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Telecom For Dummies

Telecom For Dummies

Stephen P. Olejniczak

ISBN: 978-0-471-77085-5

Apr 2006

384 pages

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  • Worldwide telecom spending was over $4 trillion in 2004, and virtually all 12 million businesses in the U.S. buy phone and other telecom services
  • Our book shows people at small and medium-sized businesses how to make sense of telecom lingo and get the best deals
  • Includes an overview of the major players in the telecom industry and an easy-to-understand explanation of the existing telecom infrastructure
  • Helps people pinpoint the telecom services best suited to their business needs, understand billing, and troubleshoot problems
  • Covers emerging industry trends, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and how they can help businesses cut costs

Part I: The ABCs of Telecom Service.

Chapter 1: A Buyer’s Scoop on Telecom.

Chapter 2: Making (And Living with) Telecom Decisions.

Chapter 3: Getting Around the Telecom Neighborhood.

Part II: Reviewing Telecom Products and Prices.

Chapter 4: Understanding Dedicated Service Requirements.

Chapter 5: Meeting Toll-Free Service, the Red-Headed Stepchild of Telecom.

Chapter 6: Getting the Non-Accountant’s Guide to Your Phone Bill.

Part III: Ordering and Setting Up Telecom Service.

Chapter 7: Ordering Regular Phone Lines and New Long-Distance Service.

Chapter 8: Ordering Dedicated Service.

Chapter 9: Ordering Toll-Free Service.

Chapter 10: Activating Your Dedicated Circuit and Toll-Free Numbers.

Part IV: Taking Care of Your Telecom System.

Chapter 11: Maintaining Your Telecom Services.

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Switched Network Issues.

Chapter 13: Troubleshooting Your Dedicated Circuits.

Part V: What’s Hot (Or Just Geeky) in the Telecom World.

Chapter 14: Transferring Data, Not Just Voice Content.

Chapter 15: Riding the Internet Wave: VoIP.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Acronyms and What They Really Mean.

Chapter 17: Ten Troublesome Telecom Traits to Avoid.

Chapter 18: Ten Places to Go for Hints and Help.

Appendix: Making a Loopback Plug.