TTM4105 - Access and Transport Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written exam 100/100 4 hours C

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:

  • Fixed communication medium (characteristics, availability).
  • Fiber based access and its applications, active / passive FTTH.
  • Optical network components.
  • Optical switching (ROADM, WSS).
  • Control and Traffic Management.
  • Protection switching and survivability.
  • Optical transport networks (OTN).
  • Carrier Ethernet.
  • Optical circuit switching (OCS).
  • Research topics: Security, Burst switching (OBS) and packet switching (OPS).

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 design and model new networks for a specific purpose.
  2. To be able to reuse ideas, technologies and components of previous networks to build new networks.

C. General competence:

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

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, short quizzes, assignments and exercises. The exercises are voluntary, the assignments compulsory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

A set of compulsory assignments must be approved to qualify for the exam. The written exam is 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 written to oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2022

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: Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam 100/100 C 2022-12-13 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
DI42 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 1
Storhall del 1 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 72
Summer UTS Written exam 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
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