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Understanding modern telecommunications and the information superhighway
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Nellist, John G.
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Boston, Mass. : Artech House, [1999]

©1999
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xviii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780890063224
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This text offers a basic understanding of telecommunications and the global information infrastructure. It provides an easy-to-understand guide that explains communications technologies in plain English.


Author Notes

John G. Nellist is a consultant for Sarita Enterprises Ltd. in Canada, where he is registered as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

He is the recipient of two ASTTBC awards — the Advanced Technology Award in December 1997 and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award presented in April 1980 for technical competence in fiber optics.

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Nellist and Gilbert's stated purpose is to "help non-technical professionals gain a basic understanding of the latest developments in telecommunications and the global information infrastructure." The book only partially accomplishes this goal. There are portions that would be very difficult for a nontechnical professional to understand without prior knowledge of the topics. However, for those who do have that prior knowledge, the book provides valuable insights and perspectives. The 11 chapters cover a very wide range, from the early history of telephone and telegraph to the digital wireless world, through such contemporary concepts as high definition television and DVD (digital video disk). The writing is informal and clear. Brief chapter bibliographies help direct the reader toward sources of further information. Excellent telecommunications glossary and cyberspace glossary. Recommended for professionals. M. S. Roden; California State University, Los Angeles


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
1 From Telegraph to Terabitsp. 1
In the Beginningp. 1
The Wire Telegraphp. 1
Printing Telegraphs and the Teletypewriterp. 3
The Telephonep. 5
Telephone Switchingp. 6
Automatic Telephone Switchingp. 7
Voice Telecommunication Without Wiresp. 8
ATandT and Western Union Separatep. 8
Wire Line Carrierp. 9
Telecommunications Regulationp. 10
Semiconductors Arrivep. 10
Advances in Switchingp. 10
Coaxial Cablesp. 11
Microwave Radio Arrivesp. 12
First Transatlantic Submarine Telephone Cablep. 13
The Digital Transmission Era Beginsp. 13
Satellites Relay Communicationsp. 17
Community Antenna Television (CATV)p. 18
Communications Through Glass Fibersp. 19
The Breakup of Ma Bellp. 20
Advances in Fiber Optic Technologyp. 20
New Network Technologyp. 24
Telecommunications Act of 1996p. 25
Bibliographyp. 28
2 The Computer and the Internetp. 29
A Brief Historyp. 29
Computer Miniaturizationp. 30
Microprocessor Sizep. 31
Microprocessor Speedp. 31
From Megabytes to Gigabytes and Beyondp. 31
The Millennim Bugp. 34
The Internetp. 35
Cyberspacep. 36
Web Browsersp. 37
Marketing on the Internetp. 39
Hardwarep. 40
Softwarep. 41
Internet Service Providersp. 41
Retail Servicesp. 42
Equity Tradingp. 42
Contentp. 43
Electronic Transactionsp. 43
Educationp. 45
Internet Accessp. 47
On-Ramp Congestionp. 49
Conclusionp. 51
Bibliographyp. 52
3 Who Uses the Information Superhighway?p. 53
A Brief Historyp. 53
Types of Communications Servicesp. 54
Interactive Servicesp. 55
Distribution Servicesp. 56
The Internetp. 57
Business and the Internetp. 59
Computer-Telephony Integrationp. 60
Telecommutingp. 62
The Virtual Officep. 64
Video Applicationsp. 65
Distance Learningp. 65
Wired Campusesp. 66
The Virtual Collegep. 67
Control of Electrical Power Transmissionp. 67
Financep. 68
Electronic Bankingp. 68
Investment Transactionsp. 69
Telemedicinep. 69
Transportationp. 70
Intelligent Transportation Systemsp. 71
Conclusionp. 72
Bibliographyp. 73
4 Lightwaves Widen the Information Superhighwayp. 75
The Evolution of Lightwave Systemsp. 75
All-Optical Networksp. 79
Optical Amplifiersp. 81
Wavelength Division Multiplexingp. 83
Optical Cross-Connectsp. 85
Conclusionp. 88
Bibliographyp. 89
5 The Undersea Information Superhighwayp. 91
The TAT-12/13 Networkp. 91
TAT-14p. 93
Globesystem Atlanticp. 93
Pacific Ocean Undersea Cablesp. 94
The TPC-5 Cable Networkp. 95
The Asia Pacific Cable Networkp. 96
The FLAG Cable Systemp. 97
Sea-Me-We3p. 101
The Africa Optical Networkp. 101
Brazil's Atlantis II Undersea Cable Systemp. 103
Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong Undersea Cable Systemp. 104
Conclusionsp. 106
Bibliographyp. 107
6 The Superhighway in the Skyp. 109
A Brief Historyp. 109
Geostationary (GEO) Satellitesp. 111
Parking Slotsp. 113
Transpondersp. 114
The Footprintp. 115
Time Delayp. 116
MSATp. 117
MEO and LEO Satellitesp. 117
A Failure to Communicatep. 118
The Death Starp. 119
Satellite Operatorsp. 119
The Marketp. 120
Launch Facilitiesp. 122
Conclusionp. 123
Bibliographyp. 124
7 The On-Ramps to the Information Superhighwayp. 125
A Brief Historyp. 125
Distribution Servicesp. 126
Local Telephone Companiesp. 126
The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN)p. 128
Dedicated Analog Data Circuitsp. 128
Switched 56-Kbps Servicep. 129
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)p. 129
Leased High-Capacity Digital Linesp. 130
Cellular Radio Providersp. 132
Specialized Common Carriersp. 133
Private Networksp. 133
Bypass Carriersp. 133
Distribution Servicesp. 134
On-Ramps of the Futurep. 135
High Data Rate Subscriber Line (HDSL)p. 135
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)p. 136
Fiber in the Loop (FITL)p. 139
Cable TV Companiesp. 142
Hybrid Fiber/Coax Systems (H-F/C)p. 144
CATV Modemsp. 146
Competitive Access Providers (CAPs)p. 148
Multichannel Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS)p. 149
Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS)p. 150
PCS and Cellular Radiop. 151
The Wireless Local Loopp. 151
Paging Systemsp. 153
GEO/LEO/MEO Satellitesp. 153
Global Positioning Systemp. 155
Conclusionp. 157
Bibliographyp. 161
8 Managing the Networksp. 163
Network Topographyp. 163
In the Days of "Ma Bell"p. 163
PSTN Hierarchyp. 166
Signalingp. 167
Divestiture and Competing Long Distance Carriersp. 169
Addresses and Numbering Plansp. 171
International Callingp. 172
The Long Distance Carrier Networksp. 172
Sprintp. 172
MCI WorldComp. 176
ATandTp. 179
New Age Broadband Carriersp. 180
Cellular Radio Networksp. 181
Radio System Managementp. 182
Mobility Managementp. 183
Cable TV Networksp. 184
Managing the Internetp. 187
Conclusionp. 188
Bibliographyp. 189
9 The Digital Wireless Worldp. 191
Cellular Radiop. 191
Personal Communications Services (PCS)p. 192
The Standardsp. 194
The Canadian Marketp. 195
Global PCSp. 196
Internet Accessp. 204
Wireless Local Area Networks (LANs)p. 204
Conclusionp. 207
Bibliographyp. 208
10 The Futurep. 209
Video-on-Demand (VOD)p. 209
Interactive TV Trialsp. 211
Time Warner Networkp. 211
Wireless Cablep. 213
Data Communicationsp. 216
Digital Televisionp. 217
Digital Versatile Discp. 219
Digital Video Express (Divx)p. 221
Computers with DVD-ROMsp. 223
Internet Televisionp. 225
Bibliographyp. 226
11 Summary and Conclusionsp. 227
Building the Superhighwayp. 227
The Playersp. 232
Telephone Company Strategiesp. 233
Cable Company Strategiesp. 233
The Internetp. 235
Wireless Technologyp. 237
Home Entertainmentp. 237
Fiber Optic Technologyp. 238
Construction Underwayp. 239
Telecommunications Glossaryp. 241
Cyberspace Glossaryp. 265
About the Authorsp. 273
Indexp. 275