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					Telecommunications and

           Prof. Rushen Chahal

• Communications
  – The message (data and information) is
    communicated via the signal
  – The transmission medium “carries” the signal


     Sender         Signal             Receiver
      Communications ‘Discussion’

The transmission of data from one computer to another, or from
device to another. A communications device, therefore, is any
machine that assists data transmission. For example, modems,
cables, and ports are all communications devices.
software refers to programs that make it possible to transmit

• Telecommunications
  – The electronic transmission of signals for
    communications, including such means as:
     • Telephone
     • Radio
     • Television
• Telecommunication medium
     • Anything that carries an electronic signal and interfaces
       between a sending device and a receiving device
        Communications and
• In human speech, the sender transmits a signal through
  the transmission medium of the air
• In telecommunications, the sender transmits a signal
  through the transmission medium of a cable

       Data Communications

• Data communications
  – A specialized subset of telecommunications
    that refers to the electronic collection,
    processing, and distribution of data -- typically
    between computer system hardware devices
        Elements of a
  Telecommunications System
• Telecommunication devices
  – Relay signals between computer systems and
    transmission media

         Computer Network

• Computer network…
  – The communications media, devices, and
    software needed to connect two or more
    computer systems and/or devices
  – Used to share hardware, programs, and
    databases across the organization
  – Fosters teamwork, innovative ideas, and new
    business strategies
Types of Telecommunications
          Media (1)
• Twisted pair wire cable
     • Insulated pairs of wires historically used in
       telephone service and to connect
       computer devices
• Coaxial cable
     • Consists of an inner conductor wire
       surrounded by insulation, called the
     • The dielectric is surrounded by a
       conductive shield, which is surrounded by
       a non-conductive jacket. Coaxial cable has
       better data transmission rate than twisted
          Twisted-pair ‘Discussion’

A type of cable that consists of two independently insulated
twisted around one another. One wire carries the signal while
other wire is grounded and absorbs signal interference.
cable is used by older telephone networks and is the least
type of local-area network (LAN) cable. Other types of cables
for LANs include coaxial cables and fiber optic cables.
       Coaxial Cable ‘Discussion’

A type of wire that consists of a centre wire surrounded by
insulation and then a grounded shield of braided wire. The
minimizes electrical and radio frequency interference.

Coaxial cabling is the primary type of cabling used by the cable
television industry and is also widely used for computer
Although more expensive than standard telephone wire, it is
less susceptible to interference and can carry much more data.
Because the cable television industry has already connected
of homes with coaxial cable, many analysts believe that they are
the best positioned to capitalize on the much-heralded
Types of Telecommunications
          Media (2)
• Fiber-optic Cable
     • Many extremely thin
       strands of glass or
       plastic bound together
       in a sheathing which
       transmits signals with
       light beams
     • Can be used for voice,
       data, and video
         Fiber Optic ‘Discussion’ (1)

A technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to
data. A fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads,
of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto

Fiber optics has several advantages over traditional metal
communications lines:
   – Fiber optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables.
     This means that they can carry more data
   – Fiber optic cables are less susceptible than metal cables to
   – Fiber optic cables are much thinner and lighter than metal wires
   – Data can be transmitted digitally (the natural form for computer data)
     rather than analogically.
         Fiber Optic ‘Discussion’ (2)

The main disadvantage of fiber optics is that the cables are
expensive to install. In addition, they are more fragile than wire
are difficult to split.

Fiber optics is a particularly popular technology for local-area
networks. In addition, telephone companies are steadily
traditional telephone lines with fiber optic cables. In the future,
almost all communications will employ fiber optics.
Types of Telecommunications
          Media (3)
• Microwave Communications
    • Line-of-sight devices which must be placed in
      relatively high locations
    • Microwave usage
       – Information is converted to a microwave signal,
         sent through the air to a receiver, and recovered

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Types of Telecommunications
          Media (4)
• Satellite transmission
     • Communications satellites are relay stations
       that receive signals from one earth station and
       rebroadcast them to another
     • They use microwave signals

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Types of Telecommunications
          Media (5)
• Cellular transmission
     • Signals from cells are transmitted to a receiver
       and integrated into the regular network

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               Cellular ‘Discussion’

Refers to communications systems, especially the Advance
Phone Service (AMPS), that divide a geographic region into
called cells. The purpose of this division is to make the most
   use out
of a limited number of transmission frequencies. Each
   connection, or
conversation, requires its own dedicated frequency, and the
number of available frequencies is about 1,000. To support
than 1,000 simultaneous conversations, cellular systems
   allocate a
set number of frequencies for each cell. Two cells can use the
frequency for different conversations so long as the cells are not
Types of Telecommunications
          Media (6)
• Infrared transmission
     • Involves sending signals through the air via
       light waves
     • Requires line-of-sight and short distances (a
       few hundred yards)
     • Used to connect various computing devices
       such as handheld computers

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• Analog Signal
  – A continuous, curving signal
• Digital Signal
  – A signal represented by bits
• Modems
  – Devices that translate data from digital to
    analog and analog to digital
            Analog ‘Discussion’ (1)

Almost everything in the world can be described or represented
one of two forms: analog or digital. The principal feature of
representations is that they are continuous. In contrast, digital
representations consist of values measured at discrete intervals.

Digital watches are called digital because they go from one
   value to
the next without displaying all intermediate values.
they can display only a finite number of times of the day. In
contrast, watches with hands are analog, because the hands
            Analog ‘Discussion’ (1)

around, it not only touches the numbers 1 through 12, but also
infinite number of points in between.

Early attempts at building computers used analog techniques,
accuracy and reliability were not good enough. Today, almost all
computers are digital.
             Digital ‘Discussion’ (1)

Describes any system based on discontinuous data or events.
Computers are digital machines because at their most basic
they can distinguish between just two values, 0 and 1, or off and
on. There is no simple way to represent all the values in
such as 0.25. All data that a computer processes must be
digitally, as a series of zeroes and ones.

The opposite of digital is analog. A typical analog device is a
  clock in
which the hands move continuously around the face. Such a
             Digital ‘Discussion’ (2)

digital clock is capable of representing only a finite number of
(every tenth of a second, for example).

In general, humans experience the world analogically. Vision,
example, is an analog experience because we perceive
smooth gradations of shapes and colors. Most analog events,
however, can be simulated digitally. Photographs in
   newspapers, for
instance, consist of an array of dots that are either black or
             Digital ‘Discussion’ (3)

digital representations are approximations of analog events,
   they are
useful because they are relatively easy to store and manipulate
electronically. The trick is in converting from analog to digital,
back again.

This is the principle behind compact discs (CDs). The music
exists in an analog form, as waves in the air, but these sounds
then translated into a digital form that is encoded onto the disk.
When you play a compact disc, the CD player reads the digital
             Digital ‘Discussion’ (4)

amplifier and eventually the speakers.

Internally, computers are digital because they consist of
units called bits that are either on or off. But by combining many
bits in complex ways, computers simulate analog events. In one
sense, this is what computer science is all about.
      How a Modem Works

• Modem
 – Modulates a digital signal into an analog
   signal for transmission via analog medium,
   then demodulates the signal into digital for

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           Modem ‘Discussion’ (1)

Acronym for modulator-demodulator. A modem is a device or
program that enables a computer to transmit data over
lines. Computer information is stored digitally, whereas
transmitted over telephone lines is transmitted in the form of
waves. A modem converts between these two forms.

Fortunately, there is one standard interface for connecting
modems to computers called RS-232. Consequently, any
           Modem ‘Discussion’ (2)

that come as an expansion board that you can insert into a
expansion slot. These are sometimes called onboard or internal

• Multiplexer
  – Allows several telecommunications signals to
    be transmitted over a single communications
    medium at the same time

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Multiplexor           Front-end     Host
                      processor   computer
           Multiplexor ‘Discussion’

A communications device that multiplexes (combines) several
for transmission over a single medium. A demultiplexor
the process by separating multiplexed signals from a
line. Frequently a multiplexor and demultiplexor are combined
   into a
single device capable of processing both outgoing and incoming
       Front-End Processor

• Front-end processor…
  – Special purpose computers that manage
    communication to and from a computer

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                                     Job 1
                     Incoming and
                     outgoing jobs

                                     Job 2

                                     Job 3

 Main    Front-end
system   processor

                                     Job 4
       Carriers and Services (1)
• Carriers
       • Organizations that take the responsibility of ensuring telecommunications
         can effectively take place between enterprises
• Common carriers
       • Long-distance telephone companies
• Value-added carriers
       • Companies that have developed private telecommunications systems and
         offer their services for a fee
• Switched lines
       • Lines that use switching equipment to allow one transmission device to be
         connected to other transmission devices (e.g., standard telephone line)
• Dedicated line
       • A line that provides constant connection between two points. No switching or
         dialing is needed
        Carriers and Services (2)
• Private branch exchange (PBX)
   – Communication system that can manage both voice and data transfer
     within a location (e.g. a building) and to outside lines
• Wide area telecommunication service (WATS)
   – Billing method for heavy users of voice services
• Phone and dialing services
   –   Includes automatic number identification (a.k.a. caller ID)
   –   Integration of telephones and personal computers
   –   Access code screening
   –   Call priorities
   –   One number portability (use anywhere)
   –   Intelligent dialing (auto re-dial for a busy number)
    Carriers and Services (3)

    • ISDN = Integrated Services Digital Network
    • Technology that uses existing common-carrier
      lines to simultaneously transmit voice, video, and
      image data in digital form

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     Carriers and Services (4)

• T1 carriers
     • An expensive service developed by AT&T to
       increase the number of voice calls that could be
       handled through existing cables
• Digital subscriber lines (DSL)
     • Uses existing phone wires going into today’s
       homes and businesses to provide transmission
       speeds exceeding 500 Kbps at a cost of $100 -
       $300 per month
     Networks and Distributed
• Centralized processing
  – Data processing that occurs in a single location or
• Decentralized processing
  – Data processing that occurs when devices are placed
    at various remote locations
• Distributed processing
  – Data processing that occurs when computers are
    placed at remote locations but are connected to each
    other via telecommunications devices
        Network Concepts and
• Network Topology
  – A logical model that describes how networks
    are structured or configured
  – Topologies…
    •   Ring (see chapter 1)
    •   Bus (see chapter 1)
    •   Star (see chapter 1)
    •   Hierarchical
    •   Hybrid
• Uses treelike structures
  with messages passed
  along the branches of the

• Network made up of
  various types of
              Network Types
• Local area network (LAN)
  – Connects computer systems and devices in the same
    geographic area (can be Ring, Bus, Hierarchical,
    Star, Hybrid)
• Wide area network (WAN)
  – Ties together large geographic regions using
    microwave and satellite transmission or telephone
• International network
  – Links systems between countries
Terminal-to-Host Connection

– Applications and databases reside on the
  same host computer
– User interacts with the application using a
  “dumb terminal”

            Target PC
         “dumb terminal”

    File Server Connection

– Applications and databases reside on the
  same host computer
– File server transfers data and programs to
  PCs on the network, where these target PCs
  perform most of the processing

            Target PC   File downloaded
                             to user
                                          File server
  Client/Server Connection

– Applications and databases reside on
  specialized host computers
– Servers do most or all of the processing and
  transmit the results to the client

                   Client            Server

          Server            Client            Server
 Advantages & Disadvantages
       of Client/Server
Advantages                   Disadvantages
   Reduced cost potential    Increased cost potential
   Improved Performance      Loss of control
   Increased Security        Complex multi-vendor
    Communications Software
       and Protocols (1)
• Communications software
     • Provides error checking, message formatting,
       communications logs, data security and privacy, and
       translation capabilities for networks
• Network operating system (NOS)
     • Systems software that controls the computer systems and
       devices on a network and allows them to communicate with
       each other
• Network management software
     • Enables a manager on a networked desktop to monitor the
       use of individual computers and shared hardware, scan for
       viruses, and ensure compliance with software licenses
    Communications Software
       and Protocols (2)
• Protocol
    • Rules that ensure communications among
      computers of different types and from different
    Communications Software
       and Protocols (3)
• Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model
  – Serves as a standard model for network architectures
    and is endorsed by the International Standards
  – Communication functions are represented in seven
    layers to promote the development of modular
    networks. Designed to permit communication among
    different computers from different operating systems
  – Seven layers (see figure 6.20)
   Communications Software
      and Protocols (4)
     • TCP/IP = Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
       Standard originally developed by the U.S. government to
       link defense research agencies; it is the primary
       communication protocol of the Internet
• Systems Network Architecture (SNA)
     • IBM communication protocol
• Ethernet
     • Protocol standard developed forLANs using a bus
• X.400 and X.500
     • An international standard for message handling and
       network directories
     Bridges, Routers,
  Gateways and Switches
– Bridge
   • Connects two or more networks, with the same protocol,
     at the media control portions of the data link layer
– Router
   • Operates at the network level of the OSI model and
     features more sophisticated addressing software than
     bridges. Can determine preferred paths
– Gateway
   • Operates at or above the OSI transport layer and links
     LANs or networks that employ different architectures and
     use dissimilar protocols
– Switch                                           Schematic
   • Routes or switches data to its destination
         Machine                    Machine                    Machine   Gateway   Machine
           #1                         #2                         #3        box       #4
Application 7                          7                          7      7     7     7

Presentation 6                         6                          6      6     6     6

    Session 5                          5                          5      5     5     5

  Transport 4                          4                          4      4     4     4
   Network 3                           3      3            3      3      3     3     3
  Data link 2      2            2      2      2            2      2      2     2     2

   Physical 1      1            1      1      1            1      1      1     1     1

            Applications (1)
• Linking personal computers to mainframe
   – Download and upload information
• Voice mail
   – Enables users to leave, receive, and store verbal
     messages for and from other users
• Electronic mail (e-mail)
   – Enables a sender to connect a computer to a
     network, type messages, and send it to another
     person on the network
          Applications (2)
• Electronic software distribution
      • Involves installing software on a file server for users to
        share by signing onto the network and requesting that
        the software be downloaded onto their computers over a
• Electronic document distribution
      • Transporting documents -- such as sales reports, policy
        manuals, and advertising brochures -- over
        communications lines and networks
• Telecommuting
      • Enables employees to work away from the office using
        personal computers and networks to communicate via
        electronic mail with other workers and to pick up and
        deliver results
          Applications (3)
• Videoconferencing
  – Allows participants to conduct long-distance
    meetings “face to face” while eliminating

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         Applications (4)
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
    • Uses network systems and follows standards and
      procedures that allow output from one system to
      be processed directly as input to other systems,
      without human intervention

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                   EDI link

      Vendor                       Customer

      EDI link                    EDI link

                 clearing house

(b)   Vendor                      Customer
           Applications (5)
• Public network services
  – Services that give personal computer users access to
    vast databases and other services, usually for an
    initial fee plus usage fees
• Specialized and regional information services
  – Specialized electronic bulletin boards and e-mail
    services targeting particular interests.
• Distance learning
  – Use of telecommunications to extend the classroom

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