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Wireless Crash Course, Second Edition [Paperback]

Paul Bedell
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"Amazon.com Reader Reviews for Bedell's Cellular/PCS Management Best book I've found on topic! Fact filled and easy to read; Reviewer: Robert Jucovics from USA (May 19, 1999) This book is great for gaining a complete understanding of the different components needed for a wireless carrier system and how they work. This book is written in plain English which makes it easy to read and understand many complex topics. I have been working in the cellular/wireless industry for 3 years now and had to learn about the industry the hard way, old out of date books on this topic and none covered the entire wireless carrier system like this book. This book covers topics from communication towers and antennas to Call Processing and Cellular Fraud. As a professional going back to graduate school I appreciate the fact filled information, no fluff, to the point, and not geared toward an Engineer. Trust me when I say this is the book to start with to gain insight into the working of a wireless carrier system, I have done research on this topic for work and graduate school and haven't found any book as informative and useful as this one covering Cellular/PCS Communication Systems.; A must read if you are interested in wireles communications (June 3, 1999) Reviewer: a reader from Chicago, IL This book is great for both the wireless communications novice and experienced personnel. It offers insightful information in a quick and summarized format. A great high-level overview of the wireless industry as a whole. If you are looking for wireless information, but don't want to get bogged down in all the minute details, this is the book for you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The Best Introduction to Wireless--Completely Revised and Updated

Get a complete overview of the rapidly evolving field of wireless telecommunications, including the basics of wireless networks, essential technologies, applications, and markets. The new, completely updated edition of this practical resource offers clear, easy-to-follow explanations of fundamental design and operation concepts, and delves into the very latest advancements in the field. Real-world examples, photos, and diagrams from the wireless industry are included throughout the book.

The Latest Developments

Wireless Crash Course covers all aspects of wireless system operations and features all-new information on digital wireless technologies, including 3G (UMTS and CDMA 3X), Bluetooth, Ultra Wideband (UWB), Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX, GPRS, SMS, and a multitude of new applications and services driving wireless growth. This is a must-have resource for all current and aspiring wireless telecommunications professionals, including IT staff, business decision-makers, marketing and sales staff, and students.


Cellular Radio History and Development * Basic Wireless Network Design and Operation * The Cell Base Station * Radio Frequency (RF) Operations and Technologies * Antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) Power and Sectorization * Digital Wireless Technologies: TDMA (IS-136), CDMA, GSM * 3G: Third Generation Wireless * Personal Communication Services (PCS) * Towers * Base Station Equipment and RF Signal Flow * Capacity Engineering, Propagation Models, and Drive Testing * The Mobile Switching Center (MSC), The Network Operations Center (NOC), and The Backhaul Network * Microwave Radio Systems * Interconnection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and the Internet * Roaming and Intercarrier Networking * Wireless Data Technologies * The New Age of Cell Phones * The Business Side and Wireless Applications * E-SMR and Nextel * Wi-Fi (802.11 Wireless Fidelity) * 802.16 Wi-MAX * Wireless Home Networking

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Bedell is Associate Director in Product Marketing at SBC, managing the SBC PremierServ Hosted IP Service. He has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

About the Author

Paul Bedell (Rosemont, IL) is currently Associate Director, Product Management on GigaMAN, for SBC/Ameritech Communications. Previously he designed and engineered fixed and interconnected networks geographically covering over 65% of the US as a Network Engineer with U.S. Cellular. In 1995 he designed and has since taught the cellular and wireless courses at DePaul University.
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