TTM4105 - Access and Transport Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Digital exam 70/100 4 hours D
Portfolio 30/100

Course content

The course covers technologies and concepts which are used in access and transport networks typically applied in telecom operator networks. General principles are described, linked to real-world deployments, and a selection of specific technologies and concepts are covered in depth.

A. General:

  • Architecture of communication networks.
  • Functions: transmission, synchronization, access, multiplexing, routing, switching, signalling, mobility.
  • Applications and their requirements to Quality of Service- Capacity and transmission characteristics of different media.

B. Wireless Access:

  • Radio as communication medium (frequency band, modulation, multiplexing, antennas, coverage, propagation).
  • Medium Access Control - Wireless LAN.
  • Mobile network access: GSM, UMTS, WiMAX, LTE, etc.
  • Wireless personal networks and IoT.

C. Optical Transport Networks and Fixed Access:

  • Optical components, fixed communication medium (characteristics, availability).
  • Fiber based access.
  • Introduction to optical switching and optical transport networks (OTN).
  • Carrier Ethernet.
  • Introduction to optical circuit switching (OCS).

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge:

  1. To understand which components, functions and principles are required for the realization of wireless access and optical transport networks.
  2. To understand a selection of the most applied wireless and optical network technologies.

B. Skills:

  1. To be able to reuse ideas, technologies and components of previous networks to design and build new networks.

C. General competence:

  1. To understand the design of public communication networks and which aspects lie behind particular technological choices.

The course contributes to almost all UN sustainable development goals (since efficient communication/networking is a fundamental need for all non-local cooperation) but maybe in particular:

  • Goal 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all" ("Infrastructure solutions that bring Internet access; downloadable digital content; digital platforms and remote learning programs").
  • Goal 9 "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation" ("Industrial Internet of things (IIoT); 5G network connectivity to enable industrial automation and the associated efficiency gains; Cross-team collaboration opportunities enabled by digital platforms").

Learning methods and activities

The course applies a combination of traditional lectures and team-based learning methods and activities, up to two assignments, which together with Readiness Assurance Tests (RATs) compose the portfolio.

Further on evaluation

Two assessments provide the basis for the final grade in the course, a portfolio and digital final exam that count for 30 and 70% of the final grade, respectively. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the course. The results for each of the parts are given with a letter grade. The portfolio includes two assignments and RATs. All parts, incl. the exam, are given in English only. The exam can be answered in English or in Norwegian. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from digital to oral exam. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Also in the case a student wants to try to improve their grade, they must repeat both assessments.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE5010 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telematics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Digital exam 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Portfolio 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Digital exam 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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