Mobile Radio Networks

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Wireless Networks (10 credits) includes two courses (5 credits each):

- Mobile Radio Networks (This page)

- Wireless Internet (see prof. Redondi page)



[04/06/2020] Slides sets on 4G and 5G have been updated

[01/06/2020] A folder with previous exams have been shared (see below)

[01/06/2020] Videos on 5G by Industry Guests and by Students have been posted (see Beep Channel)

[21/04/2020] Slides set 4 on 2G and 3G has been updated. 

[17/04/2020] Posted information on projects (video lecture project, data analysis project)

[16/04/2020] Slides set of Exercises part 2 has been uploaded

[30/03/2020] CHALLENGE is HERE. You can answer to the challenge filling in this FORM (note that you need to be logged in POLIMI online services with your persona ID and password to access the form). Please use "." as decimal separator when answering in the form.

[24/03/2020] Slide set of Exercises part 1 has been updated.

[24/03/2020] Slide sets 1, 2 and 3 have been updated.




Results exams: last updated file 


  1. The exam is mainly written. 
  2. During the written exam printouts of teaching material used during lectures cannot be used.


Suggested books:

Martin Sauter, From GSM to LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband, Wiley, 2017.


Teaching Material

MRN course slides


Video project:


  • Select a topic (see list below) - this project is for individual students
  • Read and study the suggested paper(s) related to the topics plus any material you can find yourself
  • Prepare a 10-15 min video lecture on the topic selecting the issues that you believe are most relevant (for the video you can use slides, board, or any other instrument you believe is appropriate)
  • Upload the video on youtube as hidden link and send the link to professor indicating also the video topic in the subject 
  • Deadline: May 29
  • All students watch videos and prepare questions for students that have selected topics different from his/her own.
  • Public discussion of videos during the lecture on June 5


  • up to 4 point (scale of 30 points for MRN only) based on video quality and public discussion


  • Cloudification of RAN
  • Edge Computing in mobile networks
  • Network Slicing
  • Massive MIMO

Folder with suggested readings for the lectures


Data analysis project:

Project Description:

Cellular operators work to recognize under-performing network layers or elements, with the aim of maximizing the efficiency of their networks. To fulfill this goal, cellular operators usually undertake detailed analysis on heterogeneous types of on-field collected network data, coming from different sources such as end users devices, base station counters, network probes, etc. Moreover, the collection of on-field measurements over large time periods (months or years) is crucial to recognize trends happening in the network.

In this project, we are interested in assessing the impact of the lock-down due to COVID-19 pandemic onto the network of a big Italian cellular operator. Exploiting the availability of network data relatively to the periods Before and During the lock-down, we are interested in investigating:

The variation of base stations traffic load, in terms of number of connections and downloaded data volumes,

The variation of RRC Setup and Re-Establishment Success Rates.

This analysis aims at understanding i) whether it is possible to differentiate (and recognize) residential and non-residential network areas, ii) whether the increase of residential connections and consequently the raising of connection hot-spots have lowered network performance, iii) possible action plans to improve network efficiency in serving connection hotspots.


  • Participating to the project require signing a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • Individual participation or participation in teams of two students is allowed
  • All teams will be assigned the same project and are expected to work independently


  • Send an email with the name(s) and email(s) of team member(s) to prof. Capone.
  • Get the data set and work on it focusing on one or more of the objective (be creative)
  • Prepare a presentation of the work and send it to prof. Capone
  • Deadline: June 4


Exam examples: 


Seminar slides on Optimization

The two sets of slides can be found here and here.
They are password protected, the password is the code of the Wireless Networks (10 credits) course. 
For any information, please, send a e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Suggested readings: MRN

Performance of radio access networks

Radio planning








Impact of the location area structure on the performance of signaling channels in wireless cellular networks 
Rubin, I.; Choi, C.W. 
IEEE Communications Magazine , Volume: 35 Issue: 2 , Feb. 1997 
Page(s): 108 –115

Trends in handover design 
Pollini, G.P. 
IEEE Communications Magazine , Volume: 34 Issue: 3 , March 1996 
Page(s): 82 –90

Models and Solution Techniques for Frequency Assignment Problem 
Aardal, van Hoesel, Koster, Mannino, Sassano 
ZIB – Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum fur Informationsyechnik Berlin 
Technical Report no. 01-40, December 2001.

Channel Assignment Problem in Cellular Systems:A New Model and a Tabu Search Algorithm
Capone, A.; Trubian, M.  
IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, vol. 48, no. 4,

Page(s): 1252-1260.

Channel assignment schemes for cellular mobile telecommunication systems: a comprehensive survey 
Katzela, I.; Naghshineh, M. 
IEEE Personal Communications , Volume: 3 Issue: 3 , June 1996 
Page(s): 10 –31

On the Capacity of a Cellular CDMA System 
Viterbi, A.J. et alt. 
IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology , Volume: 40 Issue: 2 , May 1991 
Page(s): 10 -31

Suggested readings: WI



Basic readings

Advanced readings



Basic readings

Advanced readings



Basic readings


Multiple access

Basic readings


Reti ad-hoc

Mobile IP


Basic readings:

Advanced readings:

TCP on wireless