Semester VIII

  Module Code and Title       :           CME403 Wireless Communication System

Programme                            :           BE in ECE

Credit                                                 :           12

Module Tutor(s)                    :           Ms. Karma Kelzang Eudon

Module Coordinator             :          

General objectives:

This module will enable the students to understand the principle and techniques of mobile communications and its future trend; and to familiarize the students with different satellites and their applications.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners will be able to:

1.    Explain the concept of mobile communication system.

2.    State different types of mobile communication system.

3.    Explain the architecture of the different mobile communication system.

4.    Explain the concept of satellite communication system.

5.    Categories satellite based on the distance from the earth's surface.

6.    Choose appropriate satellite for different applications.

7.    Explain the advantages of satellite communication system over long distance land communication system.

Learning and teaching approach:


Hours per Week

Total Credit Hours




Independent study/self-directed learning






Assessment Approach:

Sl. No.

Mode of Assessment


Marks Allocated

Marks (%)


Continuous Assessment (Theory)


Term Test: closed book, one hour duration in 5th and 10th week





Assignment: 2-assignments from Unit I and one assignment  from the Unit-II




Study tour towards the end of the semester and report evaluation for the same. 




Semester Examination





Students must obtain 40% each in the Continuous assessment of theory, practical and the semester end examination. The overall pass mark for the module is 50%.

Pre-requisite: CME301 Analog communication Engineering

Subject Matter:

Unit I: Mobile Communication

1.1.    Introduction

1.1.1.    Concept of mobile and personal communication – past, present and future

1.1.2.    Mobility of bits and bytes

1.1.3.    System requirement

1.1.4.    Some related concept

1.1.5.    Signalling and Interface: Brief Introduction in general

1.2.    Cellular concept

1.2.1.    Basic principles and concept

1.2.2.    Multiple access technologies, FDMA, TDMA, CDMA

1.2.3.    System operation and planning

1.2.4.    System architecture

1.2.5.    Path Loss equation

1.3.    Cellular Systems

1.3.1.    Analog Cellular System – AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System), TACS (Total Access Communication System), NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephone), NTT (Nippon Telephone and Telegraph)

1.3.2.    Digital Cellular Mobile System - Introduction, GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System)  – digital standardization and services, Location updating and call set up-registration, terminal authentication, Hand off and the Power control Architecture and function partitioning, Radio aspects, Security, Protocol model, Typical call flow sequences.

1.4.    Other Wireless System

1.4.1.    DECT (Digital enhanced cordless telecommunication): Introduction, Protocol layers, system architecture, principle and application

1.4.2.    WIFI: Introduction, Concept, Different modes and networking

1.4.3.    WIMAX: Introduction, Radio aspects, Layered architecture, Networking

1.4.4.    An account of 2G, 2.5 G, 3G and 4G: History, System architecture, Type of system, Modulation and multiplexing schemes, Types of Data

1.5.    Personal Mobility

1.5.1      Man & Machine Mobility

1.5.2      UPT Introduction, UPT – Concept and services, Service Profile and parameters, functional architecture for UPT, Numbering, Routing and billing aspects, Access Security requirement

1.5.3      PAN

1.6.    Studies on Blue tooth system – to understand concept of Blue tooth technology

1.6.1      RF module: Basic operation and system architecture, Bluetooth as an example

1.6.2      Serial communication and RS-232C Bluetooth serial adapter- Operational principle and set up.

1.6.3      Blue tooth protocol

1.6.4      Different types of Blue tooth network



Unit II: Satellite Communication

1.1      GEO Satellite Communication

1.1.1      Historical development of satellites

1.1.2      Frequency band used in Satellite Communication

1.1.3      C and Ku bands in details

1.1.4      GEO satellite systems, Orbit calculation

1.1.5      Two hop and multi hop communication

1.1.6      Link power equation, Indian-activities in satellite communication satellite system

1.1.7      Earth Station: The Antenna, High power amplifier, Low noise amplifier, VP connector Down converters, conversion process, redundancy configuration, Satellite transponder design, Transponder model, Synchronous satellite communication relay by synchronous satellite, stain keeping altitude stabilization, power generation, satellite earth terminal mutual interference,  Frequency division multiple access principle

1.1.8      SPADE, FDM-FM-FDM

1.1.9      Time division multiple access principles, TDMA frame structure, super frame structure, Frame acquisition and synchronization.

1.1.10   DSCDMA, D.S. spread spectrum system

1.1.11   Other Satellite

1.2  VSAT

1.2.1      Concept of LEO, MEO

1.2.2      Design and tracking, Orbit calculation, Power budget calculation,

1.2.3      Use of LEO and MEO for UPT communication, Survey of Satellites used in communication purposes

1.2.4      Link Budget Calculations

Reading List:

Essential Reading:

1.    Rappaport, T.S. (1996), Wireless Communications: Principle & Practices (1st ed.). Prentice Hall.

2.    Stallings, W. (2004), Wireless Communication & Networks (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River.; Pearson.

3.    Stuber, Gordon L. (2012), Principle of Mobile Communication (3rd ed.), New York.; Springer.

Additional Reading:

1.    Pratt,  T & Bostian, C. (2002), Satellite Communication (2nd ed.). Hoboken.; John Willey & Sons.

2.    Wang, Xiaddong & Poor, H. Vincent. (2003), Wireless Communication Systems (1st ed.).  Prentice Hall

3.    Mitra, M. (2010), Satellite Communication (1st ed.)  Prentice Hall of Pvt. Ltd.

4.    Jo. Kenneth. Y. (2011), Satellite Communications Network Design and Analysis. Boston.; Artech House

Date: February 24, 2016