GPRS is principally an overlay network for existing GSM networks which enables all the benefits of packet switched networks to be available to mobile devices. Due to the delay in 3G rollout, operators worldwide are increasingly implementing services based on GPRS, once seen by many as simply a stepping-stone between GSM and UMTS. If you are looking for an in-depth introduction to the General Packet Radio Service and need to understand the benefits of adding GPRS to conventional circuit switched mobile networks then this is the book for you.
- Takes the reader into the near future - in which 3G networks such as UMTS will use the GPRS core network for access to packet data networks such as the internet
- Tackles crucial issues such as the current transition from IP version 4 to IP version 6 – a move which will enable every electronic device to have its own IP address rather than the dynamic address allocation currently in use
- Provides insights into the planning and dimensioning of GPRS networks - involving mathematical modelling and accurate knowledge/assumptions regarding subscriber behaviour
- Explains how the technology can enable new services and applications - WAP, location based services, in-car multimedia, and m-Commerce are just some of the areas described – each with a description of the necessary infrastructure and the benefits of using GPRS as the enabling technology
GPRS Networks provides a thorough grounding in GPRS by constantly explaining how? and why?. This practical handbook will be an essential purchase for all those involved in telecommunications from network planners and engineers through to project managers, consultants and students.
GPRS will continue to change the way we live, just as GSM has already - if you don’t want to be left behind, read this book!
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