Radio Link Performance of Third Generation (3G) Technologies For Wireless Networks
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Third generation wireless mobile communication networks are characterized by the increasing utilization of data services â e-mail, web browsing, video streaming, etc. Such services allow the transition of the network from circuit switched to packet switched operation (circuit switched operation will still be supported), resulting in increased overall network performance. These new data services require increased bandwidth and data throughput, due to their intrinsic nature. Examples are graphics-intensive web browsing and video streaming, the latter being delay sensitive and requiring priority over less sensitive services such as e-mail. This increasing demand for bandwidth and throughput has driven the work of third generation standardization committees, resulting in the specification of improved modulation and coding schemes, besides the introduction of more advanced link quality control mechanisms. Among the several proposals for the evolution from 2G to 3G, GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) stand out as transitional solutions for existing TDMA IS-136 and GSM networks (they are also referred to as 2.5G systems). In the CDMA arena, WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) has emerged as the most widely adopted solution, with CDMA 2000, an evolution from IS-95, also being considered. This thesis compiles and analyzes the results of the work by the standardization committees involved in the specification of 3G standards, focusing on the receiver performance in the presence of additive noise, fading and interference. Such performance results will ultimately determine design and optimization conditions for 3G networks. This document concerns the description of the TDMA-based 2.5G solutions that allow the introduction of multimedia and enhanced data services to existing 2G networks. It focuses on GPRS and EDGE. It also addresses WCDMA â a 3G spread spectrum solution. Such proposals permit the utilization of existing spectrum with increased efficiency, yielding extended network capacity and laying the ground for full support of wireless multimedia applications. The study is focused on the link implementation aspect of these solutions, showing the impact of the modulation schemes and link quality control mechanisms on the performance of the radio link.
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