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Foreword by Harry Newton.
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of the Technology: Concepts and Definitions.
Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Transmission Systems: Technologies and Applications.
Chapter 3: Voice Communications Systems: KTS, PBX, Centrex, and ACD.
Chapter 4: Messaging Systems: Facsimile, Voice Processing, and Electronic Mail.
Chapter 5: Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
Chapter 6: Fundamentals of Data Communications.
Chapter 7: Conventional Digital and Data Networks.
Chapter 8: Local Area Networks (LANs): Connectivity and Internetworking.
Chapter 9: Broadband Network Infrastructure.
Chapter 10: Broadband Network Services: Frame Relay, SMDS, ATM, GbE and 10GbE, B-ISDN, and AINs.
Chapter 11: Wireless Networking: Emphasis on Mobility.
Chapter 12: The Internet and World Wide Web.
Chapter 13: Video and Multimedia Networking.
Chapter 14: Network Convergence.
Chapter 15: Regulation: Issues and (Some) Answers.
Appendix A: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Symbols.
Appendix B: Standards Organizations and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Posted September 27, 2002
Ray Horak brings his distinctive narrative flair to this important book that is a must read for students and professionals of electronic communications. This text could serve as the backbone for graduate and undergraduate level courses on communications as well as engage and enlighten the general reader. It also is a vital desk reference for communications professionals--from managers, to engineers to policymakers to attorneys in the field. This is the book around which new students should base their education, and that old hands should use to freshen up. Mr. Horak's intimate understanding of the technology, industry history and current events places the today's industry flux in a practical context that provides a window to the future. Make room on your bookshelves!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.