Radio Link Protocols for Cellular Data

  • Bharat T. Doshi
  • Richard P. Ejzak
  • Sanjiv Nanda
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 351)


Wide-area data services over cellular networks have been standardized in the last two years. The standards were developed under the following primary constraints:
  • compatibility with existing land-line standards and systems,

  • cellular physical layer standards optimized for voice,

  • market demands for quick solutions.

In this paper we focus on radio link layer design and discuss how these constraints helped determine the protocols that have been standardized. We summarize the design, architecture and requirements for cellular circuit-mode and packet-mode data. We describe several design tradeoffs including a comparison of one level versus two level recovery mechanisms and provide performance comparisons. We also discuss the performance impact of several design choices.


Mobile Host Link Layer Frame Error Rate Recovery Protocol Round Trip Delay 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bharat T. Doshi
    • 1
  • Richard P. Ejzak
    • 1
  • Sanjiv Nanda
    • 1
  1. 1.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesHolmdelUSA

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