Wireless Personal Communications Systems

by David J. Goodman
ISBN 0-201-63470-8, 448 pages, Hardcover, 1997

This book is part of the Addison-Wesley Wireless Communications Series

This book presents the technology and underlying principles of wireless communications systems. Written by a leading authority, it provides the perfect introduction for the professional or the student who has a basic understanding of telecommunications.

Wireless Personal Communications Systems begins with an intriguing look at the anatomy of a single cellular phone call, providing a useful context for the information that follows. It then describes the following nine important wireless personal communications systems:

Each system is described using a unified framework so the reader can easily compare and contrast the systems. More specifically, key features such as architecture, radio transmission, logical channels, messages, mobility management, security, power control, and handoff are addressed for each system. In addition, an analysis of such design goals as low price, wide geographical coverage, transmission quality, privacy, and spectrum efficiency helps the reader understand why the various systems have such divergent designs. Each chapter concludes with a set of exercises, and the last chapter is dedicated to twelve tutorials that provide concise explanations of technical subjects essential to wireless communications.
David J. Goodman is an active contributor to research on advanced communications systems. He is the Director of the Wireless Information Networks LABoratory (WINLAB), the largest academic wireless communications research laboratory in the United States. WINLAB is located at Rutgers University, where Dr. Goodman is also a member of the faculty. Previously, Dr. Goodman worked at Bell Laboratories for twenty-one years, where he did pioneering research in wireless communications.