• Course Length:
  • 4 hours of eLearning

NOTE: While you can purchase this course on any device, currently you can only run the course on your desktop or laptop.

As wireless and wireline networks mature, data usage increases, and network infrastructure and services become more IP-centric, more personnel will be responsible for managing and working with IP-centric networks. A solid understanding of IP and data communications will be essential for personnel at all levels to be effective in a data-oriented environment. This course provides the background and concepts to understand the motivations of networks converging toward IP. It discusses the challenges of transport of media (voice and video) using IP (VoIP) as the transport service in telecommunication networks. It presents the unique flavor of this challenge from the perspective of the three basic types of network for the telecommunications world – access networks, core networks, and services network.

This course is intended for those seeking a high level understanding of the convergence toward IP-centric networks. This includes those in sales, marketing, project management, technical management, and executive management.

After completing this course the student will be able to:
• List the key motivations for voice and video over IP
• Define IP convergence
• Describe the use of IP as transport in access networks
• Discuss the use of IP as transport in core networks and the associated major technologies
• Outline the use of IP as transport in services networks and the associated major technologies
• Explain the possible evolution paths of networks today

1. State of the Industry
1.1. Defining IP convergence
1.2. Motivations for convergence
1.2.1. Quad play
1.2.2. OPEX
1.2.3. Other converged services
1.3. What are voice and video over IP?
1.4. Where is the industry going?
1.5. Markets and regulatory environment
1.6. Discontinuities?
1.7. Common approaches in networks

2. IP Convergence in Access Networks
2.1. Scope of the convergence
2.2. Residential – cable, DSL, FTTH
2.3. Enterprise – PBX, host-based
2.4. Wireless – UMTS, 1xEV-DO, WiMAX
2.5. Challenges and scenarios

3. IP Convergence in Core Networks
3.1. The carrier network challenge
3.2. QoS
3.3. RTP and RTCP
3.4. PSTN and SS7 interworking

4. IP Convergence in Services Networks
4.1. The service network challenge
4.2. The service network competitors
4.2.1. IMS/MMD
4.2.2. P2P (Skype, MS LCS, etc.)
4.3. Supporting technologies/protocols
4.3.1. SIP
4.3.2. H.323
4.3.3. Megaco/H.248
4.4. Deployment and challenges

5. Looking Ahead
5.1. Time frames
5.2. Looking forward

6. Summary

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