Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems: An Entry-Level Guide

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 7, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 288 pages
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The up-to-date edition of the bestselling guide to the basics of telecommunications and digital technology

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems presents a nontechnical treatment of how voice, video, and multimedia can simultaneously travel over today's evolving telecommunications systems. This updated Third Edition provides a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications field as well as a detailed introduction to the latest lightwave technology.

The author's examination of recent techniques and developing technologies in telecommunications includes:

  • Third-generation cell phones with microbrowser capabilities
  • Changes in the global PCS network
  • Optical switching and transmission parameters
  • Lightwave systems and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing
  • A new chapter (Chapter 17: The Internet) that examines this multimedia structure and the network economy it has created
  • Satellite communications, new transcontinental carriers, lightwave undersea systems, and other advances toward improving global communication

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems is the perfect introduction for anyone whose work requires a fundamental understanding of current developments in telecommunications, as well as for students or inquiring readers who want an overview of telecommunications and the exciting technology of lightwave communications.

  

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Contents

1 The Evolution of Telecommunications
3
2 Analog Transmission
12
3 Digital Transmission
17
4 Basic Multiplexing Techniques
21
5 Switching Hierarchy
28
6 North American Digital Hierarchies
34
7 Transmission
38
8 The Local Subscriber Loop
48
13 Traffic Considerations
97
14 Video Transmission
102
15 Wireless
109
16 The Computer
120
17 The Internet
131
18 Lightwave Systems
145
Telecommunications Glossary
228
Bibliography
250

9 Microwave Radio
56
10 Satellite Communications
63
11 Switching Systems
78
12 Private Branch Exchange
92
Index
251
Answers to Review Questions
259
About the Author
269
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About the author (2004)

JOHN G. NELLIST led the development and implementation of fiber optic technology into the British Columbia telephone network as General Transmission Engineering Manager at Telus (formerly BC Telecom). He was appointed overall coordinator for the first field trial of a fiber optic transmission system in 1978 and presented one of the first papers on an operating fiber optic system in 1979 at the International Fiber Optic Conference.
With more than forty years of telecommunications experience, John Nellist has published and presented numerous technical papers and articles on the subject. Currently a consultant at Sarita Enterprises, Ltd., Nellist has also coauthored two books with Elliott M. Gilbert, Telecommunications Wiring for Commercial Buildings and Understanding Modern Telecommunications and the Information Superhighway.

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