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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.