The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technology

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This book explains how wireless telecommunications systems and services work. It is a well-known fact that wireless technology and services are continually changing. Authors and industry veterans Lawrence J. Harte, Steven Kellogg, Richard Dreher, and Tom Schaffnit understands these changes in the industry and provides descriptions and diagrams of typical interconnection arrangements for cellular, PCS, paging, wireless data, land mobile radio, satellite systems, wireless local loop and other wireless systems. If there were one book you could select for a big picture of the wireless telecommunications industry, "The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technologies" is the best choice. Literally thousands of people who need to understand how telecommunications systems operate and the services that they offer have found previous works of these authors to be extremely valuable. The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technologies provides details of the latest wireless telecommunications technologies and systems. Some of the most important topics featured are:
· Basic descriptions and diagrams of cellular, PCS, paging, wireless data, land mobile radio, wireless local loop, satellite, television of wireless systems and how they operate.
· What are the different types of wireless services and which types of wireless systems can offer them.
· Explains the key services and their approximate usage fees for wireless systems.
· What are the market numbers and trends for each key wireless technology.
· How each wireless technology is changing to offer new services and better compete against other wireless technologies.
· Describes emerging wireless technologies and industries.
· What are the key applications driving wireless market growth.
· Provides semi-technical descriptions of the key technologies used by wireless telecommunications systems.

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About the Author:

Lawrence Harte is the president of APDG, a provider of expert, information to the telecommunications market.

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Preface:

In 1999, there were over 680 million people using various types of wireless technologies. Wireless products and services that are being introduced to the market have advanced features and services, that enhance or replace alternative wired solutions. This book is a guide which provides the big picture of the major wireless technologies, history, market projections, basic operation, key industry terminology, and future trends.

This book offers an introduction to existing and soon to be released wireless technologies and services. It covers what’s new in wireless from cellular to satellite. Each wireless technology has its own unique advantages and limitations which offer important economic and technical choices for managers, salespeople, technicians, and others involved with wireless telephones and systems. The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technologies provides the background for a solid understanding of the major wireless technologies, issues, and options available.

The book explains each technology and its services by using over 75 illustrations that have simple descriptions without formulas. Many of the industry buzzwords are defined and explained. These chapters are divided to cover specific technologies, services and trends and may be read either consecutively or individually.

Chapter 1. Introduction to wireless. Provides an introduction to basic wireless technology and industry terms. It covers who controls and regulates the wireless industry. A basic definition of each of the major wireless technologies and services is included. This chapter is an excellent basic introduction to wireless technology.

Chapter 2. Wireless applications. Describes the applications associated with wireless communications. This chapter gives a broad overview of the different types of wireless services and how they operate. This includes voice, data, remote control, point to point and broadcast services.

Chapter 3. Wireless basics. Explains the fundamentals of wireless technology and terminology. This includes how the radio frequency spectrum is divided, the basics of radio frequency transmission and modulation, antennas and radio networks.

Chapter 4. Land mobile radio. This chapter provides an overview of various specialized mobile radio (SMR) systems including integrated Digital Network (iDEN), EDACS, dispatch, and two-way radio. Significant features and trends in the SMR industry are explained.

Chapter 5. Cellular and PCS. Explains the different types analog and digital mobile telephone systems and their evolution. This chapter discusses the basic operations, attributes and services of cellular, wireless office and cordless systems.

Chapter 6. Wireless data. Covers the basics of packet and circuit switched data. Included is a description of various public and private systems and their messaging and data services.

Chapter 7. Paging systems. Descriptions of one-way and two-way paging systems and their history. This chapter also covers many new non-human applications for paging systems.

Chapter 8. Satellite communications. An explanation the different types of satellite communications is provided in this chapter. Included is public and private satellite systems including DBS, DSS, and very small aperture terminals (VSAT) Important characteristics of satellite systems are covered and future trends and applications such as high speed Internet access are discussed.

Chapter 9. Fixed wireless systems. Provides an overview of fixed wireless systems including wireless cable and wireless local area networks (WLAN). This chapter covers astounding market growth of wireless cable, the available and future technologies, and advanced services such as video on demand. This includes high speed licensed and unlicensed radio technology.

Chapter 10. Radio and Television. Explains the fundamentals of broadcast television and radio and future trends. High definition television (HDTV) basics are provided and future predictions are included. Find out about what new services may be available soon.

Chapter 11. Wireless Office and Cordless Systems. Describes the fundamentals of wireless office and cordless telephone systems. This includes market and basic technology information covering wireless private branch exchange (WPBX), public cordless, and other low power wireless telephone devices. Find out about how these technologies are evolving and what the recent changes and features have to offer.

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