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The evolution of cellular based mobile communication systems, fromthe first generation (analogue) to the second generation (digital),has been made possible by solving many technical issues along theway. Efforts to develop a global standard for providing high-speed,high quality multimedia services have crystallised in the form ofthe third generation (3G) systems under the IMT 200 standard.
The world's first 3G system has been implemented by Japan basedon the latest research results and other countries are expected tofollow from 2002 onwards. 3G systems are expected to bring aboutradical socio-economic and cultural changes that would affectpeople around the world.
This volume reviews in detail the basic technologies applied toW-CDMA, a standard 3G mobile communications technology. The focusis to explain in layman's language the technologies that will playan important part in future developments, with reference to thelatest research results.