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Fundamentals of telecommunications
Freeman, Roger L.
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New York : Wiley, [1999]

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xxii, 676 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Demystifying the technology of telecommunications: a guided tour for the non-engineer
This book provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the complex technical world of telecommunications. From bandwidth to data transfer protocol to PSTN, ISDN, PCS, or ATM-widely respected telecommunications expert and author Roger L. Freeman explains it all. He walks the reader through a vast array of current topics, providing an encyclopedic overview of all branches of telecommunications-telephony, data communications, enterprise networks, television transmission, wireless systems, and cellular/personal communication services (PCS). Written for the layperson as well as newcomers to the field, this primer:
* Assumes no mathematical or technical know-how on the part of the reader
* Introduces all topics from the ground up
* Clearly defines all terms, illustrating them with tangible examples
* Features review questions at the end of each chapter, designed to test understanding and reinforce comprehension
* Includes one hundred figures to highlight the text
* Reviews, in three appendices, the most rudimentary of mathematical and electrical concepts, as well as decibels and their applications Fundamentals of Telecommunications allows sales, marketing, and management personnel in the telecommunications industry to better understand the various technical and operational issues that come up in the course of their work. It also gives investors and financiers a basic reference to draw upon when dealing with clients in this rapidly evolving market.

Author Notes

Born in New York City, Roger Freeman is a widely known telecommunications engineer, educator, and author of several handbooks and manuals for students and telecommunications engineers. From 1948 until 1951, Freeman attended Northeastern University. He dropped out to work as a radio officer with the Military Sea Transportation Service and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York (1952-59). In 1959 he went to work as an engineer for Bendix Radio in Spain, where he remained until 1962. He spent the next 16 years as a research engineer and technical director for International Telephone and Telegraph Communications Systems (ITT). While working for ITT, Freeman earned a B.A. (1966) and an M.A. (1973) in electrical engineering from New York University. Since 1978 he has been senior principal engineer and program manager of the equipment division at the Raytheon Company of Sudbury, Massachusetts, as well as faculty member of Northeastern University.

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Freeman provides an overview of the very broad area of telecommunications with a more in-depth view of limited areas. This book is intended for the beginner to the area with very limited knowledge of electrical engineering or mathematics. There are three appendixes to assist those who need some background in basic circuits and mathematics. The first three chapters give historical background and some technical foundations for telecommunications, along with the significance to the end user. Chapters 4 through 8 present material on switching, signaling, transmission of voice telephony in both analog and digital formats, and the transmission of digital data over these networks. Other chapters treat the broader concept of telecommunications through the concept of packets, local area networks, wide area networks, and satellite communications. Freeman presents a very readable book for individuals with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. However, there are a large number of industry-specific acronyms that make it hard to follow for those not acquainted with these terms. A very good introductory book on a very hot topic. Undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. E. A. Hoyer; Wichita State University

Table of Contents

Introductory Concepts
Signals Convey Intelligence
Quality of Service and Telecommunication Impairments
Transmission and Switching: Cornerstones of a Network
Transmission Aspects of Voice Telephony
Digital Networks
Local and Long-Distance Networks
Concepts in Transmission Transport
Data Communications
Enterprise Networks I: Local Area Networks
Enterprise Networks II: Wide Area Networks
CCITT Signaling System No
Image Communications
Community Antenna Television (Cable Television)
Cellular and PCS Radio Systems
Advanced Broadband Digital Transport Formats
Asynchronous Transfer Mode