Communications system engineering is the translation of user requirements for the exchange of information into cost-effective and low-risk technical solutions in terms of equipment and subsystems.

Communications system engineering encompasses the integration of these parts into a complete entity resulting in a minimum investment for the entire system lifecycle required to satisfy the requirements of a majority of users of the communication system.

The communication system engineer must understand a variety of technologies including:

Systems engineering for a communication network will also require extensive software engineering.

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