The Cellular Radio Handbook: A Reference for Cellular System Operation / Edition 4

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"A comprehensive guide for operators, engineers, technicians, marketing staff, and systems managers, explaining the intricacies of designing, installing, and operating a cellular network. Although the volume explains both the theory and practice of cellular systems, it is structured in such a way that nontechnical readers can bypass mathematically oriented sections without losing overall comprehension."-Book News, Inc.
This Fourth Edition of Neil Boucher's internationally bestselling handbook has been thoroughly updated and expanded to provide comprehensive coverage of the new technologies that are shaping the industry, as well as the important changes brought about by the rapid domination of the cellular markets by digital systems. Encyclopedic in scope, it covers the design, installation, and operations of a cellular network, features concise discussions of best engineering practices, and provides helpful guidelines on critical business issues involved in planning, budgeting, and administering a cellular system.
Authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date, The Cellular Radio Handbook, Fourth Edition is an indispensable working resource for telecom designers, operators, and marketers. In addition to covering traditional cellular networks, this book also includes PCS/PCN, WLL, and satellite mobile technology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Boucher...updates the 1995 edition of his substantial reference...He has maintained the original format...but here takes more of a digital perspective and incorporates new technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry." (SciTech Book News Vol. 25, No. 2 June 2001)
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Boucher...updates the 1995 edition of his substantial reference...He has maintained the original format...but here takes more of a digital perspective and incorporates new technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry.
SciTech Book News
Boucher...updates the 1995 edition of his substantial reference...He has maintained the original format...but here takes more of a digital perspective and incorporates new technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry.
Boucher, a 20-year veteran of communications engineering, has written other books about radio communications technology, and here updates the 1995 edition of his substantial reference. His goal is to present concisely the good engineering practices and theory necessary at the professional level. He has maintained the original format through all the editions since the middle 1980s, and continues to use mathematics sparingly, but here takes more of a digital perspective and incorporates new technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry. Among his topics are the history of world standards; cell site, selection, and system design; cellular radio interference; antennas; protection and grounding; and traffic engineering concepts. He does not include a bibliography, but lists a few sources for further information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471387251
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

NEIL J. BOUCHER is the founder of DNA Communications, an Australia-based cellular consulting firm. His career in cellular systems began in 1980 with his involvement in the planning and implementation of Australia's first cellular network. He is the author of over 60 technical papers on cellular radio, several professional books, including The Trunked Radio and Enhanced PMR Radio Handbook, The Paging Technology Handbook, and The User's Guide to Cellular Radio, and "Cellular Engineer and Mobiles Engineer," a comprehensive Windows(r)-based cellular software package for cellular design.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

About the Author.

What is Cellular Radio?

World System Standards—A History.

Basic Radio.

Planning—An Essential Network Function.

Cell Site Selection and System Design.

Radio Survey.

Cellular Radio Interference.

Cell Plans.

Units and Concepts of Field Strength.

Filters and Combiners.

Cellular Repeaters.


Cellular Links.

Base-Station Maintenance.

Base-Station Control and Signaling.

Power and Distribution.

Protection and Grounding.



Traffic Engineering Concepts.


Tower and Masts.


Equipment Shelters.


Billing Systems.



Data Over Cellular.


Rural and Offshore Applications of Cellular Radio.


Preparing Invitations to Tender.

Modulation/Demodulation Methods.

Noise and Noise Performance.

Digital Cellular.

GSM Pan-European Cellular.




Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).

Japanese Digital.

Satellite Mobile Systems.

Cordless Telephone Technologies.


Wireless Local Loop.

The Technology.

Coding, Formats, and Error Correction.

Digital Modulation.

Other Mobile Products.

Safety Issues.

Buying Used Hardware.

Appendix A: RF Propagation Routine

Appendix B: ISO Model.

Appendix C: Amplifier Classes.

Appendix D: 911 Location Requirements.

Appendix E: Distortion and Noise.

Appendix F: Recommended Further Reading and Sources of Information.

Appendix G: Internet Protocols.

Appendix H: Erlang B and C Tables.

Appendix I: Conversion of Units Used for Cellular RF.

Appendix J: Country Codes.



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The first edition of The Cellular Radio Handbook was released in mid-1980, at a time when all commercial systems were analog. It soon became an industry reference, and was well-accepted. The second edition, which was released in June 1992, had little mention of digital systems because implementation was running late and no substantial networks existed.

The third edition was released in January 1995 when a large number of GSM systems were installed, but most were still having teething problems. By 2000, the GSM systems have gone on to become dominant, with CDMA offering a strong, but belated challenge.

The new edition is written from the perspective of a digital world, and covers the new technologies that are shaping the future of the industry. The original format has proven to be successful and is maintained. The intention is to present in a concise manner, good engineering practices, and sufficient theory to enable an understanding at a professional level. Mathematics has been used sparingly, but some topics require more extensive mathematical treatment. Where possible, these more technical sections have been dealt with in separate chapters and can be by-passed without any real loss of continuity.

Many people have assisted me with the preparation of this work, but I would like to extend a special thanks to the following people:

Ian Nicholson, of Telstra

Stuart Jeffrey, of Synacom

Marc Rolfes, a consultant based in Chicago

Stewart Fist, communications journalist with The Australian

Cindy Wishart, marketing/executive assistant with Stealth

Greg Delforce, engineering manager at Filtronics.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank my wife, June, for her patience and help with the proofreading of this book.

Neil J. Boucher

Maleny, Australia
December 2000

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