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Overview of the GSM System and Protocol Architecture

Moe Rahnema

One-line summary: An overview of the GSM architecture is presented; system issues, architectural issues, protocol issues, and security issues are presented in a terse yet overly specific manner.

Overview/Main Points


The GSM architecture is widely deployed in Europe, and is about to be deployed in North America, in particular by Pac Bell in the bay area. The architecture is successful, and remedies many of the deficiencies of the AMPS North American cell system, including efficiency, quality of voice service, and security.


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