TTM4105 - Access and Transport Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course covers technologies and concepts which are used in access and transport networks. General principles are described, and a selection of specific technologies and concepts are covered in depth.


- Architecture of communication networks,with focus on public networks such as Internet and cellular networks.
- Actors, roles and responsibilities in relation to communication networks.
- Concepts: synchronization, multiplexing, routing, switching, signalling, mobility, security.
- Applications and their network requirements. Internet as service platform.
- Capacity and transmission capabilities/characteristics of different mediums.

Access Networks:

+ 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.

+ Fixed Access
- Fixed communication medium (characteristics, availability).
- Digital Subscriber Line technology (e.g. Basic Rate ISDN, ADSL, VDSL).
- Fiber based access, active / passive FTTH.
- Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Cable (DOCSIS).

Transport networks (metro and core):

- 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), burst switching (OBS) and packet switching (OPS).

Learning outcome

1) To understand which components, functions and principles are required for the realization of access and transport networks.
2) To gain deep insight into a selection of the most used technologies of today.
3) To understand how these components, technologies and principles are applied in different types of networks.

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 and mandatory exercises. The mandatory exercises must be approved to qualify for the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-12-15 09:00 E1 , R D1-185 Datasal , KJL1
Summer UTS Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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