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WCDMA for UMTS: Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications, Revised Edition Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471486879
ISBN-10: 0471486876
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As wireless communications technologies evolve, Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) seems a strong candidate for providing multimedia to the handset, as well as Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services (UMTS)--which is to say common wireless communications standards over most of the world. WCDMA for UMTS sets out to decipher the standards documents of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). Specifically, this book deals with the 3GPP documents on Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) for Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA). This book should prove valuable to readers who plan to implement WCDMA in hardware designs or service offerings.

A series of engineering problems make up the backbone of the book, and each part of the deployment process is explained via text and calculations. For example, in the discussion on planning a radio network for WCDMA service provision, the book explains precisely how to take into account requirements (for quality of service, user capacity, and coverage) and conditions (such as terrain). Readers get formulas into which they can plug relative traffic predictions for voice, real-time data, non-real-time data, and overhead. There's also an explanation of how to interpret the formula output for deploying antennae. This is a serious engineering handbook for those who are involved in deploying WCDMA. --David Wall

Topics covered: Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA)--what it is, and (especially) how to implement it in a wireless network. Radio interface protocols, packet traffic, and network planning all are covered. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

WCDMA for UMTS provides a complete picture of the Wideband CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) air interface of the 3rd generation cellular systems - UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems). WCDMA is designed for multimedia communications including high quality images and video, and access to services with high data rates. These capabilities will create new business opportunities for manufacturers, operators and for the providers of content and applications.
* Explains the key parts of the 3GPP/WCDMA standard and provides guidelines for its efficient use
* Presents network dimensioning and coverage and capacity planning of WCDMA
* Introduces radio resource management algorithms in the WCDMA network
* Examines the coverage and capacity of WCDMA up to 2Mbps using numerous simulation results
* Introduces the TDD (Time Divisions Duplex) mode
* Discusses the co-existence of TDD and FDD (Frequency Divisions and Duplex) and highlights their main differences

Written by leading experts in the field, this practical approach to the key features in WCDMA will have wide-ranging appeal to Research and Development Engineers, Practising Engineers, Cellular Operators, Technical Managers and Students on Telecommunications courses.

Now includes the main modifications made to the 3GPP standard up until the end of 2000 and features the following new material:
* Reference terminal classes
* Current status of UMTS licensing
* Capacity upgrade paths and capacity per km2
* Inter-frequency handovers and inter-system handovers to GSM
* Antenna diversity gain measurements in the WCDMA experimental system
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised edition (March 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471486876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471486879
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,953,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book delivers exactly what it promises: a profound, compact and clear description of WCDMA for UMTS. The reader is expected to understand quite advanced concepts of mobile communications, hence it is not a good book for managers who want to know what 3G is all about nor for undergraduate students who want to learn cellular system basics. It is an excellent book for experienced network planners, protocol designers or research engineers, for example, who want to move from 2G to 3G. Simple test: if you don't know what are Erlang-B, orthogonal codes or layered protocol architecture, you want to study them first from another book.
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Otherwise it might be somehow confusing. This book is a must for professionals as another reviewer stated but it is not very suitable as the first book on UMTS technologies. This book serves best as supplementary reading. For example new-beginner readers might get confused talkink about SIP at the first chapter before explaining W-CDMA and core-network layout. Anyway, this book contains wealth of information on UMTS technologies and warmly recommended for serious readers.
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Whoever read the 3GPP standardization documents for UMTS knows how hard and time consuming it is to extract all the relevant information. Holma and Toskala's book is not just a collection of the 3GPP documents it is bringing light into them. Many plots of system simulations are given. It certainly helps you saving valuble time in getting up to date information about one of the hottest telecommunication applications nowadays. Read this book and you will understand the UMTS standard.
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If you like to read standards or have to in the course of your work, this book offers a useful and succinct compilation. Other than that, there is nothing to recommend this book as it does not help improve your understanding. Then again, this is not the kind of book which people who do not have to work with standards will want to read.
There is a short chapter on cdma2000 at the end.
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This book provides a good introduction to 3GPP Release '99 and helps you navigate the standard. The main focus is on the DS-CDMA radio interface. The book is useful for people with a knowledge of GSM wanting to know about WCDMA. If there is any weakness in the book it is the lack of coverage of Services & Applications.
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With UMTS you must read what you can get - unfortunately what you can get is not aleays what you want - so with this book. Although the authors seem well informed, they are not god communicators - their explanations are alternatively trivial or incomprehensible, their diagrams, in most cases copied slavishly from the specifications, explain nothing. Perhaps this book is useful as a reference after the subject is comprehended. Comprehension does not lie here.
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At last! A UMTS text you can read and understand. This book gave me enough detail to understand the standards and where they are going. The book has many diagrams and a list of all the features The features also have an explanantion of them in a language I could understand. If you want a 'quick starter' so that on Friday you open the book and on Monday you can 'speak' UMTS then this is the book you want.
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