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REVIEW: "Mobile Communications", Jochen Schiller

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKMBLCOM.RVW 20000503 Mobile Communications , Jochen Schiller, 2000, 0-201-39836-2, U$49.95 %A Jochen Schiller schiller@computer.org %C P.O. Box 520, 26
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 12, 2000
      BKMBLCOM.RVW 20000503

      "Mobile Communications", Jochen Schiller, 2000, 0-201-39836-2, U$49.95
      %A Jochen Schiller schiller@...
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 2000
      %G 0-201-39836-2
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$49.95 416-447-5101 fax: 416-443-0948 bkexpress@...
      %P 394 p.
      %T "Mobile Communications"

      The preface states that this is a text for a course that follows a
      basic introduction to data communications. Support materials to
      assist the instructor are available on a Web site.

      Chapter one is an introduction and history, and it is nice to see the
      focus on Europe for a change. While the book overall emphasizes the
      higher, computer science layers of the communications stack, chapter
      two presents a very good explanation of wireless transmission:
      antennae, propagation concerns, and access methods, with CDMA [Code
      Division Multiple Access] being oddly missing. The comparison of
      media access in chapter three, however, does look at space, time,
      frequency, and code division. There is an overview of the systems
      using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication), DECT (Digital
      Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications), and UMTS (Universal Mobile
      Telecommunications Service) in chapter four. The review of satellite
      communications, in chapter five, deals mostly with orbital dynamics,
      but does give a quick comparison of new systems as well. Chapter six
      is a rough examination of the new digital broadcast protocols.

      LAN protocols include 802.11, HIPERLAN, and Bluetooth in chapter
      seven. A review of work and specifications for wireless ATM is given
      in chapter eight. Chapters nine and ten concentrate on wireless
      levels for TCP/IP, looking first at a mobile network layer, and then a
      mobile transport layer. Chapter eleven deals with the requirements
      for support for mobility, and the work needing to be done on file
      systems, the Web, and the Wireless Application Protocol.

      The material is very easy to read, and almost simplistic. There are
      review exercises at the ends of chapters, but these are,
      unfortunately, the usual reading check, rather than challenging
      assignments. Overall, though, the book presents a clear picture of
      the situation for mobile communications, and is particularly suitable
      for information technology students and workers.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKMBLCOM.RVW 20000503

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