UMTS: The Fundamentals
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) will offer a consistent set of services to mobile computer and phone users no matter where they are located in the world. Based on the GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) communication standard, UMTS, endorsed by major standards bodies and manufacturers, is the planned standard for mobile users around the world by 2002.
Today's cellular telephone systems are mainly circuit-switched, with connections always dependent on circuit availability. Packet-switched connection, using the Internet Protocol (IP), means that a virtual connection is always available to any other end point in the network. It will also make it possible to provide new services, such as alternative billing methods (pay-per-bit, pay-per-session, flat rate, asymmetric bandwidth, and others). The higher bandwidth of UMTS also promises new services, such as video conferencing and promises to realise the Virtual Home Environment (VHE) in which a roaming user can have the same services to which the user is accustomed when at home or in the office, through a combination of transparent terrestrial and satellite connections.
* Provides an introduction to cellular networks and digital communications
* Covers the air interface, radio access network and core network
* Explains the Release '99 specifications clearly and effectively
* Discusses UMTS services and future services beyond 3G
* Features numerous problems and solutions in order to aid understanding
Ideal for Academics and students on telecommunications, electronics and computer science courses, research and development engineers working in mobile/wireless communications and Cellular operators and technical consultants.
Digital Data Transmission.
Cellular Mobile Radio Networks.
Standardisation and Spectrum.
UMTS System Architecture.
The Protocol Stack at the Radio Interface.
Data Transmission at the UMTS Radio Interface.
The Physical Layer at the Radio Interface.
Physical Channels and Procedures at the Radio Interface.
Cellular CDMA Networks.
Service Architectures and Services in UMTS.
The Next Generation of Mobile Radio Systems.
Answers to Questions.
List of UMTS Release 4 Specifications.