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* Convergence is confusing. Convergence is critical. And convergence is real. In this book, industry pundit Ray Horak describes how the merging of voice and data networks has evolved and is likely to evolve as we move toward an information-based economy.
* Beginning with the fundamentals of communications technology, the book grounds the reader in basic telecommunications concepts including circuits (dedicated, switched and virtual), switches (circuit, packet, and frame), and the issues involved in digital and analog transmission.
* Describes the rudiments of transmission media, from twisted pair and coaxial cable to satellite and fiber-optic transmission.
* Introduces the basics of voice systems, beginning with legacy networks like key telephone systems and including PBXs, Centrex, Automatic Call Distributors, and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI).
* Explains the fundamentals of data communications, including basic LAN and WAN engineering, modems and other forms of data communications equipment, broadband infrastructure and network services, and the protocols and equipment that make the global Internet a reality.
* Considers some of the emerging technologies and applications just now gaining widespread acceptance, including wireless networks and digital video networks, along with the economic and regulatory forces likely to determine the shape of the networked world of the 21st Century, as well as the speed with which we can expect to see it implemented.
* Previous edition sold 40,000+ copies.
Foreword by the Consulting Editor.
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.