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Introduction to Telecommunications (2002) - 1st Edition Hardcover – 2002

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  • Hardcover
  • ASIN: B001AD0V0U
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,283,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By science-buff on November 13, 2007
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This is a gentle but thick intro book for beginning telecom students or professionals. The technical topics covered are impressive, more so than other similar titles. The chapters on outside plant, core networks, and access networks are informative. But the content is marred by sloppy technical or editing errors.

The author did a poor job at editing or checking the technical sources; especially since this is a 2nd edition 5 years after the 1st edition in 2002. Minor typos are quite frequently encountered (calling RFC as REF). The occasional serious ones (like defining UBR as unavailable bit rate instead of unspecified bit rate; specifying the FM band in kHz instead of MHz).

The illustrations are especially bad - like the large number of illustrated signal curves that slant backwards in time; the illustrator used by Prentice-Hall apparently has no scientific background or training and the author did not bother to check the drawings.

Other peculiar narratives include comparing IP protocol to Julia Roberts - apparently to cater to the college crowd. Certain parts are outdated, such as calling the future of ATM as promising in this 2007 edition when the entire telecom industry (both U.S. and the rest of world) is moving to either MPLS or ethernet transport for both the access and core networks.

This could have been a promising book but unfortunately it was completed in a rush. What a pity!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave on March 2, 2007
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This has to be the worst textbook that I've been asked to read while working on my Master's degree. It is full of out right errors, misleading statements, and poor grammar. Both the publisher and author should be ashamed to have unleashed such a book on the student population (at any level).

Errors I have found include:

1. graphs of time dependent functions do not loop back on themselves.

2. sound waves are not part of the electromagnetic spectrum

3. The sidebar on Morse code symbols is incorrect.

4. Geosynchronous satellites orbit at 22,300 miles not feet.

5. LEO stands for Low Earth Orbit not low orbiting earth.

6. There may be more.
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By SomeRandomGuy on March 29, 2013
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Its a book, I was forced to buy it because it was "Required to take the course". I can honestly say I opened it once maybe twice because I felt bad. Besides that it sat in the corner all semester because we never actually needed it. Seriously whats with classes requiring books that we don't actually use.

But yeah the book its self seemed to have good information and all but nothing you couldn't find on google in like 3 seconds. So if your not buying this for college I wouldn't recommend it.
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By JTL on May 22, 2015
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Bad print job. Some symbols I can't even read because they are printed so light or halfway printed. lots of error's. I'm embarrassed the college I attend asked me to buy this book. Black and white is one thing to save color, but to dial down the ink volume settings to barely readable is crazy.
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By Miranda CJ on April 15, 2015
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Great Textbook and fast shipping.
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