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The Cellular Radio Handbook: A Reference for Cellular System Operation, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-38725-1
736 pages
February 2001
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"A comprehensive guide for operators, engineers, technicians, marketing staff, and systems managers, explaining the intricacies of designing, installing, and operating a cellular network. Although the volume explains both the theory and practice of cellular systems, it is structured in such a way that nontechnical readers can bypass mathematically oriented sections without losing overall comprehension."-Book News, Inc.
This Fourth Edition of Neil Boucher's internationally bestselling handbook has been thoroughly updated and expanded to provide comprehensive coverage of the new technologies that are shaping the industry, as well as the important changes brought about by the rapid domination of the cellular markets by digital systems. Encyclopedic in scope, it covers the design, installation, and operations of a cellular network, features concise discussions of best engineering practices, and provides helpful guidelines on critical business issues involved in planning, budgeting, and administering a cellular system.
Authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date, The Cellular Radio Handbook, Fourth Edition is an indispensable working resource for telecom designers, operators, and marketers. In addition to covering traditional cellular networks, this book also includes PCS/PCN, WLL, and satellite mobile technology.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

About the Author.

What is Cellular Radio?

World System Standards--A History.

Basic Radio.

Planning--An Essential Network Function.

Cell Site Selection and System Design.

Radio Survey.

Cellular Radio Interference.

Cell Plans.

Units and Concepts of Field Strength.

Filters and Combiners.

Cellular Repeaters.

Antennas.

Cellular Links.

Base-Station Maintenance.

Base-Station Control and Signaling.

Power and Distribution.

Protection and Grounding.

Trunking.

Switching.

Traffic Engineering Concepts.

Mobiles.

Tower and Masts.

Installations.

Equipment Shelters.

Budgets.

Billing Systems.

Marketing.

Fraud.

Data Over Cellular.

Privacy.

Rural and Offshore Applications of Cellular Radio.

Interconnection.

Preparing Invitations to Tender.

Modulation/Demodulation Methods.

Noise and Noise Performance.

Digital Cellular.

GSM Pan-European Cellular.

DAMPS.

NAMPS.

E-TDMA.

Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).

Japanese Digital.

Satellite Mobile Systems.

Cordless Telephone Technologies.

iDEN.

Wireless Local Loop.

The Technology.

Coding, Formats, and Error Correction.

Digital Modulation.

Other Mobile Products.

Safety Issues.

Buying Used Hardware.

Appendix A: RF Propagation Routine

Appendix B: ISO Model.

Appendix C: Amplifier Classes.

Appendix D: 911 Location Requirements.

Appendix E: Distortion and Noise.

Appendix F: Recommended Further Reading and Sources of Information.

Appendix G: Internet Protocols.

Appendix H: Erlang B and C Tables.

Appendix I: Conversion of Units Used for Cellular RF.

Appendix J: Country Codes.

Glossary.

Index.
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Author Information

NEIL J. BOUCHER is the founder of DNA Communications, an Australia-based cellular consulting firm. His career in cellular systems began in 1980 with his involvement in the planning and implementation of Australia's first cellular network. He is the author of over 60 technical papers on cellular radio, several professional books, including The Trunked Radio and Enhanced PMR Radio Handbook, The Paging Technology Handbook, and The User's Guide to Cellular Radio, and "Cellular Engineer and Mobiles Engineer," a comprehensive Windows(r)-based cellular software package for cellular design.
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Reviews

"Boucher...updates the 1995 edition of his substantial reference...He has maintained the original format...but here takes more of a digital perspective and incorporates new technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry." (SciTech Book News Vol. 25, No. 2 June 2001)
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