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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Handbook of Mobile Radio Networks", Sami Tabbane

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKHBKMRN.RVW 20000215 Handbook of Mobile Radio Networks , Sami Tabbane, 2000, 1-58053-009-5, U$93.00 %A Sami Tabbane %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA
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      "Handbook of Mobile Radio Networks", Sami Tabbane, 2000,
      1-58053-009-5, U$93.00
      %A Sami Tabbane
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 2000
      %G 1-58053-009-5
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$93.00 800-225-9977 fax: +1-617-769-6334 artech@...
      %P 619 p.
      %T "Handbook of Mobile Radio Networks"

      This work is a bit too big for the "handy pocket reference" definition
      of handbook, but as a quick guide to the enormous range of
      technologies involved in mobile radio it fills the bill nicely.

      Part one of the book, though not formally delineated, gives the basic
      concepts behind mobile radio networks. Chapter one is an overview of
      mobile radio needs, history, and standards. Propagation gets thorough
      coverage in chapter two, and while there is lots of math there are
      also good explanations. Medium and channel access is dealt with in
      chapter three, including a detailed look at frequency, time, and code
      division multiple access (FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA, respectively).
      Channel imperfections and recovery, with a good section on adaptive
      antennae, are in chapter four. Chapter five's review of security has
      a good general introduction, decent explanations of cryptography, and
      some standards. Resource management and cell design is in chapter
      six. Cellular planning and engineering gets covered in chapter seven.
      Chapter eight deals with mobility management, cell selection, and
      roaming.

      Part two looks more at applications and implementations. Professional
      (sometimes referred to as Private) Mobile Radio (PMR) is the topic of
      chapter nine. Chapter ten discusses cordless telephony, with the CT2,
      DECT (Digital European Cordless Telecommunications), PHS (Personal
      Handyphone System, and PACS (Personal Access Communications System)
      standards. Paging, and the Eurosignal, POCSAG (Post Office
      Standardization Advisory Group), and ERMES (Enhanced Radio MEssage
      System) standards are in chapter eleven. Chapters twelve and thirteen
      look at various cellular and wireless data networks respectively.
      (There is reference to a prognosticating chapter fourteen in the book,
      but my copy had neither it nor any extra space.)

      All chapters have references and bibliographies, and most have
      appendices for further study on specialized topics. It's very nice to
      see a book that covers international standards and systems, although
      Americans may thereby feel that they don't fare too well on that front
      (which is as it should be). The material is presented in sufficient
      depth for a general understanding, but cannot, of course, detail every
      point of all the topics addressed. For those needing a broad grasp of
      current mobile radio technology, this is a very useful resource
      indeed.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKHBKMRN.RVW 20000215

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