Pre-requisites: A1 Telecom Systems and Transmissions (IT1201)
Level: Advanced
Organization: Lectures 33 h, Recitations 12 h, Case study
Assessment: Direct observation and oral questioning / classroom quizzes / written exams / project presentation and report
Person in charge: Emmanuelle Vivier


This module gives an understanding from the system perspective of different digital broadcast and transport techniques of multimedia flows. It also addresses different techniques of geo-localization, which can enable appropriate content delivery as a function of user’s geographic location.
Key words:
  • Satellites and GPS (Global Positioning System)
  • Geo-localization
  • Broadband and Optical Networks (xDSL, FTTH, DWDM)
  • DVB (Digital Video Broadcast)

Learning Objectives


Regarding capabilities, the purpose of this module is
  • the understanding of satellite networks from end-to-end system perspective and how they are used for geo-localization,
  • the design from end-to end system perspective of terrestrial broadband multimedia transport networks and their use for multimedia contents broadcasting
  • the steps for adapting a multimedia flows to different transport networks, and, in particular, mobile networks
This module aims at achieving the advanced level in the chosen ISEP track.


This module makes reference to some:
  • physics fundamentals (electro-magnetics and optics),
  • wireless communications & networking,
  • signal processing.

The concepts developped in this module are:

  • Architecture and engineering of broadband terrestrial and satellite networks
  • Radio propagation applied to satellite networks and geo-localization
  • Multimedia transport standards and their adaptation to mobile services.


When well acquired, the module will lead to capability of:
  • Planning, dimensioning and deploying of broadband terrestrial and satellite networks (fundamental level)
  • Localization in a wireless network
  • Adaptation of multimedia services to mobile services.

Teaching method

This module is divided into three parts :
  • Introduction to satellite networks and geo-localization (satellite and terrestrial) concepts,
  • Wireless and wire-line access broadband networks and their broadcast standards,
  • Representation and adaptation of multimedia flows to mobile networks
During the Lectures, Recitations and Lab activities the above subjects will be described and their implementation discussed.
Learning Assessment will be carried out by direct observation with oral questioning during lectures, classroom quizzes during recitations and written exams in order to check students’ learning progress and their capabilities to apply the acquired knowledge to solve simple problems. Case study assigned to a small group to design a turnkey mobile network will allow to check the comprehension from a system perspective.


  • Jean-Marc Piéplu , Olivier Salvatori, GPS et Galileo - Systèmes de navigation par satellites (Eyrolles, 2006), ISBN : 2-212-11947-X
  • Handouts (copies of viewgraphs and selected texts)