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Mobile Services (ST 2011)


April 20, 2011 -- Location update - Because of capacity problems, we changed the rooms for both lessons. Please check the table below the get the new room numbers. Note: The room C230 is located in the Chemiegebäude, Strasse des 17. Juni 115.

April 14, 2011 -- No lesson on April 15, 2011. Because of a conference of faculty IV, the lesson on Friday, April 15 will be canceled. Next lesson: April 21, 2011

April 14, 2011 -- Material for the lecture (slides and homework assignments) can be downloaded from https://www.isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=4900


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 - ST2011
Day of week
Start/End date
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
April 14 - July 14, 2011
MA 143

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
April 15 - July 15, 2011
C 230


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_2011/ 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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