on 28 March 2002
This book attempts to make a comprehensive description of UMTS architectural matters.
Although ceratinly writen with the best intentions, and containing some useful information, it unfortunately suffers from :
1. Poor standard of English, with grammatical errors in most paragraphs that distract the attention of the reader and make the logical flow difficult to follow.
2. Insufficient depth to explain the subject fully, especially in the more mathematical sections, frequently leaving the reader with unanswered questions.
For such an important subject, it is a pity that the publishers did not go to the trouble to have the book thoroughly checked by technical writers with a good command of English.
on 23 October 2001
Very easy reading. Good use of diagrams to illustrate concepts discussed. Covered more then I anticipated on the CN and UTRAN. Typically, focus is emphasized on the WCDMA but this book has balance.
The only thing that bothers me is the continual type error with the letter z being replaced by s everywhere in the book.
on 13 June 2003
Strange that this book is so bad, yet "WCDMA for UMTS" - also from Wiley - is the polar opposite: well written, easily understood, and even quite entertaining in parts.
This book covers the core network in reasonable depth and there are some useful snippets of info in there but it doesn't hang together well and the reader is constantly distracted by the butchered English. I would advise skipping the first 100 pages or so (intro, basics, and UTRAN) as the subject matter is covered much better elsewhere. The other chapters, covering core network, services, security, and protocols are ok but patchy, to say the least. Wait for the second edition, I'm told Wiley will be employing some English speaking technical editors soon ;-)
on 17 June 2002
This is the best UMTS book ever published so far. It covers UTRAN and core network layout very well.Also protocol concepts,
UMTS terminals and general W-CDMA presentation are excellent. Other books usually pay attention mostly on W-CDMA and radio access network. This book, however, has balance as the other rewiever mentioned. Warmly recommended.