as well as proposed evolutions in the networking and physical layer of communications.


Digital Communications Theory
Wireless Communications
Basics of Networking Theory
Basics of Information Theory

Course unit content

5G Wireless Networks
Vertical Industries
Technology Roadmapping
Architectural paradigms
Novel Networking Techniques
Physical Layer Advances

Full programme

Every class = 2 hours

Introduction to 5G. Traffic Projections. Key performance indicators and targets.
Wireless spectrum & Current Architecture.
5G Vertical Industries & Requirements / e-Health, Factories of the future
5G Vertical Industries & Requirements/ Energy, Automotive
Architectural paradigms/ Cloud RAN – Virtualization
Architectural paradigms/ From Macro to Pico-cells. HetNets, Self-Organized Networks.
Architectural paradigms/ Integration with Satellite, Optical.
Architectural paradigms/ Backhauling, Fronthauling.
Networking / Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization
Networking / Information Centric Networking, Caching.
Physical Layer/ Precoding, Beamforming - Theory
Physical Layer/ Precoding, Beamforming - Exercises
Physical Layer/ Massive MIMO - Theory
Physical Layer/ Massive MIMO - Exercises
Physical Layer/ mmWave Frequencies, Hybrid Analog Digital -Theory
Physical Layer/ mmWave Frequencies, Hybrid Analog Digital -Exercises
Physical Layer/ Cooperation and Coordination in Cellular Systems – Theory
Physical Layer/ Cooperation and Coordination in Cellular Systems – Exercises
Physical Layer/ Cognitive Radio – Theory 1
Physical Layer/ Cognitive Radio – Theory 2
Physical Layer/ Cognitive Radio – Exercises
Physical Layer/ Energy efficiency
Physical Layer/ IoT
Revisit Architecture Topics – Q&A
Revisit Networking Topics – Q&A
Revisit PHY layer Topics – Q&A


- 5G Heterogeneous Networks: Self-organizing and Optimization, Authors: Bo Rong, Xuesong Qiu, Michel Kadoch, Songlin Sun, Wenjing Li, ISBN: 9783319393711
- Rolling Out 5G Use Cases, Applications, and Technology Solutions, Authors: Biljana Badic , Christian Drewes , Ingolf Karls , Markus Mueck, ISBN: 9781484215074
- 5G Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology, Editors: Afif Osseiran, Jose F. Monserrat, Patrick Marsch, ISBN: 9781107130098.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises (approximately with a ratio 80%-20%).

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exams which include both theoretical and critical system design questions based on the taught material.

Other information

The lectures have been recorded during the academic year 2016-17. The students may view them offline.