Introduction to 5G (5 credits) E-DAT302

Wireless communication has achieved ever-greater popularity in the last two decades and has already become an important part of our everyday lives. This course will give you an overview of the most important principles and underlaying technologies that make 5G possible.

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Method of work

Online (The first lecture will be hybrid)

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3000 NOK

5G will enable new advanced services, the knowledge of 5G unlocks a view of the future of ICT and its opportunities.

Gianfranco Nencioni , Associate professor


The Fifth Generation (5G) of the mobile networks aims to revolutionize the wireless communication by opening to new services.

Person holde en liggende mobiltelefon i begge hendene. Det er 2 klosser som det står 5G på toppen av mobilen.

The subject first introduces the different techniques and technologies in the physical and datalink layers of the 5G New Radio (NR) Air Interface. After introducing the cellular network, the 5G architecture principles will be explained and the enabled new use cases and applications will be described. The enabling network paradigms (network slicing, softwarization, virtualization, and edge computing) will be introduced. The 5G Radio Access Network and Core Network will be presented in detail. Finally, the deployment of the various 5G elements will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

A candidate when completed and passed course, will have the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the technologies and paradigms that enable 5G
  • Understanding of the 5G architecture principles and the related capabilities and challenges
  • Knowledge of the 5G use cases and the architecture functions
  • Understanding of how 5G achieves high performances
  • Ability to identify the possible 5G deployment and design options

Method of work

  • Mix of video lectures and online/physical meetings
  • Week 38, 19th September: one physical/online introductory lecture
  • Weeks 39-46: 8 2h video lectures (one per week)
  • Week 48: exam


  • Home written exam of 2 hours with open-ended questions


  • A-F

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic knowledge on computer networks.

Reading list

  • Video lectures and related slides
  • Textbook (optional)
    • C. Beard and W. Stallings; Wireless communication networks and systems;
      Pearson Education Ldt; 2016
    • W. Stallings; 5G wireless: a comprehensive introduction; Addison Wesley
      Professional; 2021
  • Additional material indicated in the lecture notes

Information regarding the admission requirements

Employees at Lyse will be prioritized. Other applicants will follow the "first come, first served" principle.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK = grunnleggende studiekompetanse) or prior learning (realkompetanse).

Read more about the admission requirements here: Universitet og høgskole - Samordna opptak. If you apply on the basis of formal competence , the necessary documentation must be uploaded at the same time as you apply.

Applicants with a foreign education must document their higher education entrance qualification according to the GSU-list. You can find more information about the GSU-list here: by choosing the country where your education is taken. The language requirement is mandotary for English and Norwegian.

Applicants with a foreign education must upload an offical translated diploma in either English or a Scandinavian language before submission.

Applicants with Norwegian or English as a second language must document sufficient knowledge of Norwegian or English.

To learn more about the language requirement go to Samordnaopptak

You can also go to NOKUT to see which countries require an English test (GSU list) GSU-listen | Nokut.

If you do not meet the language requirements above you may apply on the basis of prior learning. If the default language at work is english, please upload a document from your manager/HR manager that confirms your language proficiency.

If you wish to apply for admission to higher education, are aged 25 or over and do not have higher education entrance qualifications, you may apply on the basis of prior learning. The University of Stavanger itself has the authority to assess what qualifications that are required. Please upload a CV and work-certificate.


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Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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