Digital cellular land mobile telecommunication systems

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Rec. ITU-R M.1073-1



(Question ITU-R 107/8)


Rec. ITU-R M.1073-1


This Recommendation recommends the technical and operational characteristics of digital cellular land mobile telecommunication systems for international and regional use. By summarizing and comparing the characteristics and providing associated references, the Recommendation provides guidance for administrations evaluating various cellular systems for their intended applications.

The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly,


a) that digital signals in various formats are being used to improve the communications efficiency of the land mobile service;

b) that digital transmission systems which are not compatible with existing land mobile systems should also be considered, including the transmission of digitally encoded speech signals;

c) that mobile telephone services, i.e. services for public correspondence via radio stations connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), are in operation in a number of countries and that their use is extending;

d) that the various technical systems already in use or proposed for such services, are not necessarily compatible;

e) that system compatibility is necessary in the case of international operation;

f) that for international operation it is desirable to agree on the parameters of the system;

g) Recommendation No. 310 of the World Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1979) (WARC 79);

h) Question ITU-R 52/8 on the integration of public radiocommunication services in the VHF/UHF frequency bands;

j) the need to improve spectrum utilization efficiency and hence system capacity per MHz per unit area;

k) the need for a flexible system structure able to match network investment to revenue growth, readily adapting to environmental factors and responding to new developments rather than restricting innovation;

l) the increasing importance of the various types of data and telematic services;

m) Question ITU-R 101/8 on digitized speech transmission, Question ITU-R 37/8 on cellular systems;

n) Recommendation ITU-R M.622 on analogue cellular systems;

o) ITU-T Recommendations and on-going work items that are relevant to this work,


that the following technical and operational characteristics of digital cellular land mobile telecommunication systems (DCLMTS) should be adopted for systems intended for international or regional use:

1 General objectives

The general objectives of DCLMTSs are to provide:

– systems with high spectrum utilization efficiency, thereby accommodating more users within the limited spectrum resource than existing analogue cellular public land mobile telecommunication systems (PLMTS);

– users with a wide range of services and facilities, both voice and non-voice, that are compatible with, and access, those offered by the public fixed networks (PSTN, ISDN, PDN, etc.);

– services and facilities exclusive to mobile systems, including facilities for automatic roaming, locating and updating mobile users;

– users with a variety of mobile stations consistent with their requirements, ranging from vehicle mounted to hand held stations with voice and non-voice interfaces;

– services of high quality and integrity at an economic cost;

– mobile equipment and infrastructure at the reduced cost, weight, size and power drain offered by the adoption of digital processing and VLSI technology.

2 Digital technology

Digital technology is introduced into the PLMTS in five major areas:

– digital radio modulation/demodulation,

– digital speech coding,

– channel coding and digital signal processing,

– digital control and data channels,

– privacy and authentication.

3 Service types

The basic telecommunication services offered by the DCLMTS can be divided into two types:

– bearer services which give the user the capacity needed to transmit appropriate signals between certain access points;

– teleservices which provide the user with the full capacity, including terminal equipment functions, to communicate with other users.

Supplementary services are also available in association with the basic services.

The services supported by the DCLMTS in each of these categories are related to those offered by the ISDN, but are for the time being confined to lower bit rate channels (typically less than 16 kbit/s) by the limitations of the radio channel. All the DCLMTS support some services in each category, but the range offered varies between systems.

3.1 Bearer services

Typical bearer services offered include:

synchronous, asynchronous and packet data at rates up to a maximum of 9.6 kbit/s,

– unrestricted digital capability at specific bit rates (generally less than 16 kbit/s).

In general, connection of voice-band modems to the speech path of mobile stations is not supported. Equivalent service to that offered by the use of voice-band modems on the PSTN or ISDN can be provided via the bearer services listed above.

3.2 Teleservices

All the DCLMTS support telephony and facsimile teleservices. Some extend the teleservice offerings to include videotex, teletex, etc.

3.3 Supplementary services

The range of supplementary services supported by the DCLMTS varies depending on the system and also the particular implementation.

4 Architecture common to all digital systems

4.1 Base station layout

The geographical distribution of base stations is organized around two types of structure:

– regular cell structures using omnidirectional antennas,

– sector cell structures using directional antennas.

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