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.
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Table of Contents
About the Author.
I. TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUNDAMENTALS.
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.
Lines and Trunks.
Types of Network Connections.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Bandwidth.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Analog and Digital Transmission.
Analog Versus Digital Transmission.
Conversion: Codecs and Modems.
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.
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.
Applications of Satellite.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Satellite.
Emerging Applications and Innovations in Satellite.
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.
The PSTN Versus the Internet.
Converging Networks: The Next Generation.
5. The PSTN.
The PSTN Infrastructure.
The Transport Network Infrastructure.
The PDH Infrastructure.
The SDH/SONET Infrastructure.
SS7 and the Internet.
II. DATA NETWORKING BASICS.
6. Data Communications Basics.
The Evolution of Data Communication.
Data Communication Architectures.
Data Communication Traffic.
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.
The OSI Reference Model and Protocols.
The OSI Reference Model.
Protocols and Protocol Stacks.
7. Wide Area Networking.
8. Local Area Networking.
LAN Concepts and Benefits.
LAN Transmission Media.
LAN Transport Techniques.
LAN Access Methods.
LAN Interconnection and Internetworking.
Enterprise Network Trends.
9. The Internet: Infrastructure and Service Providers.
A Brief History of the Internet.
What the Internet Is and How It Works.
The Domain Name System.
The Organization of the Internet.
The Evolution of the POP Architecture.
Internet Challenges and Changes.
Evaluating Service Providers.
The Service Provider Value Chain.
Internet Interconnection and Exchange.
III. NEXT-GENERATION NETWORKS.
10. Next-Generation Networks.
The Broadband Evolution.
Communications Traffic Trends.
Communications Backbone Trends.
Communications Bandwidth Trends.
Communications Application Trends.
Multimedia Networking Requirements.
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 Gateway Functions.
Benefits and Evolution of VPNs.
VoIP Trends and Economics.
Advantages of VoIP.
VoIP Service Categories.
VoIP Network Elements.
Next-Generation Standards and Interoperability.
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.
Other Optical Components.
IP over Optical Standards.
Managing Optical Networks.
13. Broadband Access Solutions.
HFC Architectures 402
Digital Cable TV Devices.
Wireless Broadband Access Media.
Free Space Optics.
14. Wireless Communications.
Multiple Access Techniques.
Spread Spectrum 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.
Wireless Local Loop Applications.
Wireless Local Loop Options.
15. The Broadband Home and HANs.
The Broadband Home.
The Smart House.
The HAN Market, Applications, and Elements.
Types of HANs.
HAN Gateways and Servers.
Planning for the Future.