Essential Guide to Telecommunications

ISBN-10: 0131487256

ISBN-13: 9780131487253

Edition: 4th 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
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Description: Dodd offers a practical, understandable, plain-English overview of telecommunications technologies and the telecommunications industry, including hot technologies such as the Internet, and the impact of the Telecommunications Act 1996.

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 6/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Annabel Z. Dodd, the head of Dodd Consulting, is a writer and consultant specializing in telecommunications. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, which is intended as a layperson's overview of the industry and its technologies.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Fundamentals and Voice Over IP
Basic Concepts
The Transition to Digital
Adding Meaning to Signals-Codes and Bits
Measuring Speed and Capacity
Improving Utilization-Compression and Multiplexing
Interoperability-Protocols and Architectures
Types of Networks-LANs, MANs, and WANs
Appendix
VoIP Systems, Circuit Switched PBXs and Cabling
Telephone Systems-Voice over IP, PBXs, and Centrex Systems
IP PBXs for the Enterprise
Advanced Applications for Telephone Systems
ACDs-Increasing Call Center Efficiency
Media: Fiber and Unshielded Twisted Pair Copper
Appendix
Industry Overview and Public Networks
Industry Overview
The Bell System after the 1984 Divestiture
The Emergence of Local Competition Prior to 1996
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
Post Telecommunications Act of 1996 Developments
Impact of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
State of the Industry ... Key Segments
CLECs-A Dwindling Industry Segment
Intermodal Competition-Cable TV, Wireless, and Utilities
Regulatory Issues
Appendix
VoIP, the Public Switched Telephone Network, and Signaling
Convergence in Public Networks
Voice Over Broadband for Residential Consumers
Document Sharing and Online Webconferencing
The Public Switched Telephone Network
Switched Services-Local and Long Distance Calling
"The Last Mile" or Access Networks
Signaling-The Glue that Holds the PSTN Together
VPNs and Specialized Network Services
Virtual Private Networks-Remote Access and Interoffice Connections
Frame Relay-A Shared Wide Area Network Service
Dedicated, Private Lines
T-1-24 Paths and T-3-672 Paths Over One Telephone Circuit
ISDN-Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)-An Interim Technology or a Vehicle for Video and IP?
Gigabit Ethernet
ATM-Asynchronous Transfer Mode
SONET-Synchronous Optical Network
Summary
Appendix
Advanced Technologies, Cable TV Networks, and the Internet
Entertainment, Cable TV, and Last-Mile Fiber Systems
Cable Multiple System Operators (MSOs)
Direct Broadcast Satellite TV-Reaching Customers Wirelessly
Broadcast, Over-the-Air Television
Digital Delivery-Entertainment over the Internet
Digital Radio-Subscription Versus Advertising Support
Passive Optical Networking
The Internet
The Evolution of the Internet
Messaging and the Growth of Spam
Internet Addresses
Portals, Search Engines, and E-commerce
Electronic Commerce
Intranets and Extranets
Wireless Service
Mobile Services
The Development of Cellular Networks
Spectrum and Rights to Airwaves
Mobile Carriers
The structure of Second Generation Digital Mobile Networks
Evolving to Third Generation Packet Networks
Mobile Commerce, Enhanced Services, and Operating Systems
Specialized Mobile Radio-Slow-Speed Packet Data and Push-to-Talk
Satellites and Paging
Wi-Fi, Wireless Broadband, Sensor Networks, and Personal Area Networks
802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
Broadband Wireless Access
Personal Area Networks (PANs)
Sensor Networks-The 802.15.4 Standard
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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