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TitlePCS and Digital Cellular Technologies : Assessing Your Options
Author(s)Rifaat A. Dayem
PublisherPrentice Hall PTR
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Recently, I was asked to provide more coverage of books dealing with mobile communications, and the emerging technologies therein. I was rather loathe to get deeply into the field, and responded that most such works tended to be dense with equations and studded with graphs of antenna signal strength. Such tomes may be fine for telecommunications engineers, who probably know all of them already, but are less than helpful to the average technical user or manager who needs to gain a general understanding of what is going on and what the issues are. Dayem's book is certainly far from perfect, in that regard, but it is the best general explanation I have seen to date. Written by a knowledgeable and involved participant in the field, it is aimed at the non-specialist audience. The various technologies are explained, and the technical issues and problems are described, usually without recourse to technical arcana. The approaches being taken in different countries and regions are clarified, and a list of manufacturers is given in an appendix. The material is generally readable, practical, and understandable. The technical level, while usually intended for the average reader, is inconsistent. The discussion of propagation and channel fading does get into extensive formulae, although this is mercifully brief. On the other hand, the explanation of CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) is a complete failure. Both the glossary and index are very short and have serious shortcomings, especially in view of Dayem's tendency to use acronyms long before they are defined. Mistakes such as "Shanon's Theorem" make even the technically literate wonder if they are missing something. Overall, this is a very useful guide to the features, strengths, and weaknesses of the many new and emerging technologies that telecommunications managers are having to face. Dayem does provide a helpful reference to the spate of new offerings coming to market, and to the alphabet soup accompanying them. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997

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An up-to-date technical guide specifically designed to help communications professionals make critical decisions about wireless technologies.The book begins by reviewing the evolving markets for PCS and digital cellular service, and mapping wireless technologies by radio spectrum utilized, types of user traffic, cell size, achievable data rates and other important factors. The book then reviews important radio propagation and modulation techniques that must be understood to successfully design wireless networks. Next, it reviews the roles, advantages and disadvantages of every major cellular technology, from first-generation cellular to TDMA and CDMA digital solutions. The book also dedicates detailed chapters to GSM/DCS, cordless telephony and PCS, and mobile radio.This book is for telecommunications network planners and managers responsible for implementing and operating wireless networks; for engineers and engineering managers responsible for developing wireless and cellular products; and for managers in customer organizations considering wireless networking.

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