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3G Evolution: HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband [Kindle Edition]

Erik Dahlman , Stefan Parkvall , Johan Skold , Per Beming
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0123745381
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0123745385
  • Edition: 2
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Book Description

Reflecting the recent completion of LTE’s specification, the new edition of this bestseller has been fully updated to provide a complete picture of the LTE system. The latest LTE standards are included on the radio interface architecture, the physical layer, access procedures, MBMS, together with three brand new chapters on LTE Transmission Procedures, Flexible Bandwidth in LTE and LTE evolution into IMT-Advanced.

Key technologies presented include multi-carrier transmission, advanced single-carrier transmission, advanced receivers, OFDM, MIMO and adaptive antenna solutions, advanced radio resource management and protocols, and different radio network architectures. Their role and use in the context of mobile broadband access in general is explained. Both a high-level overview and more detailed step-by-step explanations of HSPA and LTE implementation are given. An overview of other related systems such as TD SCDMA, CDMA2000, and WiMAX is also provided.

The new edition has up-to-date coverage of the recently published LTE Release 8 radio-access standard, giving the reader insight into the ongoing and future process of LTE and LTE-Advanced standardisation.

Coverage on LTE in this edition includes ( total of 270 pages on LTE):

  • Easy-to-access overview of the LTE protocol layers
  • Complete description of LTE physical layer including reference signals, control signalling, multi-antenna transmission schemes
  • Covers both FDD and TDD, their fundamental difference and their impact on the LTE design
  • Detailed description of access procedures including cell search, random access, broadcast of system information
  • Transmission procedures, including retransmission protocols, scheduling, uplink power control
  • Evolution towards IMT-Advanced ("4G")

"Reading a specification requires some effort. After reading the spec, you would know WHAT to transmit, but not WHY and HOW. This is where our book becomes important. Not only does it provide an easy-to-read description of the signals, procedures, and mechanisms in LTE, it also tells you WHY a certain signal, channel or procedure is present and HOW it is used. After reading the book, you will have a good understanding on how LTE works and why it is designed the way it is." - the authors

The authors of the book all work at Ericsson Research and are deeply involved in 3G development and standardisation since the early days of 3G research. They are leading experts in the field and are today still actively contributing to the standardisation of both HSPA and LTE within 3GPP. This includes details of the standards and technologies (160 new pages): LTE radio interface architecture, LTE physical layer and LTE access procedures.



  • Includes details of the standards and technologies (160 new pages): LTE radio interface architecture, LTE physical layer and LTE access procedures
  • Contains three brand new chapters on LTE: Transmission Procedures, Flexible Bandwidth and LTE Evolution and expanded details on the physical layer (total LTE content is 270 pages)
  • Examines the latest developments in the evolution of LTE into IMT-Advanced, the next stage of 3G Evolution
  • Gives clear explanations of the role of OFDM and MIMO technologies in HSPA and LTE
  • Outlines the System Architecture Evolution (SAE) supporting LTE and HSPA evolution


  • Product Details

    • File Size: 7428 KB
    • Print Length: 648 pages
    • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (July 28, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002ZJSVW8
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one I was looking for ^^ January 26, 2009
    Format:Hardcover
    As an implementation engineer, I needed to understand in detail each and every aspect of LTE specification. My job is to design the network stack of LTE (both base station and mobile station). When I started reading 3GPP LTE specification(36 series) 4 months ago, I found several sore concepts sticking out. Then I read the first edition of this book and found several concepts cleared. However the first edition had very few pages on LTE and focused more on WCDMA.

    Then came this edition. I ordered this book from Amazon and it came within 2 weeks. This book makes understanding of LTE very easy. For instance I had several doubts in the RLC spec of 3gpp. Then I read the RLC content of this book and got all my doubts cleared.

    The best thing about this book is that unlike other books, the contents of this book are not directly picked up from specification. It seems the authors of the book have a good grasp of what they are writing and have spent enough time to make it easy to read. Language is very succint. Each line makes sense, is relevant and helps increase understanding of LTE.

    Overall this is probably the best book for LTE(and I have read several books). The book has been written in a fluid way and the flow of thought is connected. I have still not read the book completely, but I find myself going to the book again and again(in my free time or bedtime) just because it is a pleasant read.

    Cons: At $120 I could not buy the book myself and had to ask my employer to purchase it. I wish they reasonably price it so that I can get a personal copy(and be able to underline several important things).
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    It is very difficult to find technical books that are rigorous and yet concise, clear - in other words written keeping the reader in mind and what he may be looking for. This book does exactly this - as you go through the book it provides excellent guidance in understanding the key drivers behind the new technologies, what the key strengths are, and what are the main paths in the evolution of technologies.

    The book is well written, concise and consistent. It has none of those filler chapters on applications, on regulation, or on devices, that many books that focus on the network architecture often have.

    Highly recommended for those out there trying to make sense of HSPA and LTE.

    (There are some references to WiMAX, but the authors still talk about fixed WiMAX [16d] in the future tense, even though products have been available for several years now - but they are overall fair to WiMAX even though they belong to the HSPA/LTE camp)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More December 4, 2010
    Format:Hardcover
    Modern cellular wireless system is very complex, many different technology areas e.g. RF, DSP, digital communication, protocol stack and network are 'tangled' together, this set a high barrier for beginners and graduates into this field. Most of the books in this area are written by PhDs with in-depth technical knowledge but sadly to say, their writings are quite difficult for normal folk to understand. Many books jump straight to explaining the standards or throwing readers with lots of acronyms, without explaining what are them or why are them be done in such a way.

    The brilliance of the authors are shown not showing off how many jargons they can tell off, but by taking it slowly to first explaining the underlying technologies to increase the data rate. Instead of just saying things like HSPA+ could achieve maximum data rate of 42Mbps by using 64QAM and MIMO, the authors explained why higher order modulation and multiple antennas could lead to higher throughput.

    The concept of HSPA and LTE are well explained and should equip the readers with the essential knowledge in these areas. However, although there are sub chapters dedicated for "details of xxx" and "fine details of xxx", the details is really isn't enough for a practical engineer. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book as the very first book in HSPA/LTE.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Content - Horrible Grammar June 21, 2010
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I have not finished the book as yet, but felt a need to get this review out ASAP. So far the content is quite good. I suspect that by the time I get to the end of the book I will be quite impressed. But, I am going crazy with this "English as a second language" grammar. The editor of this book ought to get into another line of work. This book is tedious to read with pointless punctuation, excessive passive voice and unnecessary words plugged-in all throughout the text.

    For example: page 19, "Since it is impossible to know what services that will be poplar and since service possibilities and offers will differ with time and possible also with country...".

    Yikes what does this mean exactly?

    Engineering books are not exactly "page-turners" and tend to be a little monotonous at best - that is the nature of the beast. But excessive use of passive voice makes the book exceptionally tiresome.

    For example: page 17, "In parallel to the technical development of the mobile devices, the mobile communication technologies are developed to meet the demands of the new services enabled".

    Versus something like this:

    Mobile communication technologies are developed in parallel with mobile device technologies to meet the demands of new services.

    At any rate these are a few samples of this tiresome writing style. Buyer beware...
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good book
    Published 7 months ago by Osinuga Oluwaseun
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Engineering Students
    This is a very well written book. It is thorough and detailed and a valuable ally dealing with mobile broadband as this area keeps growing every day. Read more
    Published on April 5, 2013 by L. Maupin
    2.0 out of 5 stars Highly technical and comprehensive... needs a new editor
    Short version: This book is billed as a text book, people unfamiliar with the subject should be able to learn *something* from it. Read more
    Published on August 26, 2011 by Michelf
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book on the subject
    This is a great book on explaining HSPA and LTE as the evolution for 3G. The book explains how things work making it easier for people to understand the reason why certain choices... Read more
    Published on January 19, 2011 by L. Romero
    3.0 out of 5 stars techie book
    I ordered this book by mistake.
    I was hoping it would go into much marketing and future exploration of what the benefits of 3G or even 4G mobile technology would do for us,... Read more
    Published on July 24, 2010 by Yesuaini99
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational guide
    Read this book leisurely and there's quite a bit of info on the topic. Though I don't have a huge background in engineering, I do come from the sciences so can understand much of... Read more
    Published on June 4, 2010 by Comp Expert
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On 3G, LTE I've Read
    3G Evolution takes an incredibly complex subject (as well as many related subjects) and presents them in a very straight-forward, yet enjoyable to read format. Read more
    Published on April 22, 2010 by William Van Hefner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the engineer
    3G Evolution 2nd Ed does a great job at walking you through what's coming in mobile broadband with enough detail to allow an engineer to develop and design next generation... Read more
    Published on January 3, 2010 by K. Miller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Technical, but What do you Expect?
    I will start out by saying I'm not a practitioner of the telecom arts--but this book popped up during a semester when I took a Computer Science networking class and was doing a... Read more
    Published on December 17, 2009 by avgvstvs
    4.0 out of 5 stars LTE is considered 4G!
    I used this book extensively in a previous job and found it to be excellent. We were using it for understanding LTE (Long Term Evolution) which is considered the next generation of... Read more
    Published on October 19, 2009 by R. Parthasarathy
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