Item description for Introduction to GSM: Physical Channels, Logical Channels, Network, and Operation by Lawrence Harte...
This book explains the basic components, technologies used, and operation of GSM systems. You will discover why mobile telephone service providers have upgraded from 1st generation analog systems to more efficient and feature rich 2nd generation GSM systems. You will also discover how 2nd generation systems are gradually evolving into 3rd generation broadband multimedia systems.
This book starts with the system components and basic services that the GSM system can provide. You will learn that the key types of GSM devices include single mode and dual mode mobile telephones, wireless PCMCIA cards, embedded radio modules, and external radio modems. You will then discover the different types of available services such as voice services, data services, group call, and messaging services.
Explained are the physical and logical radio channel structures of the GSM system along with the basic frame and slot structures. Described are the fundamental capabilities and operation of the GSM radio channel including channel coding, modulation types, speech coding, RF power control, and mobile assisted handover. You will learn how each GSM radio channels has 8 time slots per frame and that some of these are used for signaling (control channels) and others are used for user traffic (voice and data). Because the needs of voice and data communication are different, you will discover that the GSM system essentially separates circuit switched (primarily voice) and packet switched (primarily data) services.
Described are key functional sections of a GSM network and how they communicate with each other. You will learn how and why GSM is evolving into 3rd generation broadband systems including GPRS, EDGE, and WCDMA.
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Lawrence Harte is president of APDG, a telecommunications consulting firm. He was an editor of the TIA TR45.3 digital cellular standard, and is author of more than 75 articles and several books on telecommunications, including GSM Superphones, Delivering xDSL, and CDMA IS-95 for Cellular and PCS. He is based in Fuquay, North Carolina.
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Introduction to GSM Jan 6, 2008
This book provides descriptions of the key parts of GSM systems. It is a bit technical for a sales person but is a great reference to have. What a person doesn't understand today, they might understand after being around the technology. The diagrams are a little cartoonish but helpful. A good read and a good resource.
Good reference Dec 10, 2007
This book is a great starting point for someone who needs to learn about EVDO systems quickly. It is a good reference for our instructors who teach telecom billing and communication courses. The diagrams were very helpful.
Don't Buy any Lawrence Harte Telecom Books Feb 27, 2006
Very disappointed. I purchased Introduction to GSM, Introduction to GPRS and EDGE, Introductin to EVDO all by Lawrence Harte.
All three were very superficial, with most of the material in each publication being used in the others. This is not serious publication - you can get as much information just searching the web. Save your money for serious texts.
I do not recommend any publications by this author.