Ifiok Otung publishes second edition of Communication Engineering Principles


Professor Ifiok Otung has published the second edition of Communication Engineering Principles (published by John Wiley, Jan 2021). The new edition is a comprehensive revision and expansion of the original 647-page publication to 912 pages and includes new topics, such as: 

  • Frequency domain analysis of signals and systems: an application-focused treatment of Fourier series, Fourier transform, and discrete Fourier transform at a depth and breadth that are considered complete for the needs of modern engineering.
  • Transmission media, including in-depth coverage of transmission line theory, radio waves, and optical fibre.
  • Statistical distributions and models for application in telecommunications.
  • Time domain analysis of signals and systems.
  • Introduction to signals and systems, featuring among others a detailed no-stone-unturned discussion of sinusoidal signals and logarithmic measures.
  • Circuit and packet switching.
  • Pulse shaping and detection in band-limited noisy channels.
  • Multiple access techniques.


In addition, standard communication engineering topics have been retained and comprehensively updated and presented, including amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, phase modulation, sampling, digital baseband coding and transmission, digital modulation, quantification of noise and its impact on analogue and digital communication systems, multiplexing, and communication link design.


Professor Ifiok Otung says: “In the two decades since the release of the first edition in 2001, the telecommunications landscape has undergone significant advances in services. For example, in that time mobile communication evolved through two generations from 3G (offering peak data rates in excess of 144 kilobits per second) to 5G (with peak data rates in excess of 10 gigabits per second), and Internet usage increased globally by more than 1300%, driven to a large extent by the rise of social media and the development of the smartphone.”


“It is no exaggeration to state that a worldwide revolution has taken place in the last 20 years in mobile and satellite communications, which has created a high demand in industry for graduates with in-depth expertise in communication engineering techniques and a sound and complete understanding of their core principles,” he continued.

“Communication Engineering Principles 2E aims to help fill this need by giving students a thorough grounding in the core principles and design issues of telecommunications. The intention is that after studying the material presented, the student will have a solid foundation free of knowledge gaps, and will be fully equipped to undertake telecommunication systems analysis, design and computer simulations, and to deal with specialised applications and follow advances in the technology.”