Outlines the evolution of UMTS from GSM, its history and the
differing Standards Organisations world-wide. The path takes us from
GSM though GPRS to EDGE.
Spread Spectrum (SS) Techniques
A description of the different SS techniques available but
concentrating on the Direct Sequence (DS) option. An Explanation of
the basic DS elements, the RAKE receiver, Power control, Soft
handover, Inter-frequency handovers and Multi-user Detection (MUD).
Spectral spreading and scrambling codes along with processing gain (Gp)
In this section we describe Bearer services, Tele-services, QoS and
the four classes of service: Conversational - including Multi media
(H323, H324, and IETF) as well as Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR),
Interactive, Streaming and Background classes. Circuit and Packet
switched services are listed. The handover of different service
types to and from GSM are described. Also covered are user, network,
data and application security together with user and network
authentication. The Virtual Home Environment (VHE) and wireless
protocols are also introduced.
UMTS Interfaces and Protocols
This section describes the functions of the network elements in the
UMTS system - comprised of the radio access network (UTRAN) and the
Core Network (CN) elements - for both the Packet Switched (PS) and a
Circuit Switched (CS) networks. We describe the open interfaces, Uu,
Iub, Iu, Iur, Gu, Cu, and the application parts MAP, RANAP, RNSAP,
and CAMEL, outlining their protocol stacks and functions.
Radio Interface Protocols
This section describes layers 2 and 3 in some detail. The major
topics covered are the Media Access Control (MAC), the Radio Link
Control Protocol (RLC), the Packet Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP),
the Broadcast and Multicast Control Protocol (BMC) and the Radio
Resource Control Protocol (RRC).
The UTRAN Physical Layer
A outline of the UMTS Physical Layer (Layer 1) - from logical
channels through transport channels to the actual physical channels
in both the uplink and the downlink. The topics covered are: User
data transmission (in both the uplink and the downlink) on dedicated
and shared channels, channel multiplexing, signalling control
channels and Physical Layer Procedures.
This section highlights the signalling protocol and its application
in the three areas of Transport plane, Control plane and User plane