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    BKITTATS.RVW 20000508 Introduction to Telephones and Telephone Systems , A. Michael Noll, 1998, 1-58053-000-1, U$49.00 %A A. Michael Noll %C 685 Canton
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      BKITTATS.RVW 20000508

      "Introduction to Telephones and Telephone Systems", A. Michael Noll,
      1998, 1-58053-000-1, U$49.00
      %A A. Michael Noll
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 1998
      %G 1-58053-000-1
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$49.00 800-225-9977 fax: 617-769-6334 artech@...
      %P 373 p.
      %T "Introduction to Telephones and Telephone Systems, Third Edition"

      The introduction states that this book is intended for educated
      managers and laypeople who do not have an engineering degree. I
      certainly fit within that category, and I could probably lay claim to
      a bit more. However, I was disappointed in the work contained in this
      volume. The explanations are not as clear as they could be, and while
      the text has some interesting and useful explanations for a little
      known field, it doesn't live up to its promise.

      Chapter one is a general introduction to telecommunications, including
      a rather interesting table showing that telephone service generates
      more revenue than television and movies combined. Some simple network
      concepts are outlined in chapter two. The components of telephone
      sets and stations are described in chapter three, with a fair amount
      of history thrown in. Chapter four looks at the physical side of
      things with analogue transmission media and systems. Digital
      transmission systems are listed in chapter five, with various related
      technologies being discussed along with T-1s, fibre, and undersea
      cables. Electromechanical switches may be of merely historical
      interest nowadays, but chapter six does not really do them justice.
      Digital switching also gets some historical background in chapter
      seven. Chapter eight is a very basic introduction to signalling.
      Wireless concepts, in chapter nine, get a good, quick introduction
      that concentrates on cellular phone service.

      Chapter ten's review of data communications is possibly workable for
      non-professionals, but seems to indicate that the author is not really
      comfortable with the topic. A variety of telecommunications services
      in listed in chapter eleven, including video, Internet, 800 service,
      videotex, fax. Not all of these, of course, were useful or well
      received. A history of the US telecom industry is given in chapter
      twelve. The final chapter, as is common, is an editorial and

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKITTATS.RVW 20000508

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