Chapter 14. Wireless WANs

It is abundantly clear that wireless networks are a very important part of our future, promising to dramatically change the way society and industry function. Wireless networks fall into the same domains as wireline networks—wide area networks (WANs), metropolitan area networks (MANs), local area networks (LANs), and personal area networks (PANs)—and are applied in support of a growing number of applications, including mobile (such as cellular and PCS systems), fixed (as in wireless local loop), broadcast (television), and sensor-based (such as RFID) networks.

This chapter explores wireless wide area network (WWAN) standards and systems. WANs can be global, national, or regional in scope. Traditional WWAN solutions ...

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