NETW561 Wireless Technology Course


NETW561 Wireless Technology Course
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NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

A+ Course Project Week 2, 7|Case Study Week 3, 6|Midterm Exam|You Decide Week 5|Discussions Week 1-7|Final Exam

Course Project Proposal Week 2, 7

The objective of the project is to recommend an upgraded wireless technology for a major telecommunication carrier. This is an individual project.

The course project will involve producing a professional and well-cited research report that will be due in Week 7. The report should propel management and investors to deploy services and compete against other wireless carriers.

Scenario: You are an independent consultant. You have been hired to prepare a recommendation to management on when, if at all, they should begin to deploy 4G next generation services.

The course project shall consist of a single solution: CDMA, GSM, GPRS, CDMA2000, or UMTS mobile wireless project (you decide which is the correct technology). PCS spectrum has been won in a fictional nation’s lottery, with the promise of a very quick deployment and cost-effective service by you and another competitor. The nation is a protectorate of the United States, using similar laws, language, and technology; there are no political barriers or rules that should be of concern to your company. There is a single existing 800 MHz TDMA cellular competitor with service in all 16 cities, but there is coverage-blocking issues coupled with very high charges and no wireless data services whatsoever! The nation has awarded two sets of licenses to you and another company to roll out a deployment that offers cost-effective service to their citizens…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Course Project Topic Selection due in Week 2: DEPLOYING 4G NEXT GENERATION SERVICES

The objective of the project is to recommend an upgraded wireless technology for a major telecommunication carrier.


Optimum Systems Incorporation is a software-based networking solutions and broadband provider that is looking into ways of providing faster and more cost-effective broadband services to its customers. The company…

Course Project Week 7

The course project will involve producing a professional and well-cited research report that will be due in Week 7. The report should propel management and investors to deploy services and compete against other wireless carriers. Total of 31 pages.


Telecommunication systems are critical to any organization, especially one that deals with software networking like Optimum systems.  These systems enable an organization to communicate effectively with all its stakeholders hence ensuring smooth running of its operations (Lathi, 1998).  With the introduction of….

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Case Study Week 3 – How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry

This is the first case study assignment required for the course. Case studies are designed to give students the opportunity to analyze and solve real world problems.

Your completed case study will consist of your individual analysis and conclusions based on the following requirements:

  1. The case study should be between 750 and 1,000 words.
  2. Case Study 1 addresses the iPhone’s effect on the wireless industry based on the following article; as well as your supplementary research:

The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry

Subjects Covered:  Communications industry, Consumers, Customer relations, General management, Information technology, Innovation, Internet, Market research, Marketing strategy, Pricing, Product introduction, Product life cycle, Product management, Telecommunications industry.

In Case Study 1, focus on the following issues:

  • The launching and rapid diffusion of a radical innovation.
  • Analysis of how the following factors affected the success of the iPhone launch: target market selection, pricing, promotion, content provision, and technology standards.
  • How the iPhone changed the relationship between the carriers and the handset manufacturers.


IPhone is a product of Apple Incorporation that was introduced to the June 2007.  Although there had been several smartphone before it, the iPhone has…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Midterm Exam

(TCO A) Describe the evolution (1G through 4G) of wireless technology and discuss how this evolution has changed the landscape of the telecommunication market. (Points : 25)

In 1984, the first generation (1G) of mobile phones was created. It had no download capacity and only provided basic mobile voice (Sharma, 2013). In 1991, the second…

(TCO B) The lecture lists five goals of the FCC. Apply those goals to wireless. Describe how each one might apply to today’s wireless market. (Points : 25)

Since the FCC aims to promote competition, innovation and investment in broadband services and facilities, it urges telecommunication companies to further develop wireless technology. It also…

(TCO C) Compare and contrast GSM and CDMA from a technology perspective for both network operation as well as the cell phone standpoint. (Points : 25)

Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM for short, is the most used carrier technology in the world. However, Code…

(TCO D) Describe the applications and situations you would use SMS, GPRS, 1xRTT, and WAP. (Points : 25)

SMS is used when exchanging short messages. It can also be used to send e-mail messages with less than 160 characters. Because it is…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

A Large Package Delivery Service Company – You Decide Week 5

GenMax is a large package delivery service company. While the company was once an industry leader with more than 30% market share, you now see that lead declining to 27% and continuing to slide. Your nearest competitor has gained ground and is now at 25% market share. The CEA has asked you to develop a strategy to regain market share and industry leadership. You have decided on the strategy of installing a real-time tracking system on the trucks, so that drivers can report the exact moment when a package is picked up and delivered. This information can then be made available to end-users through the website. The GenMax IT department has already selected the application that will be used for this project. The application is called ALLTRACK and is provided by an outside third-party supplier. Your team will pick a wireless transport technology and a wireless carrier to run the application.

Your Role

As telecommunications manager, your group is responsible for picking and implementing all wireless communications systems for GenMax. Your job for this project is to lead a team that will recommend to management a wireless data solution for implementing the ALLTRACK system. Your team will develop the budget, design the system, and put together an implementation plan for the solution. In your position, you must ensure that all departments agree with the solution. Since your group is also responsible for implementing the solution picked, your group will also have to make sure that all groups that are going to use the solution are comfortable with it and have no problems using it. You are the key player. You are the liaison to upper management. The ALLTRACK vendor says that their application will run on either GSM or CDMA. Since you also want a national wireless carrier, you will only consider Sprint/Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Cingular, and T-Mobile.

Your first assignment will be to decide if you want to use GSM or CDMA. After you make this decision, you will decide which data transport technology to use. Once you have picked the data transport technology, you will have to pick a national wireless carrier. Following these discussions, you will need to lay out an implementation plan. Finally, you will put together a report for the CEA covering the above challenges and recommend how you will meet the threat of declining market share.


Write a brief report to the CEO addressing each of the bullet points below. Each section should be approximately two paragraphs in length (no more than 450 words total).

Provide a high-level financial business plan evaluating the different carriers. Make a carrier recommendation based on the financials and any qualitative differences, such as quality and/or coverage.

Sketch out a preliminary implementation plan. You do not need full details about who will do what parts, but you should put together a list of action items and steps necessary to implement and test the entire service.

Write a brief summary addressing how the organization should handle the reality that data speeds will increase over the next few years. Discuss whether the solution should stay with the transport chosen or migrate to faster technologies as they become available.


The U.S. is served by a number of wireless telecommunication carriers among them being Sprint/Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Cingular, and T-Mobile.  Verizon is the largest wireless operator in the U.S and it also has a strongest balance sheet resell (Sarkar, Cavusgil & Aulakh, 1999).  AT&T is the second-largest provider, and it controls…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Mobile VoIP – A Privacy Accident Waiting to Happen – Case Study Week 6

This is the second case study assignment required for the course. Case studies are designed to give the student the opportunity to analyze and solve real world problems.

Your completed case study will consist of your individual analysis and conclusions based on the following requirements:

  1. The case study should be between 750 and 1,000 words.
  2. Case Study 2 addresses privacy concerns with mobile VoIP based on the following article; as well as your supplementary research:

Mobile VoIP – a privacy accident waiting to happen?:
Subjects Covered: Information technology, Internet, Service management, Technology & operations, Telecommunications, Telecommunications industry.

In Case Study 2, focus on the following issues:

  • The potential for wireless VoIP
  • The significance or insignificance of privacy concerns with mobile VoIP


…For the data to be transferred through an Internet Protocol network, several parameters have to be configured first. Due to the big number of parameters that need to be configured, the network tends to experience potentially vulnerable points (Kuhn, Walsh & Fries 2005).  Since VoIP makes…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Course Discussions Week 1-7 All Students Posts – 238 Pages

Week 1- All Students Posts – 37 Pages

Societal Changes as a Result of Wireless – 19 Pages 

Describe a major change in our society that was the direct result of wireless. Was it a good change or a bad change? Why?…

There are a number of drivers behind this; advances in technology, IoT, natural evolution of technology.  We’ll still have wired networks, but businesses in particular will derive a number of benefits from the wired to wireless network evolution.  What do you think some of those benefits are?

Wireless AP’s are really just an extension of the Wired LAN to extend it to areas where the wired infrastructure is not in place, or to provide mobile connectivity for the business users.  Was that the perspective, that you had or were you looking at it differently?

The concept of wireless technology is a big topic to discuss more especially how it is transforming our society today. Wireless have become so evolved that is almost implemented in everywhere from even kitchen appliances to automobile and far beyond. I recently notice a form a wireless technology that is growing faster than the way we see it.  The Near Field Communication technology is almost in every new…

Wireless Technology and Market Advantage – 18 Pages 

How can wireless technology provide an organization with a competitive advantage in its market? Discuss the pros and cons of wireless and wireline technologies. Give illustrative examples from the industry to support your claims…

WMAN is a pretty interesting topic.  Some also refer to this as wireless mesh networks.  I had the opportunity about 10 years ago to work for one of firms at the forefront of this technology.  Curious that your posts were two of the key areas where these networks were targeted.  They were law enforcement and…

Whether Square is the processor of the credit card transaction, banks, credit card companies or some of the new payment systems coming online e.g. Apple Pay, Google Wallet, all of these systems will have a few to process the transaction.  It’s a pay to play environment…

Week 2- All Students Posts – 36 Pages

The Goals of the FCC – 20 Pages 

The lecture lists five goals of the FCC. Use critical thinking to apply those goals to wireless. Describe how each one might apply to today’s wireless market. Use examples to support your position….

That merger was blocked for the reasons you mentioned.  I found it quite curious as to why the T-Mobile and Sprint merger ran into so much opposition.  One would have thought that the merged company would have leveled the playing field against AT&T and Verizon, thoughts here?

The five goals of the FCC have been to promote competition, deregulation, protect consumers, bring communications services and technology to every American and foster innovation.  In regards to the wireless market the FCC has done a good job by keeping the market open and not allowing for any one natural monopoly to control products and services.  The deregulation of…

What is the Best Way to Allocate Spectrum? 16 Pages 

On September 18, 2006, the FCC announced that Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction, also known as Auction 66, closed with total bids of $14 billion. Another way to allocate spectrum is via lottery. Which way do you think is best for the wireless industry (auction or lottery)? Why do you think that? Use examples…

NTIA is a key stakeholder in spectrum allocation, i.e. who is entitled to use what spectrum.  What the auctions apply to (in the case) are the set of spectrum that is commercially available to the providers.  That use of that spectrum is then licenses and auction…

AT&T is not the only wireless telecom corporation that is bidding on Dish Network’s piece of the spectrum, Gerardo.  Verizon Wireless is also evaluating the benefits of purchasing the company who’s section of the spectrum may be valued at an estimated…

Week 3 All Students Posts – 36 Pages

Compare CDMA to GSM – 19 Pages 

The book lists eight benefits of CDMA (see pages 146-147). Compare those benefits to GSM. Do you think those benefits give CDMA an advantage over GSM? Why or why not?…

The Fixed Wireless Local Loop (WLL) is another interesting way to deliver “wired” services wirelessly.  In many undeveloped countries they skip the wired telecommunications infrastructure and go directly to wireless.  They’ll often use the capabilities associated with WLL and use that to spin up services in remote areas.

An interesting example I had a “bit part” in post-Katrina was working for a company that deployed a mesh wireless network in New Orleans before the storm.  Once Katrina hit there was hardly any kind of communications service.  Interestingly enough the already deployed mesh network faired pretty well.  However…

Impacts of Mobile Devices on Cellular Carriers – 17 Pages 

The advent of smart phones (like Androids and iPhones) and tablets (like the iPad) are changing the way cellular carriers are doing business. What impacts do you see that these smart devices are having on cellular companies? How does this relate to GSM and CDMA technologies?  How should carriers respond to this influx of devices?…

Security and privacy are somewhat related issues.  Security has many different elements (physical, logical, access, etc.) whereas privacy is focused more on ensuring that your individual data remains just that, your own.  Keeping your data private is…

Week 4 All Students Posts – 32 Pages

Wireless Data Revolution – 17 Pages 

The book says we are in a wireless data revolution and wireless data did pass voice in usage in 2010. However, voice still accounts for a sizeable portion of cellular usage. Do you see the relative usage of voice decreasing further? Do you think voice has a future in the mobile space at all? What evidence do you have for your position?

For starters note that I call it evolution.  Do you think it is an evolution or revolution?   What we’re looking to discuss is the future of voice on the cellular network.  Yes, we can stipulate here and now that we will continue to use our phones to talk as opposed to just having them be a paperweight.  The questions to discuss might include:

  1. From a strictly business perspective, what do you think the future of wireless voice is?
  2. Will we still have plans that include X number of voice minutes?
  3. What types of data services do you envision evolving and coming to market over the next five years from a consumer perspective? From a business perspective? Back your opinions with solid evidence.
  4. Will voice traffic on cellular networks become just another app and used on your existing data plan, much like we have seen core telephony (circuit-switched) starting to be supplanted by telephony services delivered via IP (packet-switched).  In this case, voice services have become an application on the data network.

Will WAP Last? 15 Pages 

WAP uses a microbrowser, a WAP Gateway, and a WAP Server to get Internet information unto the small screen of a mobile phone. Do you think this is a good idea, and will it last a long time? Or do you think this was just an interim solution to get to the Internet and that once data speeds and capability evolve, we will no longer need WAP? Support your opinion with evidence.

In this discussion let’s look at a couple of other options that seem to becoming of age.  Some of them are:

  1. Research other competing technologies, for example Opera that might be one of them.  Back up your research with facts.
  2. What about i-mode?
    1. What advantages does it hold over WAP?
    2. Where is it popular and why?
    3. Do you think we’d adopt i-mode here.  Note, I’m a big i-mode fan and the comes primarily from the Mobile Disruption book I referenced a few weeks back.
  3. What is mobi? Has it caught on? Will it? Please research and provide your thoughts.
  4. What other alternatives exist, what are some “traditional” sites/services doing to address access to their resources from mobile devices?

What platforms/applications are Android and iOS devices using for this now? Yes, WAP has been eclipsed by smartphones.  What will be interesting to see is what kind of technology evolution we see in smart phone platforms to take the place of the current platforms.  For example, will WebRTC be an option?

It’s talk about as a tool in the “fixed” and “mobile” worlds.  I’ve recently seen some tools for it in the UC (unified communications) area, but not in mobile yet.  Have any of you seen this in the mobile space yet?

Week 5 All Students Posts – 30 Pages

Is Bluetooth a Good Solution? 16 Pages 

As the book says on page 249, Bluetooth is a “low-power, low-cost radio interface between mobile phones and their accessories.” Do you think Bluetooth is a good solution for connecting phones and their accessories? Do you think there will be a better solution soon? Or is Bluetooth here to stay?….

As we are really at the beginning of the automated home, it will be interesting to see what all this connectivity provides us.  Any thoughts?

Wireless charging is one of those applications.  Speaking of which, there are a couple of other interesting options, too.  Here’s one that’s gaining some traction as well.  It’s based on the Duracell Powermat technology.

RFID and Supply Chain Management – 14 Pages 

RFID is an important technology in supply chain management. What is supply chain management and how does RFID help in this area? Please support your opinions with strong evidence….

On this topic do not feel that you have to define Supply Chain Management (SCM) for us.  Just assume we know what that is.  Let’s discuss what role RFID plays in SCM and related.  Keep in mind that RFID tags are kind of like the Swiss Army knifes of inventory systems.  They are key elements in a SCM system.  One of the things they do quite well is the location of items that have been tagged and of course tracking of them.  There are many other uses to them and we will discuss them throughout the week.

RFid works with Asset Management. RFID tags are attached permanently to fixed assets like vehicles, trailers, tools and equipment. By using RFID technology they can locate items more quickly.  The other is production tracking  a study said that when using RFID technology can reduce working capital requirements by…

Week 6 All Students Posts – 35 Pages

What Happened to the Local Wireless? 16 Pages 

The book talks a lot about the Wireless Local Loop (WLL) and Local Multipoint Distribution Services (LMDS), but if you scan the news today, you don’t read much about these services. Why do you think that is? What do you think is taking their place?…

With respect to phasing put POTS, there are no direct costs per se, with the decommissioning of POTS.  That infrastructure has (for the most part) been fully depreciated off of the providers books (assets).

The costs associated with deploying the wireless or fiber optics infrastructure is paid for by the providers as it’s new assets (plant, equipment, software) that they are deploying as a new long-term asset.  Ultimately it’s the…

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GPS Location Services – 19 Pages 

Explain the GPS technology, and describe a GPS-based application. Which other location-based wireless systems do you know? How do they differentiate from GPS?…

One application for using GPS satellites is to capture geographical information to put into a Geographical Information System (GIS) similar to what the US Geological Survey agency does around the United States.  States use this same information for their use as well.  There are other types of “applications” for GPS as well…

This is a comprehensive list of LBS applications.  Class, could you tell us how many of the LBS applications you use?

Week 7 All Students Posts – 32 Pages

4G Technology Competition – 17 Pages

In the United States, there is a great deal of competition between LTE (Verizon), WiMax (Sprint), and HSPA+ (AT&T) for 4G dollars. Is this competition in the best interest of the general public? Europe does not seem to have this competition among technologies. Is that a better way? Should the government just pick a standard and mandate it? Or should we let the marketplace decide?

Is Data the Future? 15 Pages 

Many wireless carriers are spending a lot of money on promoting wireless data. Do you think that is a good idea? Is data more or less profitable for wireless carriers than voice?…

What are the current hot services and applications that are driving data usage? Why are these services hot and what is the impetus? Is it needs driven or market driven?

What services can you foresee that will be in high demand and big money-makers for carriers and/or app developers due to the…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course

Final Exam

(TCO A) Briefly describe the modulation process. (Points : 20)

Modulation is the process of combining a signal with a sinusoid in order to produce a…

(TCO A) Briefly describe the advantages of satellite communications. (Points : 20)

Satellite communication has many advantages.  For example, when using satellite communication, mobile communication can be more…

(TCO B) Describe code division multiple access (CDMA). (Points : 20)

Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) is a method for transmitting multiple digital signals simultaneously over the same…

(TCO C) Briefly discuss the advantages of GSM. (Points : 20)

One of the primary advantages of GSM is that is has an extensive coverage. It approximately 450 million users…

(TCO D) Briefly discuss what General Packet Radio Systems (GPRS) is. (Points : 20)

General Packet Radio System, or GPRS, offered a significant improvement in the data transfer capacity over existing cellular systems. It was the…

(TCO E) List the three different types of Call Session Control Function servers in IMS. (Points : 20)

The Proxy-Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) is a SIP proxy that is the first contact point for the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) terminal. The P-CSCF…

(TCO F) List three benefits of wireless LANs. (Points : 20)

One of the main advantages of wireless LANs is mobility. In can provide LAN users with access to real-time information anywhere in their organization. It also allows…

(TCO G) What two things do LTE and WiMAX have in common? (Points : 20)

LTE and WiMAX both support advanced MIMO – multiple input and multiple output antenna technology.  They also…

(TCO A) Discuss the design consideration for frequency reuse in a cellular system and how performance measure of QoS works. (Points : 30)

Cellular frequency reuse is a concept used by cellular phone networks. In the cellular reuse concept, frequencies allocated to…

(TCO C) Using the TIDAL approach to decision making, solve the problem of picking CDMA or GSM for a company that has people traveling extensively in Europe and the United States, is only interested in voice services, and is looking for the lowest cost solution. (Points : 30)

Although neither GSM or CDMA is technically better; they ultimately provide the same service, and the quality of a…

(TCO F) The U.S. government is thinking of putting RFIDs in passports. Discuss all of the technical and business elements that would be needed to make this happen, and specifically talk about how the government could deploy the service. Discuss the security and privacy issues associated with this proposal. Do you think this is a good idea for the government or not? Support your idea. (Points : 30)

RFID chip is a very small memory chip. It  functions like a memory chip in a computer. However, these RFID chips are smaller…

NETW561 Wireless Technology Course