Networks Broadband Technologies

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Module Staff:
  • Charalambos Patrikakis

Module Objective

The course of the Broadband Network Technologies aims to give students the necessary knowledge on broadband networks. The course presents theoretical and practical topics on computer systems communication over broadband networks, technologies for high bitrate data communications, packet based data transfer, and topics on services requiring high bandwidth and quality assurance, such as of multimedia streaming.

Module Study Targets

Upon completion of the theoretical and practical part of the course, students will be in the position to:

  • Evaluate the potential and operation of Broadband Network technologies, and to identify the requirements and means for supporting the deployment of broadband services
  • Know the way in which packet switching over Broadband Networks is implemented through the use of label swathing techniques
  • Assess the different alternative solutions at protocol level and core/access network technologies for supporting the needs of high bitrate data communications
  • Analyze and identify the characteristics of relevant network protocols in order to evaluate/propose/select solutions on the implementation of communication infrastructures, or work in related topics
  • Work (individually or in collaboration with colleague students or engineers) on the design/selection of technologies and implementation issues for Broadband

Module Acquired Abilities

At the end of the course, students will have acquired the skills to:

  • Search, analyze and synthesize of data and information based on the use of the appropriate Broadband Networks technologies
  • decisions making based on composition and combination of techniques to solve problems

Module Description

The course aims at presenting and analyzing core broadband technologies. More specifically, in the context of the course, broadband technologies and network architectures are presented, starting from the basic principles on packet switched networks, and covering both access and core network technologies.

In particular, the course covers the following:

  • Circuit switching, packet switching, Frame Relay, optical switching. Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH / SONET)
  • B-ISDN and xDSL Network architectures
  • Networks based on the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
  • Packet switching techniques and architectures
  • Overview of network technologies for supporting multimedia services
  • Resource management, traffic shaping, prioritization
  • Packet scheduling algorithms

Module Student Evaluation

Exams take place at the end of semester and include written tests on all course topics (100%)

Exams are in Greek and include one or more of the following:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Design and/or analysis of broadband networks infrastructures
  • Solving of problems on data transmission, packet switching, and routing
  • Comparative assessment of theoretical knowledge acquired during the course


  • James F. Kurose - Keith W. Ross, "Computer Networking", 6th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2013
  • Tanenbaum & Wetherall, "Computer Networks", 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010
  • Douglas E. Comer, "Computer Networks and Internets with Internet Applications", 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 2003