Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Mobile backhaul networks

Overall Course Objectives

To give the students a detailed knowledge of modern mobile communication systems. This course builds on the knowledge acquired in 34330 “Introduction to mobile communication”, but the focus here is on the backhaul network, i.e., the network connecting the base stations to the core network and the Internet. Also more advanced topics in the radio access network will be covered.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate requirements to mobile backhaul networks and assess the backhaul’s impact on coverage and capacity
  • Define design criteria for mobile network deployments
  • Design backhaul networks (dimensioning and choice of technology)
  • Estimate load and capacity requirements in mobile networks and based upon this carry out dimensioning of mobile backhaul
  • Define requirements to synchronization, resilience and security
  • Explain how protocols, capacity and technologies impact mobile applications
  • Design backhaul for special applications, e.g., small-cells, relays, inter cell coordination and Cloud-RAN
  • Comprehend advanced literature in the field of mobile communication

Course Content

Mobile backhaul networks:
Topologies, wire-less and wire-line backhaul technologies, capacity, load and dimensioning, fronthaul and backhaul, mobile access and aggregation networks, synchronization, resilience, Quality of service, security. Protocols, protocol stacks and protocol overheads.
LTE/LTE-A/5G mobile network radio access (5G multi RIT):
Providing coverage and capacity. Macro/micro/pico/femto cells. Special antennas, remote radio heads, cloud-RAN and open-RAN. Interference mitigation techniques.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Projectwork with report and oral presentation by the end of the course and a number of mandatory problemsolving/course work


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34343
Course type Candidate

7.500,00 DKK