The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition) Paperback – Sep 12 2001
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The telecommunications industry encompasses hundreds of different technologies, which in turn have spawned many trade names, jargon terms, and legal definitions. Those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the technologies, laws, and marketing programs that govern telecommunications need to read The Essential Guide to Telecommunications.
Author Annabel Z. Dodd begins by pointing out that telecommunications technologies have everything to do with signals moving over media. She then goes on to catalog some of the various kinds of signals and media, covering traditional switched telephone service, dedicated lines, public branch exchanges (PBXs), and automatic call distributors (ACDs) along the way. After that foray into technology, she gets into the U.S. telecommunications business environment, focusing heavily on the federal breakup of AT&T in 1984 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She then explains additional technologies; data communications and the Internet-ISDN, Frame Relay, and analog modems all get attention. The author also pays plenty of attention to wireless solutions, including satellite communications.
Unlike Newton's Telecom Dictionary (which remains an excellent resource), this book can be successfully read from start to finish by a reader with practically no telecommunications knowledge at the outset. Read and understand--that's what good technical books, like this one, enable you to do. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
A non-technical guide to the industry
The issues and topics covered in "The Essential Guide to Telecommunications" are based on the concerns of end-user clients that I work with in my consulting practice. I also rely heavily on feedback from adults, all of whom work in telecommunications, who take my classes at Northeastern University. They include staff that manage their frim's telecommunications systems and people that work with or for telephone companies. My book is based on practical, everyday issues that carriers, customers and people that work with telecommunications firms need to understand.
Over 125,000 copies of the first two editions of "The Essential Guide to Telecommunications" were sold. Moreover, it has been translated into ten languages worldwide including Chinese, Russian and Portuguese. The Wharton School, MIT and other major universities and schools worldwide use it in courses on telecommunications. In addition, telephone companies, consulting firms, law firms and financial services companies have purchased my book for employees who need to understand telecommunications but want a book with non-technical descriptions of technology.
Along with explanations of technology, I have included examples of applications and historical highlights. I explain how the industry evolved and the technology changed. The stories and descriptions that accompany the technical details are key to the book.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Luckily, basic is exactly what I needed. The "tell it to me like I'm a two-year-old" approach might be frustrating for some advanced readers. I found myself skipping some of the sections on the Internet because it was too elementary for me.
Also, if you're going to read it, make sure you get the latest edition of this book. Technologies change fast, and some of the sections are bound to become out-of-date very quickly.
Once you have the tech side down, you can pick up the regulatory policy side by reading The Telecommunications Regulation Handbook available for free from the World Bank. It's just as basic as Dodd's book, but is better read if you know how the technology works. Get these two under your belt, and you'll be ready to work at your local friendly telecom regulatory agency.
Annabel Z. Dodd does a great job in capturing a snapshot of the current telecom industry, in all of its different flavors. You will find technical overviews of numerous telecom technologies and transport methods. These include business telephone systems, circuit switching, local and long distance networks, cable, wireless, cellular and PCS, paging, Voice Over IP, satellites, broadband services, DSL, T-1's, ISDN, ATM, and much, much more.
Dodd's writing is understandable and enjoyable to read. Even those with little or no technical knowledge should be able to understand the text. The author seems to assume that the reader has only a minimal amount of technical knowledge, but does know something about the telecom industry in general. This is the perfect book for telecom salespeople who want to learn more about the products and services they are selling, or for those who just want to keep up-to-date on the latest in telecom technology.
This book not only gives you explanations of how various telecom technologies work, but compares them side-by-side from both technical and practical (business) points of view.
Where and when does using a wireless network make sense? What type of fiber offers the most capacity? How many T-1's are in a T-3? You will find the answer to all of these questions and more in The Essential Guide to Telecommunications. I highly recommend it.
2) Path Optimization
3) Flow Control
4) Receipt Acknowledgement
Lets see... 1) wrong, 2) sorta, 3) wrong and 4) wrong. This is just one of many examples throughout the book where the fundamentals are completely trampled on.
Rather than buy this book, send the money directly to the author and ask her to read a few good books about the topics she tries to cover rather than contributing a truly awful book in this category.
The one problem I had with the book was numerous grammatical errors. I found that in some cases I had to mentally disassemble and rebuild a sentence to understand what was trying to be said.
I would (and have) recommend this book to a coworker and/or friend getting started with telecommunications.
Most recent customer reviews
Magnificent! Perfect example of a Technology book everyone can relate too. After finishing this one, I was desperately looking for any other technology book written by this author,... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by MoonLitTree
I bought this book with a little bit of apprehension. As I don't know much about telecommunications I thought it was going to be too hard a reading. It came out pretty good. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002
This is an excellent quick reference telecommunication book. It covers different voice and data topics with applications in the real world. Read morePublished on June 11 2002 by Eugenia
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