UMTS is the wireless network technology behind the rollout of Third Generation (3G) mobile telecoms networks which will bring video, music and internet services to the cellphone and a range of electronic products. Chris Braithwaite and Mike Scott use their extensive experience of training engineers across Europe, and their backgrounds in working with Nokia, Ericsson and Orange to deliver a uniquely practical guide written from the perspective of the engineer and network planner. This guide is a valuable addition to the literature on UMTS which to date has been dominated by theoretical and reference works. The authors consider each of the key topics of UMTS/WCDMA and 3G rollout in terms of coverage, capacity and quality of service - the key considerations for all engineers and managers working in 3G telecoms. This is a real-world design guide with cookbook-style instructions and rules of thumb, not another R&D-level book or crib to the standards. It covers the hot engineering issues in UMTS planning, design and implementation.
UMTS is the natural evolutionary choice for operations of GSM networks, currently representing a customer base of more than 747 million end users in over 180 countries and representing over 70 percent of today's digital wireless market [source: GSM Association].
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology