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Communications Technology Explained

Communications Technology Explained

Mark Norris

ISBN: 978-0-470-84184-6 October 2001 288 Pages


This comprehensive text provides a clear and concise explanation of communications technology and the key telecommunications and computing concepts. Written in an accessible style, considerable attention has been paid to making the topics comprehensible and to convey understanding, not just data.

  • Enables the reader to extend their knowledge of communications technology
  • Details the ideas that are both current and evolving in communication systems
  • Allows the non-expert to question both accurately and in-depth whilst providing context
  • for the specialist and detail for the generalist
  • Offers advice to the network and telecommunications specialist

This is essential reading for anyone who needs to appreciate the breadth of communications technology. It is also aimed at the project manager, system analyst and software designer and will be a useful text for final year and postgraduate students on computer science, electrical engineering, IT and telecommunications courses.


About the Author.

1 The New Communications Business.

1.1 Some Basic Concepts.

1.2 Technological Change.

1.3 The Public Switched Telephone Network.

1.4 The Internet.

1.5 Distributed Computing.

1.6 Summary.


2 Technology Trends.

2.1 From Narrowband to Broadband.

2.2 From Voice to Multiservice Networks.

2.3 From Desktop to Core Network.

2.4 From Wires to Wireless.

2.5 From Switched to Intelligent Networks.

2.6 Computer Telephony Integration.

2.7 Summary.


3 Key Telecommunications Concepts.

3.1 Back to Basics.

3.2 Some Practical Issues.

3.3 Data Networks.

3.4 Useful Models.

3.5 Network Products.

3.6 Summary.


4 Telecommunications Technology.

4.1 Bulk Transmission-SONET/SDH.

4.2 Signalling in the Network-C7.

4.3 Exploiting the Local Loop-xDSL and ISDN.

4.4 Satellite Communications.

4.5 Network and Service Management.

4.6 Speech Coding.

4.7 Traffic Engineering.

4.8 Summary.


5 Key Computing Concepts.

5.1 Object Orientation.

5.2 Client/Server.

5.3 The Three-Tier Architecture.

5.4 Middleware.

5.5 Mobile Code.

5.6 Data Warehousing.

5.7 Application Program Interfaces.

5.8 Agents.

5.9 Summary.


6 Computing Technology.

6.1 Distributed Objects.

6.2 Remote Procedure Call.

6.3 Directories.

6.4 Security.

6.5 Distributed Transaction Processing.

6.6 Summary.


7 The Intelligent Network.

7.1 Why Networks need to be Intelligent.

7.2 IN Architecture and Terminology.

7.3 Examples of IN Services.

7.4 Service Management and Creation in the IN.

7.5 Centralised or Distributed Intelligence?

7.6 Summary.


8 The Internet and Intranets.

8.1 Views of the Net.

8.2 Putting the Puzzle Together.

8.3 Behind the Scenes.

8.4 Intranets and Extranets.

8.5 Summary.


9 Communication Standards.

9.1 The Players.

9.2 How They Work Together.

9.3 Summary.

10 A Meeting of Minds.

10.1 Are We Having Fun Yet?

10.2 It's Good to Talk.

10.3 Two Become One.

10.4 Summary.



"...attempts the ambitious task of introducing a wide spectrum of readers to the communications technology and industry..." (New Books and Multimedia,, November/December 2000)