Optical Networking Crash Course

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Author Steven Shepard's text explains what's what, who's who and how it all works together in the speed-of-light world of optical networking. Covering everything from technologies and equipment to companies and competitors, he delves into business strategies, future applications, and convergance opportunities.

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power to evaluate technologies, companies, equipment, trends

Bursting with promise as a potential solution to skyrocketing Internet traffic, optical networking is the buzz of Silicon Valley and Wall Street. But if you need to penetrate deeper than excitement and speculation--if you want to put insight, experience, and an insider's grasp behind your business and personal investment decisions--you've come to the right place. Steve Shepard's lucid, probing, and well-conceived Optical Networking Demystified is the Rosetta Stone that decodes the mysteries. It shows you what's what, who's who, and how it all works together in the speed-of-light world of optical networking, from technologies and equipment to companies and competitors.

This book is a must-read if--
*You're at the nexus where fast-moving technological innovation and split-second business decision-making collide
*You manage or develop in telecom, Internet service, networking, or the upper echelons of any business
*You're an investor with an eye on Lucent, Nortel, JDSU, Cisco, Ciena, Agilent, or other optical equipment makers, service providers, or applications creators
*You need to compare optical and other strategies such as cable, DSL, and LMDS
*You appreciate understandable explanations of optical technology means, methods, potentials, and constraints
*You heard that DWDM (Dense Wave Division Multiplexing) is going to change everything (and you want to know what it is and why it will)
*You need straight answers on optical transport issues, routing, and switching
*The words lithium niobate modulators and four-wave mixing make your pulse quicken
*You require details on the entire networking field--technologies, markets, and trends
*You're a curious Netizen in search of insider details on the hottest new technology in communications

For a handle on the only technologically feasible way to quickly increase networking capacity by orders of magnitude, Sam Shepard's book is essential. Optical Networking Demystified is a ticket to ride the light wave--and not get burnt.

THE INSIDE DOPE ON--


*Bandwidth Barons
*Fiber Makers
*Component Makers
*Ranked Solutions/Applications
*Equipment Makers
*Five Nines
*Security
*Signal Sinks
*Backhoe Fade
*Add-Drop Mux
*How It All Fits Together

About the Author:

Steven Shepard (Williston, VT) is a professional writer and educator specializing in international telecommunications. Formerly with Hill Associates, he is the author of Telecommunications Convergence.

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