Mobile Communications

Jochen Schiller  
Total pages
August 2003
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This new edition of a successful introduction to the topic of mobile communications. It provides a thorough grounding in the field of mobile communications, using a wide range of examples, combined with strong pedagogy to allow its use in high level courses and for self study.


  • New edition of successful introduction to the topic of mobile communications.  
  • Based on a course in the subject originally given by the author at the University of Karlsruhe (now at the Free University in Berlin).
  • It provides a thorough grounding in the field of mobile communications, using a wide range of examples, combined with strong pedagogy to allow its use in high level courses and for self study.
  • Contains over 150 questions, over 250 illustrations, and a comprehensive glossary. 

New to this Edition

  • More on applications of mobile communications
  • 2.5G sytems (SSCSD, GP/RS, EDGE)
  • 3 G systems/IMT-2000: UMTS, W-CDMA, TD-CDMA, cdma2000, and others
  • Extended coverage of IEEE 802.11 (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g) and IEEE -
  • More on Ad Hock networks
  • WAP 2.0
  • Mobile execution environments: J2ME, .NET CF, i-appli
  • Look ahead to 4G systems and all-IP networks
  • Comprehensive glossary
  • Solutions available for end-of-chapter exercises.


Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Wireless transmission
3 Medium access control
4 Telecommunications systems
5 Satellite systems
6 Broadcast systems
7 Wireless LAN
8 Mobile network layer
9 Mobile transport layer
10 Support for mobility
11 Outlook
Appendix 1– Acronyms
Appendix 2 – Glossary

Back Cover

The mobile communications market remains the fastest growing segment of the global computing and communications business. The rapid progress and convergence of the field has created a need for new techniques and solutions, knowledgeable professionals to create and implement them, and courses to teach the background theory and technologies while pointing the way towards future trends.

In this book Jochen Schiller draws on his extensive experience to provide a thorough grounding in mobile communications, describing the state of the art in industry and research while giving a detailed technical background to the area. The book covers all the important aspects of mobile and wireless communications from the Internet to signals, access protocols and cellular systems, emphasizing the key area of digital data transfer. It uses a wide range of examples and other teaching aids, making it suitable for self-study and university classes.

The book begins with an overview of mobile and wireless applications, covering the history and market, and providing the foundations of wireless transmission and Medium Access Control. Four different groups of wireless network technologies are then covered: telecommunications systems, satellite systems, broadcast systems and wireless LAN. The following chapters about the network and transport layers address the impairments and solutions using well-known Internet protocols such as TCP/IP in a mobile and wireless environment. The book concludes with a chapter on technologies supporting applications in mobile networks, focusing on the Web and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). Each chapter concludes with a set of exercises for self-study (with solutions available to instructors) and references to standards, organizations and research work related to the topic.

New to this edition

  • Integration of higher data rates for GSM (HSCSD, GPRS)
  • New material on 3rd generation (3G) systems with in-depth discussion of UMTS/W-CDMA
  • Addition of the new WLAN standards for higher data rates: 802.11a, b, g and HiperLAN2
  • Extension of Bluetooth coverage to include IEEE 802.15, profiles and applications
  • Increased coverage of ad-hoc networking and wireless profiled TCP
  • Migration of WAP 1.x and i-mode towards WAP 2.0

Jochen Schiller is head of the Computer Systems and Telematics Working Group in the Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universitat Berlin, and a consultant to several companies in the networking and communication business. His research includes mobile and wireless communications, communication architectures and operating systems for embedded devices, and QoS aspects in communication systems.


Jochen H. Schiller

received his Master’s and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1993 and 1996, respectively. In 1996 -1997 he was a DFG postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Computer Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden. Between June 1997 and April 2001 he was researcher at the Institute of Telematics, University of Karlsruhe. In September 1999, he was appointed Associate Professor attached to the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Université du Québec, Canada. Between April 2000 and July 2000 he was Chair of Distributed Systems, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, In February 2001 he received his habilitation on the topic 'Quality of Service Aspects in Mobile Communication Systems'. Since April 2001 he is Full Professor, Chair of Computer Systems & Telematics, Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universit™t Berlin, Germany. He co-authored many articles and several book chapters on mobile and wireless networks, quality of service aspects and security issues.

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