Wiley Survival Guide in Global Telecommunications: Broadband Access, Optical Components and Networks, and Cryptography
A survival guide to global telecommunication technologies
As our world grows ever more complex, no one can expect to be knowledgeable in, let alone master every technology. But as telecommunications technologies permeate nearly every aspect of our lives, gaining a working understanding of their principles and applications has become essential for both professional and personal success. For the undergraduate student preparing for his or her future vocation, as well as the accomplished professional on track for a rapid career move, this book is the "survival guide" to telecommunications–a quick introduction to the most important telecom technologies. Written with accuracy and rigor, this guide avoids any unnecessary background or academic style in order to introduce you directly to the core knowledge and understanding.
Wiley Survival Guide in Global Telecommunications: Broadband Access, Optical Components and Networks, and Cryptography provides in-depth discussions of key areas in telecommunications, including:
- Broadband wireline access (xDSL flavors, VoDSL, FTTx, xPON, HFC, home networking)
- Optical communications, from planar/fiber waveguides to passive/active photonic components, including fiber gratings, erbium/Raman fiber amplifiers, E/O switches, semiconductor lasers, SOA-based devices, photoreceivers, and optical cross-connects
- WDM transport and standards, network integration, protection, evolution, and convergence
- Cryptography, from ancestral algorithms to modern RSA, DES, and AES, and quantum key distribution
- Communications security over the Internet and current/futuristic applications
Designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, the book steers you directly into the relevant issues, while elucidating the science and engineering involved without heavy-duty mathematics, allowing you to produce results using your pocket calculator. You can read each chapter in sequence or, if you prefer, jump to topics of interest as you wish. A wealth of easy and practical exercises illustrate the concepts, chapter-end summaries of main keywords and acronyms clarify the technical language, and a selected reference list including Web sites leads you to other helpful sources for further investigation.
Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to survive in the telecom world by reading this book!
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Network Cloud.
Chapter 1. Broadband Wireline Access.
1.1 From Telephone and Cable-TV Networks to the Internet.
1.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).
1.3 Fiber in the Loop (FITL).
1.4 Home Networking.
Chapter 2. Optical Fiber Communications.
2.1 Optical Communication: From Wireless to Wireline.
2.2 Basic Physics of Light-wave Signals.
2.3 Optical Waveguides.
2.4 Passive Optical Components.
2.5 Active Optical Components.
2.6 WDM Networks.
Chapter 3. Cryptography and Communication Security.
3.1 Message Encryption, Decryption and Cryptoanalysis.
3.2 Modern Cryptography Algorithms.
3.3 Communications Security and Applications.
3.4 Quantum Crytography.
Solutions to Exercises.