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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: August 2009

4 - Cellular Mobile Radio Networking

from Part II - Cellular Mobile Radio Networking and Management


Cellular Mobile Radio Communications Concepts

In the first chapter we provided an extensive introduction to wireless communications. Major aspects such as general models for wireless communications, architectural components, and networks classification were introduced. We have also discussed, mainly at the level of acronyms, many of the elements that constitute the complex world of wireless communications. This was done in the context of the even larger legacy wired world. Key to wireless communications is the wireless link established between transmitter and receiver. The type of this link will determine the kinds of wireless communications. In this section we will limit analysis to terrestrial mobile cellular radio networks that, in simple terms, are the radio links established between Mobile Stations (MS) such as handsets and the Basic Transmission Stations (BTS).

Initially, the approach to mobile radio was the same as that in radio or television broadcasting, where a BTS was placed at the highest point of the desired area to be covered. As the number of mobile users increased, congestion eventually occurred because of the limited available spectrum. To assure that frequencies can be reused across geographical regions, mobile communication uses the concept of individual micro cellular radio systems. The cells can be created by earth-based radio tower transmitters/receivers or by satellite footprints. Clusters of 7 terrestrial cells provide an area coverage and separation of commonly used groups of frequencies. The number of total channels supported, hence the network capacity, will be determined by the number of clusters that are implemented.

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