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Essential Guide to Telecommunications, The, 5th Edition

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  • Copyright 2012
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 5th
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-304161-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-304161-3

“Annabel Dodd is a maestro when it comes to demystifying even the most complex telecommunications policies. She takes on the range of issues in the telecom world that shape how we learn, share information, conduct business, and enjoy entertainment. It’s an illuminating, accessible account that provides a much-needed primer for anyone interested in communications policy.”

—Congressman Edward J. Markey, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection


“Annabel Dodd’s book is a clear guide and big picture view of technologies and industries. It is an up-to-date guide for anyone who wants to be familiar with important innovations and key technologies. This is truly an industry bible for mobile, Internet, and networking services.”

—Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter, Boston Globe 

A Completely Revised Bestseller with an Updated Industry Overview and New Coverage of Mobile Networks, LTE, Spectrum, Cloud Computing, and More!


The #1 Telecom Guide for Businesspeople and Nontechnical Professionals, Fully Updated for Cloud Services, Social Media, and Advanced Mobile Networks


Completely updated for the newest trends and technologies, The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Fifth Edition, is the world’s top-selling nontechnical guide to today’s fast-changing telecommunications industry. More than 170,000 copies of previous editions are in print, and this indispensible resource has been translated into nine languages.

Writing in plain language, Dodd demystifies today’s most significant technologies, standards, and architectures. She introduces the industry-leading providers worldwide, explains where they fit in a fast-changing marketplace, and presents their key strategies. Coverage includes 

  • Assessing the massive business and technical implications of the cloud computing revolution
  • How traffic from ubiquitous tools like Skype, Facebook, and smartphones are transforming networks
  • Understanding recent radical changes in data centers
  • How mobile carriers are balancing performance and cost in timing 4G upgrades
  • How new concerns about regulation, security, and privacy are reshaping the industry 

This indispensable guide provides everything you need to know about telecommunications now—whether you’re a salesperson, marketer, investor, or customer.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Author xxvii


Part I: Enabling Technologies, Data Centers, and VoIP PBXs 1

Chapter 1: Computing and Enabling Technologies 3

Key Underlying Technologies 5

Sending Data in Packets 8

Deep Packet Inspection: Traffic Management and Monitoring 10

Compression 14

Increasing Network Capabilities via Multiplexing 18

Wide Area Network Acceleration and Optimization 20

Using Protocols to Establish a Common Set of Rules 22

Protocols and Layers 24

Cloud Computing 25

Single Servers Functioning as Multiple Servers via Virtualization 35

Network Cabling 38

Summary 44

Appendix 46

Chapter 2: Data Centers and IP Private Branch Exchanges 51

Introduction 52

Next-Generation Data Centers: Virtualization and Gigabit Speeds 53

Managing Virtualization 65

Backbone and Individual Local Area Network Structures 69

IP Private Branch Exchange Systems for Internal Use 72

The Technology behind IP Telephony 75

IP Private Branch Exchange Architecture 77

Value-Added Applications for Telephone Systems 87

Summary 100

Appendix 100

Part II: Industry Overview 105


Chapter 3: Competition, Industry Structures, and Regulations 107

Introduction 108

The 1984 Breakup of AT&T 110

Regulatory Issues 117

The State of the Industry 133

Nontraditional Competitors: Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix 150

Appendix 161

Part III: Wide Area Networks and the Internet 163


Chapter 4: Carrier Networks 165

The Public Network 167

Long-Haul Networks: The Core 168

Technologies Used in Carrier Networks 171

Convergence in Core and Metropolitan Networks 174

Transporting Movies and TV in the Core 186

Middle-Mile Networks 187

Last-Mile Access Networks 191

Access Networks in Cable Operators’ Networks 201

Telecommunications Services in National Emergencies 205

Signaling 207

Summary 211

Appendix 213

Chapter 5: Broadband and Wide Area Network Services 215

Introduction 216

A Definition of Broadband 218

VoIP Calling Services over Broadband 219

Multi-Protocol Label Switching for Interoffice Connections 223

Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks over the Internet 229

Securing Transmissions Sent via the Internet 230

Managed Services 235

Using Digital Subscriber Line for Internet Access 239

High-Speed Access via Carrier Gigabit Ethernet 243

T1 and T3: The First Broadband Services for Businesses 246

Private Lines, Network Topology, and Frame Relay 250

Appendix 257

Chapter 6: The Internet 261

Introduction 262

The Growth of the Internet 264

The Structure of the Internet 267

Security Threats from Internal, External, and International Sources 274

Privacy 278

Video Streamed from the Internet to the Front Room 280

Electronic Commerce 286

Online Community Forums 290

Network Neutrality 292

The Digital Divide: Bandwidth, Skills, and Computers 297

Intranets and Extranets 298

Summary 301

Part IV: Mobile Networks and Mobile Carriers Worldwide 303


Chapter 7: Mobile and Wi-Fi Networks 305

Introduction 306

First-Generation Analog Technologies 308

Finite Spectrum for Wireless Networks 309

Second-, Third-, and Fourth-Generation Digital Networks 321

Fourth-Generation Advanced Mobile Services 332

The Streamlined Infrastructure of Long-Term Evolution Architecture 341

The Microcell Technology of Picocells and Femtocells 350

Handheld Devices and Tablet Computers 353

Applications and Services 360

Wi-Fi Standards, Architecture, and Use in Cellular Networks 365

Satellites 376

Summary 378

Appendix 379

Chapter 8: Mobile Carriers Worldwide 387

Introduction 388

The Largest Mobile Carriers Worldwide 390

The Asian Market 392

Latin America 401

Sub-Saharan Africa 405

Europe 412

Summary 421

Glossary 423

Index 449


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