Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems: An Entry-Level Guide

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 24, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 269 pages
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The up-to-date edition of the bestselling guide to the basics oftelecommunications and digital technology

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systemspresents a nontechnical treatment of how voice, video, andmultimedia can simultaneously travel over today's evolvingtelecommunications systems. This updated Third Edition provides acomprehensive overview of the telecommunications field as well as adetailed introduction to the latest lightwave technology.

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

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

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems isthe perfect introduction for anyone whose work requires afundamental understanding of current developments intelecommunications, as well as for students or inquiring readerswho want an overview of telecommunications and the excitingtechnology 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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JOHN G. NELLIST led the development and implementation of fiberoptic technology into the British Columbia telephone network asGeneral Transmission Engineering Manager at Telus (formerly BCTelecom). He was appointed overall coordinator for the first fieldtrial of a fiber optic transmission system in 1978 and presentedone of the first papers on an operating fiber optic system in 1979at the International Fiber Optic Conference.
With more than forty years of telecommunications experience, JohnNellist has published and presented numerous technical papers andarticles on the subject. Currently a consultant at SaritaEnterprises, Ltd., Nellist has also coauthored two books withElliott M. Gilbert, Telecommunications Wiring for CommercialBuildings and Understanding Modern Telecommunications and theInformation Superhighway.

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