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Mobile Radio Networks 1+2 (MRN 1+2)


March 1, 2022: Registration for the lectures MRN 1 and MRN 2 is now possible via LSF. Please note that separate registrations are required. All materials for the lectures and exercises will be made available in the Moodle workspaces during the semester. As far as the current situation allows, the teaching will take place in presence. Information about any changes will be passed via Moodle.


MRN 1 takes place in the first half of the lecture period and is superseded by MRN 2 from May 25, 2022.

MRN 1 Lecture Dates Room Module
Tue, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM April 5 – May 24, 2022

Wed, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM April 6 – May 18, 2022
Exercise Dates Room Module
Tue, 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM April 12 – May 24, 2022 C1-04-105 ETIT-407
MRN 2 Lecture Dates Room Module
Tue, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM May 31 – July 12, 2022

Wed, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM May 25 – July 13, 2022
Exercise Dates Room Module
Tue, 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM May 31 – July 12, 2022 C1-04-105 ETIT-408


In all likelihood, the examinations will be oral. The dates will be set in consultation with the students during the semester.

A joint examination shall be held for students taking MRN 1+2.

The exam can be conducted in English or German, depending on the student's choice.

Contents and Competencies

MRN 1:

  1. Market aspects and historical development
  2. System aspects (propagation, subscriber mobility, spectrum allocation, network planning)
  3. TDMA- und CDMA-based cellular networks (2G GSM, 3G UMTS)
  4. OFDMA-based cellular networks (4G LTE)

After successful completion of the module, students understand the system architectures, protocols, dimensioning and operation of mobile radio networks. Students are able to evaluate the possibilities and challenges of using wireless networks in different deployment environments and fields of application, and to make a technically sound selection. In this way, they acquire the competence to attend more advanced courses or to study more advanced topics for themselves. 

MRN 2:

  1. Local radio networks (e.g. WLAN/Wi-Fi)
  2. Wireless Internet of Things networks
  3. Advanced features of 4G and 5G networks
  4. Satellite and aerial wireless networks
  5. Future aspects of 5G-Advanced and 6G networks

Upon successful completion of the module, students understand advanced and upcoming mobile radio network concepts and terminology which enables them to characterize research-related challenges of integrating the considered features, assess the feasibility, and to develop design solutions according to design goals. Students further deepen their knowledge base on specific network designs for particular fields of application, and to make a technically sound selection.

Materials, Registration and Courses of Study

Accompanying materials (lecture slides, exercises and recordings) can be found in the following Moodle workspaces: MRN 1 (SoSe2022), MRN 2 (SoSe2022).

The registration for the Moodle workspace is done via LSF: Mobile Radio Networks 1, Mobile Radio Networks 2.
Due to the system, the activation will take place with a few hours of delay. If it takes longer than 24 hours, please contact the lecture team via email.

This course caters to student of the following master study programs:

  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ET/IT),
  • Industrial Engineering (WING),
  • Automation and Robotics (A&R),
  • Computer Science (INF) with application subject electrical engineering, and
  • Applied Computer Science (INF) with application subject electrical engineering.


  • Walke, B.: Mobile Radio Networks, Wiley.

  • Rappaport, Theodore S. Wireless communications: principles and practice. Prentice Hall.

  • Dahlmann, E.; Parkvall, S.; Sköld, J.: 4G: LTE/LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband, Academic Press.

  • Liberg, Olof, et al. Cellular Internet of Things: From Massive Deployments to Critical 5G Applications. Academic Press.

  • P. Marsch, A. Osseiran, J.F. Monserrat, 5G Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology, Cambridge University Press.


Module Adjustment as of 2022

Starting in summer term 2022 (SoSe22), the former lecture “Mobilfunknetze (MFN)” is discontinued. It is replaced by two English-taught lectures, i.e. MRN 1 and MRN 2, each corresponding to 5 CP. MRN 1 takes place in the first half of the lecture period, MRN 2 in the second half. There will be no overlap in time. Students are invited and encouraged to take both courses in the same term – there will just be a single exam for these students. The exam can be conducted in English or German, depending on the student's choice.


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).