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From GSM to LTE: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband

From GSM to LTE: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband

Martin Sauter

ISBN: 978-0-470-97822-1

Dec 2010

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A new edition of Wiley's Communication Systems for the Mobile Information Society, from the same author 

Wireless systems such as GSM, UMTS, LTE, WiMAX, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offer possibilities to keep people connected while on the move. In this flood of technology, From GSM to LTE: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband enables readers to examine and understand each technology, and how to utilise several different systems for the best results. This book contains not only a technical description of the different wireless systems available today, but also explains the rationale behind the different mechanisms and implementations; not only the 'how' but also the 'why' is focused on. Thus the advantages and also limitations of each technology become apparent.

Offering a solid introduction to major global wireless standards and comparisons of the different wireless technologies and their applications, this new edition has been updated to provide the latest directions and activities in 3GPP standardization reaching up to Release 10, and importantly includes a new chapter on LTE. The new LTE chapter covers aspects such as Mobility Management and Power Optimization, Voice over LTE, and Air Interface and Radio Network.

  • Provides readers with an introduction to major global wireless standards and compares the different wireless technologies and their applications
  • The performance and capacity of each system in practice is analyzed and explained, accompanied with practical tips on how to discover the functionality of different networks
  • Offers approximately 25% new material, which includes a major new chapter on LTE and updates to the existing material including Release 4 BICN in relation to GSM
  • Questions at the end of each chapter and answers on the accompanying website ( make this book ideal for self study or as course material

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Abbreviations.

1 Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).

1.1 Circuit-Switched Data Transmission.

1.2 Standards.

1.3 Transmission Speeds.

1.4 The Signaling System Number 7.

1.5 The GSM Subsystems.

1.6 The Network Subsystem.

1.7 The Base Station Subsystem (BSS) and Voice Processing.

1.8 Mobility Management and Call Control.

1.9 The Mobile Device.

1.10 The SIM Card.

1.11 The Intelligent Network Subsystem and CAMEL.

1.12 Questions.


2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and EDGE.

2.1 Circuit-Switched Data Transmission over GSM.

2.2 Packet-Switched Data Transmission over GPRS.

2.3 The GPRS Air Interface.

2.4 The GPRS State Model.

2.5 GPRS Network Elements.

2.6 GPRS Radio Resource Management.

2.7 GPRS Interfaces.

2.8 GPRS Mobility Management and Session Management (GMM/SM).

2.9 Session Management from a User Point of View.

2.10 Small Screen Web Browsing over GPRS and EDGE.

2.11 The Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) over GPRS.

2.12 Web Browsing via GPRS.

2.13 Questions.


3 Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS) and High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA).

3.1 Overview, History and Future.

3.2 Important New Concepts of UMTS.

3.3 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).

3.4 UMTS Channel Structure on the Air Interface.

3.5 The UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network (UTRAN).

3.6 Core Network Mobility Management.

3.7 Radio Network Mobility Management.

3.8 UMTS CS and PS Call Establishment.

3.9 UMTS Security.

3.10 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and HSPA+.

3.11 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA).

3.12 Radio and Core Network Enhancements: CPC and One Tunnel.

3.13 HSPA Performance in Practice.

3.14 UMTS and CDMA2000.

3.15 Questions.


4 Long Term Evolution (LTE).

4.1 Introduction and Overview.

4.2 Network Architecture and Interfaces.

4.3 FDD Air Interface and Radio Network.

4.4 TD-LTE Air Interface.

4.5 Scheduling.

4.6 Basic Procedures.

4.7 Mobility Management and Power Optimization.

4.8 LTE Security Architecture.

4.9 Interconnection with UMTS and GSM.

4.10 Interworking with CDMA2000 Networks.

4.11 Network Planning Aspects.

4.12 Voice and SMS over LTE.

4.13 Backhaul Considerations.

4.14 LTE-Advanced (3GPP Release 10).

4.15 Questions.


5 IEEE 802.16 and WiMAX.

5.1 Overview.

5.2 Standards, Evolution and Profiles.

5.3 WiMAX PHYs for Point-to-Multipoint FDD or TDD Operation.

5.4 Physical Layer Framing.

5.5 Ensuring Quality of Service.

5.6 MAC Management Functions.

5.7 MAC Management of User Data.

5.8 Security.

5.9 Advanced 802.16 Functionalities.

5.10 Mobile WiMAX: 802.16e.

5.11 WiMAX Network Infrastructure.

5.12 Questions.


6 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

6.1 Wireless LAN Overview.

6.2 Transmission Speeds and Standards.

6.3 WLAN Configurations: From Ad Hoc to Wireless Bridging.

6.4 Management Operations.

6.5 The MAC Layer.

6.6 The Physical Layer and MAC Extensions.

6.7 Wireless LAN Security.

6.8 IEEE 802.11e and WMM – Quality of Service.

6.9 Comparison of Wireless LAN and UMTS.

6.10 Questions.


7 Bluetooth.

7.1 Overview and Applications.

7.2 Physical Properties.

7.3 Piconets and the Master/Slave Concept.

7.4 The Bluetooth Protocol Stack.

7.5 Bluetooth Security.

7.6 Bluetooth Profiles.

7.7 Comparison between Bluetooth and Wireless LAN.

7.8 Questions.



“I highly recommend this book to all aspiring wireless technology users, students, and network architects.”  (Computing Reviews, 31 May 2012)

"This comprehensive introductory textbook provides a detailed overview of the six primary technologies for wireless communication in use today." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)