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Chapter: Cellular Telephone Networks

Cellular Network Architecture

In the cellular concept, frequencies allocated to the service are reused in a regular pattern of cell areas, each covered by one base station. The network architecture is very similar for most cellular systems. It contains a Switching System, an Operation and Support System, base stations and mobile station.

The switching system

The Switching System contains five main functional entities:

The base station

The Operation and Support System

The Operation and Support System supports operation and maintenance activities in the network to allow for reliable and cost-efficient operation.

The mobile station

The Mobile Station is the end user device. Details on network architecture for

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