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Fixed/Mobile Convergence and Beyond

Book Description

Mobile communications users are demanding increased reliability, functionality, and accessibility; they want "always on" access to voice, e-mail, text, and multimedia services as they roam from home to auto to office to outdoor/indoor locations. In addition, there is an increasing deamnd to replace separate landline/mobile telephones with a single handset that can be used wherever its owner might be. Answering those customer needs, fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) marries the mobility provided by cellular networks with the extended connectivity provided by 802.11-based WiFi services and integrates them with landline networks using a single handset. This book provides the theoretical and practical background necessary to successfully plan, develop, and deploy effective FMC networks.

This book discusses the various 802.11 and VoIP protocols used in FMC networks, open and proprietary communications protocols, integration of FMC networks to wired telephone networks, mobilizing applications such as text messaging and video, security issues, mobile handset requirements for FMC networks, and the administration/management of FMC networks. Special attention is given to selecting appropriate components for FMC, and numerous case histories and examples from the author's experience are provided.

This book is an essential tutorial and reference for any RF/wireless, communications, and networking professional who will work with the next generation of wireless networks.
CONTENTS:
Chapter 1 Unbounded Mobile Communications
Chapter 2 Mobile Communications – State of the Technology
Chapter 3 Unbounded Mobile Communications – what is it?
Chapter 4 UMC - an overview of the technology requirements & considerations
Chapter 5 UMC – Current Market Solution Overview
Chapter 6 UMC – Layer 1 & 2 - Media requirements
Chapter 7 VoIP – Layer 3 & 4, the IP infrastructure
Chapter 8 Voice Optimized Networks – the network orphan
Chapter 9 Mobile Handset Solutions
Chapter 10 Hotspot & Hotzone Access
Chapter 11 Security considerations
Chapter 12 PBX features & integration
Chapter 13 UMC Management and Statute conformance considerations
Chapter 14 Mobilizing applications
Chapter 15 The Final Challenge – Sales/support channel considerations
Chapter 16 Unbounded mobile communications – beyond FMC
Glossary

KEY FEATURES

* Describes how to develop, deploy, and manage networks that seamlessly combine landline, cellular, and WiFi networks into one converged communications network.

* Thorough coverage of various 802.11 and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) standards and how they impact integration with cellular networks.

* Discusses security considerations and how to successfully manage converged networks.

* Includes numerous case histories and examples from the author's experience---this is not a purely theoretical treatment of the subject!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Brief Table of Contents
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Copyright
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1. Unbounded Mobile Communications
    1. 1.1. Communication Knits Societies Together
    2. 1.2. The Business Value of Mobility
    3. 1.3. Unbounded Mobile Communication Concepts
    4. 1.4. UMC: What Is Needed?
    5. 1.5. Are the Technologies Ready?
    6. 1.6. What UMC Market Forces Are at Work?
    7. 1.7. Convergence in the Market
  10. Chapter 2. Mobile Communications
    1. 2.1. Wide Area Wireless
    2. 2.2. Wireless LANs
    3. 2.3. Clarifying Popular UMC Product Terms
    4. 2.4. Are Customers and Vendors Ready for UMC?
    5. 2.5. Analyst Predictions for UMC
    6. 2.6. The Market Is Ready for UMC
  11. Chapter 3. Unbounded Mobile Communications
    1. 3.1. What Problem Does UMC Solve?
    2. 3.2. Whose Problem Does UMC Solve?
    3. 3.3. A UMC Agnostic Approach
    4. 3.4. UMC Handover Logic
    5. 3.5. UMC Alternatives
    6. 3.6. The Mobile Enterprise
  12. Chapter 4. UMC
    1. 4.1. Mobile Handset Requirement
    2. 4.2. Wireless LAN (WLAN) Requirement
    3. 4.3. Voice-Optimized Ethernet Considerations
    4. 4.4. Wide Area Wireless Considerations
    5. 4.5. VoIP Requirement
    6. 4.6. Hotspot and Hotzone Support
    7. 4.7. PBX/iPBX Integration Considerations
    8. 4.8. Network Security Considerations
    9. 4.9. Solution Management Considerations
  13. Chapter 5. UMC
    1. 5.1. Market Drivers for Mobile Communications
    2. 5.2. Cellular Solutions Cover All Outdoors
    3. 5.3. WiFi Solutions Cover Indoors
    4. 5.4. UMC Carrier-Centric Architectures
    5. 5.5. UMC Enterprise-Centric Architectures
    6. 5.6. ROI Models and Solution Trends
    7. 5.7. WLAN/Internet vs. Cellular: A Commercial Battleground
  14. Chapter 6. UMC
    1. 6.1. A Bit of History
    2. 6.2. Cellular Networks
    3. 6.3. WLAN/802.11 Networks
    4. 6.4. IEEE 802.16/WiMAX: The Future Looming
    5. 6.5. ISM Interference Considerations
  15. Chapter 7. VoIP
    1. 7.1. VoIP: An Introduction
    2. 7.2. Voice-over-IP Protocols
    3. 7.3. Real-Time Protocol (RTP)
    4. 7.4. VoIP Everywhere?
    5. 7.5. Commercial Consumer VoIP Services
  16. Chapter 8. Voice-Optimized Networks
    1. 8.1. General Network Optimization Considerations
    2. 8.2. Shared Media Allocation
    3. 8.3. Converged Media Prioritization
    4. 8.4. Network Congestion Management Readiness: A Summary
  17. Chapter 9. Mobile Handset Solutions
    1. 9.1. Dual-Mode Handset Landscape
    2. 9.2. Determine Your Mobile Handset Requirements
  18. Chapter 10. Hotspot and Hotzone Access
    1. 10.1. Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) Access Considerations
    2. 10.2. The Hotspot LANscape
    3. 10.3. Hotspot Use Models
    4. 10.4. Impact of Convergence
    5. 10.5. Hotspot Security Considerations
    6. 10.6. Application Barriers for Hotspots
    7. 10.7. Future Wireless Freedom in Hotspots
    8. 10.8. A Bright Hotspot Future
  19. Chapter 11. Security Considerations
    1. 11.1. UMC Security Considerations: A View of the Landscape
    2. 11.2. Cellular Security: An Overview
    3. 11.3. WLAN Security: An Introduction
    4. 11.4. Security Implementation Options
    5. 11.5. Balancing Security with QoS
    6. 11.6. Multi-AAA Authority Overview
    7. 11.7. UMC Registration and Security Considerations
  20. Chapter 12. PBX Features and Integration
    1. 12.1. PBX Features: An Introduction
    2. 12.2. PBX Integration Challenges
    3. 12.3. Integrated Solutions
    4. 12.4. PBX and iPBX Interoperability Future
    5. 12.5. UMC Feature Supplementary Service Requirements
    6. 12.6. Network-Specific Implementation Challenges
    7. 12.7. PSTN Interconnect Options
  21. Chapter 13. UMC Management and Statute Conformance Considerations
    1. 13.1. AAA Management Requirements
    2. 13.2. Physical Security Concerns
    3. 13.3. UMC Policy Management
    4. 13.4. CALEA/Lawful Intercept Support
    5. 13.5. HIPAA: Healthcare Considerations
    6. 13.6. E911/Emergency Response Support
    7. 13.7. Securities Exchange Commission Considerations
    8. 13.8. Presence Management
    9. 13.9. Cost-Control Policies
  22. Chapter 14. Mobilizing Applications
    1. 14.1. Telephony/Email
    2. 14.2. Instant Messaging/SMS
    3. 14.3. Push-to-Talk
    4. 14.4. Wireless Video: Monitoring and Conferencing
    5. 14.5. Vertical Market Opportunities
    6. 14.6. Mobile Location-Based Services
    7. 14.7. Mobile Application Summary
  23. Chapter 15. The Final Challenge
    1. 15.1. What Drives UMC Sales?
    2. 15.2. The UMC Purchase Challenge
  24. Chapter 16. Unbounded Mobile Communications
    1. 16.1. Nothing But Change in the Future
    2. 16.2. Handset Evolution
    3. 16.3. Major Technology Changes
    4. 16.4. Presence in the Future
    5. 16.5. Major Vendor Trends
    6. 16.6. UMC: FMC and Beyond
  25. Glossary
  26. Index
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