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1. Introduction

Telecom SudParis (France), Aalto University (Finland), Asian Insitute of Technology (Thailand), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) and National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) jointly offers a unique Euro-Asian curriculum at the master's level addressing key issues in communication networks and services specialising in the European and Asian contexts. Our graduates are ready to apply cutting-edge concepts and technologies in IT and in the telecommunications industry. Graduates of this programme have been employed by leading telecommunication companies, IT industry firms, research centers and universities in North America, Europe and Asia.

1.1 Target Students

This MSc program in Communication Networks and Services is designed for new graduates who have a good academic record and also for engineers and professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge in telecommunications.

1.2 Feedback from Students and Graduates

"Courses taught in ComNETS introduce the latest technology and ongoing research in the field of communications and networking across the globe. Guest lecturers from various industries like Alcatel, France telecom, Cisco and highly experienced professors at school make learning experience more fruitful and enjoyable."

Sirsha Bhattarai, 2010

"The experience of joining in ComNets program for 8 months will be one of the valuable memories in my life. Studied in the MSc in Communication networks and services at Telecom Sud Paris, France has not only given me a sound and firm grounding in communication but also taught me the invaluable skills to manage, lead and collaborate effectively with people."

Laoorom Chiempiriyakul (2010)

"ComNETS at Telecom SudParis is a unique program that offers an in-depth knowledge of a range of advanced telecommunication technologies, many of them first hand from skilled researchers and industry leaders. ComNETS program focuses on rigorous understanding of different aspects of modern day communications ranging from wireless communication standards to the converged network concepts. The opportunities after graduation are many and the comNETS alumni have been a testimony of the program itself. I am proud to be a comNETS graduate!!"

Jagadish Ghimire (2008), PhD Student, University of Waterloo, Canada

"The dual degree program - M.Eng in AIT and MSc (comNETS) in Telecom SudParis is the best Blend Of Theory And Practice."

Sivasothy Shanmugalingam (2007), Research Engineer, Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs France

2. Objectives

This program introduces our student to the ICT fundamentals that provide the background in multimedia mobile networks and services while targeting a theoretical background and practical knowledge. The objective is for them to learn how to analyze, design and plan networks while also becoming acquainted with deployment, operation, optimization, maintenance and control of these networks, and to anticipate the major changes that will occur in the IT and telco industries.

This unique program covers the entire span of mobile network infrastructures, from access networks all the way to the core networks. The coursework addresses the service architecture for fixed (xDSL, Cable) and mobile (3G, WiFi, WiMAX, LTE) networks with a focus on Telco Service architectures (IMS, NGN) and future trends (Internet of Things, P2P)
The program also offers real-world experience. During the second year, in addition to six key technical courses, a course on telecom management and economics will give students essential information about markets in Europe. Student will work on a Master's thesis which can be conducted in collaboration with industrial partners or research laboratories. Students are also invited to join in professional activities as the ICIN international conference (

World-renowned experts from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Orange Labs, France Telecom, Cisco, ETSI are invited to give lectures.

3. Registration

2 cases:

  1. For master students already enrolled Aalto University, AIT, NCTU and HKUST: the selection and application will be processed at your home university. No tuition fees are paid at Telecom SudParis. Application shall be done at your home university and/or directly to the ComNETS programme Director.
  2. For students not enrolled in the universities above, they can apply for a DUAL degree AIT-Telecom SudParis. Students enrolled in this programme will spend their first year at AIT and their second year at Telecom SudParis. Graduates will receive a Master from AIT and a MSc from Telecom SudParis. The application is completed when all the documents (application form, 2 recommendation letters, transcript of the latest degree, CV, motivation, letter, certificates) are received by Telecom SudParis prior to the closing date. The first year's tuition and registration fees of 376000 Thai baht are paid at AIT, and the second year's tuition and registration fees of €5000 at Telecom SudParis. Additional costs include living expenses in Thailand and France as well as medical insurance and travel costs to both countries.

For an application at Telecom SudParis (case 2), applicants can see all details about registration on this page.

After filling out your application form, you must send it along with the rest of the documents directly to the following address:

Service des Admissions
9, rue Charles Fourier
91011 Evry Cedex

4. Programs

4.1 Program at AIT (1st year-for external applications only)

In the first year, students have the opportunity to choose one of four fields of study at AIT: Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science, or Information Management.

4.2 Program at Telecom SudParis (2nd year)

New Trends for Future Services
Radio Propagation Theory
Next Generation Networks and Services
Wireless Access and Transport Technologies
Wireless Local Area and Personal Networks
Optimisation: Theory and Network applications
Business Modelling for Mobile Services
MSc Thesis

To now more about program, download the syllabus.

5. General Requirements

5.1 English Requirements

All in-class lectures and materials are conducted in English. Evidence of English ability is not required from applicants who graduated from a university where English is the major medium of teaching.

5.2 General Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master's program, an applicant MUST:

  1. hold a Bachelor's degree (normally from a four-year program), or its equivalent, in an appropriate field of study from an institution of recognized standing;
  2. have undergraduate grades significantly above average; the minimum GPA requirement for admission is 3 or equivalent at bachelor degree level.
  3. produce evidence of proficiency in English in the form of an internationally recognized standardized test score; scores of 5 IELTS, 540 at least TOEFL or 207 Computer TOEFL are accepted ; the requirement that a standardized test score be included in the applicant's file can be waived if the applicant submits a certificate confirming that his/her previous degree was earned at a university at which the sole medium of instruction was English.

6. Environment

This Master of Science program in Communication Networks and Services is based on the partnership of Telecom SudParis (France), Aalto University (Finland), Asian Insitute of Technology (regional), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong King) and National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan).

First year: Aalto University, AIT, HKUST or NCTU.
Second year: all courses take place at Telecom SudParis, Evry (France), 30km South of Paris.

7. Curriculum

The curriculum for this four semester programme is as follows:

Degrees granted (DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME):
Upon successfully completing their studies, the students earn both a master's degree from the original Institute AND a MSc degree from Telecom SudParis.

8. Location

First year: Aalto University, AIT, HKUST or NCTU.

Second year: all courses take place at Telecom SudParis, Evry (France), 30 km South of Paris.

9. Manager program

Noël Crespi holds a Masters from Univ. of Canterbury and Univ. Orsay, a diplôme d'ingénieur from ENST, a PhD and an Habilitation from Paris VI University. He worked from 1993 in CLIP, Bouygues Telecom and joined France Telecom R&D in 1995 where he led the Mobicarte prepaid service project and took an active role in various standardisation committees. In 1999, he joined Nortel Networks as Telephony Program manager. He joined Institut Telecom in 2002 and is currently professor and Program Director, leading the Network and Service Architecture lab. He is appointed as coordinator for the standardisation activities in ETSI and 3GPP. He is also a Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Technology. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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