This work details day-to-day 3G (third generation) network operation. It explains compatibility problems that service providers experience in making the transition from second generation systems (CDMA 2000, etc) to 2.5 generation systems (WAP, EDGE) and European (WCDMA) versions of the standard. It provides description of network standards (3G equivalents of IS-41 and A-Interface) and covers services supported by CDMA 2000.
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"Collins is one of the few guys out there who understand how all the pieces fit together - and even more notably, he can explain how they fit together. He's cutting edge on 3G issues but also a network whiz. He should be able to explain better than anyone how the 3G/IP/SS7/Wireless networking voice/data convergence is really going to play out. Do whatever you have to to get him to write these books." Michael Gallagher, Synacom Technology, author of Mobile Telecommunications Networking with IS-41."About the Author:
CLINT SMITH, P.E., is Vice President of Technical Services for the Systems Engineering Division of o2wireless. He has extensive experience in both RF and network design and optimization engineering in cellular, PCS, LMDS, and ESMR communication systems using Lucent, Ericsson, Nortel, Motorola, and Netro equipment. He has been responsible for system-wide design and optimization, specialty applications including in-building and tunnel projects, and network operations'center design and implementation. In addition to his experience with wireless operators where his last position was as Director of Engineering, NYNEX Mobile, New York City, he also has experience with equipment vendors as a Senior Engineer for Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group. He has authored numerous articles appearing in industry trade journals and is the author of LMDS: LOCAL MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SERVICE, WIRELESS TELECOM FAQs, PRACTICAL CELLULAR AND PCS DESIGN, and the co-author of CELLULAR SYSTEM DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION. Clint holds a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also a registered professional engineer. DANIEL COLLINS has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 14 years. He spent approximately 9 years with Ericsson in various countries, including Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. During that time he worked extensively with both wireline and wireless network technologies. He helped to develop and deploy 2G wireless systems in Europe, he played a major role in the adaptation of GSM standards for use in the United States, and he has a major contributor to the launch of some of the earliest PCS networks. Since leaving Ericsson, Mr. Collins has worked for a new telecommunications carrier, and, more recently, as an independent consultant. In a consultancy capacity, he has provided wireless and VoIP engineering expertise to numerous customers in North America and Europe. He is currently engaged as Chief 3G Network Architect by one of the largest wireless carriers in North America and is responsible for the design of a new 2.5G/3G nationwide network. Mr. Collins is the author of CARRIER GRADE VOICE over IP, published by McGraw-Hill. He holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the National University of Ireland.
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