(NOTE: Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary.)
THE EVOLUTION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
The Communications Industry. Regulations and Business. Evolution of the Network. Customer Premises Equipment. Long Lines.
1920 to the Present.
Important Technical Breakthroughs. 1920 to 1950. 1950 to 1970. 1970 to 1990. 1990 to the Present.
I. HIGH-LEVEL OVERVIEW.
1. The Basics—Sound, Electrical Signal, Electromagnetic Spectrum.
The Characteristics of Sound. Frequencies Human Beings Use in Communication. Sound Waves vs. Electrical Waves. Basic Electricity as It Pertains to Circuits. Defining the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Standards Organizations.
2. The Telephone and the Telephone Line.
Overview of a Call. Completing the Circuit. Dialing the Telephone. Routing through the Switch. Ringing the Telephone. Telephone Transmitters. The Telephone Circuit. Telephone-to-Telephone Company Protectors. The Central Office. The Telephone Receiver. Going On-Hook.
3. Connecting the Dots—Transporting Information across the Superhighway.
The Local Telephone Network. The Long Distance Network. The International Network. The Network Circuit. Defining the Data Network. New Telephony Terms.
II. TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUNDAMENTALS.
4. Transmission Media.
Copper as a Transmission Medium. Fiber Optics as a Transmission Medium. Radio Frequency as a Transmission Medium.
5. Manipulating Information for Transmission.
Defining Analog-to-Digital Conversion. Multiplexing. Modulation.
6. Time Division Multiplexing Networks.
The North American Digital Hierarchy. The SONET Standard.
7. The Digital Circuit Switch.
Defining the Digital Switch. Routing Calls Through the Public Switched Telephone Network. Engineering Trunks, Lines and Switch Ports Using Traffic Engineering Methods. Switch Features.
In-Band Signaling. The Digital Signaling Network. Common Channel Signaling. Advanced Intelligent Network.
9. Data Communications.
The OSI Model. Structure of Data Communications. Data Network Topologies. Data Networks—LANS.
10. Data Communications Hardware and Protocols.
Data Networking Protocols. Data Communications Equipment. Customer Premises Equipment.
11. IP, Frame, and ATM Networks.
Networking Basics. IP Networks. Frame Relay Networks. ATM.
III. THE PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK.
12. The Central Office and the Long Distance Switching Center.
Switching Equipment. Transmission Equipment. Main Distribution Frame. Cabling in the Switch Center. Network Monitoring through OSS Systems. Centralized Power.
13. The Outside Plant.
Outside Cable Layout for the Local PSTN. Equipment in the Outside Plant of the Local PSTN. Outside Plant Layout for the Long Distance Network. Carriers' Carriers. Right of Way for Terminals.
14. The Customer Premises.
Customer Premises Architecture. ISPs and ASPs.
IV. TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS.
15. Services Offered to Residential Customers by the PSTN.
The Global Calling Network. Subscriber Calling Features. CLASS Features. Residential Internet Services. Application Service Providers.
16. Business Services—Voice and Data.
Switched Voice Services. Dedicated Voice Services. Switched Data Services. Dedicated Data Services. High-Speed Digital Connections.
17. The Internet.
The Internet. The Internet Network. Internet Services Equipment, Content, and Applications. Applications.
V. EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES.
18. Cellular Telephone Network.
The Cellular Telephone Network. Cellular Telephone Features. Carrying Data across the Cellular Network. Satellite Telephone Service.
19. Cable Telephony and Satellite Data.
Cable Telephony. Direct Broadcast Data Transmission.
20. Emerging Technologies.
Next Generation Switching. Transmission Network Innovations. Access Network. Wireless Technologies.
Appendix A: Green Grass Case Study.
Appendix B: Troubleshooting Guide.
Appendix C: Diagrams.