The Essential Guide to Telecommunications

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9780130142955: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications

This is the second edition of the best selling Dodd book. This 2nd edition will be revised to bring the technology up-to-date and expand the book.

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The telecommunications industry encompasses hundreds of different technologies, which in turn have spawned many trade names, jargon terms and legal definitions. Those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the technologies, laws and marketing programmes that govern telecommunications need to read The Essential Guide to Telecommunications.

Author Annabel Z. Dodd begins by pointing out that telecommunications technologies have everything to do with signals moving over media. She then goes on to catalogue some of the various kinds of signals and media, covering traditional switched telephone service, dedicated lines, public branch exchanges (PBXs) and automatic call distributors (ACDs) along the way. After that foray into technology, she gets into the US telecommunications business environment, focusing heavily on the federal break-up of AT&T in 1984 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She then explains additional technologies: datacommunications; the Internet-ISDN, Frame Relay, and analogue modems all get attention. The author also pays plenty of attention to wireless solutions, including satellite communications.

Unlike Newton's Telecom Dictionary (which remains an excellent resource), this book can be successfully read from start to finish by a reader with practically no telecommunications' knowledge at the outset. Read and understand--that's what good technical books, like this one, enable you to do. --David Wall

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Your complete, up-to-the-minute telecom/Internet briefing!

Whatever your role in telecom or Internet services, you'll be more effective if you understand the basics of telecommunications technology and the realities of the fast-changing telecom business. With The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Second Edition, you will get this understanding-even if you have no technical background at all. In this book, leading consultant Annabel Z. Dodd teaches you everything you must know to understand the telecommunications industry. You'll find up-to-the-minute coverage of today's hottest technologies, including:

  • Convergence: what it means, what to expect, and how to see through the hype
  • Revolutionary new IP networking applications: telephony, virtual private networks, streaming media, call centers, PBXs, and beyond
  • High-speed Internet access alternatives: cable modems, DSL, and more
  • Frame relay, ATM, ISDN, wireless and other business communications alternatives
  • Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM): the new revolution in fiber optics
  • Dodd presents crystal-clear explanations of the fundamentals everyone in the business assumes you know: what bandwidth is, types of digital cellular services, what multiplexing and compression are, the differences between analog and digital, the role of the public network, the evolution of the Internet, and much more.
  • Most important, she offers crucial insights into the fast-changing competitive landscape, including local competition, Internet access and the impact of new technologies. The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Second Edition provides an easy to read, comprehensive understanding of what's hot in the telecommunications industry.

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