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Telecommunications Technology in the 1980s

Published 1978

by Walter S. Baer


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An overview of advances in telecommunications technology that can be anticipated in commercial systems during the 1980s. Topics covered: (1) Computers and components: microprocessors; memory devices; input/output devices. (2) Computer influences on telecommunication systems and services: substitution of information processing for transmission; digital communications; mixing of voice, data, message, and image communications; integration of information processing and communications. (3) Communications terminals. (4) Transmission and switching systems: communications satellites; optical fiber transmission; microwave, cable, wire, and wave-guide transmission; digital transmission; switching technologies. (5) Local distribution: telephone wire pairs, coaxial cable TV, mobile communications; optical fibers.

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