Today, I'd quickly like to review a book that has been heavy in my suitcase and bags for quite a while now, 'LTE, the UMTS Long Term Evolution' by Stefania Sesia, Issam Toufik and Matthew Baker. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to bear the extra weight as when it comes to the details of LTE this book is an invaluable resource. And I don't seem to be the only one. Several times, I've seen people at meetings and other occasions pulling out the book to look up some details.
So as the title implies the book is about LTE, and on its massive almost 600 pages it goes into the details of pretty much everything from a description of the overall architecture, over message graphs, right down to the level of Zahdoff-Chu sequences. The book is written in a very easy to understand manner especially for those who already have some experience with how wireless networks work and I think this is part of it's success. It doesn't only repeat what's in the standards but puts lots of explanations around it so one understands much easier why some things have been put into the standards and what they are supposed to do.
If you are looking for a first introduction to LTE in a reasonable amount of time, the book might be a bit too thick. For those of you with a thirst for the details before one has to drift-off into the facts-only based standards, this book is your best companion!