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Book details of 'Telecommunications Directory 1999: An International Guide to Organizations, Systems, and Services Concerned With the Interactive Electronic Transmission of Voice, Image and Data (10th Ed)'

TitleTelecommunications Directory 1999: An International Guide to Organizations, Systems, and Services Concerned With the Interactive Electronic Transmission of Voice, Image and Data (10th Ed)
Author(s)Ellen Pare, Gale Group
ISBN0787621358
LanguageEnglish
PublishedJuly 1999
PublisherGale Group
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Sticking closely to traditional ideas of telecommunications, this volume lists organizations in the fields of audiotex, cellular communications, electronic mail, facsimile, Internet access provision, local area networks, local exchange carriers, microwave networks, personal communications services, satellite services, shared-tenant services, teleconferencing, telegram and telex, transactional services, videotex and teletext, voice and data communications, and voicemail or voice processing. The descriptive listings cover 700 pages, with contact information, brief organizational data, and description. There may also be subordinate product listings. The indices are almost as long as the listings themselves, and there are four: by function or service, geographic, personal names, and master name and keyword. Based on self-report, the listings can be only as good as the information provided. I noticed missing entries almost immediately: even such entities as the Internet Engineering Task Force and W3 are missing. When I came to the British Columbia section of the geographic index was startled at how very few of the telecommunications related companies and institutions in the area were represented. My former long distance carrier is not listed, nor is UBC, nor is SFU, nor is Vancouver CommunityNet. Victoria TelecommunityNet is there, along with the various entities Gary Shearman has spun off over the years. Well, he deserves the exposure. The listings themselves are generally good, although I notice that there is some variation in what counts as a separate product: Telemanagement magazine is buried in the listing for Angus Telemanagement. There is a short glossary included. Unfortunately, this is hardly worth being described as such. An enormous number of important new technologies are completely missing. The definitions given are short, barely explanatory, and frequently wrong. (ATM packets are 48 bytes of data *plus* the five byte header, for a total of 53. Yes, there is a listing for "virus," and it is wrong.) For all its flaws, this volume does provide a valuable resource to those in the telecommunications industry. While not exhaustive, or even really complete, it does provide a starting point for contacts in a variety of areas of telecommunications work in a variety of geographic locations. (Unlike the "Industry Reference Handbook: Telecommunications" [cf. BKIRHTLC.RVW] this volume does have entries from around the world.) The descriptions are fairly complete, and the contact information supplies not only addresses and telephone numbers, but names, email, and even Web sites. From which you can probably link to all the missing outfits. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999
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