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Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems: An Entry-Level Guide

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems: An Entry-Level Guide
Author: John G. Nellist
ISBN 13: 9780471150329
ISBN 10: 471150320
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Publication Date: 2001-10-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
List Price: $90.99

The up-to-date edition of the bestselling guide to the basics of telecommunications and digital technology

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems presents a nontechnical treatment of how voice, video, and multimedia can simultaneously travel over today's evolving telecommunications systems. This updated Third Edition provides a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications field as well as a detailed introduction to the latest lightwave technology.

The author's examination of recent techniques and developing technologies in telecommunications includes:

  • Third-generation cell phones with microbrowser capabilities
  • Changes in the global PCS network
  • Optical switching and transmission parameters
  • Lightwave systems and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing
  • A new chapter (Chapter 17: The Internet) that examines this multimedia structure and the network economy it has created
  • Satellite communications, new transcontinental carriers, lightwave undersea systems, and other advances toward improving global communication

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems is the perfect introduction for anyone whose work requires a fundamental understanding of current developments in telecommunications, as well as for students or inquiring readers who want an overview of telecommunications and the exciting technology of lightwave communications.


This introductory guide provides a nontechnical overview of contemporary telecommunications systems. Chapters discuss the evolution of telecommunications, the computer, analog transmission, digital transmission, basic multiplexing techniques, switching hierarchies, North American digital hierarchy, local subscriber loops, microwave radios, satellite communications, private branch exchange, traffic considerations, video transmissions, wireless technology, the Internet, and lightwave technology. Nellist is a consultant. A glossary is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)