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[techbooks] REVIEW: "GSM: Switching, Services, and Protocols", Jorg Eberspac

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    BKGSMSSP.RVW 990502 GSM: Switching, Services, and Protocols , Jorg Eberspacher/Hans-Jorg Vogel, 1999, 0-471-98278-4 %A Jorg Eberspacher
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      BKGSMSSP.RVW 990502

      "GSM: Switching, Services, and Protocols", Jorg Eberspacher/Hans-Jorg
      Vogel, 1999, 0-471-98278-4
      %A Jorg Eberspacher joerg.eberspaecher@...
      %A Hans-Jorg Vogel hans-joerg.voegel@...
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 1999
      %G 0-471-98278-4
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448 rlangloi@...
      %P 274 p.
      %T "GSM: Switching, Services, and Protocols"

      Chapter one reviews the number of mobile standards worldwide, and the
      protocol genealogy of GSM from Groupe Special Mobile to Global System
      for Mobile Communication. Radio frequency considerations and access
      methods are discussed very clearly in chapter two. Addressing scheme
      problems are amply demonstrated by chapter three, not only in regard
      to the technical protocols required, but also by the enormous alphabet
      soup provided. (Some of the acronyms are never fully expanded; the
      expansion of others occurs only on pages that are not referenced by
      the index.) Services provided are covered in chapter four. For those
      from the North American telephony community, it is recommended that
      you brush up on your ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
      protocols. Chapter five looks at the air interface, which corresponds
      to the physical layer of a networking model. There is a great deal of
      detail to be examined, and this is the second longest chapter in the
      book. A fair amount of data processing takes place in chapter six,
      for compression, authentication, and other encryption purposes.
      Chapter seven outlines the overall architecture, and interlocking
      protocols, of GSM. For true global mobility number portability is an
      important consideration. Chapter eight describes the roaming
      standards, and the related topic of handover. With the strong links
      to ISDN, data communications is quite possible, and the provision for
      data is discussed in chapter nine. Chapter ten looks at network
      management. The book closes with a look to a future with universal
      mobile telecommunications service protocols.

      While the awkwardness of a translated work sometimes comes through, in
      general the text is clear and readable. The style and structure of
      the book make clear the fact that it is intended as a course text, but
      it is also quite usable as a professional reference.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKGSMSSP.RVW 990502

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