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The Wireless University
Welcome to THE wireless university!
Book Summary & Outline
These are exciting times for cellular communications.  Cellular
networks have evolved from first-generation analog systems to 
fourth-generation digital systems in just about three decades.  We
welcome you to a journey that will take us through cellular 
fundamentals and a variety of commercial cellular networks.  The
first-generation cellular systems and certain second-generation
systems have been replaced by newer-generation systems.  Remaining 
second-generation systems are expected to be replaced by 
newer-generation systems in the 2010s. We have included 
second-generation systems in the book because several concepts from 
these systems are reused (sometimes with enhancements) in the 
third-generation and fourth-generation systems. 

The book consists of three parts.  The first part provides a foundation
for cellular communications by explaining fundamentals of cellular
communications, radio propagation, digital communications, and
IP-related technologies.  The second part focuses on specific cellular 
technologies, many of which are expected to exist for years to come.
The third part introduces a services network called IP Multimedia 
Subsystem (IMS) and fourth-generation (4G) technologies, such as 
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and Worldwide Interoperability for 
Microwave Access (WiMAX). 

*** Part I: Fundamental Concepts of Cellular Communications ***

Chapter 1 Introduction to Cellular Communications
Chapter 2 Elements of a Digital Communication System 
Chapter 3 Radio Frequency Propagation
Chapter 4 IP and Associated Technologies for a Cellular System

*** Part II: 2G, 2.5G, and 3G Cellular Technologies ***

Chapter 5 Overview of GSM
Chapter 6 GPRS and EDGE
Chapter 7 Fundamentals of CDMA, WCDMA, and IS-95
Chapter 8 CDMA2000 
Chapter 9 Universal Mobile Telecommunication System Release 99
Chapter 10 1xEvolution--Data-Optimized Revision 0
Chapter 11 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access
Chapter 12 1x Evolution--Data-Optimized Revision A
Chapter 13 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access

*** Part III: IP Multimedia Subsystem and 4G Cellular Technologies ***

Chapter 14 IP Multimedia Subsystem
Chapter 15 Fourth-Generation Technologies

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Appendix A: A Brief Overview of Signaling System 7
Appendix B: Erlang-B Table
Appendix C: A High-Level Comparison of Third-Generation Technologies
Appendix D: HSPA+ Overview
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