As the Information Age evolves, customers need communications of high quality, excellent value and widespread mobility. The response is to establish efficient networks carrying a wide range of services. Signalling is at the heart of this revolution, energising networks to meet customer expectations.
This book gives an introduction to the principles of signalling systems along with an in-depth examination of their architecture. Modern signalling systems are described in detail, including Signalling System No.7 and the Digital Subscriber Systems, while older systems are outlined in the appendices. Chapters are devoted to signalling for mobile networks, intelligent networks and private networks. Signalling interworking, the role in network management and meeting broadband requirements are also covered. Internet technologies are coming to the fore and a chapter explains some common Internet Protocols and highlights the striking similarities with telecommunications systems. The glossary and list of abbreviations cut through the maze of jargon.
The book will appeal to a wide range of readership. Reading the chapters in sequence will provide a comprehensive description of signalling. Communications experts will find the chapter summaries useful in selecting appropriate text. Experts in specialised areas of signalling can use the book to expand their range of knowledge.
About the Author
Richard Manterfield graduated from King's College, University of London with a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and subsequently attained a Master of Science degree. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He has vast experience in the communications and information technology fields, including business management, the derivation of strategies, the development of switching systems and network planning. He has managed several major programmes, including the implementation of an overlay network and the provision of optical fibre technologies in the access network. During his career, he was the leader of the United Kingdom delegation to international meetings defining signalling systems. Richard is currently a technology and business consultant with Mentor Technology International.