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1 Cell Phones and Standards. 2 Cell Phones Standards Cell Phone Technologies 1G, 2G and 3G Determining a standard Wireless Networking.

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1 1 Cell Phones and Standards

2 2 Cell Phones Standards Cell Phone Technologies 1G, 2G and 3G Determining a standard Wireless Networking

3 3 Setting Standards Three main ways that standards get set in practice: (I) De-facto standards, i.e., standards set primarily by the market. These standards are often proprietary. Examples: Microsoft Office and Windows, Java, TCP/IP Often fast to develop and can be changed readily But are usually proprietary and may not be “open” US and cell phones (II) Voluntary industry agreements, where standards are often jointly developed. These standards are typically open standards, that is, they are not proprietary. Example: bar codes (III) Standards imposed by National Standards Bodies (NSBs), or agreed upon by regional or international standards development organizations (SDOs). Examples: meter Slow to develop Non-proprietary Europe and cell phones

4 4 Move to a New Standard

5 5 Move to a Single Standard Why?

6 6 Tipping The economic theory of tipping would suggest that the early adoption of one standard or the decision to formally set one standard in the European Union (EU) could tip the whole world toward that standard. The adoption of a single standard by a few large firms will likely tip the entire market toward that standard. In market competition between wireless standards, interconnection may mean that the standard tipping results may apply only if one standard gets far out in front of a competing standard early on before the competing standard has a chance to get established.

7 7 Cell Phone Technologies Cellular system divides a coverage area into small cells. This allows extensive frequency reuse. In a typical analog cell-phone system in the United States, the cell-phone carrier receives about 800 frequencies to use across a city. The carrier chops up the city into cells. Each cell is typically sized at about 10 square miles (26 square kilometers). Cells are normally thought of as hexagons on a big hexagonal grid

8 8 From Mukesh Raghuraman 2003 Note 7 cells in pattern

9 9 Hexagon grid - Cell Cell base Station Coverage area “Cell” Call Handof f From Mukesh Raghuraman 2003

10 10 Movement Between Cells -Ability to change frequency/channel as the unit moves from one cell to another cell. -Enables the concept of frequency reuse. Because cell phones and base stations use low-power transmitters, the same frequencies can be reused in non-adjacent cells. -The ability that made the cellular system possible.

11 11 Cell Phone Standards From Mukesh Raghuraman 2003 Note wide divergence of standards Not all frequencies/ standards shown

12 12 1G - Analog Cell Phone Basics In US, the analog cell-phone standard called AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) was approved by the FCC and first used in Chicago in Each cell has a base station that consists of a tower and a small building containing the radio equipment A single cell in an analog system uses one-seventh of the available duplex voice channels. That is, each cell (of the seven on a hexagonal grid) is using one-seventh of the available channels so it has a unique set of frequencies and there are no collisions: A cell-phone carrier typically gets 832 radio frequencies to use in a city. Each cell phone uses two frequencies per call -- a duplex channel -- so there are typically 395 voice channels per carrier. (The other 42 frequencies are used for control channels) Therefore, each cell has about 56 voice channels available (395/7). In other words, in any cell, 56 people can be talking on their cell phone at one time. (Note all of the above is for ANALOG systems) – pretty hopeless for Iowa City!

13 13 1G Analog Problems Cell phones Limited battery life (typically 8 hours) Limited range – could have more powerful cell phone mounted in cars Security None – easy to listen in E.g. Squidgy-gate and Camilla-gate (1992) Very limited number of voice channels

14 14 Analog and Digital Analog – each conversation occupies whole channel. Limits number of open lines in each cell. Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) Digital – conversation compressed using 0, 1s and sent out in shorter time. Can share each frequency. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)

15 15 From The Economist Analog Digital (most of 2G) Analog – each conversation occupies whole channel. Limits number of open lines in each cell. Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) Digital – uses 0, 1s, compressed and sent out in shorter time. Can share each frequency. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)

16 16 FDMA FDMA separates the spectrum into distinct voice channels by splitting it into uniform chunks of bandwidth. FDMA is used mainly for analog transmission. While it is certainly capable of carrying digital information, FDMA is not considered to be an efficient method for digital transmission. From How Stuff Works

17 17 TDMA – 2G Compression of digital signal allows signal to be sent out in shorter time. Usually for TDMA, each conversation takes up one third of channel. Note more frequencies set aside for 2G Nearly all US and Europe 2G systems use TDMA (exceptions include SprintPCS, CDMA) Can also include encryption

18 18 Another Way to Increase Number of Simultaneous Conversations - CDMA Code-division Multiple Access (CDMA) Involves spreading a radio signal out over a range of frequencies. Each transmission is scrambled using a random “code” Allows for more simultaneous conversations than other approaches Handsets stop transmitting when the user isn’t talking – allows more conversations FDMA is akin to a party at which everybody talks simultaneously, but each pair of speakers converses at a different musical pitch, from booming bass to piping treble. A system in which party-goers took turns to speak at different pitches would be like TDMA. And everybody talking at once, only in different languages (so that other conversations are rendered incomprehensible), would be equivalent to CDMA. (The Economist, 2003)

19 19 2G Advantages Over 1G Cell phones Increased battery life (significantly more than 8 hours) Increased range Security Possible to encrypt signals Increased number of voice channels

20 20 2G Standard - GSM Global System for Mobile communications (GSM). Mandated for use in Europe In US, companies were allowed to develop and use their own choice of standard for 2G Result Europe – single 2G standard GSM US – multiple standards. Some companies use GSM but on a different frequency from Europe. Standards uses include TDMA, GSM and CDMA

21 21 Move to Increase Bandwidth Increase bandwidth allows for larger amount of data to be received – web browsing, pictures, video, music at increased quality. How to do this 2.5G approaches – build on 2G systems 3G systems – new systems with increased bandwidth over 2.5G systems Bandwidth 2G data rates 9.6 Kbps – 14.4 Kbps. 2.5G data rates 64 – 144 Kbps. 3G data rates144 Kbps. to 2 Mbps. Live high quality video requires 2Mbps.

22 22 2.5G Uses General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) GSM and TDMA enhanced to packet based networks – IP based (the available radio resource can be concurrently shared between several users) GPRS is primarily a simple software upgrade on GSM and TDMA Relatively easy for the service providers to update their networks Can simultaneously make telephone calls and transmit data. Expect to see this generally in place over the next few years [e.g. AT&T moving to GSM with GPRS]

23 23 3G High data rates: 144 kbits/sec or higher in high mobility (vehicular) traffic 384 Kbits/sec for pedestrian traffic 2 Mbits/sec or higher for indoor traffic Different Standards WCDMA – Europe and Japan CDMA2000 from Qualcomm used in USA, Korea TD-S CDMA China

24 24 Vodafone advertisement

25 25 Setting Standards Europeans set standard for 2G – GSM while US companies were free to develop their own standard Did the imposition of a standard for 2G help the Europeans?

26 26 2G – Europe and Setting a Single Standard Features work across companies – e.g. text messaging Larger economies of scale in the production of both terminals/handsets and network infrastructure equipment reduce costs and increase availability. Increase market share for European companies? Variety of terminal equipment (handsets) tends to be greater. Larger number of purchasers of service since single standard. By the end of 1993 there were already more than 1 million GSM users in Europe. By contrast, in the U.S., the FCC did not even complete its first auction allocating PCS spectrum until March of (Could also be partly due to high costs of traditional European phone companies). Wider coverage area (perhaps)

27 27 Text Messaging Large difference between Europe and US Ireland around 70 per month, USA 7 per month Messaging accounts for 20% of revenue for EU cell phone companies. Why?

28 28 Market Impact of European Cell Phone Handset Manufacturers From: The Economist 10/12/2000

29 29

30 30 SprintPCS National Coverage Dark Green = Digital Coverage Light Green = Analogue Coverage

31 31 SprintPCS – New Mexico Coverage

32 32 Benefits From Multiple (Competing) Standards Types of services tend to differ across technologies. For example, CDMA networks have offered more and better data services than were available on GSM networks. More technological competition (“highly centralized approach foregoes the benefits of competition in research and development…”) Greater price competition (at least early on) among competing incompatible standards (perhaps) Wider coverage area (perhaps)

33 33 Setting 3G Standards Two main standards have been proposed Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) for Europe and CDMA2000 for US and other countries CDMA2000 is a natural migration from CDMA-One (the 2G CDMA standard), while WCDMA is essentially incompatible with any existing technology.

34 34 Will a Single 3G European Standard Help the Europeans Not clear 3G does not show real signs of take off. Who will use it? Will consumers be happy with 2G and 2.5G? Will WCDMA work as promised? Will CDMA2000 build a huge lead worldwide? Will g, a, or (WiMax) take over?

35 35 WiMAX WiMAX, an acronym that stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a certification mark for products that pass conformity and interoperability tests for the IEEE standards. Shared data rates up to 70 Mbit/s Aim for line of sight of 30 miles (15 miles non-line of sight). Can cover a metropolitan district. First products expected in See, for example,

36 36 Wireless Internet Access 3G data rates: 144 kbits/sec or higher in high mobility (vehicular) traffic 384 Kbits/sec for pedestrian traffic 2 Mbits/sec or higher for indoor traffic g data rate of 20Mbit/sec, a data rate of about 24Mbit/sec Usually limited by other parts of the network Limited range: 300 feet, more with antenna. Office environment, Iowa City? Voice over IP (VoIP) handsets possible


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