Telecommunications Essentials: The Complete Global Source for Communications Fundamentals, Data Networking and the Internet, and Next-Generation Networks

Telecommunications Essentials: The Complete Global Source for Communications Fundamentals, Data Networking and the Internet, and Next-Generation Networks

by Lillian Goleniewski

Praise for Telecommunications Essentials

“In Telecommunications Essentials, Goleniewski guides us through the ever-changing world of telecommunications with much sense and a great deal of style. Her wide ranging and in-depth study into this complex field is superbly researched and written. Its emphasis on learning and technology is

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Praise for Telecommunications Essentials

“In Telecommunications Essentials, Goleniewski guides us through the ever-changing world of telecommunications with much sense and a great deal of style. Her wide ranging and in-depth study into this complex field is superbly researched and written. Its emphasis on learning and technology is thought-provoking and never fails to be relevant to the field today. It is essential reading.”

Chris Barclay, Director, Strategy & Planning, Retail, Telstra

“Lillian Goleniewski has a gift in presenting the complexity of telecommunications to her audiences. The careers of countless people in Australia have benefited from their contact with her. Her material is now captured in this book, which should rightfully grace any self-respecting technical collection.”

Dr. Bob Horton, Deputy Chairman, Australian Communications Authority

“If you need one good reference book on telecom, this is it. It’s comprehensive, easy to understand, and up-to-date on latest technology—definitely a must-have for both beginners and professionals.”

To Chee Eng, Principal Anaylst, Telecoms and Internet, Gartner Group

“Lili Goleniewski is a gifted communicator and educator who combines clear explanation of complex technologies with a firm grasp of the dynamic commercial environment in which those technologies are being deployed. The author’s extensive international experience in communicating to an audience drawn from diverse cultures and differing levels of familiarity with technical concepts and the English language enables her to enliven subject matter that otherwise can be dauntingly unapproachable. I commend this book to anyone seeking to develop their understanding of developing communications technologies, regardless of their technical background.”

Peter Leonard, Managing Partner, Technology and Communications, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers

Telecommunications Essentials provides a thorough overview of all aspects of the telecommunications network. Whether you are new to telecom or have years of experience, this well-organized and detailed reference will help you learn what you need to know or remember what you have forgotten.”

David West, Vice President, Equinox Information Systems

“Here is a book that demystifies a technical world. Lili applies a matter-of-fact style and laces this with humor and the occasional wonder to weave all the complex building blocks of the telecommunications industry into a readable book. The book will be a permanent fixture on my ‘go to find an answer’ reference list.”

Kiron Chatterjee, Koshen Holdings and Former CEO of Asia Online

Telecommunication Essentials is an excellent high-level view of telecom. It provides interesting examples of actual and potential applications in telecom. This is an extraordinarily useful and timely book.”

Natasha K. Zaslove, Lawyer

“Reviewing Lili’s book was a joy. Telecommunications Essentials approaches the subject unlike typical academic or reference texts—instead, it tells stories, effectively and engagingly explaining the new culture evolving around telecommunications, with just the right amount of relevant technical details. Telecommunications Essentials traces the evolution of public networks from simple voice conduits to the life-changing multiservice information universe of the near future, intriguingly and provocatively predicting how we, as humans, might radically change our interactions—with each other and with machines—as a result. I recommend Lili’s book to anyone seeking an informative, enjoyable ride through today's telecommunications landscape.”

Steven Riley, Microsoft Telecommunications Consulting

Telecommunications Essentials is an in-depth introduction to the rapidly growing world of telecommunications. The book provides a global perspective, which ensures a complete understanding of telecommunications technologies and standards worldwide. Providing a comprehensive, one-stop reference for anybody wanting to get up to speed on the $2.5 trillion telecommunications industry, this book not only covers the basic building blocks but also introduces the most current information on new technologies like wireless, broadband, and optical networking.

Topics include:

  • Technology Basics
  • PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Networks)
  • Switching and Routing
  • Data Communications
  • Frame Relay, ATM
  • Internet Infrastructure
  • VPNs, VoIP, Streaming Media
  • Broadband Architectures
  • Security
  • Optical Networking
  • Cable
  • Wireless
  • Fiber
  • xDSLs
  • The broadband home

    Goleniewski's clear approach to current and emerging technologies - starting with important terms and definitions, and moving to systems, networks, and the latest applications, products, and services - is based on the very successful worldwide LIDO Telecommunications Essentials seminar and e-Learning series. This approach makes Telecommunications Essentials a must-have resource for any reader, whether new to the field of telecommunications or a seasoned professional.

    And as an added bonus, Telecommunications Essentials is augmented by a dynamic online telecom learning center,, designed to enhance and further your learning experience. The Telecom Essentials Learning Center includes access to:

  • Self-tests and quizzes to put your new found knowledge to the test.
  • Discussion forums for student interactions and Q&A.
  • Recommended books and magazines that will allow you to build your telecommunications knowledge.
  • Recommended websites, selected according to their relevance to the topics in each chapter.

    The LIDO Organization, Inc.'s Telecommunications Essentials educational products are further supported by a unique telecommunications knowledge portal, LIDO Telecom WebCentral, This portal brings you access to:

  • More than 6,000 learning resources and video tutorials featured on the site.
  • Brand new information on financial and legal news.
  • Up-to-the-moment information on the latest applications.
  • Connections to telecom career groups and newsgroups.

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    Table of Contents


    About the Author.



    1. Understanding the Telecommunications Revolution.

    Changes in Telecommunications.

    Incorporating Human Senses in Telecommunications.

    The Emergence of Wearables.

    Moving Toward Pervasive Computing.

    Moving Toward Machine-to-Machine Communications.

    Adapting to New Traffic Patterns.

    Handling New Types of Applications.

    Increasing Backbone Bandwidth.

    Responding to Political and Regulatory Forces.

    The New Public Network.


    2. Telecommunications Technology Fundamentals.

    Transmission Lines.



    Lines and Trunks.

    Virtual Circuits.

    Types of Network Connections.

    The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Bandwidth.

    The Electromagnetic Spectrum.


    Analog and Digital Transmission.

    Analog Transmission.

    Digital Transmission.

    Analog Versus Digital Transmission.

    Conversion: Codecs and Modems.





    Intelligent Multiplexing.

    Inverse Multiplexing.


    Standards Organizations.

    3. Transmission Media: Characteristics and Applications.


    Categories of Twisted-pair.

    Applications of Twisted-pair.

    Analog and Digital Twisted-pair.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Twisted-pair.

    Coaxial Cable.

    Characteristics of Coaxial.

    Applications of Coaxial.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Coaxial.


    Characteristics of Microwave.

    Applications of Microwave.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Microwave.

    Emerging Applications and Developments in Microwave.


    Frequency Allocations of Satellite.

    Satellite Network Segments.

    Satellite Orbits.

    Applications of Satellite.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Satellite.

    Emerging Applications and Innovations in Satellite.

    Fiber Optics.

    Characteristics of Fiber Optics.

    Components of Fiber Optics.

    How Fiber-Optic Transmission Works.

    Innovations in Fiber Optics: EDFAs, WDM, and DWDM.

    Applications of Fiber Optics.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Fiber Optics.

    Wiring for Tomorrow: Undersea Fiber Cables.

    4. Establishing Communications Channels.

    Establishing Connections: Switching Modes and Networking Modes.

    Networking Modes.

    Switching Modes.

    The PSTN Versus the Internet.

    PSTN Characteristics.

    Internet Characteristics.

    Converging Networks: The Next Generation.

    5. The PSTN.

    The PSTN Infrastructure.

    Service Providers.

    Network Access.

    Access Services.

    Transport Services.

    PSTN Architecture.

    The Transport Network Infrastructure.

    The PDH Infrastructure.

    The SDH/SONET Infrastructure.

    Signaling Systems.

    SS7 Architecture.

    SS7 and the Internet.

    Intelligent Networks.


    Next-Generation Networks.


    6. Data Communications Basics.

    The Evolution of Data Communication.

    Data Communication Architectures.

    Data Communication Traffic.

    Data Flow.

    The DTE, the DCE, the Transmission Channel, and the Physical Interface.

    Modems and Modulation.

    Simplex, Half-Duplex, and Full-Duplex Data Transmission.

    Coding Schemes: ASCII, EBCDIC, Unicode, and Beyond.

    Transmission Modes: Asynchronous and Synchronous Transmission.

    Error Control.

    The OSI Reference Model and Protocols.

    The OSI Reference Model.

    Protocols and Protocol Stacks.

    7. Wide Area Networking.

    Circuit-Switched Networks.

    Leased Lines.


    Packet-Switched Networks.


    Frame Relay.


    8. Local Area Networking.

    LAN Basics.

    LAN Concepts and Benefits.

    LAN Components.

    LAN Characteristics.

    LAN Transmission Media.

    LAN Transport Techniques.

    LAN Access Methods.

    LAN Topologies.

    LAN Interconnection and Internetworking.


    LAN Switches.




    IP Switches.

    Enterprise Network Trends.

    9. The Internet: Infrastructure and Service Providers.

    Internet Basics.

    A Brief History of the Internet.

    What the Internet Is and How It Works.

    Internet Protocols.

    Internet Addressing.

    The Domain Name System.

    The Organization of the Internet.

    The Evolution of the POP Architecture.

    Internet Challenges and Changes.

    Service Providers.

    Evaluating Service Providers.

    The Service Provider Value Chain.

    Internet Interconnection and Exchange.


    Peering Agreements.

    Private NAPs.


    10. Next-Generation Networks.

    The Broadband Evolution.

    Communications Traffic Trends.

    Communications Backbone Trends.

    Communications Bandwidth Trends.

    Communications Application Trends.

    Multimedia Networking Requirements.

    Digital Video.

    Television Standards.

    The Broadband Infrastructure.

    Converging Public Infrastructures.

    Broadband Service Requirements.

    Characteristics of Next-Generation Networks.

    IP and ATM.

    The Broadband Architecture: Multiservice Networks.

    The Three-Tiered Architecture.

    The Next-Generation Switching Architecture.


    11. Next-Generation Network Services.

    Traditional Internet Applications.


    VPN Frameworks.

    VPN Applications.

    VPN Gateway Functions.

    Benefits and Evolution of VPNs.





    Digital Certificates.


    VoIP Trends and Economics.

    Advantages of VoIP.

    VoIP Applications.

    VoIP Service Categories.

    VoIP Network Elements.

    Next-Generation Standards and Interoperability.

    IP PBXs.

    The Future of VoIP.

    Multimedia on the Internet: Streaming Media.

    Streaming Media Trends.

    Streaming Media Applications.

    Streaming Media on the Internet.

    12. Optical Networking.

    Optical Networking Drivers.

    Components of an End-to-End Optical Network.


    WDM and DWDM.

    Optical OADMs.

    Optical Switches.

    Other Optical Components.

    IP over Optical Standards.

    Managing Optical Networks.

    13. Broadband Access Solutions.









    HFC 401

    HFC Architectures 402

    Cable Modems.

    Digital Cable TV Devices.





    Wireless Broadband Access Media.




    Free Space Optics.

    Unlicensed Bands.

    Emerging Media.




    14. Wireless Communications.

    Spectrum Reuse.

    Space Division.

    Multiple Access Techniques.

    Spread Spectrum Techniques.

    Duplexing Techniques.

    Compression Techniques.

    Wireless WANs: Cellular Radio and PCS Networks.

    Analog Cellular Networks.

    Digital Cellular Networks.

    Wireless Data Networks.

    Cellular and PCS Standards.

    3G Mobile Systems and Beyond.

    Mobile Internet.

    Wireless MANs.

    Wireless Local Loop Applications.

    Wireless Local Loop Options.

    Wireless LANs.

    Wireless PANs.




    15. The Broadband Home and HANs.

    The Broadband Home.

    The Smart House.

    Intelligent Appliances.


    The HAN Market, Applications, and Elements.

    Types of HANs.

    HAN Gateways and Servers.

    Planning for the Future.


    Index. 0201760320T04092002

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