Broadband Crash Course

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Survival Guide to Understanding — and Profiting From — Broadband!

Get the right answers for smart broadband decision making— from financial, management and marketing to equipment, applications, and protocols. Broadband Crash Course examines broadband delivery in terms of markets and business opportunities. Writing with the surety and thoroughness of a telecom insider and business executive, P.J. Louis clearly and painlessly demonstrates how broadband services are delivered over ...

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Overview

Survival Guide to Understanding — and Profiting From — Broadband!

Get the right answers for smart broadband decision making— from financial, management and marketing to equipment, applications, and protocols. Broadband Crash Course examines broadband delivery in terms of markets and business opportunities. Writing with the surety and thoroughness of a telecom insider and business executive, P.J. Louis clearly and painlessly demonstrates how broadband services are delivered over today's complex telecommunications infrastructure, minus the heavy-duty math. This one-of-a-kind guide is your chance to learn about:


* Service bundling (voice, Internet access, e-mail, etc.) across all major network types (wireless, IP, cable, satellite, LANs, etc.)
* Benefits of wireline and wireless broadband technologies
* Service bundling and provisioning across the wireline and wireless broadband networks
* The Local Loop and its future
* Coaxing more applications from the technologies you've got
* Business models that have proven themselves in the real world
* 3G wireless, the wireless Internet, softswitching, M-commerce: how will they affect your business?

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Meet the Author

P.J. Louis, has nearly a quarter of a century's worth of experience in the telecom business. Mr. Louis is currently Vice President of Carrier Marketing & Product Management with TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location services. Mr. Louis had also served as chief of staff for engineering in NYNEX. He has held a number of leadership positions within Bell Communications Research and NextWave Wireless. Mr. Louis is a former officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society-New York Section. Mr. Louis is a registered engineer in the State of New York. Mr. Louis is also the author of "Telecommunications Internetworking."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 What is a Broadband Network? 1
Transmission Facilities 2
Transmission Types: Advantages and Disadvantages 4
Microwave/Radio (Cellular, PCS, etc.) 11
Evaluating Transmission Facilities 20
Transmission Media: Data Rates 22
Network Signaling 25
The OSI Network Model 33
The SS7 Model and The SS7 Layers 34
Transitioning Existing Network Technology: Issues 38
Ch. 2 Transmission Concepts 41
Basic Impairments to Voice Transmissions 43
Digital and Analog: What Are They? 52
Multiplexing 55
Digitizing the Analog Signal: Pulse Code Modulation 58
Other Modulation Techniques 68
Transmission: Local versus Long Distance 71
Routing Methodologies 74
Routing Issues 81
Ch. 3 Fiber Broadband Network Technologies 83
Optical History 83
Understanding the Physics of Fiber Optics 85
The Structure of a Fiber Optic Transmission Facility 87
Grades of Fiber 90
Fiber Optic Uses 95
Optical Transmission Formats 98
Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) 100
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) 103
SDH and SONET: In Perspective 104
Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) 105
WDM/DWDM Capacities 107
Free-space Optics 109
Implementation Issues 111
Ch. 4 Metallic Broadband Technologies 115
Local Loop 115
Digital Subscriber Line Technologies: xDSL 118
Types of xDSL 125
Advantages of xDSL 129
Disadvantages of xDSL 131
Coaxial Cable 131
Hybrid Fiber - Coaxial Cable 132
Metal versus Fiber: Decision Process 135
Ch. 5 Wireless Broadband Technologies 137
Wireless Broadband Implementations 138
Cellular/Personal Communications Services (PCS) 139
Wireless Broadband Implementations: Cellular and PCS Core Discussion 144
3G Wireless Service Implementations 157
Satellite Communications Systems 166
Satellite Signaling Applications 175
Satellite Wireless Broadband 176
Satellite Internet Issues 177
Wireless Local Loop (WLL) 180
Ch. 6 Network Signaling Formats 191
Intersystem Signaling (Internetwork Signaling) 193
Multi-Frequency (MF) Signaling 193
Signaling System 7 (SS7)/Common Channel Signaling 7 (CCS7) 196
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) 199
Frame Relay 212
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) 216
Ch. 7 Commercial Applications: Business Segments 221
Wireline Telephone Networks 222
Wireless Carrier Networks 232
The Internet: A Broadband Business Space 241
What Is the Internet? 242
Internet Network Architecture 243
New Types of Telecommunications Service Providers 244
The Key to Creating Services 247
Ch. 8 Broadband Convergence 251
Broadband Attributes 253
Wireless Broadband: 4G 253
The Local Loop Bandwidth Barrier 254
The Internet 255
Who Will Use Broadband Services? 257
App. A: Acronyms, Definitions, and Terminology 261
App. B: Bibliography 311
Index 313
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