Semester 9

Course: Next Generation Networks and Services

Course Code: Ε3
Course Level: Undergratuate
Obligatory/Elective: Elective
Semester: 9
Division: Division of Telecommunications
Group: Group A
ECTS Credits: 5
Hours Per Week: 4
Language: Greek, English

Next Generation Networks and Services. Research Issues and Challenges. Architectural Frameworks, Protocols, Standards. Heterogeneous Networks. Access networks and services. xDSL, FTTx, WiMAX, LTE, LTE-Advanced, small cell networks, ultra dense cellular networks, ad-hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, B3G/4G/5G/6G. Mobility Management. Always Best Connectivity Principle. Service Creation and Provisioning (IN, DPE, ΤΙΝΑ, Parlay OSA, CAMEL, IMS, SIP). Network and Service Management. Emerging topics. Context aware networks and services, self-organizing networks, autonomous and cognitive networks, cooperative networks, overlay networks, peer networks, social networking, future internet, internet of things, opportunistic networks, content dissemination networks. Service configuration. Ubiquitous and personalized services.

Learning Outcomes:

The course objective is the presentation of the latest developments and the state-of-the-art solutions in the field of next generation networks and services. In this context, a wide range of issues are addressed, aiming to cover technologies, techniques and methods that could be adopted for the design, development, management and evaluation of next generation networks and creation, provisioning and management of services. Research challenges and issues that should be addressed are indicated, while potential solutions are highlighted. The students actively participate, while their research activity is reinforced. During the semester they study and present research papers from related literature and conduct a survey on a selected topic.  

Upon successful completion of the course, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competence:

•          to explain, classify, evaluate the technologies and methods used to design, deploy and manage next generation networks and services,

•          to highlight, organize, classify, analyze and evaluate challenges and open issues that should be successfully addressed concerning design, deployment and management of next generation networks and services,

•          to highlight, organize, classify, organize and evaluate potential solutions concerning design, deployment and management of next generation networks and services.



Teaching Methods:



Course assessment is conducted through: a) written exams taking place at the end of the semester, including questions (both open and multiple choice) (30%), b) presentation of papers from related research literature (30%) and c) writing and presentation of a survey on a selected topic (40%).

Suggested Books:

[1]   Χ. Βασιλόπουλος, κ.α., Δίκτυα Πρόσβασης Νέας Γενιάς, Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2010.

[2]   A. Jeffrey, G. Ghosh, A. Muhamed, Κ. Τσουκάτος, Βασικές αρχές WiMAX, Εκδόσεις Παπασωτηρίου, 2010.

[3]   Olga Galinina, Sergey Andreev, Sergey Balandin, Yevgeni Koucheryavy, Internet of Things, Smart Spaces, and Next Generation Networks and Systems, 1st edition, 2019, electronic resource.

[4]   Massimo Tornatore, Gee-Kung Chang, Georgios Ellinas, Fiber-Wireless Convergence in Next-Generation Communication Networks, 2017, electronic resource.


-Scientific journals

IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Journal, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal, IEEE Network Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Emerging Telecommunication Technologies Journal, International Journal of Communication Systems, κ.α.


Lecturer: Louta Malamati