This easy-to-understand explanation of major aspects of today's telecommunications systems aims to give readers comprehensive coverage of the four major areas of telephone systems - station apparatus, transmission, switching and signalling. While maintaining all the fundamental information from the earlier editions, this revised and updated edition includes a perspective on telephony that includes central office, local loop, subscriber loop carrier, switching, multiplexing, LATA, signalling and network architecture. It also includes developments in fibre optic systems, information on PCS systems including GSM, TDMA, CDMA and policy implications of the US Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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Here is the definitive Bible on the architectures of the systems that provide telephone service, including a look at architectures for future systems. Describing in detail the hardware and software of four major systems widely used in the US today, plus two others commonly used worldwide, you get the comprehensive information you need to understand switching systems in historical context and in relation to regulatory frameworks. Plus, you see how factors such as customer services and modern computer applications have affected switching systems, and you get background discussions on relevant theory and boundary conditions -- such as transmission systems, telephone operation, and the human element.
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