Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook / Edition 2by Ray Horak
Pub. Date: 08/24/2007
For an accessible and comprehensive survey of telecommunications and data communications technologies and services, consult the Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook, which includes information on origins, evolution and meaningful contemporary applications. Find discussions of technologies set in context, with details on fiber optics, cellular radio, digital carrier systems, TCP/IP, and the Internet. Explore topics like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); 802.16 & WiMAX; Passive Optical Network (PON); 802.11g & Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in this easily accessible guide without the burden of technical jargon.
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Table of Contents
About the Author.
1 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE TECHNOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS.
1.1 Fundamental Defi nitions.
1.2 Dedicated, Switched, and Virtual Circuits.
1.3 Two-Wire versus Four-Wire Circuits.
1.5 Analog versus Digital.
1.6 Loading Coils, Amplifi ers, and Repeaters.
1.7 Conversion Process: Modems and Codecs.
1.8 Multiplexers (Muxes).
1.9 Switches and Switching: The Basics . . . and Then Some.
1.10 Signaling and Control.
2 FUNDAMENTALS OF TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS: TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS.
2.1 Electromagnetic Spectrum.
2.2 Transmission Media Selection Criteria.
2.3 Twisted Pair: Introduction to Telephone Wire.
2.4 Shielded Copper.
2.5 Coaxial Cable.
2.6 Microwave Radio.
2.7 Satellite Radio.
2.8 Free Space Optics.
2.9 Fiber Optics.
2.10 Powerline Carrier.
2.11 Hybrid Transmission Systems.
3 VOICE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS: KTS, PBX, CENTREX, AND ACD.
3.1 Key Telephone Systems.
3.2 Private Branch Exchanges.
3.4 Automatic Call Distributors.
3.5 Computer Telephony.
3.6 IP Systems.
4 MESSAGING SYSTEMS.
4.1 Facsimile (Fax) Systems.
4.2 Voice Processing Systems.
4.3 Electronic Mail (E-Mail).
4.4 Instant Messaging.
4.5 Mobile Messaging: SMS and MMS.
4.6 Unifi ed Messaging and Unifi ed Communications.
5 PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK.
5.1 Network Characteristics.
5.2 Numbering Plan Administration.
5.4 Signaling and Control: Expanded View.
5.5 Network Services.
5.6 Portability: A Special Issue.
5.7 Equal Access: Another Special Issue.
5.8 VoIP: Next-Generation PSTN.
6 FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA COMMUNICATIONS.
6.1 Functional Domains.
6.2 DCE: Expanded View.
6.3 Protocol Basics.
6.4 Network Architectures.
7 CONVENTIONAL DIGITAL AND DATA NETWORKS.
7.1 Dataphone Digital Service.
7.2 Switched 56.
7.3 Virtual Private Networks: In the Classic Sense.
7.4 Digital Carrier Systems and Networks.
7.5 X.25 and Packet Switching.
7.6 Integrated Services Digital Network.
8 LOCAL AREA NETWORKS: CONNECTIVITY AND INTERNETWORKING.
8.1 LANs Defi ned.
8.2 LAN Dimensions.
8.3 LAN Equipment.
8.4 LAN Operating Systems.
8.5 Virtual LANs.
8.6 Remote LAN Access.
8.7 LAN Standards and Standards Bodies.
8.8 Life in the Fast LAN: The Need for Speed.
8.9 Wireless LANs.
8.10 Minding Your Ps and Qs.
8.11 IEEE 1394 and FireWire.
8.12 Nonstandard LANs.
8.13 Broadband over Power Line.
8.14 Storage Area Networks.
9 BROADBAND NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE.
9.1 Access Technologies.
9.3 IEEE 802.17, Resilient Packet Ring.
10 BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES.
10.1 Frame Relay.
10.2 Switched Multimegabit Data Service.
10.3 Asynchronous Transfer Mode.
10.4 Metropolitan Ethernet.
10.5 Broadband ISDN.
10.6 Advanced Intelligent Networks (AINs).
11 WIRELESS NETWORKING: EMPHASIS ON MOBILITY.
11.1 Wireless Defi ned.
11.2 Standards and Regulations.
11.3 Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless.
11.4 Cell Concept: Frequency Reuse.
11.5 Multiplexing and Access Techniques.
11.6 Specialized Mobile Radio.
11.8 Cordless Telephony and Wireless Offi ce Telecommunications Systems.
11.9 Cellular Radio.
11.10 Packet Data Radio Networks.
11.11 Satellite Systems: LEOs, MEOs, and GEOs.
11.12 And That’s Not All.
12 VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA NETWORKING.
12.1 Video Communications: Defi ned and Evolved.
12.2 Video Basics.
12.3 Analog TV Standards.
12.4 Digital TV and High-Defi nition TV.
12.5 Bandwidth and Compression.
12.6 Video Standards.
12.7 Internet Protocol TeleVision (IPTV).
12.8 The H.320 Family of Multimedia Standards.
12.9 Session Initiation Protocol.
12.10 H.248: Media Gateway Control.
12.11 Videoconferencing Systems.
12.12 Videoconferencing Equipment.
12.13 WAN Videoconferencing Networks.
12.14 Video over IP.
12.15 Multimedia Conferencing.
Applications and Benefits.
13 THE INTERNET AND WORLD WIDE WEB.
13.1 The Internet Defined.
13.2 Internet Physical Topology.
13.3 Internet Access.
13.4 Internet Standards, Administration, and Regulation.
13.5 IP Addressing.
13.6 Domain Name System.
13.7 Internet Protocols.
13.8 Internet Applications.
13.8.9 Internet Telephony.
13.11 World Wide Web.
13.12 Intranets and Extranets.
13.13 Internet Security: A Special Issue.
13.14 Misuse and Content.
13.15 Internet Oddities, Screwball Applications, and Some Really Good Ideas.
13.16 The Dark Side: An Editorial.
14 NETWORK CONVERGENCE.
14.1 Convergence Defined.
14.2 Driving Forces.
14.3 Conventional Convergence: Wireline Networks.
14.4 The Race Is On: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As).
14.5 One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potatoe, Four . . . .
14.6 NexGen Convergence: Wireline and Wireless Networks.
15 REGULATION: ISSUES AND (SOME) ANSWERS.
15.1 Telecommunications Act of 1996.
15.2 Rates and Tariffs.
15.3 The Internet.
15.4 Number Portability.
15.5 Laws and Sausages.
APPENDIX A ACRONYMS, ABBREVIATIONS, CONTRACTIONS, INITIALISMS, AND SYMBOLS.
APPENDIX B STANDARDS ORGANIZATIONS AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs).
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If you want to really learn and understand the world of telecommunications and data communications this book is a must read. Written in plain English, Horak's book is equally useful to the uninitiated and professional alike. In 15 chapters and two appendices spanning 762 pages, Horak has created a complete course of instruction that would cost the reader thousands of dollars to attend if it were offered live. The depth and breadth of information contained in this single volume is unmatched by other books I've read. Equally important is the use of plain English and Horak's writing style making this book eminently readable. Horak has created a full course in a single book that will give the reader more overall knowledge of telecommunications and data communications than most practitioners working in the field today. In my years in this field I have not been more impressed by a single publication. I enthusiastically recommend this book to all who want to better understand this industry: be they students, professionals, or merely interested. Jeff Owen is an independent consultant with 20+ years experience in telecommunications/networking and IT. He has worked in engineering, project management, and management positions for major corporations in the telecommunications, finance, aerospace, and IT consultancy industries. As an industry analyst for Datapro and Gartner, Owen authored numerous analytical reports published for international consumption.
'Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook' is a great building block to Ray's previous book, 'Communications Systems and Networks'. I have been in the Telecom industry for over 30 years and have used 'Communications Systems and Networks' since it was published in 1997. I had also provided each management employee that has been in my organization with a copy of 'Communications Systems and Networks' and am in the process of providing 'Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook' to each employee. The book has been a valuable resource to me in every aspect of the various positions I have held and it will benefit any Telecom professional.