Fixed/Mobile Convergence and Beyond

1st Edition

Unbounded Mobile Communications

Authors: Richard Watson
Paperback ISBN: 9780750687591
eBook ISBN: 9780080943237
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 9th October 2008
Page Count: 288
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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 Communications Chapter 2 Mobile Communications – State of the Technology Chapter 3 Unbounded Mobile Communications – what is it? Chapter 4 UMC - an overview of the technology requirements & considerations Chapter 5 UMC – Current Market Solution Overview Chapter 6 UMC – Layer 1 & 2 - Media requirements Chapter 7 VoIP – Layer 3

Key Features


  • Describes how to develop, deploy, and manage networks that seamlessly combine landline, cellular, and WiFi networks into one converged communications network.

  • Thorough coverage of various 802.11 and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) standards and how they impact integration with cellular networks.

  • Discusses security considerations and how to successfully manage converged networks.

  • Includes numerous case histories and examples from the author's experience---this is not a purely theoretical treatment of the subject!


RF/wireless engineers, wireless network engineers, networking professionals

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Unbounded Mobile Communications 1.1 Communication knits societies together 1.2 The Business Value of Mobility 1.3 Unbounded Mobile Communication Concepts 1.4 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 Technology 2.1 Wide area wireless 2.2 Wireless LANs 2.3 Clarifying popular UMC product terms 2.4 Are customers & vendors ready for UMC? 2.5 Analysts Predictions for UMC 2.6 The market is ready for UMC

Chapter 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 approach 3.5 UMC Handover logic 3.6 UMC Alternatives 3.7 The Mobile Enterprise

Chapter 4 UMC - an overview of the technology requirements & considerations 4.1 Mobile handset requirement 4.2 Wireless LAN (WLAN) requirement 4.3 Voice Optimized Ethernet Considerations 4.4 Wide Area Wireless Considerations 4.5 VoIP requirement 4.6 Hotspot & Hotzone Support 4.7 PBX/iPBX Integration Considerations 4.8 Network Security Considerations 4.9 Solution Management Considerations

Chapter 5 UMC – Current Market Solution Overview 5.1 Market Drivers for mobile communications 5.2 Cellular solutions – covers all outdoors 5.3 WiFi solutions – covers indoors 5.4 UMC – carrier-centric architectures 5.5 UMC – enterprise-centric architectures 5.6 ROI models and solution trends 5.7 WLAN/Internet vs. Cellula


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About the Author

Richard Watson

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Technical Marketing, Divitas Networks, Mountain View, CA, USA