"This is truly an industry bible for mobile, Internet, and networking services."

Essential Guide to Telecommunications

The Essential Guide to Telecommunications by Annabel Z. Dodd

Completely updated for current trends and technologies, The Essential Guide to Telecommunications, Sixth Edition, is the world’s top-selling, accessible guide to the fast-changing global telecommunications industry. Writing in easy-to-understand language, Dodd demystifies today’s most significant technologies, standards, architectures, and trends. She introduces leading providers worldwide, explains where they fit in the marketplace, and reveals their key strategies.

New topics covered in this edition include: LTE Advanced and 5G wireless, modern security threats and countermeasures, emerging applications, and breakthrough techniques for building more scalable, manageable networks.

Whether you’re an aspiring network engineer looking for a broad understanding of the industry, or a salesperson, marketer, investor, or customer, this indispensable guide provides everything you need to know about telecommunications right now. This new edition is ideal for both self-study and classroom instruction.


“Dodd’s The Essential Guide to Telecommunications provides the history and context that make a fundamental underpinning of modern business more accessible to technologists and businesspeople like. This new edition of her primer is an essential reference in the continuously evolving communications landscape.”
Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO
Mass Technology Leadership Council
“Annabel Dodd’s book is a clear guide and big-picture view of technologies and industries. It is an up-to-date guide for anyone who wants to be familiar with important innovations and key technologies. This is truly an industry bible for mobile, Internet, and networking services.”
Hiawatha Bray, Technology Reporter
The Boston Globe
“Ms. Dodd’s aptly-titled The Essential Guide to Telecommunications has been my bible for all things telecom since my days as an AT&T transmission network engineer nearly twenty years ago. Exhaustively and meticulously researched, concisely written for lay folks and techs/engineers alike, this book aids me in my current role as an IT Support Technician II when discussing new technology with our telecommunications department. Thank you to Ms. Dodd for keeping us all current!”
Todd Garbarini, IT Support Technician II
Commvault Systems, Inc.
“The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is probably one of the most useful and well-written books on our telecom bookshelf. Annabel Z. Dodd does a great job of capturing a snapshot of the current telecom industry. Even those with little or no technical training should be able to understand the text. This is the perfect book for salespeople who want to learn more about the products and services they are selling, or for those who just want to keep up to date on the latest in telecom technology.”
William Van Hefner, President
Vantek Communications, Inc.
“The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is a fine guide to the field, readable by anyone, useful to everyone. As a first guide to the field, as a reference, and as a commentary on the history and strategy of telecommunications, it is simply superb.”
Andrew Allentuck, Columnist
Financial Post, Toronto
“Ms. Dodd continues to provide an excellent and thorough text on the telecommunications industry. As in her previous editions, she presents a good balance of technical and business-related information that is readily understandable by anyone with an interest in this key component of today’s business environment. In her new edition, she has captured many of the recent changes in this dynamic field, which will affect every company in the years ahead. I strongly recommend her book to anyone who wants a better understanding of telecommunications.”
Joe McGrath, VP
Sage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“Annabel Dodd has a unique knack for explaining complex technologies in understandable ways. This latest revision of her book covers the rapid changes in the fields of broadband, cellular, and streaming technologies, newly developing 5G networks; and the constant changes happening in both wired and wireless networks. She also explains the consolidation going on in the industry, the impacts of social media, and software control and virtualization of provider networks. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the rapidly evolving world of telecommunications in the 21st century!”
David Mash, Retired Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology
Berklee College of Music


Annabel Z. Dodd

Annabel Z. Dodd

Author and Speaker

Annabel Z. Dodd is on the faculty at Northeastern University’s School of Professional Studies, where she teaches courses on data networks in the Master’s Degree Program in Informatics. In addition to her university teaching, Annabel presents seminars to organizations worldwide. Her webinar on LTE Essentials for USTelecom attracted over 900 people.

Annabel has been an adjunct professor in the Master of Science in Technology Management program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she taught in a joint program with The Institute of Industrial Policy Studies, Seoul, South Korea. In addition, the Fundación Innovación Bankinter selected her to participate in their Future Trends Forum in Madrid in 2004, 2005, and 2007. Formerly in marketing at New England Telephone (now Verizon Communications) and Telecommunications Manager at Dennison Manufacturing Company (now Avery Dennison), Dodd was honored by the Massachusetts Network Communications Council as Professor of the Year. The Essential Guide to Telecommunications has been translated into nine languages since its first edition, which was published in 1997.

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