Telecom, Datacom and Networking for Non-Engineers: Reference Book - CTNS Study Guide

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CTNS Study Guide and companion reference textbook.

Telecom, Datacom and Networking for Non-Engineers is the study guide and companion reference textbook for the TCO Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist (CTNS) telecommunications certification.

This book is ideal as a companion study guide while taking the courses, and will serve as an invaluable day-to-day reference in the future.  It can also be used for self-study, delivering the core knowledge needed in telecommunications today: fundamental concepts and jargon, the PSTN, wireless telecommunications, the OSI model and Layers, Ethernet, IP packets, IP addresses, networks and routers, MPLS, carrier networks and carrier services.

Designed for non-Engineers, this comprehensive book explains telecom and networks in plain English: the jargon, buzzwords, mainstream technologies and services, standard practices, and most importantly, the underlying ideas… and how it all fits together.

This invaluable resource contains all of the text and the main graphic from every lesson in all six of Teracom’s online CTNS telecommunications certification courses:

The PSTN
Fundamentals • Loops & Trunks • Analog • Voiceband • POTS • CO • Remotes • DSL

Wireless Telecommunications
Radio Concepts • Mobility • Cellular Networks • GSM • CDMA • 4G LTE • WiFi • Satellite

The OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks
Protocols & Standards • OSI Model • Layers • TCP/IP • How Protocol Stacks Work

Ethernet, LANs and VLANs
LAN Concepts • Ethernet and 802.3 • MAC Addresses • LAN Cables • Switches • VLANs

IP Networks, Routers and Addresses
Packets • Networks • Routers & Routing • IP Addresses • DHCP • NAT • IPv6

MPLS and Carrier Packet Networks
Carrier Networks • Carrier Services • MPLS • SLAs • CoS • Integration • Aggregation

The online courses are interactive and rich with photos, images and animated graphics, plus a voiceover. This is the textbook. Visit teracomtraining.com or our youTube channel youtube.com/teracomtraining for previews and free samples of the online courses.

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About the author

Eric Coll is an international expert in telecommunications, data communications and networking and has been actively involved in the industry since 1983. He holds Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (Electrical) degrees, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in his home jurisdiction.

Mr. Coll has taught telecommunications technology training seminars to wide acclaim across North America since 1992, and has broad experience working as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. He has worked for Nortel's R&D labs as a design engineer on projects including digital voice and data communications research and digital telecom network equipment design, and on satellite radar systems, consulting on Wide Area Network design, and many other projects in capacities ranging from detailed design and implementation to systems engineering, project leader and consultant.

In addition to being founder and Director of Teracom Training Institute, Mr. Coll provides consulting to the telecommunications industry, specializing in telecommunications technology R&D and as a Subject Matter Expert in tax matters.


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Sep 9, 2013
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362
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9781894887069
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English
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Computers / Internet / General
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Packed with information, authoritative, up to date, covering all major topics - and written in plain English - Telecom 101 Telecommunications Reference Book is an invaluable textbook and day-to-day reference on telecommunications.

Telecom 101 covers the core knowledge set required in the telecommunications business today: the technologies, the players, the products and services, jargon and buzzwords, and most importantly, the underlying ideas... and how it all fits together.

The course materials for Teracom’s famous Course 101 Telecom, Datacom and Networking for Non-Engineers, augmented with additional topics and bound in this one volume bring you consistency, completeness and unbeatable value.

Our approach can be summed up with a simple philosophy: Start at the beginning.  Progress in a logical order.  Build one concept on top of another.  Finish at the end.  Avoid jargon.  Speak in plain English.

Bust the buzzwords, demystify jargon, and cut through doubletalk!
Fill gaps and build a solid base of structured knowledge.
Understand how everything fits together.
... knowledge and understanding that lasts a lifetime.

Ideal for anyone needing a book covering all major topics in telecom, data communications, IP and networking… in plain English.

A wealth of clear, concise, organized knowledge, impossible to find in one place anywhere else!

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Your Go-To Telecommunications Resource

Covering all major topics, we begin with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), then
• progress in a logical order, building one concept on top of another,
• from voice and data fundamentals to digital, packets, IP and Ethernet, VoIP,
• fiber and wireless, DSL and cable, routers and networks, MPLS, ISPs and CDNs,
• and finish with the Brave New World of IP Telecom, where voice, data and video are the same thing.

• An invaluable day-to-day reference handbook

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• Up-to-date: published 2016

• Allows you to study and review topics before attending a course

• An economical and convenient way to self-study
... these are the materials to an instructor-led course that costs $1395 to attend.

• The Certification Study Guide for the prestigious Telecommunications Certification Organization (TCO) Certified Telecommunications Analyst (CTA) telecommunications certification.

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Written by our top instructor, Eric Coll, M.Eng., Telecom 101 contain 35 years of knowledge and learning distilled and organized into an invaluable study guide and practical day-to-day reference for non-engineers.

Looking through the chapter list and detailed outline below, you'll see that many chapters of Telecom 101 are like self-contained reference books on specific topics, like the PSTN, IP, LANs, MPLS and cellular.

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Chapter List

Telecom 101 is composed of three parts: Fundamentals of Telecommunications, Telecommunications Technologies, and the IP Telecommunications Network.

PART I  FUNDAMENTALS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

1 INTRODUCTION
2 FUNDAMENTALS OF TELEPHONY
3 SWITCHING
4 THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

We begin with the fundamentals of telephony and the telephone network – the basis for understanding everything else.

First is the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN): loops and trunks, circuit-switching, analog, the voiceband and Plain Ordinary Telephone Service (POTS). Plus, new for the fourth edition: Voice over IP (VoIP) is now part of the fundamentals.

Next is switching, starting with traditional telephone switches: Centrex, PBX and PBX trunks, and how that relates to the newer ideas of softswitches, Hosted PBX and SIP trunking.

This part is completed with a chapter on the telecommunications business: Local Exchange Carriers and Inter-Exchange Carriers, ILECs and CLECs, the main players and how carriers interconnect.

PART II TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

5 DIGITAL
6 TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
7 THE NETWORK CLOUD AND SERVICE PROVISIONING
8 FIBER OPTICS
9 DSL AND CABLE MODEMS: LAST MILE ON COPPER
10 WIRELESS

The second part is devoted to telecommunications technologies: the actual methods used to implement circuits and services.

We begin with digital: what digital is, how voice and video are digitized, and how digitized information is actually transmitted.

The next chapter is transmission systems: the high-capacity systems developed to carry many users’ traffic. This starts with the installed base of channelized systems, the hierarchy of DS0, DS1 and DS3 rates and an overview of T1, T3, SONET and ISDN.

Then our attention turns to the new generation packetized systems, introducing the concepts of overbooking and bandwidth on demand instead of channels, how this is implemented with frames and packets, coexistence and transition from channels to packets.

Then we understand the “Network Cloud”, how services are actually implemented, the three basic types of services and the equipment used for each.

Completing this part are chapters on the technologies used to implement the network:

Fiber Optics, including fundamentals of fiber, wave-division multiplexing, the network core, Metropolitan Area Networks, Passive Optical Networks and fiber to the premise.

Last Mile on Copper: DSL and Cable Modems, including fundamentals of modems, DSLAMs, VDSL, broadband and cable modems.

Wireless, concentrating on mobile communications: cellular and mobility concepts, the technologies TDMA, CDMA and OFDM, the generations from 1G to 4G, and the systems GSM, UMTS, 1X and LTE. This chapter is completed with WiFi and satellite.

PART III THE IP PACKET-SWITCHED TELECOM NETWORK (IP-PSTN)

11 "DATA" COMMUNICATIONS CONCEPTS
12 CODING, FRAMES AND PACKETS
13 THE OSI LAYERS AND PROTOCOL STACKS
14 ETHERNET, LANS AND VLANS
15 IP NETWORKS, ROUTERS AND ADDRESSES
16 MPLS AND CARRIER NETWORKS
17 THE INTERNET
18 WRAPPING UP

The third part of Telecom 101 is dedicated to the new-generation IP telecommunications network.

We begin by understanding how convergence was achieved by treating voice and video like data – then accordingly, cover the fundamentals of what used to be called “data communications”: DTEs, DCEs, LANs and WANs and the crucial concepts of packets and frames.

There are so many functions that need to be performed to implement phone calls, television, web browsing, email and everything else over the IP network, a structure is necessary to be able to identify and discuss separate issues separately. For this purpose, there is a chapter on the OSI Reference Model and its layers, identifying what the layers are, examples of protocols for each layer and how they work together in a protocol stack.

Then we begin moving up the layers. The next chapter is on Ethernet, LANs and VLANs (Layer 2), including MAC addresses and MAC frames, LAN cables, Optical Ethernet, LAN switches and how VLANs are used to separate traffic.

The next chapter is all about IP (Layer 3): how routers implement the network, routing tables, IP addresses, subnets, IPv4 address classes, static addresses, dynamic addresses and DHCP; public addresses, private addresses and NAT; and an overview of IP version 6.

On a real-world telecom network, a traffic management system is required. This is implemented with a technique called in general virtual circuits, and in particular with MPLS. The next chapter in the book covers the fundamentals, briefly reviews legacy technologies X.25, Frame Relay and ATM, then focuses on MPLS and how it is used to implement VPNs, Class of Service, service integration and traffic aggregation.

The last main chapter is on the Internet: its origins, what an ISP is and how an ISP connects to the rest of the Internet via transit and peering, the web, the Domain Name System, HTML and HTTP, SSL, MIME and base- 64 encoding for email, Internet telephony and Internet VPNs vs. business customer “MPLS service”.

The final chapter is a summary and wrap-up, covering technology deployment from the top down, useful reference charts listing all of the technologies, standard network designs and ending with a look at The Future.

APPENDICES

Telecommunications technology is in constant change – and some technologies that used to be of prime importance are not so important today, and so have been moved from the main part of the book into appendices. 

The very last part of the book provides a comprehensive list decoding mainstream acronyms and abbreviations used in telecom.

A ALL ABOUT T1
B LEGACY VOICE SERVICES AND JARGON
C ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

Telecom 101
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