This is a notice to inform you that the “Wireless Communication Emerging Technologies” course will close for new learner enrollment on September 17, 2018. Since you have already enrolled, you will continue to see it on your Coursera Dashboard as long as you remain enrolled in the course. If you are interested in earning a Course Certificate for this course, please upgrade or apply for Financial Aid by September 16, 2018, if you have not already done so. In order to earn a Course Certificate, you will need to complete all graded assignments, including peer reviews, by March 17, 2019. After that point, no new assignment submissions will be accepted for Certificate credit. The reason to close this course is because a new upgraded "Emerging Technologies: From Smartphones to IoT to Big Data" Specialization has been prepared and will be launched in a few weeks. This new upgraded Specialization includes 4 courses titled “Big Data Emerging Technologies,” “Smart Device & Mobile Emerging Technologies,” "IoT (Internet of Things) Wireless & Cloud Computing Emerging Technologies," and "AR (Augmented Reality) & Video Streaming Services Emerging Technologies." These four courses (which all include projects) include the contents of the former courses, but with much more new state-of-the-art technologies added. Among these courses, I highly recommended you to take the “Smart Device & Mobile Emerging Technologies” course (because it includes new details on 1G ~ 5G mobile technologies along with mobile network analysis projects) and the "IoT Wireless & Cloud Computing Emerging Technologies" course (because it includes new details on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LP-WAN along with Bluetooth & Wi-Fi projects). While we hope that you will be able to complete the course, you can find more information about requesting a refund (https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/209819043-Request-a-refund) or unenrolling from a course (https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/208279756-Unenroll-from-a-course) in our Learner Help Center. We sincerely thank you for your interest and contributions to this course. In addition, we sincerely hope you will be interested in the new courses as well.
Bluetooth is the most popular WPAN (Wireless Personal Area Network) technology and is used in every smartphone that exists. Bluetooth applied on smartphones is also used with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), aptX, EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), and Bluetooth High Speed (HS), which are covered in the lectures. The lectures explain the Bluetooth evolution which starts from Bluetooth 1.0 and evolves into Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, and the current state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.0 (and 4.0 extensions), which can achieve up to 25 Mbps and includes BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology.
Wi-Fi is the most popular WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) technology and is used in every smartphone that exists. The lectures explain the Wi-Fi Infrastructure Mode based on BSS (Basic Service Set) and ESS (Extended Service Set), and the Wi-Fi Ad-Hoc Mode based on IBSS (Independent Basic Service Set). Then the details of the IEEE 802.11 Network and PHY Standards for 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ad specifications based on frequency, bandwidth, and data rate are presented.
In these lectures, the evolution of mobile communication technologies is explained starting from the 1st generation (1G) all the way to the most advanced 4th generation (4G) systems. But first, some of the essential technical fundamentals on mobile communication Downlink & Uplink and Handover are described. The lectures on Mobile Communications Evolution start with the 1st Generation (1G) AMPS, and then continue on to 2nd Generation (2G) systems GSM and IS-95 (cdmaOne), 3rd Generation (3G) systems UMTS (WCDMA) and CDMA2000, and 4th Generation (4G) LTE-Advanced systems. Details on SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) and other inter-generation evolution technologies such as HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) are also explained.
LTE & LTE-A
Following the lectures on evolution of mobile communication technologies, the lectures in this module focus of the new technologies applied in the state-of-the-art LTE (Long Term Evolution) and LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) 4G mobile communication systems. First, the LTE and LTE-A Requirements and 3GPP Specifications are presented. Then, the LTE Architecture based on EPC Elements is presented followed by LTE Components such as OFDM, OFDMA, MIMO & Precoding, Handover & Packet Forwarding, and MBMS are explained. Next, the lectures on LTE-A covers ICIC and FFR, DSA, CoMP, CA, HetNet, Small Cells, and SON, which are the main technologies that enable LTE-A to perform at such high levels.