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The Essential Guide to Telecommunication, Sixth Edition

Book Description

“Annabel Dodd has cogently untangled the wires and switches and technobabble of the telecommunications revolution and explained how the introduction of the word ‘digital’ into our legislative and regulatory lexicon will affect consumers, companies and society into the next millennium.”


— United States Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts; Member, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet


“Annabel Dodd has a unique knack for explaining complex technologies in understandable ways. This latest revision of her book covers the rapid changes in the fields of broadband, cellular, and streaming technologies; newly developing 5G networks; and the constant changes happening in both wired and wireless networks. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the rapidly evolving world of telecommunications in the 21st century!”

— David Mash, Retired Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology, Berklee College of Music

Completely updated for current trends and technologies, The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Sixth Edition, is the world’s top-selling, accessible guide to the fast-changing global telecommunications industry. Writing in easy-to-understand language, Dodd demystifies today’s most significant technologies, standards, architectures, and trends. She introduces leading providers worldwide, explains where they fit in the marketplace, and reveals their key strategies.


New topics covered in this edition include: LTE Advanced and 5G wireless, modern security threats and countermeasures, emerging applications, and breakthrough techniques for building more scalable, manageable networks.

  • Gain a practical understanding of modern cellular, Wi-Fi, Internet, cloud, and carrier technologies
  • Discover how key technical, business, and regulatory innovations are changing the industry
  • See how streaming video, social media, cloud computing, smartphones, and the Internet of Things are transforming networks
  • Explore growing concerns about security and privacy, and review modern strategies for detecting and mitigating network breaches
  • Learn how Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) add intelligence to networks, enabling automation, flexible configurations, and advanced networks
  • Preview cutting-edge, telecom-enabled applications and gear—from mobile payments to drones

Whether you’re an aspiring network engineer looking for a broad understanding of the industry, or a salesperson, marketer, investor, or customer, this indispensable guide provides everything you need to know about telecommunications right now. This new edition is ideal for both self-study and classroom instruction.


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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Praise for the Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Sixth Edition
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Dedication Page
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Author
  11. Part I. Fundamentals, Data Centers, and IP PBXs
    1. 1. Computing and Enabling Technologies
      1. Fiber-Optic and Copper Cabling
      2. Chips—Building Blocks of the Digital Age
      3. Packetized Data
      4. Deep Packet Inspection: Monitoring, Prioritizing, and Censoring Traffic
      5. Compression
      6. Increasing Network Capacity via Multiplexing
      7. Using Protocols to Establish a Common Set of Rules
      8. Protocols and Layers
      9. Virtualization: Space, Cost, and Maintenance Efficiencies
      10. Managing Virtualization
      11. The Cloud: Applications and Development at Providers’ Data Centers
      12. Summary
      13. Appendix
    2. 2. Data Centers and LANs, Storage, and IP Private Branch Exchanges
      1. Introduction
      2. What Is a LAN?
      3. Switches, Media, and Protocols in LANs
      4. IP PBXs—Voice, Video, and Unified Communications
      5. IP Telephony—Converting Voice Signals to Digital Data
      6. Unified Communications, Contact Centers, and Video Conferencing
      7. Appendix
  12. Part II. Industry Overview and Regulations
    1. 3. Competition, Industry Structures, and Regulations
      1. Introduction
      2. The 1984 Breakup of AT&T
      3. Regulatory Issues
      4. The State of the Industry—Consolidation via Mergers
      5. Non-Traditional Competitors: Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Microsoft
      6. Appendix
  13. Part III. Managing Broadband Networks and Broadband Network Services
    1. 4. Managing Broadband Networks
      1. Introduction
      2. The Public Network
      3. Core Networks—Between Cities and Continents
      4. Bandwidth Capabilities in Carrier Networks
      5. Optical Transport Networks—Carrying Multiple Types of Traffic
      6. Transporting Movies and TV in the Core
      7. Middle-Mile Networks
      8. Last-Mile Access Networks
      9. Access Networks in Cable Operators’ Networks
      10. Using Cable Modem Termination Systems for IP Traffic
      11. Telecommunications Services in National Emergencies
      12. Signaling
      13. Appendix
    2. 5. Broadband Network Services
      1. Introduction
      2. VoIP Calling Services over Broadband
      3. Multi-Protocol Label Switching for Interoffice Connections
      4. IP Virtual Private Networks over the Internet
      5. Adding Security on Traffic Sent over IP VPNs
      6. Managed Services
      7. Digital Subscriber Line—Distance Limitations; Operates on Copper Cabling
      8. Carrier Gigabit Ethernet
      9. Network Topology on Dedicated, Private Lines
      10. Appendix
  14. Part IV. The Internet and Cellular Networks
    1. 6. The Internet
      1. Introduction
      2. What Is the Internet?
      3. Streaming—A Disruptive Technology
      4. The Structure of the Internet
      5. Security: Connected, Ubiquitous Networks—Vulnerable to Malicious Hackers
      6. Privacy
      7. The Impact of E-Commerce
      8. Fostering Civic Participation and Engagement—Online Forums
      9. Network Neutrality
      10. The Digital Divide: Bandwidth, Skills, and Computers
      11. Intranets and Extranets
    2. 7. Mobile and Wi-Fi Networks
      1. Introduction
      2. Spectrum for Wireless Networks—A Critical Asset
      3. More Efficient 4th Generation Digital Networks
      4. LTE—The First True 4th Generation Cellular Protocol
      5. 5G Mobile Networks—Small Cells; Additional Capacity
      6. The Internet of Things (IoT)
      7. Applications and Services
      8. Wi-Fi Standards, Architecture, and Their Use in Cellular Networks
      9. Satellites—Geosynchronous and Low Earth Orbiting
      10. Appendix
  15. Glossary
  16. Index