Techno-Economic Analysis of Telecommunicaiton Networks

Module Number: EI7624

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Wolfgang Kellerer

Description of achievement and assessment methods

The type of examination is adapted to different learning outcomes: The capability of process modeling will be evaluated through a project study to be done individually or by small groups (2-3 persons) during the semester. The project will be presented to the class. A final exam will be done at the end of the semester to grade the knowledge adquired during the course. The final grade will consist of the following:

  • 60% final exam
  • 40% project

Exam type: written

Exam duration (min.): 60

Possibility of re-taking: In the next semester: Yes. At the end of the semester: No.

Homework: Yes

Lecture: Yes

Conversation: No

Written paper: No

Recommended requirements

The knowledge of following module are recommended:

  • Broadbank Communicaiton Networks


Value analysis studies are an integral part of every strategic marketing and business plan related with new products and services in the ICT industry. They are commonly used to compare important parameters such as capital and operational expenditures (CapEX, OpEx), life cycle costs, revenue streams, discounted cash flows, and techno economic evaluation measures such as the net present value (NPV) and the internal reate of return (IRR). Such studies offer a measurable output and can be used to support the decision making process related with the business or the market that a company should be in, the potential of certain technology solutions, or, the future of internal R&D projects, etc. A good modelling of the network operational process is necessary to identify the key costs factors and find ways to reduce cost and increase benefits. A process modeling tool will be presented in detailed and will be used by the students to perform studies.

Study Goals

With this module, students gain an understanding of the different processes of telecommunication networks (life cycle) as well as how their economic cost can be evaluated. Important economic concepts will be obtained as well as their application on networks. Particular emphasis will be given on the process modeling and its implementation and simulation using tool.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Learning method: In addition to the individual methods of the students consolidated knowledge is aspired by repeated lessons in ecercises and tutorials. The students can apply their knowledge with a process modeling tool.
  • Teaching method: During the lectures students are instructed in a teacher-centered style. The exercises are held in a student-centered way. In the exercise part, the students have access to computer-based tool and will be guided through several problem studies, which they have to model, implement, solve and present independently or in small groups.

Media formats

  • PresentationLecture notes
  • Exercises and solutions
  • Computer-based tool environment for process modeling