Semester 9

Course: Next Generation Networks and Services

Course title Next Generation Networks and Services
Course code E3
Course type Compulsory
Course level Undergraduate (first cycle)
Year of studies 4th, 5th
Semester 7th, 9th
ECTS Credits 5
Hours per week 4
Instructor(s) Malamati Louta (Assistant Professor)
Course content Next Generation Networks and Services. Research Issues and Challenges. Architectural Frameworks, Protocols, Standards. Heterogeneous Networks. Access networks and services. xDSL, FTTx, WiMAX, LTE, LTE-Advanced, small cell networks, ad-hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, B3G/4G/5G. Mobility Management. Always Best Connectivity Principle. Service Creation and Provisioning (IN, DPE, ΤΙΝΑ, Parlay OSA, CAMEL, IMS, SIP). Network and Service Management. Context aware networks and services, self-organizing networks, autonomous and cognitive networks, cooperative networks, overlay networks, peer networks, social networking, future internet, internet of things, opportunistic networks, content dissemination networks. Service configuration. Ubiquitous and personalized services.
Expected learning outcomes and competences to be acquired The course objective is the presentation of the latest developments and the state of the art solutions in the field of next generation networks and services. In this context, a wide range of issues are addressed, aiming to cover technologies, techniques and methods that could be adopted for the design, development, management and evaluation of next generation networks and creation, provisioning and management of services. Research challenges and issues that should be addressed are indicated, while potential solutions are highlighted. The students actively participate, while their research activity is reinforced. During the semester they study and present research papers from related literature and conduct a survey on a selected topic.
Prerequisites None
Teaching methods The course is taught via lectures, while students actively participate. The lectures are supported with presentations in power point, which are available to the students via the asynchronous tele-education platform. During the semester, students study and present papers from related research literature. Additionally, students write and present a survey on a selected topic.
Assessment methods Course assessment is conducted by: a) written exams taking place at the end of the semester, including questions (both open and multiple choice) as well as exercises that cover the course content (30%), b) presentation of papers from related research literature (30%) and c) writing and presentation of a survey on a selected topic (40%).
Language of instruction Greek
Recommended bibliography
  • Χ. Βασιλόπουλος, Δ. Κωτούλας, Δ. Ξενικός, Π. Βούδδας, Γ. Χελιώτης, Γ. Αγαπίου, Τ. Δούκογλου, "Δίκτυα Πρόσβασης Νέας Γενιάς", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2010.
  • A. Jeffrey, G. Ghosh, A. Muhamed, Κ. Τσουκάτος, "Βασικές αρχές WiMAX", Εκδόσεις Παπασωτηρίου, 2010.
  • J. L. Salina, P. Salina, "Next Generation Networks: Perspectives and Potentials", John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
  • "Towards 4G Technologies: Services with Initiative", Edited by H. Berndt, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
  • "Service Provision: Technologies for Next Generation Communications", Edited by K. J. Turner, E. H. Magill, D. J. Marples, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • "Next Generation Telecommunications Networks, Services, and Management", Edited by T. Plevyak, Veli Sahin, IEEE Press, 2010.
  • "Network Convergence: Services, Applications, Transport and Operations Support", Edited by H. Hanrahan, John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

Lecturer: Louta Malamati