Fixed/Mobile Convergence and Beyond

Unbounded Mobile Communications


  • Richard Watson, Director of Technical Marketing, Divitas Networks, Mountain View, CA, USA

Mobile communications users are demanding increased reliability, functionality, and accessibility; they want "always on" access to voice, e-mail, text, and multimedia services as they roam from home to auto to office to outdoor/indoor locations. In addition, there is an increasing deamnd to replace separate landline/mobile telephones with a single handset that can be used wherever its owner might be. Answering those customer needs, fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) marries the mobility provided by cellular networks with the extended connectivity provided by 802.11-based WiFi services and integrates them with landline networks using a single handset. This book provides the theoretical and practical background necessary to successfully plan, develop, and deploy effective FMC networks.This book discusses the various 802.11 and VoIP protocols used in FMC networks, open and proprietary communications protocols, integration of FMC networks to wired telephone networks, mobilizing applications such as text messaging and video, security issues, mobile handset requirements for FMC networks, and the administration/management of FMC networks. Special attention is given to selecting appropriate components for FMC, and numerous case histories and examples from the author's experience are provided.This book is an essential tutorial and reference for any RF/wireless, communications, and networking professional who will work with the next generation of wireless networks.CONTENTS:Chapter 1 Unbounded Mobile CommunicationsChapter 2 Mobile Communications – State of the TechnologyChapter 3 Unbounded Mobile Communications – what is it?Chapter 4 UMC - an overview of the technology requirements & considerationsChapter 5 UMC – Current Market Solution OverviewChapter 6 UMC – Layer 1 & 2 - Media requirementsChapter 7 VoIP – Layer 3 & 4, the IP infrastructureChapter 8 Voice Optimized Networks – the network orphanChapter 9 Mobile Handset SolutionsChapter 10 Hotspot & Hotzone AccessChapter 11 Security considerationsChapter 12 PBX features & integrationChapter 13 UMC Management and Statute conformance considerationsChapter 14 Mobilizing applicationsChapter 15 The Final Challenge – Sales/support channel considerationsChapter 16 Unbounded mobile communications – beyond FMCGlossary
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RF/wireless engineers, wireless network engineers, networking professionals


Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8759-1

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Unbounded Mobile Communications1.1 Communication knits societies together1.2 The Business Value of Mobility1.3 Unbounded Mobile Communication Concepts1.4 UMC – What is needed?1.5 Are the technologies ready?1.6 What are the UMC market forces at work?Chapter 2 Mobile Communications – State of the Technology2.1 Wide area wireless2.2 Wireless LANs2.3 Clarifying popular UMC product terms2.4 Are customers & vendors ready for UMC?2.5 Analysts Predictions for UMC2.6 The market is ready for UMCChapter 3 Unbounded Mobile Communications – what is it?3.2 What problem does UMC solve?3.3 Whose problem does UMC solve?3.4 An UMC Agnostic approach3.5 UMC Handover logic3.6 UMC Alternatives3.7 The Mobile EnterpriseChapter 4 UMC - an overview of the technology requirements & considerations4.1 Mobile handset requirement4.2 Wireless LAN (WLAN) requirement4.3 Voice Optimized Ethernet Considerations4.4 Wide Area Wireless Considerations4.5 VoIP requirement4.6 Hotspot & Hotzone Support4.7 PBX/iPBX Integration Considerations4.8 Network Security Considerations4.9 Solution Management ConsiderationsChapter 5 UMC – Current Market Solution Overview5.1 Market Drivers for mobile communications5.2 Cellular solutions – covers all outdoors5.3 WiFi solutions – covers indoors5.4 UMC – carrier-centric architectures5.5 UMC – enterprise-centric architectures5.6 ROI models and solution trends5.7 WLAN/Internet vs. Cellular – a commercial battlegroundChapter 6 UMC – Layer 1 & 2 - Media requirements6.1 Cellular Networks6.2 WLAN/802.11 networks6.3 IEEE 802.16/WiMAX – the future looming6.4 ISM interference considerationsChapter 7 VoIP – Layer 3 & 4, the IP infrastructure7.1 VoIP – an introduction7.2 Voice-over-IP protocols7.3 Real Time Protocol (RTP)7.4 VoIP everywhere?7.5 Commercial Consumer VoIP servicesChapter 8 Voice Optimized Networks – the network orphan8.1 General network optimization considerations8.2 Shared Media Allocation8.3 Converged media prioritization8.4 Network Congestion Management Readiness – a summaryChapter 9 Mobile Handset Solutions9.1 Dual-mode handset landscape9.2 Determine your mobile handset requirementsChapter 10 Hotspot & Hotzone Access10.1 Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) access considerations10.2 he hotspot LANscape10.3 Hotspot use models10.4 Impact of convergence10.5 Hotspot security considerations10.6 Application barriers for hotspots10.7 Future wireless freedom in hotspots10.8 A bright hotspot futureChapter 11 Security considerations11.1 UMC security considerations – a view of the landscape11.2 Cellular Security – an overview11.3 WLAN Security – An introduction11.4 Security implementation options11.5 Balancing Security with QoS11.6 Multi-AAA Authority Overview11.7 UMC Registration & Security considerationsChapter 12 PBX features & integration12.1 PBX features – an introduction12.2 PBX integration challenges12.3 Integrated solutions12.4 PBX & iPBX interoperability future12.5 UMC feature supplementary service requirements12.6 Network specific implementation challenges12.7 PSTN interconnect optionsChapter 13 UMC Management and Statute conformance considerations13.1 AAA management requirements13.2 Physical Security concerns13.3 UMC Policy management13.4 CALEA/Lawful Intercept support13.5 HIPAA – Healthcare considerations13.6 E911/Emergency response support13.7 Securities Exchange Commission considerations13.8 Presence management13.9 Cost control policiesChapter 14 Mobilizing applications14.1 Telephony/Email14.2 Instant Messaging/SMS14.3 Push-to-Talk14.4 Wireless Video – monitoring and conferencing14.5 Vertical Market Opportunities14.6 Mobile Location Based Services14.7 Mobile Application SummaryChapter 15 The Final Challenge – Sales/support channel considerations15.2 The UMC Purchase Challenge15.1 What drives UMC sales?Chapter 16 Unbounded mobile communications – beyond FMC16.1 Nothing but change in the future16.2 Handset evolution16.3 Major Technology changes16.4 Presence in the future16.5 Major Vendor trends16.6 UMC: FMC and beyondGlossary