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Newton's Telecom Dictionary Paperback – 1 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books; 27th Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979387361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979387364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I work in Telecoms and we have a fair few editions of this book scattered about the office, this being the 27th.
My assumption was that the shortcomings in the ones I picked up was due to their age, sadly not the case.

Telecoms is full of acronyms - so I can see why a dictionary would be useful. The problem is that this is simply not a technical book.
To be fair this revision does actually cover items like an RNC, but the definition simply simply states "Radio Network Controller". I wasn't expecting an essay, but not unreasonable to want a bit more information or a reference to related components.

Huge swathes of the book seem to be devoted to colloquial terms field engineers (circa 1990) might use, and the explanations and in-jokes seem to get a paragraph devoted to them. Clue is surely on the cover "... plus 696 Bonus money-saving tips"
Just has the distinct feeling of having been dumped out of a database with the sole intention of racking up the number of definitions on the cover to justify the new edition.

Pretty much sole plus-point is that this book has a lighter-weight cover, 'bible-paper' pages and is overall smaller than the previous editions, making it a lot easier to pick up and flick through with your thumb.
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Good high level reference for non network telecom professionals who need a reasonable awareness. I buy one every 5 or so years.

I agree it is a bit dated, however I have grown up through telecoms with it so this matters less to me ; comfort from the nostalgia perhaps.

So if you want a useful guide that is more than a bluffers guide or for dummies this is the book to buy. If you want something more technical try an Artech house publication
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HASH(0x9e3d71d4) out of 5 stars Another solid upgrade 15 Jan. 2013
By Graybeard - Published on
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This is a solid upgrade from the 26th edition. Amazingly, the price still is the same as it was in the 23rd through 26th editions, which had fewer definitions. This is a big difference from my cable TV company, which jacks up prices 5%-6% per year -- and even more -- for some services.

There are many new wireless terms in the 27th edition, reflecting society's and the telecommunications industry's massive, historic shift from wired to wireless communications. There also are new terms related to over-the-top services, the Internet, internetworking, network security, military communications, telecom regulation, billing, traditional wireline telephony, international communications, and cable TV.

Some of the many new terms in the 27th edition: Bluetooth 4.0, dual-SIM phone, multi-SIM phone, cell phone charm, cell phone forensics, cell tower in a box, tower dump, color ringback tone, mobile security, paired frequencies, 802.11ac, 802.11ah, Wi-Fi ad insertion, Wi-Fi bypass, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi divide, Wi-Fi offload, beacon receiver, beacon station, antenna siting industry, Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC), DOCSIS 3.1, XaaS, derived voice line, energy harvesting, cable chart, multichannel operator, showrooming, Facebook, CenturyLink, SpectrumCo, Berkeley Blue, Oaf Tobark.

The 27th edition also has a lot of updates reflecting the many mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures that have taken place in the industry, including, for example, Telcordia's ever-changing ownership, Verizon's acquisitions and divestitures, CenturyLink's evolution and acquisitions, Sun Microsystems' acquisition by Oracle, US West's evolution (now part of CenturyLink), Sprint's MADs, and MCI's/WorldCom's M&As and eventual acquisition by Verizon.

The earlier edition's definition of Skype has been fixed and expanded.

The humorous entries still are there, and more have been added. One such entry -- in the timeline -- cracked me up, but I suspect that some readers will not understand it's a joke and will mistakenly think it's true.

There still are some puzzling omissions, such as antenna farm, second mile, voice chat, VoIP app, smart ARPU, smart M2M, smart TV, and TV app. Also, I'm not sure why the entry for Antonio Meucci is three columns long. Meucci was just one of hundreds of inventors who each claimed to have invented the telephone first, after Alexander Graham Bell got his patent for it. If the dictionary has a blurb on Meucci, why not do so too for each of the other 100 or so individuals who each also claimed to be the true inventor of the telephone? Many of their stories probably are as fascinating as Meucci's.

On the down side, the dictionary is riddled with spelling mistakes and also has some factually incorrect definitions. It would benefit from professional editing and peer review.

This dictionary is an excellent reference work which industry veterans and newbies, IT professionals, consultants, students, educators, journalists, and government officials will find very useful even in spite of its typos and content errors.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4df108) out of 5 stars educational 10 May 2013
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great desk reference. I got this for a new job I am training for an have found this very useful
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HASH(0x9d4fb018) out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 6 May 2013
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This is the second copy of this book I've owned, the first was purchased about 10 years ago. I'm a project manager for very technical teams and it contains the complete and clear information I need to help me start asking informed questions when given a new project. It's great for looking up acronyms when they come up, too. The random extra listings make the book quirky and fun.
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HASH(0x9d59a144) out of 5 stars The classic all-in-one reference updated - nothing compares. 31 May 2013
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If you ever needed to know anything about modern communications technology, it is somewhere in here. Ever read something technical and it sounds like a foreign language? This book will define almost anything, with cross references to further your understanding. Required for anyone who deals with any modern communications system or device.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4e1d44) out of 5 stars Great Dictionary of the I.T. world 18 May 2013
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I had an older edition of this book, it helped me out when I was in college, I bought the updated edition because technology keeps changing and instead of researching online, it is all in this one book.
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