Cellular Radio pp 190-243 | Cite as

Digital Cellular Designs

  • R. C. V. Macario


Analog cellular is known as a first generation wireless information telephone network. There are up to six incompatible analog cellular standards world-wide, even though they have the underlying FM FDMA mode of operation. The main aim of the so-called second generation systems was (i) to go digital, (ii) to have a single standard. The first has taken place; but the second has not been achieved. The mode of operation will feature time division multiple access (TDMA), but matters like frame timing, method of modulation and error-correction code procedures differ from one global system to another. The three main systems in use at present are:
  • GSM Global system for mobile communications ; which also includes DCS 1800/PCS 1900

  • ADC American digital cellular: called D-AMPS. An alternative candidate is CDMA

  • JDC Japanese digital cellular: PHS can also be associated here


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. V. Macario
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  1. 1.Department of Electronic and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK

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