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Scope: Two of the fastest growing sectors of communications today are mobile and Internet, both of which have had a profound effect on people's lives. The convergence between these two sectors not only presents great opportunities for the future of 'unplugged' telecommunications, but also great challenges in understanding the relative position of different technologies in this future.

This book reviews the contribution of different wireless access technologies to that future and looks at the opportunities of opening up access to telecommunications systems, via application programming interfaces (APIs). The economic and regulatory issues associated with wireless communications are also discussed, with a look at the history and potential future of mobility from a user perspective.

About the Editor: Peter Smyth leads the mobility and wireless research programme at BT Exact, generating novel technologies and applications for BT’s future. He’s an expert in both mobility and wireless - skills he combined with earlier experience in optical communications. In 2003, Peter won the NPV Brightstar award for Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Book readership

Mobile operators, telecom companies, universities, telecommunication infrastructure providers.

Book contents

Future of Mobile and Wireless Communications. Optical Radio - A Review of a Radical New Technology for Wireless Access Infrastructure. Wireless LANs - Present and Future. Future Applications of Bluetooth. Ultra-Wideband and its Capabilities. Symbiotic Networks. The Role of Ad Hoc Networks in Mobility. Securing Mobile Ad Hoc Networks - A Motivational Approach. The Use of Satellite for Multimedia Communications. 

Evolving Systems Beyond 3G - The IST BRAIN and MIND Projects. Economic Tussles in the Public Mobile Access Market. Enabling Applications Deployment on Mobile Networks. The Parlay API - Allowing Third Party Application Providers Safe and Secure Access to Network Capabilities. Radio Spectrum Management for Tetherless Communications. Mobile Multimedia Services. Multimodality - The Future of the Wireless User Interface. Mobile Video-Streaming. A Social History of the Mobile Telephone with a View of its Future.

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