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Education & Training

The following list of suggested references has been created to guide candidates towards the topics that are relevant to wireless technologies covered by the IEEE WCET™ certification examination. The list is, however, not exhaustive; many other useful resources exist and should be considered by applicants studying for the examination. Inclusion on this list is not intended as an endorsement of any book, nor does absence from this list imply anything about the content or utility of any reference.


  • C.A. Balanis, Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, 4th Ed., Wiley, 2016.          
  • C. Beard and W. Stallings, Wireless Communication Networks and Systems, Pearson, 2016.
  • E. Dahlman, S. Parkvall, and J. Skold, 4G: LTE-Advanced Pro and the road to 5G, 3rd Ed., Academic Press, 2016.  
  • D. Declercq, M. Fossorier, E. Biglieri, Channel Coding: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications, Elsevier, 2014
  • R. Kreher and Gaenger, LTE Signaling: Troubleshooting and Performance Measurements, 2nd Ed., Wiley, 2016.  
  • H. Lehpamer, Microwave Transmission Networks, 2nd Ed., McGraw Hill, 2010.
  • C. Oestges and B. Clerckx, MIMO Wireless Networks: Channels, Techniques and Standards, 2nd Ed., Academic Press, 2013.              
  • J.G. Proakis and M. Salehi, Fundamentals of Communication Systems, 2nd Ed., Pearson, 2014.
  • T. S. Rappaport, R. Heath, R. Daniels, J. Murdock, Millimeter Wave Wireless Communication, Prentice Hall, 2015.
  • M. Richharia, Mobile Satellite Communications: Principles and Trends, Wiley, 2014.  
  • G. Shi, K. Li, Signal Interference in WiFi and ZigBee Networks, Springer, 2017.
  • W. Stallings, Foundations of Modern Networking: SDN, NFV, QoE, IoT, and Cloud, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2015.
  • P. Goransson, C. Black, T. Culver, Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach, Morgan Kaufmann, 2016.
  • R. Chayapathi, S.F. Hassan, P. Shah, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) With a Touch of SDN, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2016.
  • S.V. Kartalopoulos, Security of Information and Communication Networks, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2009.
  • J. F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Pearson, 2016.


J.D. Gibson, Editor-in-Chief, The Mobile Communications Handbook (3rd Ed.), CRC Press, 2012.      
International Telecommunications Union – Radio Communication Sector               
Land Mobile Handbook, multiple volumes
Satellite Communications Handbook

National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook (11th Edition), Focal Press / NAB, Oct 2017

Online Resources

Jong-Moon Chung, Wireless Communication Emerging Technologies, MOOC created by Yonsei University         

J.P. Linnartz, Wireless Communication Reference Website, Chapter 3: Wireless Propagation Channels

Here are some additional online resources for Area 6 – Emerging New Paradigms and Services: Tasks and knowledge related to ongoing developments in protocols and architectures for emerging new standards in wireless (5G, 802.11) and service requirements and application scenarios.

Please note that the following links are provided as a non-exhaustive list of references for the updated subjects of the IEEE WCET certification (starting from 2019) to provide relevant sources of information to the candidates.


IEEE 802.11ax WG Website


System Architecture for the 5G System (3GPP TS 23.501 – ETSI)

Network Virtualization and Slicing

Network Slicing in 5G: Survey and Challenges” by X. Foukas, et al., IEEE Communications Magazine, 2017

Network Slicing and Softwarization: A Survey on Principles, Enabling Technologies, and Solutions”, by I. Afolabi, et al., IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 2018

Network Slicing in Mobile Networks

3GPP TS 28.530 - ETSI

Network Slicing – 3GPP Use Case – IETF

Machine-Type Communications (MTC)

Machine-Type Communications: Current Status and Future Perspectives Toward 5G Systems”, by H. Shariatmadari, et al., IEEE Communications Magazine, 2015