Gprs Demystified / Edition 1

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GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is global mobile data technology. More important it is a step en route to next-generation wireless, or 3G, for many networks in the US and most networks in Europe and Asia. Questions like "when can we expect European take-up of GPRS?", "what kind of roaming will the standards bodies adopt?", "what functionality will first-generation terminals provide?", or "how will GPRS change the basic business practices of GSM operators?" all need to be answered before implementations proceed. This book helps the wireless industry gets its arms around the issues with contributions from many of the pioneering companies in the mobile data industry. It equips professionals with plain English explanations of technology, markets, billing systems, terminals and management challenges.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071385534
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/4/2002
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 0.97 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hoffman has worked with the GSM Association since early 1997 as a Senior Consulting Director responsible for numerous GSMA initiatives, including the M-Services Requirements Program, the GPRS Roaming Initiative, the M-Commerce Task Force, the GSM Certification Forum, and the initial 3G Program Plan. He has held various executive positions in the wireless industry: Regional Director of Central and North Florida for BellSouth Mobility; Chief Operating Officer of SONOFON in Denmark; Director of BellSouth International in Brussels, Belgium; General Manager of BellSouth Mobility DCS in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Chief Operating Officer of Pocket Communications in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hoffman has management experience in all phases of an operator's wireless business, including sales, marketing, technical engineering and operations, customer care, distribution, and general profit and loss management. He has managed the implementation, commercial launch, and operations of wireless networks which include GSM 900, GSM 1900, US AMPS, and US DAMPS technologies in the United States and Europe.

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture and a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a licensed Architect in the state of Colorado and is a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and seminars around the world. John writes and publishes an electronic newsletter, The Wireless Evolution Insider, which provides information about wireless data business sector. John resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and travels extensively on business-relatedactivities.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to GSM Networking
Ch. 1 Global Domination of GSM 11
Ch. 2 Roaming Across Borders 19
Ch. 3 Short Message Service and GSM Circuit-Switched Data 27
Pt. 2 A Perspective on GPRS Adoption Around the World
Ch. 4 GPRS Market Demand and Key Drivers 41
Ch. 5 Market Positioning 49
Ch. 6 The Enterprise Business Model 67
Ch. 7 GPRS in the Mass Market 77
Ch. 8 Portals 85
Pt. 3 GPRS for Dummies Like Me (and Maybe You)
Ch. 9 Cool High-Speed Data Services 103
Ch. 10 Planning and Dimensioning 115
Ch. 11 Implementation and Testing 129
Ch. 12 IP Addressing 151
Ch. 13 Access Point Names 181
Ch. 14 GPRS Security 189
Pt. 4 It's the Application, Stupid
Ch. 15 WAP and Lessons Learned 207
Ch. 16 M-Services 217
Ch. 17 M-Commerce 231
Ch. 18 Applications in a GPRS Environment 245
Ch. 19 Interoperator Settlement 259
Ch. 20 GRPS Roaming eXchange 271
Ch. 21 Location-Based Services 297
Pt. 5 Unless You can make a GPRS Toaster, You Need a New GPRS Terminal Device
Ch. 22 Types of Devices and How They Grow 317
Ch. 23 GPRS Devices 331
Ch. 24 Environmental Issues 349
Pt. 6 Tomorrow: Just Like Yesterday with a Byte of the Unknown?
Ch. 25 Testing and Approvals 367
Ch. 26 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution 379
Ch. 27 GPRS Evolution 387
Ch. 28 All-IP Networks 403
App.: Acronyms and Abbreviations 425
Contributors 433
Index 443
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