Principles of Modern CDMA/ MIMO/ OFDM Wireless Communications

By Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 303
The field of wireless communications has witnessed revolutionary technology developments in the last decade. While previously there existed only 2G GSM based communication systems which supported a data rate of around 10 Kbps, several radical wireless technologies have been developed in the last 10 years to enable broadband wireless access with rates in excess of 100 Mbps. These have subsequently led to the development of 3G and 4G wireless technologies such as HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access). This has been made possible through breakthrough wireless technologies such as Code Division for Multiple Access (CDMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO).These techniques form the basis of understanding the world of 3G/4G wireless communication systems. This course will present an elaborate introduction to the principles and performance of these fundamental 3G/ 4G wireless technologies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The intended audience is students, practicing engineers, technical and non-technical managers of telecom companies, students preparing for competitive exams with communication engineering subject

PRE-REQUISITES: Basic knowledge of - Probability, random variables, Digital modulation, BPSK, QPSK etc

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Most companies in the wireless communications area should find this useful. Examples are Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel etc.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Wireless Systems
Week 2: Performance in Fading wireless channels
Week 3: Multiple Antenna Wireless Systems and Diversity
Week 4: Wireless Channel Characterization - Delay Spread and Doppler
Week 5: Principles of CDMA Wireless Communication
Week 6: Principles of MIMO Wireless Communication
Week 7: Principles of MIMO Wireless Communication (Continued)
Week 8: Principles of OFDM Wireless Communication

Books and references

  • Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. David Tse, Pramod Viswanath
  • Wireless Communications by Andrea Goldsmith

Instructor bio

Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham received his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. From April '07 to May'09 he was employed as a senior wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, California, where he was a part of the Qualcomm CDMA technologies (QCT) division. His research interests are in the area of next-generation wireless cellular and WiFi networks, with special emphasis on various 5G technologies such as massive MIMO, mmWave MIMO, FBMC, NOMA, Full Duplex and others. He has contributed to the 802.11n high throughput wireless LAN standard and has published extensively in leading international journals and conferences. He was awarded the CAL(IT)2 fellowship at the University of California San Diego and the Upendra Patel Achievement Award at Qualcomm.

He is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering department at IIT Kanpur, where he holds the Arun Kumar Chair Professorship, and is also associated with the BSNL-IITK Telecom Center of Excellence(BITCOE). He has been twice awarded the P.K. Kelkar Young Faculty Research Fellowship for excellence in research, the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) and the IIT Kanpur Excellence in Teaching Award. His popular video lectures for the NPTEL(National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) course on Advanced 3G and 4G Wireless Mobile Communications can found at the following YouTube link ( NPTEL 3G/4G ). He has also successfully conducted several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on various topics such as Applied Game Theory, MIMO OFDM Wireless Systems, Probability and Random Processes, Signals and Systems, Principles of Communication Systems, which have been widely adopted and appreciated. A book authored by him titled Principles of Modern Wireless Communications Systems has been published by McGraw Hill Education and comprehensively covers several key aspects of modern wireless technologies.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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