Service-centric Networking

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully finished this module have an overview of current and future services and service infrastructures in the Mobile Internet. They have developed an understanding of the special characteristics of mobile networks - compared to fixed infrastructures - and have learned about the benefits of mobile services and the fascinating prospects of emerging areas such as Location-based Services and Ubiquitous Computing. However, they are also aware of the problems and limits of mobile service provisioning and know how to cope with these deficiencies when designing them. Furthermore, they have good knowledge of different alternatives of realizing services (for example, device versus network centric approaches) and an overview of related service platforms, auxiliary functions, and operating systems of mobile devices.


The module starts with a brief introduction into the fundamentals of mobile networks and an overview of related infrastructures of GSM, UMTS, LTE and other networks. This includes a short discussion about the particular problems these networks imply and a general overview of the special features they offer, for example, regarding the different types of mobility support and associated mechanisms. After that, the module introduces different service platforms and infrastructures and demonstrates their realization and operation. The following services and service platforms are covered:

  • Mobile cellular networks
  • SMS und MMS
  • Mobile Internet
  • IMS/SIP services
  • Advanced Services (Mobile Instant Messaging)
  • Location-based Services
  • Positioning Services

The module concludes with an overview and discussion of latest trends and developments.

Module Components

All Courses are mandatory.     
Course NameTypeNumberTurnusLanguageSWS
Mobile ServicesIV3433 L 5701SSEnglish4

Workload and Credit Points

Mobile Services (IV)   
Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Attendance Time15.04.0h60.0h
Preparation/ Postprocessing15.08.0h120.0h

The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The topics of this module are taught in a classical lecture, which also envisages a related discussion between students and lecturer.

Requirements for participation and examination

Mandatory: basic knowledge of computer science and Internet/network architectures Desirable: knowledge of distributed systems

Mandatory requirements for the module test application: 1. Requirement Leistungsnachweis: Mobile Services Prio (limited number of participants)

Module completion

GradingType of examLanguageDuration/ Extent
gradedOral examEnglish25 min

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module: 1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters: Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 50.

Registration Procedures

This module is limited to 50 participants. The registration procedure will be explained in the first lecture.

Type of exam: oral exams (individual examination). The oral exams will take place after the lecture period.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Electronical lecture notes will be available and recommended literature wil be announced during the lecture.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

  • Industrial Engineering and Management (Master of Science)

This moduleversion is used in the following modulelists:

  • Computer Engineering (Master of Science)
  • Computer Science (Informatik) (Master of Science)
  • Elektrotechnik (Master of Science)
  • ICT Innovation (Master of Science)
  • Informatik (Master of Science)
  • Information Systems Management (Wirtschaftsinformatik) (Master of Science)
  • Medieninformatik (Master of Science)
  • Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (Master of Science)