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GSM Networks: Protocols, Terminology and Implementation (Mobile Communications Library) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Artech House Publishers (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890064717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890064719
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This practical book provides an extremely comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand treatment of the entire GSM network and the signaling methods of its terrestrial interfaces. You learn how to analyze network problems, what measurements you have to take to solve them, and where in a scenario you will find the desired information or parameter. The book introduces you to all the interfaces between the GSM subsystems, starting with the Abis- and Air- Interface and continuing on to VLR’s, HLR’s and MSC’s within the Network Switching Subsystem (NSS). You learn about the various signaling standards or methods used in GSM, including TCAP and MAP and how to apply this knowledge when working with GSM networks.

A special feature of the book is its extensive glossary that explains abbreviations, terms, parameters, counters, and messages frequently encountered when working with GSM. In addition, it features numerous figures, tables, lists, statistical formulas, real-life examples, and everyday comparisons to give you a detailed reference that’s quick to use and easy to understand. You get A-to-Z coverage of dozens of topics, including:

>Signaling standards like LAPD, LAPDm, SS7, SCCP, TCAP -- GSM applications such as RR, MM, CC, MAP -- and all the protocols used in GSM such as LAPD, ISUP, MAP, TCAP, SS7, SCCP, BSSAP, and more

>The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and Home Location Register (HLR)

>The OSI reference model and its applicability to GSM

>Failure resolution both in the lab and on site

>Measurements required to analyze network problems — and the dependencies of failure messages

This detailed book is a practical handbook for engineers involved with all aspects of the GSM infrastructure — from research and development ¼ to installation, operation, and on-site management ¼ to technical support, maintenance, and testing. It is also a comprehensive self-study guide for engineers, other technical professionals, and university-level students with a basic knowledge of telecommunications who want to learn about the complex signaling architectures employed in GSM networks.

Contents: Introduction — About This Book. Mobile Radio. Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM). General. What Is Signaling? Legend. The Mobile Station (MS) and the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) — The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM). The SIMa Database. The Advantage for the Customer. The Mobile Station. The Base Station Subsystem (BSS) — The Base Transceiver Station (BTS). The Base Station Controller (BSC). The Transcoding Rate and Adaptation Unit (TRAU). The Network Switching Subsystem (NSS) — Home Location Register (HLR) and Authentication Center (AuC). The Visitor Location Register (VLR). The Mobile-Services Switching Center (MSC). The Equipment Identity Register (EIR). The OSI Reference Model — Reasons for Standardization. The Transformation into the OSI Reference Model. Data Types of the OSI Reference Model. Information Processing in the OSI Reference Model. The Benefit from the OSI Reference Model. The Seven Layers of the OSI Reference Model. Difficulties Comprehending This Model. The Abis-Interface — Channel Configuration. Options for Connecting a BTS to a BSC. Signaling on the Abis-Interface. Bringing the Abis-Interface into Operation. The Air Interface in GSM — The Structure of the A-Interface. Physical vs. Logical Channels. Logical Channels. Interleaving. Signaling on the Air-Interface. The Signaling System Number 7 (SS7) — The SS7 Network. The Message Transfer Part (MTP). The Message Types of SS7. Addressing and Routing of Messages. Error Detection and Error Correction. SS7 Network Management and Test. The SCCP (Signaling Connection Control Part) — The Tasks of the SCCP. The SCCP Message Format. The SCCP Messages. The Basics of an SCCP Connection. The A Interface — General. Dimensioning. Signaling on the A-Interface. Transaction Capabilities and Mobile Application Part (TCAP, MAP) — TCAP (Transaction Capabilities Application Part). MAP (Mobile Application Part). Scenarios — Location Update. Equipment Check. The Mobile Originating Call (MOC). The Mobile Terminating Call (MTC). Handover. Quality of Service (QoS) — Test Equipment. Signaling Analysis in GSM. Tips and Tricks. Where To Find What Parameter in the Trace File. Error Analysis on the Abis and A-Interface. Glossary.

Gunnar Heine is Director of Technical Services for Alcatel Mobile Communications in the United States. He holds an M.S. in communications technology from the University of Wilhelmshaven in Germany.

About the Author

Gunnar Heine is Director of Technical Services for Alcatel Mobile Communications in the United States. He holds an M.S. in communications technology from the University of Wilhelmshaven in Germany.


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