Radio Propagation in Wireless Networks


  • NOTICE! The exercises will start 3.11.2017 (i.e. not in the first week of period II). (updated 19.10.2017)
  • The course will be organized in period II on the 2017-2018 academic year. Lectures will start 23.10.2017. (updated 7.6.2017)
  • This is the official channel for the announcements of the course.

Course objectives

  • The goal of the course is to familiarize students to radio signal propagation mechanisms and to the characteristics of mobile radio channels, which both are needed in the designing of modern wireless communication systems and networks.

Contents of the course

  • Radio propagation mechanisms
  • Propagation loss prediction models
  • Mobile radio channel: slow and fast fading
  • Atmospheric effects and satellite mobile radio channels
  • Spatial radio channels

Time and Place

  • Lectures: Mondays 13–16 in TB219 during the II period.
  • Exercises: Fridays 8–11 in RG100C (Group 1) or Fridays 13–16 in RG100C (Group 2).
  • Lectured in English.

Requirements for 3 cr

  • Exam dates – 1st: 11.12.2017.
  • Second exam will be 22.1.2018 and the last one 5.3.2018.
  • Registration in POP. The results will appear in POP. Remember to give Kaiku feedback!
  • Project work: radio signal modeling simulations. Obligatory!


  • ELT-41206 Basic course on Wireless Communications – obligatory
  • ELT-41306 Communication Theory – recommended


  • Lecture notes, exercises.
  • Course book: S.R. Saunders, "Antennas and propagation for wireless communication systems" (Chapters 1–3 and 5–14)
  • Additional and supporting material
    • A. Molisch – Wireless Communications (Chapters 4–8)
    • J. A. Richards – Radio Wave Propagation: An Introduction for the Non-Specialist


  • Course responsible, Lectures:
    Prof. Jukka Lempiäinen, tel. (050) 511 5131, jukka.lempiainen (at), TD425
  • Course assistant: exercises, project work, practical manners
    Joonas Säe, joonas.sae (at), TD405.
  • Course assistant: exercises
    Ritayan Biswas, ritayan.biswas (at), TD310.