- Series: Mcgraw-Hill Telecom Portable Consultant,
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (October 25, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071382135
- ISBN-13: 978-0071382137
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
"An outstanding book for the novice that should be on the desk of every industry professional as well. Written in a style that is never boring, it covers the vast technological landscape from standards and protocols to premise, access and transport technologies, managing to entertain every step of the way."
Kenneth R. Sato
Even veterans will welcome this short-cut course to the expanding universe of telecom. Far more than the standard acronym-studded quick fix, Telecom Crash Course is a true tutorial to the essentials of the field, offering not just quick explanations but context, connections, and wisdom. Without the need for an engineering degree or an MBA, you'll quickly grasp both key technologies and the markets that drive them.
FUN TO READ
TELECOM CRASH COURSE gives you an enjoyable and colorful intro to the field. Lively, pointed stories drive home important points. Plus, you get rigorous technical accuracy-with explanations of each technology's economic importance. This is the book to choose if you mean business in telecom.
What you need to know, FAST!
* The one book every telecom beginner needs
* Explains each technology in terms of market basics: Why is it important?
* Deciphers the alphabet soup of telecom acronyms-not just what they stand for but what they mean and how they can generate profits
* Wireless internet, optical networking, 3G, IP, protocol layer, PSTN, ATM, spread spectrum, GPRS, SIP. Confused? You won't be after a few hours with the Telecom Crash Course
About the Author
STEVEN SHEPARD is the author of three previous well-received books: the industry bestseller Telecommunications Convergence, SONET/SDH Demystified, and Optical Networking Crash Course. A professional writer and educator, formerly with Hill Associates, he frequently conducts seminars and workshops on telecom topics. He lives in Williston, Vermont.
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Top customer reviews
Drawing upon nearly three decades of personal experience and research, he manages to turn what could be a dreadfully dull subject into a scintillating story of science, history and data communicaion hardware.
The content is up-to-date and well organized, the illustrations very appropriate and the index very thorough. Personally, however, I find Mr. Shepherd's sense of humor in the face of such weighty topics to be the best part of my reading experience.
Who else could work Vinton Cerf and Douglas Adams into the same narrative?
Mr. Shepherd uses ingenious metaphors to clarify difficult concepts, as he does in the excerpt below regarding conflicting world standards.
"Many countries play football, for example, but the rules are all slightly different. In the United States, players are required to weigh more than a car, yet be able to run faster than one. In Australian Rules football, the game is declared forfeit if it fails to produce at least one body part amputaion on the field...They are both football, however.In data communications, the problem is similar; there are many protocols out there that accomplish the same thing."
Mr. Shepherd manages to infuse what could be a terribly dry catalog of facts with cheerful, sometimes almost whimsical language that keeps the reader's interest throughout the most convoluted jungle of acronyms, jargon and obscure technical terminology.
I found the information in this text to be clear, logical and very helpful in leading me to a better understanding of the highly important field of 21st century telecommunications.
Buy this book, you won't regret it.
The PROS: The book is comprehensive and walks through the very tactical level, detailed explanation of specific technologies and the many ways that a given portion of data can move across the planet. If you're new to the field, reading this book is the cheapest and fastest method to be armed with a semi-comprehensive knowledge spanning the industry.
The CONS: I can see how people could say that this book gets lost in the weeds because the explanations are sometimes extensive, detailed, and probably don't fit the bill if you're looking for a book covering the overall trends present in the telecoms market. If you're looking for a "big concepts" book only, this isn't for you. Reviewers commenting on the book's lack of focus were probably hoping primarily for a "here are the major trends in the industry" and not an industry technology primer, a "crash course" in the industry.
Buy the paperback. It's a bit of a painful read in places, but hey, this is Telecoms, and it doesn't get too many people hyper excited--if you're buying a book called "Telecoms Crash Course" and expecting a nail-biting thriller, you probably have some misplaced expectations! Enjoy.
The book does an excellent job of being ubiquitous and covering all the aspects of the telecom field that you've ever heard about. At the same, I found it easy to skip around in reading chapters, based on my own priorities in buying the book. The chapters are divided very logically into sections on the Telephone network, Access technologies, Transport options, Protocols, etc. (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, you will after reading this book :).
One of my favorite aspects of the books is that the author is very good at using diagrams to supplement his text, which can be rare in more engineering/technical books. The whole picture-worth-a-thousand-words idea, especially if you take the time to go through the diagrams.
Yes, the text can require a few read-throughs - but telecommunications itself is a dense field that really requires one to be patience in reading and gain understanding of the technology. There *is* a lot of detail stuffed through out the chapters, and perhaps not everyone will care to know everything -- but that is alright, there is no harm in skipping the nitty-gritty of sections that do not interest you.
Please, please, please do not let the bad reviews of this book discourage you from checking it out. I just finished reading the entire book, and wanted to log on to share my high opinion of it.