5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies by Saad Z. Asif
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5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies by Saad Z. Asif

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Author of 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies 

Saad Z. Asif has been associated with the field of telecommunication for more than 20 years. He gained experience through working with three of the top-tier telecommunication operators—Sprint (US), Jazz (Veon),

and Telenor Pakistan, and also through the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan, which is a public policy-making institute. Asif is a strategic thinker, researcher, and telecommunications policy expert.

He has been at the forefront of technology research and standardization and in providing strategic guidance throughout his career.

He has led one of the first teams across the globe to evaluate state-of-the-art technologies such as 3G, 4G, Smart Antennas, E-band microwave radios, dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), and many more.

He played a key role in designing Sprint’s wireless high-speed data strategy, Jazz’s Broadband strategy, and Telenor’s Pakistan’s 3G and Transmission Network strategies.

He is one of the main authors of GSMA’s (Global System for Mobile Association) award-winning Pakistan’s National Telecommunications Policy 2015.

He was also one of the key players in the successful execution of two frequency spectrum auctions that generated more than US$700 million for the national exchequer.

He was also instrumental in defending the country’s scarce resource (frequency spectrum) at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. He has produced a Policy Directive on 5G and developed Pakistan’s first 3-year rolling Frequency Spectrum Strategy and Cyber Governance policy.

Asif has written two books and numerous peer-reviewed technical papers on telecommunications. He has been granted five patents as a co-patentee by the United States Patent & Trade Office. He has also been listed as a scientist in the Productive Scientists of Pakistan directory since 2009.

He has also been a senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) since 2004. He also served on the board of directors of Pakistan’s National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation.

Asif earned a BS and an MS in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He also earned an MS in engineering management from the University of Kansas in 2001.

5G Mobile Communications Contents

  • Chapter 1 The Beginning
  • Chapter 2 Research and Technology Development
  • Chapter 3 Radio Frequency Spectrum
  • Chapter 4 Standardization
  • Chapter 5 5G Concepts
  • Chapter 6 Semiconductors in Mobile Telecommunications
  • Chapter 7 Product Development 
  • Chapter 8 Network Architecture, Mobility Management, and Deployment 
  • Chapter 9 4G/5G Radio Access Network
  • Chapter 10 Transport Network
  • Chapter 11 Core Network and Operational Support System
  • Chapter 12 Connected Devices
  • Chapter 13 Mobile Applications
  • Chapter 14 Burning Challenges
  • Chapter 15 Weak, Good, and Best Industry Practices
  • Chapter 16 The Way Forward: Fast Forward to the Year 2040

Preface to 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies 

Telecommunication is a fast, ever-changing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

I have been associated with this field for the past 20 years and have had the opportunity to work for the technology organizations of three leading service providers—Sprint (U.S.), Jazz  (Veon), and Telenor Pakistan (Telenor Group).

I am currently working at the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) policy-making institute—Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan. Based on these two distinct experiences, I made an attempt in this 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies PDF to cover not only the technical attributes but also the policy elements of telecommunication.

The purpose of this 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies PDF is to enable the readers to understand the technological ecosystem along with certain key policy/regulatory elements of mobile telecommunication.

The key phases of this ecosystem include research and technology development, standardization, product development, network development, device and application development, and burning challenges and best practices. A separate section has been allocated to each of these phases.

• Section I looks into the concepts of basic and applied research along with their applicability to telecommunication.

Next, the allocation/identification of the radio frequency spectrum at the global level along with some solutions to address the spectrum needs of 5G (fifth-generation mobile communications) is discussed.

• Section II describes the standardization processes of key SDOs (Standard Development Organizations). The key concepts of 5G that are either under standardization or have been standardized are also described. Additionally, a high level of governmental/regulatory policy for 5G is also provided.

• Section III describes the domain of semiconductors and product development which is the following step after standardization. Internet-of-Things is described as a potential next growth engine for the semiconductor industry.

• Section IV presents the end-to-end architecture of a mobile network. All the key areas of a network including the radio access network, transport network, core network, and operation support systems are discussed.

The radio access aspects of 4G (Long Term Evolution [LTE]-Advanced) and 5G NR (New Radio), transport network technologies, 5G NGC (Next Generation Core), end-to-end 5G network architecture, network development, and many other characteristics of mobile networks are described.

• Section V—Smartphones and smart applications have brought seismic change to the way we communicate and conduct business.

To support ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) requirements for 5G, certain components of devices such as batteries, processors, and antennas may require major upgrades.

These potential enhancements are discussed from the perspectives of theoretical standards and state-of-the-art innovations. Application delivery mechanisms along with exciting applications such as mobile money and the Internet of Things (IoT) are explained.

• Section VI explains some of the industry’s key challenges as well as the best practices that can be later addressed/used in the subsequent generation of mobile telecommunication.

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5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies PDF also present a number of case studies that may help the readers to learn about ICT from the perspectives of both developing and developed economies. To assist academia, every chapter is provided with a mix of simple and thought-provoking problems.

A solution manual is also available from the publisher for the assistance of instructors. I concluded the 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies eBook with certain suggestions,

particularly on the importance of basic research, a departure from the traditional 10-year evolution cycle, and having a 20 to 30-year plan which may help in further strengthening the longevity of the telecommunication sector.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank my mother for her prayers, my wife for her support, and my daughters for sparing precious time from their studies. In conclusion, I hope you will enjoy reading 5G Mobile Communications Concepts and Technologies PDF and realize enormous benefits from it.

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