Wireless technology encompasses a broad range of services for voice and data, from cellular phones and DoCoMo to Bluetooth, WiFi, broadband fixed wireless, and many other variations in technology and application. Each flavor of wireless has its own advantages, limitations, and unique technical specs -- ensuring confusion as systems evolve and new services are unvelled. One crucial advantage of wireless systems is the potential to provide high speed connections that can be implemented quickly over large geographical areas without a large investment in physical plant. This book provides everything readers need to know to understand wireless voice and data communications technologies and their impact on enterprise and consumer markets. Current and upcoming technologies promise to change the way businesses work internally by freeing workers from the wired network, as well as by unleashing potential markets for new services for mobile professionals and consumers. The author introduces basic concepts such as radio frequency (RF), cell sites, and switching.
He also covers issues such as site acquisition, tower selection and construction, design of the fixed network, and interconnection to the Public Switched Telephone Network. The author carefully delineates the complex regulatory processes that affect all wireless service providers. This complete treatment of every major aspect of wireless explains both emerging wireless internet access (WAP, Bluetooth, wireless data, etc.) and wireless broadband access (LMDS, MMDS) and their prospects in the marketplace.