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Mobile Services (ST 2010)


  • July 1, 2010 -- Homework #5 published
  • July 1, 2010 -- The room has changed for both lessons (Thursday and Friday). The new room number is FR5047 (besides Freitagsrunde)
  • June 24, 2010 -- Chapter 9 and Homework #4 published
  • June 17, 2010 -- Chapter 8 published
  • June 10, 2010 -- Homework #3 published
  • June 3, 2010 -- Homework #2 and Chapter 7 published
  • May 27, 2010 -- Homework#1 published.
  • May 27, 2010 -- Schedule for exercises changed.
  • May 26, 2010 -- Chapter 6 published.
  • May 19, 2010 -- Chapter 5 published.
  • May 13, 2010 -- New version of Chapter 3 uploaded - contains improvements on slides #30 and #31
  • May 4, 2010 -- Chapter 4 published.
  • April 20, 2010 -- Chapter 3 published.
  • April 14, 2010 -- Chapters 1 and 2 published.
  • April 13, 2010 -- Chapter 0 published (for download see below).
  • April 7, 2010 -- The room for the lecture on Thursday has changed. New room is FR 0003.
  • March 26, 2010 -- Start of this page.


Mobile Services are usually offered over a mobile communications network like UMTS and requested from mobile devices like ordinary mobile phones, smartphones, or laptops. Compared to conventional information and communication services as known from the Fixed Internet, Mobile Services are exposed to several restrictions, for example, limited bandwidth and increased latency, reduced computational power and memory of mobile devices, changing network addresses as a result of the users’ mobility, and many more. On the other hand, however, they open up a broad range of new and sophisticated applications in areas such as navigation, context-awareness, or ubiquitous and pervasive computing, to name only a few.

This course starts with a brief introduction into the fundamentals of mobile services and a short overview of underlying network infrastructures such as GSM, UMTS, and other systems. 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 course introduces different service platforms and infrastructures and demonstrates their realization and operation. The following topics are covered:

  • Types of mobility and overview of mobile service classes
  • GSM/UMTS/LTE Overview
  • SMS and MMS
  • Mobile Internet and Web
  • iPhone and Android Apps and Marketplaces
  • IMS Services
  • Advanced Services (Mobile Payment, Mobile Instant Messaging and Presence,…)
  • Location-based Services

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

Target Group

This course is offered as compulsory course (Wahlpflichtfach) to master and diploma students of the following programs:

  • Computer Science (Informatik)
  • Computer Engineering (Technische Informatik)


Schedule and Location - Mobile Services - ST2010
Day of week
Start/End date
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
April 15 - May 27, 2010
FR 003
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
April 16 - July 16, 2010
FR 5047
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
June 3 - July 15, 2010
FR 5047


An oral examination is offered, which lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. The examination is graded according to the rules of the respective examination regulations.

It is required to register for the oral examination. Please check http://www.snet.tu-berlin.de/menue/teaching/summer_term_2010/ for free examination time slots. For registering, please send an email to the secretary and include your name, matriculation number, and degree programme. Please note that the registration is obligatory, and a rejection is only possible in urgent cases of exception. The examination is rated as failed in cases of absence without valid excuse. This does not have an impact on possibly contradicting rules of the respective examination regulation. 

Recommended Reading

  • Alby, T. (2008). Das Mobile Web. Hanser
  • Kamal, R. (2008). Mobile Computing. Oxford University Press
  • Küpper, A. (2005). Location-based Services - Fundamentals and Operation. John Wiley & Sons
  • Mehta, N. (2008). Mobile Web Development. Packt Publishing



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