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Mobile Services (ST 2016)


  • The ISIS course is online now: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=6918 [1]
  • First lecture will be on Monday the 18th of April 2016


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.

The module starts with a brief introduction into the fundamentals of mobile networks and an overview of related infrastructures of GSM, UMTS, and other networks. 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 module introduces different service platforms and infrastructures and demonstrates their realization and operation. The following services and service platforms are covered:

  • SMS and MMS
  • Mobile Internet
  • Marketplaces (iPhone, Android)
  • IMS services
  • Advanced Services (Mobile Instant Messaging)
  • Location-based Services
  • IP Multimedia Subsystem

The module 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, MSc.)
  • Computer Engineering (Technische Informatik, MSc.)
  • ICT Innovation (MSc.)
  • Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik, MSc.)


Schedule and Location
Day of week
Start/End date
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
April 18 - July 18, 2016
BH-N 334
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
April 20 - July 20, 2016
BH-N 334


This module is limited to 50 participants (strict limit). The registration process for the exams will be announced during the first lecture. 


An oral examination is offered, which lasts between 20 and 25 minutes. 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.


  • Dr. Sandro Rodriguez Garzon [2]

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
  • Sauter, M. (2011). From GSM to LTE. John Wiley & Sons


TU Berlin - Service-centric Networking - TEL 19
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
10587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 8353 58811
Fax: +49 30 8353 58409
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