Wireless Network Performance Handbook

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Overview

How to grow a service provider's wireless network and make it perform as reliably and cost-efficiently as a wired one.
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If you are a wireless professional and your goal is to optimize your network's performance -- using nothing but your own engineering skill -- you must read this outstanding book. It is a rich source of technical information, vicarious experience, and troubleshooting examples. Authors Clint Smith and Curt Gervelis do an excellent job of thoroughly covering the complexities of the rapidly evolving wireless industry by addressing five wireless platforms. This is a down-to-earth and well-written guide for the design, implementation, and performance analysis of wireless networks in this wide-open field.

For example, Chapter 1 provides a great background in quality concepts for the business model. Chapter 2 addresses topics basic to radio frequency engineering. Next, Chapter 3 focuses on the different wireless mobile technologies, including Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS), interface standard-136 (IS-136), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), interface standard-95 (IS-95), Code Division Multiple Access2000 (CDMA2000), integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) and Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD). Chapter 4 discusses the Radio Frequency (RF) engineering design guidelines for AMPS, IS-136, GSM/GPRS, CDMA and iDEN. The performance aspects of a RF system and a network are covered in Chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 7 covers billing systems and their interaction with wireless mobile. Next, Chapter 8 focuses on revenue assurance. Chapter 9 addresses the important issue of which reports should be generated, how often, and who should be the recipient of each. The methods and procedures needed to put together a network growth plan (specifically, what should be included, where you get the information, and how to actually do it, with a few examples) are covered in Chapter 10. Chapter 11 focuses on organization and training for an engineering department.

There is so much to learn from this in-depth work on the subject of wireless network performance. In fact, you will want to keep this handbook on your desk as a ready guide for your next project and the one after that. John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071634618
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 1.27 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Clint Smith, P.E., is Vice President of Network Engineering for ASI, and is currently designing 3G migration solutions for some of the world's largest telecom companies. Previously Director of Engineering for Verizon Mobile, he is the author or co-author of six successful books on wireless communications, all published by McGraw-Hill: the classic Cellular System Design and Optimization, Wireless Telecom FAQs, LMDS, Practical Cellular and PCS Design, and 3G Wireless Networks.

Curt Gervelis is Senior Operations Manager for Nextel International. He was previously Director of Network Engineering for TeleCorp PCS, where he designed, built, and operated five PCS systems throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. He also worked with many landline-based carriers, including Verizon, BellSouth, Southwestern Bell, and AT&T. Mr. Gervelis is the co-author of Cellular Design and Optimization.

Clint Smith, P.E., is Vice President of Network Engineering for ASI, and is currently designing 3G migration solutions for some of the world's largest telecom companies. Previously Director of Engineering for Verizon Mobile, he is the author or co-author of six successful books on wireless communications, all published by McGraw-Hill: the classic Cellular System Design and Optimization, Wireless Telecom FAQs, LMDS, Practical Cellular and PCS Design, and 3G Wireless Networks.

Curt Gervelis is Senior Operations Manager for Nextel International. He was previously Director of Network Engineering for TeleCorp PCS, where he designed, built, and operated five PCS systems throughout the United States,including Puerto Rico. He also worked with many landline-based carriers, including Verizon, BellSouth, Southwestern Bell, and AT&T. Mr. Gervelis is the co-author of Cellular Design and Optimization.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Radio Engineering Topics 25
Ch. 3 Wireless Mobile Radio Technologies 67
Ch. 4 RF Design Guidelines 195
Ch. 5 RF System Performance and Troubleshooting 269
Ch. 6 Circuit Switch Performance Guidelines 393
Ch. 7 Billing and Charging in a Wireless Network 423
Ch. 8 Revenue Assurance in a Wireless Network 435
Ch. 9 System documentation and Reports 449
Ch. 10 Network and RF Planning 487
Ch. 11 Organization and Training 543
App. A Extang B Grade of Service 561
App. B Extang C Grade of Service 565
App. C PCS 1800 GSM Channel Chart 567
Bibliography 569
Index 573
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