Chapter 1. Telecommunications Technology Fundamentals

This chapter talks about the types of transmission lines and network connections, the electromagnetic spectrum, and what bandwidth is all about in the emerging broadband era. It looks at the differences between analog and digital signals, and it discusses multiplexing. Finally, this chapter describes the various standards bodies and their roles in shaping aspects of telecommunications.

Transmission Lines

Two prerequisites must be satisfied to have successful communication. The first prerequisite is understandability. The transmitter and receiver must speak the same language. It doesn’t matter how big or how clean the pipe between the two endpoints. If they’re not speaking the same language, ...

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