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2G, 3G, 4G Wireless Tutorial

2G, 3G, 4G Wireless Tutorial

October 2008

By Brough Turner
This comprehensive tutorial is designed to benefit both the technical and general telecom audience. Brough Turner reviews the history and evolution of mobile radio, evolving network architectures, services, applications, and business models; considers alternative 4G paths and potential for convergence of GSM/LTE and WiMAX; and discusses the longer term impact of new WiFi standards on fixed and mobile wireless services.  In this wireless tutorial, Brough will also cover core network architectures and their evolution to all-IP, new wireless applications and application frameworks, spectrum licensing and more.

Presentation Outline: Wireless Tutorial: 2G, 3G, 4G and Beyond

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To download the audio and video files of the wireless tutorial, see the links below.

Part 1: Webinar

• History and evolution of mobile radio
    – Brief history of cellular wireless telephony
    – Radio technology today:  TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA
    – Demographics and market trends today
    – 3G, 3.5G, WiMAX, LTE and 4G migration paths

Part 2: Webinar

• Evolving network architectures
    – GSM-MAP (EU) and  IS-41 (US) origins
    – Softswitches, VoIP and SIP in NextGen Networks (NGN)
    – 3GPP and NGN convergence: releases, features and schedules

Part 3: Webinar

• Evolving services
    – SMS, MMS, location, rich presence, video 
    – IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) vs. “dumb pipe”
• Applications and business models
    – Killer applications & killer platforms
    – 2-sided business models
•  Related technology, Issues and Futures
    – WiMAX, Backhaul, Bluetooth, NextGen WiFi 
    – Mobile device diversity / application environments

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Additional Resources
Partnership Project and Forums

• ITU IMT-2000:   http://www.itu.int/home/imt.html
• Mobile Partnership Projects
    – 3GPP : http://www.3gpp.org 
    – 3GPP2 : http://www.3gpp2.org
• Mobile marketing alliances and forums
    – GSM Association:  http://www.gsmworld.com/index.shtml 
    – UMTS Forum : http://www.umts-forum.org 
    – CDMA Development Group:  http://www.cdg.org/index.asp 
    – Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance:  http://www.ngmn.org/ 
    – Global Mobile Suppliers Association: http://www.gsacom.com 
    – CTIA:  http://www.ctia.org/ 
    – 3G Americas:  http://www.uwcc.org

Mobile Standards Organizations

• European Technical Standard Institute (Europe): http://www.etsi.org
• Telecommunication Industry Association (USA): http://www.tiaonline.org
• Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (USA) (formerly Committee T1): http://www.t1.org & http://www.atis.org/
• China Communications Standards Association (China): http://www.cwts.org
• The Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (Japan): http://www.arib.or.jp/english/index.html
• The Telecommunication Technology Committee (Japan): http://www.ttc.or.jp/e/index.html
• The Telecommunication Technology Association (Korea): http://www.tta.or.kr/english/e_index.htm

Other Industry Consortia

• OMA, Open Mobile Alliance:  http://www.openmobilealliance.org/ 
    – Consolidates Open Mobile Architecture, WAP Forum, Location Interoperability Forum, SyncML, MMS Interoperability Group, Wireless Village
• Lists of wireless organizations compiled by others:
    – http://www.wipconnector.com/resources.php 
    – http://focus.ti.com/general/docs/wtbu/wtbugencontent.tsp?templateId=6123&contentId=4602 
    – http://www.wlana.org/pdf/wlan_standards_orgs.pdf

Wireless MAN, LAN and PAN Links

• WirelessMAN – Broadband Access (WiMAX)
    – IEEE 802.16:  http://www.ieee802.org/16/ 
    – WiMAX Forum: http://www.wimaxforum.org/home/
• Wireless LAN (WiFi)
    – IEEE 802.11:   http://www.ieee802.org/11/ 
    – WiFi Alliance:   http://www.wi-fi.org/ 
    – Wireless LAN Association:  http://www.wlana.org/ 
• Wireless WPAN (Bluetooth)
    – IEEE 802.15:  http://www.ieee802.org/15/ 
    – Bluetooth SIG:  https://www.bluetooth.org/ 
       and  http://www.bluetooth.com/

Sources of Market and Subscriber Statistics

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators 
    – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators_of_Europe 
    – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators_of_the_Americas 
    – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators_of_the_Asia_Pacific_region 
    – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators_of_the_Middle_East_and_Africa
• http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/index.shtml
• http://www.cdg.org/worldwide/cdma_world_subscriber.asp
• http://www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4

Nominal cost:
• http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/world/world.html

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