Building the Mobile Internet

Building the Mobile Internet

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by Mark Grayson, Kevin Shatzkamer, Klaas Wierenga

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The complete guide to technologies and protocols for delivering seamless mobile Internet experiences


In Building the Mobile Internet, three leading mobility architects and implementers from Cisco present complete foundational knowledge about tomorrow’s mobile Internet. The authors cover everything from market trends and

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The complete guide to technologies and protocols for delivering seamless mobile Internet experiences


In Building the Mobile Internet, three leading mobility architects and implementers from Cisco present complete foundational knowledge about tomorrow’s mobile Internet. The authors cover everything from market trends and user expectations to the latest technical approaches for making the Internet “mobile by design.”


Writing for senior technology decision-makers and network design professionals, the authors explain the relatively static nature of the Internet’s original protocols and design, discuss the concept of “mobility,” and identify evolving mobility requirements. Next, they thoroughly explain each of today’s most promising techniques for building mobility into the Internet, from data link layer to application layer. For each layer, the authors cover mechanisms, protocols, relevant Wi-Fi and cellular architectures, and key use cases.


Using this book’s guidance, mobile network executives can define more effective strategies, network designers can construct more effective architectures, and network engineers can execute more successful migrations.


· Understanding key mobility market trends: device proliferation, accelerating consumption, and radio-specific scalability problems

· Reviewing the challenges that mobility presents to conventional Internet architectures

· Understanding nomadicity, including authentication for users moving across networks and operators

· Identifying opportunities to address mobility at the data link layer

· Comparing and using network layer solutions to deliver seamless mobility and session continuity

· Integrating mobility functionality into the transport/session layer

· Adding mobility functionality to the application layer—including support for moving media sessions between devices

· Redesigning Internet architecture to enable long-term improvements to mobility


This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.



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Meet the Author

Mark Grayson is a distinguished consulting engineer at Cisco Systems with responsibility for leading Cisco’s mobile architecture strategy. He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, ranging from the development of military systems, the definition of satellite communication architectures, and the evolution of traditional cellular systems to the creation of the latest small-cell solutions. He holds a first class honors degree in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Birmingham (England) together with a Ph.D. in radio communications. Mark has been granted over 50 patents in the area of mobile communications and is the coauthor of IP Design for Mobile Networks (Cisco Press).


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Kevin Shatzkamer is a distinguished systems architect at Cisco Systems with responsibility for long-term strategy and architectural evolution of mobile wireless networks. He has worked at Cisco and in the mobile wireless industry for over 10 years, focusing on various technologies that include 3G and LTE networks, packet gateways, network-based services and security, video distribution, quality of service, and end-to-end design theory. Kevin holds four issued patents and has 16 pending patents related to all areas of work. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.


Kevin Shatzkamer is a regular speaker at various trade shows and industry forums and has previously published IP Design for Mobile Networks, a Cisco Press book that discusses the technologies and requirements shaping the future of the mobile Internet, from RAN to services. Kevin’s current area of focus is the end-to-end digital media value chain for mobility, working with both content providers and service providers to create unique mobile media service offerings.


You can contact Kevin Shatzkamer at


Klaas Wierenga is a senior consulting engineer in the office of the CTO at Cisco. His 15-plus years of experience include the planning, analysis, and design of numerous solutions for enterprises, municipalities, hospitals, and universities in the fields of mobility, security, and identity worldwide. Klaas is the original creator of the worldwide eduroam service for federated network access in academia and cocreator of the federated identity solution that forms the basis of the Dutch government’s e-Identity portfolio. He is the author of numerous publications and has presented many times on wireless networking, security, and identity topics. Klaas is active within 3GPP, in the group responsible for the security architecture of future mobile networks. He serves as chairman of the Abfab Working Group in the IETF, which deals with federated access for non-web applications, as well as of the Task Force on Mobility and Network Middleware of TERENA, the European Association for Research and Education Networks. Klaas holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).


You can contact Klaas Wierenga at


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Building the Mobile Internet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
INDEPENDENTREVIEWER More than 1 year ago
Do you need to increase your understanding of how mobility can be supported in IP networking? If you do, then this book is for you! Authors Mark Grayson, Kevin Shatzkamer and Klaas Wierenga have done an outstanding job of writing a book that examines the different techniques for building mobility into the Internet. Authors Grayson, Shatzkamer and Wierenga, begin by defining the mobility market in terms of device proliferation, consumption trends and radio-specific challenges in scaling for massive adoption of the mobile Internet. They also explain the protocols and layers that make up the Internet architecture; as well as, the fundamental problem with that architecture in supporting mobility. The authors continue by describing how users and devices are authenticated for using the network and its applications; in particular, those that are not operated by the operator that the user has a subscription with. Then, they explain the benefits of solving mobility at the data link layer. Next, they provide an overview of a number of network layer solutions for delivering seamless mobility and session continuity. The authors also describe the advantages of integrating mobility functionality into transport/session layer. They continue by describing how the application layer can be enhanced with additional mobility functionality, thus allowing advanced mobility use cases to be supported, including the ability to move media sessions between different devices. Finally, the authors provide an overview of the approaches fro redesigning the Internet architecture to allow better mobility; as well as, a discussion of the pros and cons of some typical examples of those approaches. This most excellent book takes a look at mobility from a broad perspective of use cases and examines how mobility solutions are in fact pervasive across all layers of the protocol stack. Perhaps more importantly, the book provides details of how mobility functionality has been added to these layers and describes use cases that demonstrate the different approaches to building the mobile Internet.
Boudville More than 1 year ago
The problems tackled here tend to be harder than traditional routing scenarios on the Internet, where in the latter the nodes have a fixed address. The inclusion of mobility, principally expressed as in hardware like smartphones or laptops, is trickier. While the book mainly discusses solutions to this, another theme is interwoven throughout the text- the use of IPv6 addresses. As explained early in the narrative, the rise of IPv6 is due to the very success of IPv4, which is rapidly leading to the exhaustion of v4 addresses. Though it would greatly simplify the text for it to focus just on v6, v4 addresses are still in the majority and will be used heavily for the foreseeable future. Speaking of special cases, in a different context, WiFi is studied here, because it is commonly used as a nomadic connection to the Internet. It stands apart from LTE [Long Term Evolution]. The latter is for cellphones. The mobile handling in LTE differs from WiFi in part because while both are nomadic, a cellphone user is more mobile, so switching between basestations is common, while far less so for WiFi laptop users. The text talks about mobility at different levels of the Internet protocol stack. The handling at each level is quite specific to that level, and the book lets you appreciate the implications. The use of v6 is also seen as simpler than v4. The complexity of some of the v4 algorithms may be seen as ingenious, and they are, but there is a kludginess reflecting that v4 was first devised long before mobility was an issue. So the mobile v4 algorithms of the book are a retrofit. In contrast, the v6 algorithms are simpler in part because when v6 was first devised, nomadic needs were already anticipated. But for you as a network engineer, you probably cannot avoid knowing the v4 sections of the book.