Wireless Personal Communications: Trends and Challenges

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Theodore S. Rappaport, Brian D. Woerner, Jeffrey H. Reed
Springer US, Mar 31, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 266 pages
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"Well informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires, and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be ofno practical value. " from an editorial in the Boston Post -1865 Fortunately for the telecommunications industry, the unknown author of the above statement turned out to be very mistaken indeed. Even as he spoke, Alexander Graham Bell was achieving the impossible, with a host of competing inventors close behind. The communications revolution which ensued has changed the way in which we live and work, and the way in which we view the world around us. Wired telephone lines now encircle the globe, allowing instantaneous transmission of voice and data. Events from Times Square to Red Square are now as accessible as events on the local courthouse lawn. The advent of wireless communications has extended Bell's revolution to another domain. Personal communications promises voice, data and images which are accessible everywhere. Although predictions are dangerous, a look back over the last decade reveals spectacular growth. In the United States alone, there are now over 50 million cordless phones in use throughout the country -at least one cordless phone for every 3 households - and nearly 20 million pocket pagers. U. S. Cellular telephone service, launched commercially in 1984, has experienced 30-40% annual growth rates despite a sluggish economy.

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THEODORE S. RAPPAPORT is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, and director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG.org). In 1990, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) at Virginia Tech, one of the first university research and educational programs for the wireless communications field. He is the editor or co-editor of four other books on the topic of wireless communications, based on his teaching and research activities at MPRG.

Jeffrey H. Reed is Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and a core-faculty member of its Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world's leading university research groups on advanced wireless communications. Until recently he served as MPRG's director. His most recent book is "Software Radio: A Modern Approach to Radio Design" (Prentice-Hall, 2002, 0130811580). Professor Reed is a Fellow of the IEEE.

This book's additional contributors include government researchers and faculty and students at Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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