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“ I can recommend it unconditionally to a wide range of readers…” (IEEE Communications Magazine, June 2006)

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"Professor Andreas F. Molisch, renowned researcher and educator, has put together a comprehensive, clear, and authoritative book on wireless communications. The Second Edition, which includes a wealth of new material on important emerging topics, ensures the book will continue to be a key resource for every student, researcher, and practitioner in the field."
Professor Moe Win, MIT, USA

Wireless communications has grown rapidly over the past decade from a niche market into one of the most important, fast moving industries. Fully updated to incorporate the latest research and developments, Wireless Communications, Second Edition provides an authoritative overview of the principles and applications of mobile communication technology.

The author provides an in–depth analysis of current treatment of the area, addressing both the traditional elements, such as Rayleigh fading, BER in flat fading channels, and equalization, and more recently emerging topics like multi–user detection in CDMA systems, MIMO systems, and cognitive radio. The dominant wireless standards, including cellular, cordless and wireless LANs, are discussed.

  • Topics featured include: wireless propagation channels, transceivers and signal processing, multiple access and advanced transceiver schemes, and standardized wireless systems.
  • Combines mathematical descriptions with intuitive explanations of the physical facts, enabling readers to acquire a deep understanding of the subject.
  • Includes new chapters on cognitive radio, cooperative communications and relaying, video coding, 3GPP Long Term Evolution, and WiMax; plus significant new sections on multi–user MIMO, 802.11n, and information theory.
  • Companion website featuring: solutions manual and presentation slides for instructors, appendices, list of abbreviations and other useful resources.


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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2011
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It is many years since I first studied Telecommunications and Radio Transmission for my City & Guilds certificate and the industry is very different nowadays! Wireless Communications affect all of us these days and most of us could not function without our iPhone or wireless router. Professor Andreas F. Molisch tackles this fascinating area of technology in great detail in this almost nine hundred page work. The book, now in its second edition, is very up-to-date - but is written from an American bias, which is unsurprising coming from an American author, and this should be borne in mind by European readers. Much of the information is universal but there are subtle differences between the North American and European technologies.

This is not a book for the casual reader but is aimed at students with some prior knowledge and practising engineers already working in this area. I found the book interesting and well written and certainly taught me a lot about how the modern communication world functions. This is an expensive book that you will not buy on impulse but does benefit from Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to give you an idea of what you get and is worth checking out. This is a five star product for the intended market and one which will be referred to time and again by its readers.
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The foreward to this book resonated with my experiences; in 1995 I enrolled on a course entitled 'Electronics, Communications, and Information Technology' that was to end in 2000 with a BSc Hons degree. In 1995 there were a handful of people I would likely end up working for; most involved in military or oceanic type systems. The author makes the commment that in 1994 when he started writing the book as a series of lectures, its relevence to the modern world was limited. By 2000, when I graduated, it was clear we would be working in another world - although as the author states, the days of routinely checking your email in the coffee shop were still many years away then.

Although this is an American text, I was pleased to see that European (and other) standards are more than adequately covered, and even in the introductory or descriptive sections, differences are clearly annotated and brought to the readers attention, with no clear bias towards US standards; the noticeable ommission being that DECT is only covered as an online extension to the book.

The chapters are all adequate, and curiously, if not slightly annoyingly, for a book of this type quite compact with rather small text. It is interesting to compare it with the book with which I started in 1995, Radio Systems for Technicians Radio Systems for Technicians. But, I'd sctually recommend anyone to read both. The intoduction to this book is very short, and jumps from Marconi's discovery to the 1970s era of mobile radiotelephony, i.e analogue carphones.
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This book is primarily written as a textbook for graduate students on an advanced wireless and communications course, it has sample questions on each chapter and the associated website has information for lecturers.
As such it assumes a basic knowledge of wireless principles, if you need an introductory book I would recommend the excellent Scroggies Foundations of Wireless and Electronics.
The emphasis of the book is on the dominant wireless standards, cellular, cordless and wireless LANs.
The book has an American bias, so the IS-95 standard is described, which is almost exclusively used in North America, but not DECT which is a European standard. DECT is however covered comprehensively on the associated website (in previous edition section)
I was surprised by the omission of Bluetooth, however the IEEE 802.11n wifi standard is covered. Some of the information is highly complex, involving complex mathematical equations;
for me I found the information on antenna design and the information on adjacent channel interference particularly useful.
It is difficult to find this information anywhere else so if you need it, its indispensable!
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By Get Real VINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2011
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This is very detailed & heavy textbook. Full of information & absolutely up to the minute. Nice relaxed style of writing so easy to read with good explainations of technical data. A great book but far more detail than I needed it for. More for someone who is looking to enter this arena as a career.
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By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 April 2011
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This is a heavy-weight reference book, and covers the basics of rf theory in great detail, almost all one could ever want to know about propagation theory, channelling, antenna design, and the many conventional modulation and demodulation systems for speech and data coding. These parts of the book I would have loved to have been able to use when I was at Uni.

However, by contrast there is only a passing mention of video - in the coding of compression systems such as MPEG and H264. I saw nothing about the very peculiar characteristics of TV modulation for either analogue or digital (an interesting new specific application of Coded OFDM).

I was hoping to discover the same kind of clear and interesting information in the new chapters as previously given by the earlier chapters on long-established rf theory, but was disappointed. Here and there is good detail, but it is patchy when compared with the very high standard of the earlier work. Several parts of the latest chapters seem to be limited to overviews and introductions to the topics in question and we are often referred to the Standards documents instead, to see some of which would require our budget to be considerably larger.

Other reviewers have mentioned omissions of various topics; I tend to agree, and some of my own specialisms are missing, but I would also point out how all-encompassing the communications field is now, and that we could devote a book comparable to this one for each of them alone. This is a brave try, and it definitely does point in the right direction, but I would have liked it to take us further down the path.

If it was only the first five hundred pages, with less ambition, plus the nearly one hundred pages of exercises and references, I would give it five stars. But much of the remaining two hundred rather let it down - I think those should have been at least another five hundred pages, or Volume 2.
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