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Digital Communications [Paperback]

Ian Glover , Dr Peter Grant
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16 May 1997 0135653916 978-0135653913 1
An up-to-date and comprehensive text on the rapidly expanding field of fixed and mobile communications, including data networks and packet switched systems. The aim of the book is fourfold: (1) to develop the mathematical theory behind signal processing as used in modern digital communications systems, (2) to extend these theoretical signalling concepts into information links which are robust in the presence of noise and other impairment mechanisms, (3) to investigate how these transmission links can be developed into fixed and mobile data communications systems for voice and video transmission, and (4) to develop queuing theory techniques and explore their development in small and large scale data transmission networks such as ISDN. The material is set in an appropriate historical context, and a substantial number of numerical and practical examples are included in the text.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (16 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135653916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135653913
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,553,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital techniques are central to almost all modern telecommunications systems.  The third edition of Digital Communications has retained both its comprehensive coverage and its balance between theory, applications and systems implementation.  Its main aim is to develop the mathematical theory of signal processing and use this theory to describe modern digital communications. 

Key features

  • Presents a comprehensive quantitative treatment of digital communications principles including information theory, PCM, source coding, encryption, channel coding, multiplexing, modulation and optimum filtering
  • Includes a thorough treatment of system noise and communication link budgets
  • Introduces the principles of system simulation
  • Describes a range of modern systems, including satellite communications, cellular radio and networks (wireless MANs, LANs and PANs)
  • Provides a revised and extended treatment of networks that includes OFDM, circuit and packet switching, ATM and B-ISDN,  MIMO, xDSL, FTTx, FDDI, DQDB, BFWA (including IEE 802.16),  Bluetooth and UWB
  • Extensive examples and end-of-chapter problems
  • Updated references, web addresses, standards and bibliography
  • Outline solutions to problems available for instructors on the WWW

This text is suitable for undergraduates and first year postgraduate students.  It also provides an excellent overview for professional engineers.


Ian Glover is Reader in Radio Science & Wireless Communication in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brasil. 

Peter Grant is the Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and was Head of the School of Engineering and Electronics there from 2002 to 2008.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Peter Grant is Head of the School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh.


Ian Glover is a reader in Radio Science and Wireless Communications at the University of Strathcylde.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

I am a EEE (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) student (NOT a lecturer and NOT at Strathclyde University). I have all 3 editions as the book is really that good!

If you take Information Transmission and Security then this is the book to get! You will not be disappointed!
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If you are studying Electronic Engineering with communications modules or Telecommunications, then this book is for you.it deliberatelly keeps the maths to a reasonable low level and explains each topic in an easy to understand manner.With plenty of examples and solutions to end of chapter questions, you cant go wrong with this book. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering Council recommended reading 2 Aug 2000
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Recommended reading for the Engineering Council Examination Subject 645, Telecommunication Systems Engineering
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Communications 25 Feb 2000
By Michalis Roppas - Published on Amazon.com
It's a very comprehensive book that illustrates the principles of Digital communication theory balancing theory and practice. I addition, it uses helpfull diagrams and graphs in order to illustrate the impact of different parameters on signal strength, noise level etc.It is strongly recommended for a system engineer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a six star? Great practical book! 22 Nov 1999
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Lots of examples, good balance between theory and practice. I think is a must have book for a good engineering library. I really like it. Good price too! .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good upper-level undergraduate treatment of the subject 24 Jun 2003
By Dumitru Erhan - Published on Amazon.com
I found out that this book is intended for graduate students only at the end of the course, which was based on this text. It was though a good experience to have studied from it as it provides a thorough and fundamental treatment of Digital Communications topics. The chapters on sampling, multiplexing and optimum filters were the most enjoyable for me. I did not really see the point in such a short text on Fourier analysis - the Oppenheim's "Signals and Systems" provides a much more systematic description of the Fourier Series and FT. Four stars because of that, but if you already know FT very well then buy this book since it's a good deal and a worthy investment!
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