Semester Offering: August

To provide an overview of convergence of different existing fixed and mobile telecommunications networks and services towards future generation networks. Study cases in different countries are reviewed. Course is conducted partially in seminar mode. Visiting experts are invited to discuss current trends and topics.


Convergence of telecommunications networks and access technologies. Introduction to Next Generation Networks (NGN). Components of NGN, e,g, class 4 and class 5 softswitch, multi service access node, media gateway. Country-specific study cases. Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), services, devices, networks. Trends in wireless communications: WiMax, WiMax/WiFi/Cellular.


The final grade will be computed from the following components:
midterm exam. (30%),
final exam. (50%),
assignment (20%).
Closed-book examination is normally used in both mid-sem and final exam.