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

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ISBN-13: 978-0123745385
ISBN-10: 0123745381
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  • File Size: 7428 KB
  • Print Length: 651 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0123745381
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (July 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZJSVW8
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By Jha Vidyesh Kumar on 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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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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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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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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