Cellular Communications - A Comprehensive and Prac

Cellular Communications -

A Comprehensive and Practical Guide

by Nishith Tripathi and Jeffrey Reed

Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0470472071

ISBN-10: 0470472073


Making Smart Grid Real
(Computer Communications and Networks)

First Edition

We live in the age of wireless, and more specifically cellular communications. In the last few decades they have become an integral part of our everyday life - personal and professional. And they are also starting to be used as a communications media for some protection, automation and control applications.

That is why it is very important for the specialists in the PAC industry to have a good understanding of the cellular communications technology.

As the title of the book clearly states, it is a comprehensive and practical guide to cellular communications.

When you take the book in your hands, there is no doubt that it is comprehensive - this is the largest book we have ever reviewed in the magazine - more than 1000 pages! And it is practical, because the authors combine the practical knowledge with the research and teaching experience.

Dr. Nishith Tripathi is a senior consultant at Award Solutions, Inc., a provider of technical consulting and specialized technical training for wireless communications, while Dr. Jeffrey Reed is the Willis G. Worcester Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia and an IEEE Fellow.

The material in the book is organized in fifteen chapters grouped together in three parts, plus four appendices.

The first part of the book includes four chapters that cover the fundamental concepts of cellular communications, such as radio propagation, digital communications and IP related technologies.

The second part of the book is focused on 2G, 2.5G and 3G cellular technologies. The material is divided in nine chapters covering specific cellular technologies that are widely used all over the world and are expected to still exist in the future.

The third part of the book covers IP multimedia subsystems (IMS) and fourth generation (4G) cellular technology presented in two chapters. The IMS service network and the 4G technologies such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) are described.

What makes the book reader-friendly is that the chapter sections are organized in two levels of complexity.

An overview level provides the basic information about the specific topic of discussion, while the detailed level digs deep into the technical aspects at a communications standard level.

Many questions included in the book challenge the reader to check their understanding of the material.

The reader also can visit the authors’ website at:


where you can learn more while having even some fun.

I believe that this book should be used as a learning tool and a reference by all protection, automation and control specialists looking at moving our industry towards the smart grid of the future.