Wireless and Satellite Telecommunications: The Technology, The Market and the Regulations (2nd Edition) (Feher/Prentice Hall Digital & Wireless Communication Series)

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9780131404939: Wireless and Satellite Telecommunications: The Technology, The Market and the Regulations (2nd Edition) (Feher/Prentice Hall Digital & Wireless Communication Series)

Providing an in-depth, up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of wireless telecommunications, this book is unique in that it takes a non- technical look at wireless technology, emerging wireless markets, key regulatory policies, as well as services and applications in the field. Covers market, policy and regulation, standards, tariffs, and the basics of wireless technology. In particular it focuses on emerging U.S. markets, current management issues, and contemporary American regulatory and policy frameworks. For businessmen, attorneys, and other non-engineers who are just entering the complex and exciting field of wireless telecommunications.

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Providing an in-depth, up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of wireless telecommunications, this book is unique in that it takes a non- technical look at wireless technology, emerging wireless markets, key regulatory policies, as well as services and applications in the field.

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The purpose of this book is to provide an in-depth, up-to-date, and comprehensive understanding of wireless and satellite telecommunications. This means a presentation on wireless technology, on emerging wireless markets, on key regulatory policies, as well as on services and applications in the field.

Unlike most books in this field, the main focus is not on technology. The objective is, in fact, to present only that technology that is sufficient to define the market and regulatory aspects of the field of wireless and satellite telecommunications. This still means, however, exploring the basic technologies involved with satellites, licensed and unlicensed cellular radio, over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, specialized mobile radio (SMR) services, high-tier and low-tier personal communications service (including unlicensed PCS), wireless LANs and PABXs, microwave relay, terrestrial cellular television, and infrared bus wireless services. In this respect, this technological overview will explore wireless and satellite telecommunications as it operates today and as it is to function tomorrow.

This book gives special attention to cellular telecommunications and satellites, but for the sake of economical word usage the general phrase "wireless" will be used throughout the book. An attempt will be made, however, to define the context and which special element of the very broad wireless and satellite field is indeed meant. The key issues and concepts needed to plan, design, receive regulatory approval for, and actually implement wireless telecommunications systems will thus receive primary emphasis. More technical texts will thus address such issues as the optimum choice of modulation or multiplexing schemes, strategies for node interconnection of personal communications services, or coping with scintillation and multipath problems.

This text does, however, provide a synoptic overview of all aspects of the field of wireless telecommunications, including markets, policy and regulation, standards, tariffs, and at least the basics of wireless and satellite technology. In particular it covers such aspects as emerging U.S. markets, current management issues, and contemporary American regulatory and policy frameworks. It is essentially designed for telecommunications courses where markets and regulatory policies are more important than the technology and especially for the businessman, attorney, or other non-engineers, who are just entering this complex and exciting field.

The goals of this book are thus to be both up-to-date concerning the latest developments in the field of wireless communications as well as to be very practically oriented. This means placing special emphasis on the licensing process, on frequency allocations, and on how a new start-up venture might be initiated in this field. This in turn means addressing how official filings are made for wireless systems, how petitions are made within rule- making procedures and what criteria are used to decide upon competitive applications. This will also include exploring the implications of the new frequency auctioning procedures in the United States and related frequency allocation and regulatory issues in other countries.

The international implications of the "auctioning" of frequencies will likely become better known during the World Administration Radio Conference in 1995. Key national, regional, and international standards will likewise be explored although the primary focus will be on the United States. Virtually all existing and future wireless services will be addressed to some degree, both in terms of the market trends and future service development.

This book thus covers a very wide range of subjects from satellites to cellular and more generally from today's wireless LANs to future microcellular and picocellular services and so-called Universal Personal Telecommunications Services. Although the primary focus will be on the application of radio frequencies, there will also be some attention devoted to infrared and free-space optical communications. The fundamentals of all these wireless services and their related technologies will be examined along with how they are expected to grow in terms of services and markets.

In general terms wireless, satellite, and mobile services are expected to grow to perhaps 20 to 25 percent of the total global telecommunications market in the early part of the twenty-first century. In short this overall field will become increasingly important and claim an ever growing market share for many years to come. The emphasis will typically be on future developmental trends. Thus some of the more "obsolescent" or "passe" radio wave applications such as tropo-scatter, High Frequency (HF) "short wave" radio for point-to-point communications or push-to-talk dispatching equipment will be only briefly described. This is simply because these applications are rapidly disappearing as important telecommunications tools.

The basic philosophy of this book is to look at wireless telecommunications in a holistic and interdisciplinary way. It therefore examines the interactive relationship of technology, services, economics, tariffs, standards, and policy and regulation. It then examines how all of these factors relate to the overall integrated marketplace. For example, the complex problems associated with frequency allocations at the national and international level will be examined and analyzed in the context of the related economics, tariffing, and other financial issues as well as the key technical, operational, and health considerations that are also involved. Policy and regulatory issues involving the FCC and other U.S. governmental agencies, regional policy-making bodies, and the global telecommunications policy entities such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Standards Organization (ISO) will be related to key new market trends and emerging new applications.

In a "conventional" text on telecommunications, the basic technical descriptions are presented in great detail. This includes considerable rigor in terms of formulas, charts, or precise technical definitions. These presentations are as a result both well defined and usually highly objective. Gain or multipath calculations turn out the same each time.

As noted above, the nontechnical or policy, economic, and management considerations are the key focuses in this book. Because of their subjective nature these areas require greater nuance and interpretation. It is often the "soft" aspects of telecommunications that tend to create problems of precision and consistency. This seems to be especially so in the field of wireless systems.

The information presented about markets, services, standards, economics, policies, and regulations is not always neat, unambiguous, or even provable. This is because these nontechnical aspects are essentially very rapidly changing and often highly political. Differences in industrial interest, conflicting national objectives, clashes between and among standards-making or policy-making bodies, either within a country or in the international arena, can make outcomes unpredictable. In such an environment, outcomes can often be subject to rapid change. In other cases it can even be quixotic, haphazard, or internally inconsistent. In some cases regulatory processes can even be counterproductive to the development of new technology, new services, or even better or lower cost telecommunications.

The world, and certainly the world of wireless telecommunications, is not always fully rational. Public policy need not be always optimized against clear-cut algorithms. For these reasons the highly complex world of "telecommunications" when examined from an interdisciplinary perspective in terms of all of its components can sometimes be difficult to comprehend.

When arcane and difficult to assess political strategies are at work, the key actor's motives or purposes may not be clear or direct. Several entities or groups may well be covertly interacting to maneuver a standard, a trade policy, or a tariffing concept in a different direction. They may take a particular position in an attempt to trigger a counterreaction. This seemingly "irrational" behavior may nevertheless stimulate a result that ultimately works to their longer-term or broader advantage.

In short, things may not always be as they seem. Cause and effect may in such instances be hard to decipher. In the policy area, the way from A to C may not involve B at all. In such an environment nonlinear equations and chaos theory may well replace field theory or differential equations in predicting outcomes. It is for these reasons that every effort will be taken to present as much factual information as possible throughout this text in terms of basic statistics, substantiated information, and known standards.

Clearly quantifiable data and comparisons will be provided wherever possible. Further, special care will be used to cite sources, build objective f

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