International Telecom

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the multi-domain discipline of International Telecommunications. From a business perspective, information is regarded as an organizational resource that is no different from raw materials, machines, and manpower. In order to achieve its goals and gain optimum competitive advantage from its resources, an organization must develop and deploy increasingly complex voice and data networks. To this end, the modern telecommunications architecture represents a complex structure that draws expertise from many diverse disciplines such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Human-Factors Engineering. Although this list is not at all inclusive, it should provide some insight into the complex technologies that must be understood when planning and designing such networks. In this course we will learn about these diverse technologies; how they influence the modern organization, and what the future holds for global business transactions.

Unlike computer science or engineering students who must develop highly detailed skills and knowledge to design, integrate and deploy specific aspects of telecommunication networks, business and public policy students must be prepared to understand a broad range of telecommunications concepts. It is expected that by focusing on a breadth of telecommunication concepts, their specific causal effects with international law, public policy, and business transactions, this course will graduate technologically literate public/private sector managers and policy analysts who can communicate effectively in both the business as well as the technology sectors.

Course Objectives

This course is designed as an overview. You will not be required to demonstrate engineering or information systems expertise. However, we will...

  • develop a working vocabulary, along with a sound conceptual understanding of the most common telecommunications technologies and standards that are implemented by many local and long distance carriers,
  • identify the capabilities, typical uses, and the limitations of such technologies,
  • understand the concepts and uses of specific categories of telecommunications systems, such as Local and Wide Area Data Networks, Communications Protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, SSL, X.25), Packet and Circuit Switching Techniques, Signaling Technologies, Digital Transmission (Asynchronous Transfer Mode, Switched Multi-Megabit Data Service, etc.), and Future Telecommunications Trends, and
  • explore the effects of the telecommunications industry de-regulation from a domestic and international perspective (i.e. what affect did the Telecommunications ACT of 1996 have on domestic as well as international carriers, and what was the benefit/cost to business)

Major Technologies Covered

  • Ethernet / IEEE 802.3 LAN Technologies
  • Wide Area Networking (Routing)
  • Public Switched Telephone Network
  • Data Communication Protocol Design
  • Application Services
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • SAT Services
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