GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance: Evolution towards 3G/UMTS, Second Edition

GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance: Evolution towards 3G/UMTS, Second Edition

Editor(s): Timo Halonen, Javier Romero, Juan Melero

Published Online: 15 MAR 2004

Print ISBN: 9780470866948

Online ISBN: 9780470866962

DOI: 10.1002/0470866969

About this Book

GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance - Second Edition provides a complete overview of the entire GSM system. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is the digital transmission technique widely adopted in Europe and supported in North America.  It features comprehensive descriptions of GSM's main evolutionary milestones - GPRS, (General Packet Radio Services) is a packet-based wireless communication service that promises data rates from 56 up to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users. AMR and EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment), and such developments have now positioned GERAN (GSM/EDGE Radio Access Network) as a full 3G radio standard.  The radio network performance and capabilities of GSM, GPRS, AMR and EDGE solutions are studied in-depth by using revealing simulations and field trials.

Cellular operators must now roll out new 3G technologies capable of delivering wireless Internet based multimedia services in a competitive and cost-effective way and this volume, divided into three parts, helps to explain how:

1. Provides an introduction to the complete evolution of GSM towards a radio access network that efficiently supports UMTS services (GERAN).

2. Features a comprehensive study of system performance with simulations and field trials. Covers all the major features such as basic GSM, GPRS, EDGE and AMR and the full capability of the GERAN radio interface for 3G service support is envisaged.

3. Discusses different 3G radio technologies and the position of GERAN within such technologies. 

Featuring fully revised and updated chapters throughout, the second edition contains  90 pages of new material and features the following new sections, enabling this reference to remain as a leading text in the area:

  • Expanded material on GPRS
  • Includes IMS architecture (Rel'5) and GERAN (Rel'6) features
  • Presents field trial results for AMR and narrowband 
  • Provides EGPRS deployment guidelines
  • Features a new chapter on Service Performance

An invaluable reference for Engineering Professionals, Research and Development Engineers, Business Development Managers, Technical Managers and Technical Specialists working for cellular operators

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: GERAN Evolution

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    2. Chapter 3

      GERAN QoS Evolution towards UMTS (pages 91–118)

      Erkka Ala-Tauriala, Renaud Cuny, Gerardo Gómez and Héctor Montes

    3. Chapter 4

      Mobile Station Location (pages 119–139)

      Mikko Weckström, Maurizio Spirito and Ville Ruutu

  2. Part 2: GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance

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    2. Chapter 6

      GSM/AMR and SAIC Voice Performance (pages 187–233)

      Juan Melero, Ruben Cruz, Timo Halonen, Jari Hulkkonen, Jeroen Wigard, Angel-Luis Rivada, Martti Moisio, Tommy Bysted, Mark Austin, Laurie Bigler, Ayman Mostafa, Rich Kobylinski and Benoist Sebire

    3. Chapter 7

      GPRS and EGPRS Performance (pages 235–305)

      Javier Romero, Julia Martinez, Sami Nikkarinen and Martti Moisio

    4. Chapter 8

      Packet Data Services and End-user Performance (pages 307–349)

      Gerardo Gomez, Rafael Sanchez, Renaud Cuny, Pekka Kuure and Tapio Paavonen

    5. Chapter 10

      Narrowband Deployment (pages 381–396)

      Angel-Luis Rivada, Timo Halonen, Jari Hulkkonen and Juan Melero

    6. Chapter 11

      Link Performance Enhancements (pages 397–423)

      Riku Pirhonen, Matti Salmenkaita, Timo Kähkönen and Mikko Säily

    7. Chapter 13

      Automation and Optimisation (pages 467–511)

      Volker Wille, Sagar Patel, Raquel Barco, Antti Kuurne, Salvador Pedraza, Matias Toril and Martti Partanen

  3. Part 3: 3G Evolution Paths

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    2. Chapter 14

      IMT-2000 3G Radio Access Technologies (pages 515–541)

      Juan Melero, Antti Toskala, Petteri Hakalin and Antti Tolli

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