Module 1 of our famous core telecommunications training. Starting with the big-picture view of today's telecom network: convergence, broadband, network core and edge, Ethernet, IP and MPLS, network access, telecommunication service implementation, carrier interconnect, services: residential, business and wholesale. Continuing with fundamentals, then Internet, ISPs, data centers and the Cloud, finishing with how voice, text, images, video and data are represented as 1s and 0s to be carried in IP packets over networks.
Fundamentals of Telecommunications is the first module of Teracom's acclaimed telecom training Course 101 - Broadband, Telecom, Datacom & Networking for Non-Engineering Professionals.
Day 1 covers:
The content and its order were totally updated for the 2020s, yet, the explanations and analogies have been fine tuned over more than 20 years.
The key concept-level knowledge which you gain through this module, you cannot get from magazines, vendors or on the job.
Many attendees tell us they wish they'd had this training years ago!
Following is the outline for Module 1, Fundamentals of Telecommunications, presented on Day 1 of Course 101 - Broadband, Telecom, Datacom & Networking for Non-Engineering Professionals. Click the links above for full information on this telecom training seminar.
We begin Course 101 with six chapters covering the fundamentals of telecom, explaining concepts, filling gaps and creating a solid knowledge base. First is a big-picture view and high-level pass of all the course topics. Then we progress logically: telecom fundamentals and provisioning of telecom circuits by carriers, followed by network fundamentals and IP packet networks. Next you learn about the business side of the Internet: Internet Service Providers, cloud computing, web services like AWS, and data centers. Then we review the services available today by category: residential, business and wholesale. Rounding out the fundamentals is digital media: voice digitization, digital text, digital images, digital video and digital quantities.
We begin with a high-level introduction to all aspects of broadband telecom. You learn about convergence and broadband concepts, today's telecom network, and the network components. We cover Ethernet, IP and MPLS and what each of these three key technologies does. Next, you learn how circuits are implemented end-to-end, and finally today’s standard services for residential, business and wholesale.
In Telecom Fundamentals, you develop a solid foundation in the ideas: the circuit elements; servers, clients, terminals and peers; representing bits on fiber with pulses; and representing bits on cable TV, DSL and wireless with modems. Next you learn how many users' traffic is carried on common facilities by overbooking and sharing capacity: Time Division Multiplexing, Frequency Division Multiplexing and Bandwidth on Demand.
Next, we ensure you develop a solid foundation in network fundamentals and the jargon. Packets in frames, or what used to be called "data communications", is the basis for today's converged telecom network. From a conceptual level, we explain basic circuit configurations, how routers relay packets between circuits, and how packets are transmitted between devices in frames. You come up to speed on and understand how MAC frames, IP packets and MPLS labels work together.
The Internet was started to send email messages containing text. It is now used for worldwide converged broadband communications. Here you learn what an Internet Service Provider (ISP) does to get packets delivered world-wide. We review web clients, web servers, browsers and apps, then understand the enormous business of cloud computing, web services and data centers.
Understanding where the real money is made, that is services with recurring billing, is important to any foundation in telecom. We review Residential, Business and Wholesale services, and identify the offerings and today's standard choices in each area. For residences, we cover Broadband Internet, Internet VoIP with a PSTN phone number, plus streaming video. In the business category, we review VPNs, Centrex, SIP trunking and PRI. Finally in wholesale services, we explain Carrier Ethernet, IP transit, wavelengths and dark fiber.
All media types are carried by the converged network: voice, text, images and video in packets. Digitizing the media, using 1s and 0s, is an essential first step for it to be carried in packets. We learn how voice is first digitized and then reconstructed, and the current G.711 64 kb/s standard. We see that the same principles apply to image formats like jpg and video formats like mp4. We explain binary and hexadecimal, and finally unicode for text and even emojis.