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The telecommunications industry encompasses hundreds of different technologies, which in turn have spawned many trade names, jargon terms and legal definitions. Those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the technologies, laws and marketing programmes that govern telecommunications need to read The Essential Guide to Telecommunications.

Author Annabel Z. Dodd begins by pointing out that telecommunications technologies have everything to do with signals moving over media. She then goes on to catalogue some of the various kinds of signals and media, covering traditional switched telephone service, dedicated lines, public branch exchanges (PBXs) and automatic call distributors (ACDs) along the way. After that foray into technology, she gets into the US telecommunications business environment, focusing heavily on the federal break-up of AT&T in 1984 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She then explains additional technologies: datacommunications; the Internet-ISDN, Frame Relay, and analogue modems all get attention. The author also pays plenty of attention to wireless solutions, including satellite communications.

Unlike Newton's Telecom Dictionary (which remains an excellent resource), this book can be successfully read from start to finish by a reader with practically no telecommunications' knowledge at the outset. Read and understand--that's what good technical books, like this one, enable you to do. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"From starting entrepreneurs to industry veterans, employees from all kinds of network communications companies have found this primer to be an excellent reference book and interesting reading...the best way to keep current on evolving technology."
―Carol J. Meier, Executive Director, Massachusetts Network Communications Council

"With jargon-free definitions, clear schematic drawings, and its steady narrative drive, The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is a reassuring testament to the human ability to comprehend and communicate at some fundamental level even the most bewildering technology."
―David Warsh, Editor, Economic Principals.com

"I find this book very useful for my graduate students in business and economics to become familiar with an up-to-date explanation of modern telecommunications."
―Jerry Hausman, McDonald Professor of Economics, MIT

"Annabel Dodd has distilled down the essential elements of digital communications and cogently translated the technobabble of the telecommunications revolution. This fine new edition of her book explains how Internet Protocol-based broadband networks will affect consumers, companies, and communities as the inexorable march of digital technologies continues...."
―Congressman Edward J. Markey, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection

"Annabel Dodd's Guide is an excellent source of technical information that's understandable to people who never studied engineering. I use it regularly."
―Jon Van, technology reporter, The Chicago Tribune

"The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is probably one of the most useful and well-written books on our telecom bookshelf. Annabel Z. Dodd does a great job in capturing a snapshot of the current telecom industry. Even those with little or no technical training should be able to understand the text. This is the perfect book for salespeople who want to learn more about the products and services they are selling, or for those who just want to keep up to date on the latest in telecom technology."
―William Van Hefner, President, Vantek Communications, Inc.

"As a technology management consultant, I am often required to have hands-on knowledge on a wide range of technology topics. Whenever I need quick and accurate information on telecommunications technology, I turn to The Essential Guide to Telecommunications. I find it to be a very valuable reference."
―Lumas Kendrick, Jr., Kendrick Technology Associates

"The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is a fine guide to the field, readable by anyone, useful to everyone. As a first guide to the field, as a reference, and as a commentary on the history and strategy of telecommunications, it is simply superb."
―Andrew Allentuck, Review Editor, Globetechnology, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto

"People who enjoy a straightforward view of the ever-changing world of high technology will like this book. I did."
―William Sherry, Product Specialist, Messaging & Mobility Applications, Avaya

"Ms. Dodd continues to provide an excellent and thorough text on the telecommunications industry. As in her previous editions, she presents a good balance of technical- and business-related information that is readily understandable by anyone with an interest in this key component of today's business environment. In her new edition, she has captured many of the recent changes in this dynamic field that will affect every company in the years ahead. I strongly recommend her book to anyone who wants a better understanding of telecommunications"
―Joe McGrath, Vice President, Information Technologies, Sepracor Inc.

"After reading The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, I regret that there is not an Oscar given to authors. ANI, DNIS, ILEC, MMDS―Are you familiar with all of these terms? If you are, then you move to the front of the class. If you are not, then you're among 90 percent of the population that might just be missing out on some of the latest technological advancements that can significantly impact your business and increase your bottom line. It pays to read Dodd's book and gain an insight in this fast-changing field."
―Brad Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer, ITV Direct Inc.

"This book is an excellent resource to understand the technologies used in the data and telecommunications industry. Dodd brings together the descriptions, standards, and history to not only answer "what" but also "why." In particular, those new to the industry will appreciate the clear language and broad scope."
―Brent D. Stewart, Course Director, Global Knowledge

"I have used this book in my classes on Internet and telecommunications policy for years, and each edition is always the best and most thorough explanation of these complex topics. And I always tell my students to keep this book handy as a basic reference on issues that will undoubtedly be part of their careers in the future."
―Gary Chapman, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

The fully updated nontechnical telecom guide for business people and other professionals

The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is the world's #1 nontechnical guide to telecommunications. Writing in plain English, leading telecom consultant Annabel Dodd has completely updated this fourth edition to reflect the vast changes in the industry. Dodd explores the new competitive forces, critical industry issues, and important technologies that impact network security, reliability, and the pace of innovation.

  • How mergers and acquisitions are reshaping the industry

  • High-speed Internet from cable and DSL to "last-mile fiber"

  • Phone systems and networks: VoIP, PBXs, the PSTN, MPLS, and more

  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WiMAX, 3G mobile networks, and beyond

  • RFID, sensor networks, personal area networks, and other emerging technologies

  • Converged applications, from multimedia messaging to video-on-demand

  • Globalization's growing impact on the industry

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By A Customer on 13 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to get a good overview of telecommunication technologies. This book is completely US centric, and contains much about US telco's and the evolution of US telecomms. I feel this should be made clear in the title, or a world-wide version be made available.
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This book provided an excellent overview of the very broad range of telecommunications topics, including history, telephone technologies, data technologies, protocols, and standards; from twisted-pair copper through fiber-optic, cellular, and satellite. It is a very quick read and a great introduction to anyone new to telecommunications. Its coverage is very good considering the broad range of topics covered.
It does not, however, provide much depth on any one technology. Most topics, such as ATM, SONET, etc., are covered in one to four pages each. It was significantly less than I was looking for, but I am still impressed with how well Ms. Dodd covered such a broad range of topics. Anyone with a high school education, no telecom experience, and the motivation to do it, could read and learn from this book.
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I bought this book as an introduction to the industry. I found it a disorganised collection of articles requiring some degree of industry and technical knowledge just make sense of the content. It is neither an introductory text, nor a source of reference for the expert, so I am not sure as to who it is meant to help.
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
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Admittedly, I bought this book with one focus: learning about DSL -- but then the second topic (after ATM) listed on the book was DSL. DSL makes for 6 pages total in this book and the book says the modems will cost suppliers $1500 and therefore is skeptical about DSL. Therefore, I guess, the book doesn't even really bother to explain DSL, instead focusing more pages on ISDN. I just feel a book that claims on its cover that it "Covers all the hot technologies: Internet, wireless, ATM, DSL..." should do so. I didn't bother reading other sections since the DSL coverage was limited and inaccurate/dated.
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This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in telecommunications. This is one of the best books we have reviewed to date. The information in the book is accurate, up to date, and easy to understand (a rarity for telecomm books).
Other books recommended by PhoneZone.Com include:
Newton's Telecomm Dictionary (good overview of telecomm terms) PC Based Telephony, Bob Edgar (good introduction to computer telephony programming)
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