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“In Telecommunications Essentials, Goleniewski guides us through the ever-changing world of telecommunications with much sense and a great deal of style. Her wide ranging and in-depth study into this complex field is superbly researched and written. Its emphasis on learning and technology is thought-provoking and never fails to be relevant to the field today. It is essential reading.”

Chris Barclay, Director, Strategy & Planning, Retail, Telstra

“Lillian Goleniewski has a gift in presenting the complexity of telecommunications to her audiences. The careers of countless people in Australia have benefited from their contact with her. Her material is now captured in this book, which should rightfully grace any self-respecting technical collection.”

Dr. Bob Horton, Deputy Chairman, Australian Communications Authority

“If you need one good reference book on telecom, this is it. It’s comprehensive, easy to understand, and up-to-date on latest technology—definitely a must-have for both beginners and professionals.”

To Chee Eng, Principal Anaylst, Telecoms and Internet, Gartner Group

“Lili Goleniewski is a gifted communicator and educator who combines clear explanation of complex technologies with a firm grasp of the dynamic commercial environment in which those technologies are being deployed. The author’s extensive international experience in communicating to an audience drawn from diverse cultures and differing levels of familiarity with technical concepts and the English language enables her to enliven subject matter that otherwise can be dauntingly unapproachable. I commend this book to anyone seeking to develop their understanding of developing communications technologies, regardless of their technical background.”

Peter Leonard, Managing Partner, Technology and Communications, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers

Telecommunications Essentials provides a thorough overview of all aspects of the telecommunications network. Whether you are new to telecom or have years of experience, this well-organized and detailed reference will help you learn what you need to know or remember what you have forgotten.”

David West, Vice President, Equinox Information Systems

“Here is a book that demystifies a technical world. Lili applies a matter-of-fact style and laces this with humor and the occasional wonder to weave all the complex building blocks of the telecommunications industry into a readable book. The book will be a permanent fixture on my ‘go to find an answer’ reference list.”

Kiron Chatterjee, Koshen Holdings and Former CEO of Asia Online

Telecommunication Essentials is an excellent high-level view of telecom. It provides interesting examples of actual and potential applications in telecom. This is an extraordinarily useful and timely book.”

Natasha K. Zaslove, Lawyer

“Reviewing Lili’s book was a joy. Telecommunications Essentials approaches the subject unlike typical academic or reference texts—instead, it tells stories, effectively and engagingly explaining the new culture evolving around telecommunications, with just the right amount of relevant technical details. Telecommunications Essentials traces the evolution of public networks from simple voice conduits to the life-changing multiservice information universe of the near future, intriguingly and provocatively predicting how we, as humans, might radically change our interactions—with each other and with machines—as a result. I recommend Lili’s book to anyone seeking an informative, enjoyable ride through today's telecommunications landscape.”

Steven Riley, Microsoft Telecommunications Consulting

Telecommunications Essentials is an in-depth introduction to the rapidly growing world of telecommunications. The book provides a global perspective, which ensures a complete understanding of telecommunications technologies and standards worldwide. Providing a comprehensive, one-stop reference for anybody wanting to get up to speed on the $2.5 trillion telecommunications industry, this book not only covers the basic building blocks but also introduces the most current information on new technologies like wireless, broadband, and optical networking. Topics include:

  • Technology Basics

  • PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Networks)

  • Switching and Routing

  • Data Communications

  • Frame Relay, ATM

  • Internet Infrastructure

  • VPNs, VoIP, Streaming Media

  • Broadband Architectures

  • Security

  • Optical Networking

  • Cable

  • Wireless

  • Fiber

  • xDSLs

  • The broadband home

  • Goleniewski's clear approach to current and emerging technologies - starting with important terms and definitions, and moving to systems, networks, and the latest applications, products, and services - is based on the very successful worldwide LIDO Telecommunications Essentials seminar and e-Learning series. This approach makes Telecommunications Essentials a must-have resource for any reader, whether new to the field of telecommunications or a seasoned professional.

    And as an added bonus, Telecommunications Essentials is augmented by a dynamic online telecom learning center, www.telecomessentials.com/learningcenter, designed to enhance and further your learning experience. The Telecom Essentials Learning Center includes access to:

  • Self-tests and quizzes to put your new found knowledge to the test.

  • Discussion forums for student interactions and Q&A.

  • Recommended books and magazines that will allow you to build your telecommunications knowledge.

  • Recommended websites, selected according to their relevance to the topics in each chapter.

  • The LIDO Organization, Inc.'s Telecommunications Essentials educational products are further supported by a unique telecommunications knowledge portal, LIDO Telecom WebCentral, www.telecomwebcentral.com. This portal brings you access to:

  • More than 6,000 learning resources and video tutorials featured on the site.

  • Brand new information on financial and legal news.

  • Up-to-the-moment information on the latest applications.

  • Connections to telecom career groups and newsgroups.

  • Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Introduction
    3. About the Author
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Telecommunications Fundamentals
      1. Understanding the Telecommunications Revolution
        1. Changes in Telecommunications
        2. The New Public Network
        3. Convergence
      2. Telecommunications Technology Fundamentals
        1. Transmission Lines
        2. Types of Network Connections
        3. The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Bandwidth
        4. Analog and Digital Transmission
        5. Multiplexing
        6. Standards Organizations
      3. Transmission Media: Characteristics and Applications
        1. Twisted-pair
        2. Coaxial Cable
        3. Microwave
        4. Satellite
        5. Fiber Optics
      4. Establishing Communications Channels
        1. Establishing Connections: Switching Modes and Networking Modes
        2. The PSTN Versus the Internet
      5. The PSTN
        1. The PSTN Infrastructure
        2. The Transport Network Infrastructure
        3. Signaling Systems
        4. Intelligent Networks
    6. Data Networking Basics
      1. Data Communications Basics
        1. The Evolution of Data Communication
        2. Data Flow
        3. The OSI Reference Model and Protocols
      2. Wide Area Networking
        1. Circuit-Switched Networks
        2. Packet-Switched Networks
      3. Local Area Networking
        1. LAN Basics
        2. LAN Characteristics
        3. LAN Interconnection and Internetworking
        4. Enterprise Network Trends
      4. The Internet: Infrastructure and Service Providers
        1. Internet Basics
        2. The Organization of the Internet
        3. Service Providers
        4. Internet Interconnection and Exchange
    7. Next-Generation Networks
      1. Next-Generation Networks
        1. The Broadband Evolution
        2. Multimedia Networking Requirements
        3. The Broadband Infrastructure
        4. The Broadband Architecture: Multiservice Networks
      2. Next-Generation Network Services
        1. Traditional Internet Applications
        2. VPNs
        3. Security
        4. VoIP
        5. Multimedia on the Internet: Streaming Media
      3. Optical Networking
        1. Optical Networking Drivers
        2. Components of an End-to-End Optical Network
        3. IP over Optical Standards
        4. Managing Optical Networks
      4. Broadband Access Solutions
        1. xDSL
        2. HFC
        3. Fiber
        4. Wireless Broadband Access Media
        5. Emerging Media
      5. Wireless Communications
        1. Spectrum Reuse
        2. Wireless WANs: Cellular Radio and PCS Networks
        3. Wireless MANs
        4. Wireless LANs
        5. Wireless PANs
      6. The Broadband Home and HANs
        1. The Broadband Home
        2. HANs
    8. Index