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Packed with diagrams and illustrations, Communications & Systems delivers plain-English explanations of all the technical fundamentals -- and puts everything in context by addressing standards, regulations, and the real-world outlook for legacy, contemporary, and emerging technologies. In this unique overview, Ray Horak lucidly describes today's communications systems and networks -- voice, data, video, and multimedia -- and explains how they are likely to evolve and converge as we move further toward an ...
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Overview

Packed with diagrams and illustrations, Communications & Systems delivers plain-English explanations of all the technical fundamentals -- and puts everything in context by addressing standards, regulations, and the real-world outlook for legacy, contemporary, and emerging technologies. In this unique overview, Ray Horak lucidly describes today's communications systems and networks -- voice, data, video, and multimedia -- and explains how they are likely to evolve and converge as we move further toward an information-based economy. Whether you're a communications pro who wants to gain some perspective or you just want to understand our increasingly wired and wireless world, this is the one book you need to see the big picture, with just the right amount of detail.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764575228
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 697
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author Ray Horak is President of the Context Corporation, an independent telecommunications consulting firm. Ray is a world-class lecturer who presents seminars, workshops, and conferences for telephone and data networking professionals worldwide. He is the author of many professional articles and is a Contributing Editor for Newton's Telecom Dictionary and several other publications.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of the Technology: Concepts and Definitions.

Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Transmission Systems: Technologies and Applications.

Chapter 3: Voice Communications Systems: PBX, ACD, Centrex, and KTS.

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: Connectivity and Internetworking.

Chapter 9: Broadband Network Infrastructure.

Chapter 10: Broadband Network Services: Frame Relay, SMDS, ATM, B-ISDN, and AINs.

Chapter 11: Wireless Networking: Voice and Data.

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).

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A MUST for professionals

    A must read for all existing and aspiring Networking/Telecommunications professionals! Horak has succinctly, yet thoroughly, covered basic through advance information and history on one of the most complex issues of the last and this century. In my 33 years in this industry I have never encountered such a complete treatise in one place before. A seminal work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Written just right - best telecom book I've read

    Easy to read style. The book is packed with info. The author seems to anticipate your questions and answers them as a part of the natural material flow. I have read close to two dozen books on telecom. This one so far is the best. Not a page wasted! Excellent for IS professionals who have already worked with the stuff, but just haven't had time to put it all together. This book does it for you.

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