Dot-Dash to Dot.Com: How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 4, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 302 pages
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Telecommunications is a major global industry, and this unique book chronicles the development of this complex technology from the electric telegraph to the Internet in a simple, accessible, and entertaining way. The book opens with the early years of the electric telegraph. The reader will learn how the Morse telegraph evolved into an international network that spanned the globe, starting with the development of international undersea cables, and the heroic attempts to lay a trans-Atlantic cable. The book describes the events that led to the invention of the telephone, and the subsequent disputes over who had really invented it. It takes a look at some of the most important applications that have appeared on the Internet, the mobile revolution, and ends with a discussion of future key developments in the telecommunications industry.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The birth of an industry
3
2 The telegraph goes global
19
3 A gatecrasher spoils theparty
30
4 Early telephone networks
49
5 Going digital
67
6 A bit of wet string
81
7 The last mile
103
10 Life in cyberspace
139
11 The mobile revolution
163
12 When failure is not anoption
174
13 What comes next?
183
Appendices
203
Notes
253
Glossary
281
Bibliography
293

8 Computers get chatty
112
9 The birth of the Internet
127

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About the author (2010)

Andrew Wheen has worked in the telecommunications field since 1982. He has held senior engineering and product management roles with major suppliers of telecommunications equipment and was one of the original architects of the Energis network in the United Kingdom (now Cable & Wireless). More recently, he has worked as a management consultant in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. Dr. Wheen is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a Chartered Engineer. He is married with two children and lives near London.