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REVIEW: "Understanding Digital PCS", Cameron Kelly Coursey

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    BKUNDPCS.RVW 20000227 Understanding Digital PCS , Cameron Kelly Coursey, 1999, 0-89006-362-1, U$79.00 %A Cameron Kelly Coursey %C 685 Canton St.,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 12, 2000
      BKUNDPCS.RVW 20000227

      "Understanding Digital PCS", Cameron Kelly Coursey, 1999,
      0-89006-362-1, U$79.00
      %A Cameron Kelly Coursey
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 1999
      %G 0-89006-362-1
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$79.00 617-769-9750 fax: 617-769-6334 artech@...
      %P 382 p.
      %T "Understanding Digital PCS: The TDMA Standard"

      PCS (Personal Communications Service) is generally known in North
      America as the "digital" type of cellular telephone. It would be more
      accurate to refer to the service as TIA (Telecommunications Industry
      Association) or EIA (Electronics Industry Association) standard 136,
      which grew out of IS (Interim Standard) 136. Chapter one of the book
      shows the relation of PCS and T/EIA-136 to the analogue AMPS (Advanced
      Mobile Phone Service), the European GSM (Global System for Mobile
      Communication), and coming enhancements. Despite the alphabet soup,
      the material is quite readable.

      Chapter two outlines the advantages of PCS, although most of these
      accrue to the service provider. The TIA and EIA standards bodies are
      described in chapter three, as well as a rough outline of standards
      130, 135, 136, 137, 138, and 641. The physical layer (air interface)
      is reviewed in chapter four. There is also some detail of the data
      structures, and an oddly mathematical intensity to the discussion of
      keying. Chapter five looks at the data link layer, concentrating on
      the related protocols. Management messages are the major emphasis in
      chapter six's presentation of the network layer.

      Chapter seven outlines the basic components and division of functions
      as the basis of network architecture. Function and the operations of
      mobile units are described in chapter eight. Chapter nine examines
      the issues and algorithms involved in changing from cell to cell while
      moving, as well as the hierarchy of cells and microcells. There is a
      look at sleep mode in chapter ten. Speech processing and call setup
      are the topic of chapter eleven. Chapter twelve looks at teleservice
      and roaming. Circuit switched data is examined in chapter thirteen,
      non-public services (private connections such as cordless phones) in
      fourteen, and special 1900 MHz functions in fifteen. Authentication
      and encryption, network parameters, and testing equipment are covered
      in chapters sixteen through eighteen. Chapters nineteen and twenty
      cover the near term future of TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access),
      looking at global standardization and other developments. Oddly, no
      mention is made of competing technologies, such as the very strong
      CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) contender.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKUNDPCS.RVW 20000227

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