Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook

Ray Horak

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This book will provide a comprehensive survey of telecommunications technologies and services, at a reasonable level of technical depth, and in the author’s unique plain-English, commonsense style. Recent developments in technology to be explored will include:

  • Power Line Carrier (PLC)
  • Broad over Power Line (BPL)
  • Passive Optical Network (PON)
  • 802.11g
  • Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)
  • 802.16 & WiMAX

This work will expand on the discussion of a number of other technology topics that have become subjects of greater interest in the last three or four years since the publication of Communications Systems and Networks, 3rd Edition and competing works:

  • Fiber Optics
  • Storage Area Networks (SANs)
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • CATV Networks
  • Wireless
    • Bluetooth
  • Cellular
    • 2.5G & 3G
    • Photos
    • Video
    • Ring Tones & Ring-Back Tones
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    • IP PBX
    • IP Centrex
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) vs. H.323
  • Regulation & Convergence

Divestiture and Revestiture, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Fundamentals of the Technology: Concepts and Definitions.

1.1 Fundamental Definitions.

1.2 Dedicated, Switched, and Virtual Circuits.

1.3 Two-Wire versus Four-Wire Circuits.

1.4 Bandwidth.

1.5 Analog versus Digital.

1.6 Loading Coils, Amplifiers and Repeaters.

1.7 The Conversion Process: Modems and Codecs.

1.8 Multiplexers (Muxes).

1.9 Switches and Switching: The Basics?and Then Some.

1.10 Signaling and Control.

1.11 References.

Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Transmission Systems: Technologies and Applications.

2.1 Electromagnetic Spectrum.

2.2 Transmission Media Selection Criteria.

2.3 Twisted-Pair: An Introduction to Telephone Wire.

2.4 Shielded Copper.

2.5 Coaxial Cable.

2.6 Microwave Radio.

2.7 Satellite Radio.

2.8 Free Space Optics (FSO).

2.9 Fiber Optics.

2.10 Powerline Carrier (PLC).

2.11 Hybrid Transmission Systems.

2.12 References.

Chapter 3. Voice Communications Systems: KTS, PBX, Centrex, and ACD.

3.1 Key Telephone System (KTS).

3.2 Private Branch Exchange (PBX).

3.3 Centrex.

3.4 Automatic Call Distributors (ACDs).

3.5 Computer Telephony (CT).

3.6 IP Systems.

3.7 Futures.

3.8 References.

Chapter 4. Messaging Systems.

4.1 Facsimile (Fax) Systems.

4.2 Voice Processing Systems.

4.3 Electronic Mail (E-Mail).

4.4 Instant Messaging (IM).

4.5 Mobile Messaging: SMS and MMS.

4.6 Unified Messaging & Unified Communications.

4.7 References.

Chapter 5. Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

5.1 Network Characteristics.

5.2 Numbering Plan Administration (NPA).

5.3 Domains.

5.4 Signaling and Control: An Expanded View.

5.5 Network Services.

5.6 Portability: A Special Issue.

5.7 Equal Access: Another Special Issue.

5.8 VoIP: The Next-Generation PSTN.

5.9 References.

Chapter 6. Fundamentals of Data Communications.

6.1 Functional Domains.

6.2 DCE: An Expanded View.

6.3 Protocol Basics.

6.4 Network Architectures.

6.5 Security.

6.6 References.

Chapter 7. Conventional Digital and Data Networks.

7.1 Dataphone Digital Service (DDS).

7.2 Switched 56.

7.3 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): In the Classic Sense.

7.4 Digital Carrier Systems and Networks.

7.5 X.25 and Packet Switching.

7.6 Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN).

7.7 References.

Chapter 8. Local Area Networks (LANs).

8.1 LANs Defined.

8.2 LAN Dimensions.

8.3 LAN Equipment.

8.4 LAN Operating Systems.

8.5 Virtual LANs (VLANs).

8.6 Remote LAN Access.

8.7 LAN Standards and Standards Bodies.

8.8 Life in the Fast LAN: The Need for Speed.

8.9 Wireless LANs (WLANs).

8.10 Minding Your Ps and Qs.

8.11 IEEE 1394 and FireWire.

8.12 Nonstandard LANs.

8.13 Broadband over Power Line (BPL).

8.14 Storage Area Networks (SANs).

8.15 References.

Chapter 9. Broadband Network Infrastructure.

9.1 Access Technologies.

9.2 SONET/SDH.

9.3 IEEE 802.17, Resilient Packet Ring (RPR).

9.4 References.

Chapter 10. Broadband Network Services.

10.1 Frame Relay.

10.2 Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS).

10.3 Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).

10.4 Metropolitan Ethernet.

10.5 Broadband ISDN (B-ISDN).

10.6 Advanced Intelligent Networks (AINs).

10.7 References.

Chapter 11. Wireless Networking: Emphasis on Mobility.

11.1 Wireless Defined.

11.2 Standards and Regulations.

11.3 Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless.

11.4 The Cell Concept: Frequency Reuse.

11.5 Multiplexing and Access Techniques.

11.6 Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR).

11.7 Paging.

11.8 Cordless Telephony and Wireless Office Telecommunications Systems (WOTS).

11.9 Cellular Radio.

11.10 Packet Data Radio Networks.

11.11 Satellite Systems: LEOs, MEOs, & GEOs.

11.12 And That’s Not All.

11.13 References.

Chapter 12. Video and Multimedia Networking.

12.1 Video Communications: Defined and Evolved.

12.2 Video Basics.

12.3 Analog TV Standards.

12.4 Digital TV (DTV) and High Definition TV (HDTV).

12.5 Bandwidth and Compression.

12.6 Video Standards.

12.7 Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).

12.8 The H.320 Family of Multimedia Standards.

12.9 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

12.10 H.248: Media Gateway Control (Megaco).

12.11 Videoconferencing Systems.

12.12 Videoconferencing Equipment.

12.13 WAN Videoconferencing Networks.

12.14 Video over IP.

12.15 Multimedia Conferencing.

12.16 References.

Chapter 13. The Internet and World Wide Web.

13.1 The Internet Defined.

13.2 Internet Physical Topology.

13.3 Internet Access.

13.4 Internet Standards, Administration, and Regulation.

13.5 IP Addressing.

13.6 Domain Name System (DNS).

13.7 Internet Protocols.

13.8 Internet Applications.

13.10 Internet2.

13.11 World Wide Web (WWW).

13.12 Intranets and Extranets.

13.13 Internet Security: A Special Issue.

13.14 Misuse and Content.

13.15 Internet Oddities, Screwball Applications, and Some Really Good Ideas.

13.16 The Dark Side: An Editorial.

13.17 References.

Chapter 14. Network Convergence.

14.1 Convergence Defined.

14.2 Driving Forces.

14.3 Conventional Convergence: Wireline Networks.

14.4 The Race Is On: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As).

14.5 One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potatoe, Four ....

14.6 NexGen Convergence: Wireline and Wireless Networks.

14.7 References.

Chapter 15. Regulation: Issues and (Some) Answers.

15.1 Telecommunications Act of 1996.

15.2 Rates and Tariffs.

15.3 The Internet.

15.4 Number Portability.

15.5 Laws and Sausages.

15.6 References.