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Diploma in Digital Connectivity & Communication Systems – Programme Details

CORE MODULES

C1 Access Network Technologies

  • Access Network Requirements
  • Wireline/Copper Access Technologies
  • Digital Subscriber Line
  • FTTx (Fibre to the …)
  • Fibre Distribution and Passive Optical Networks (PON)
  • Wireless Access Technologies
  • Cellular Systems and Architecture
  • 3GPP Mobile Networks – 3G UMTS, HSPA and LTE/4G
  • 3GPP2 Mobile Networks
  • Wireless LANs – WiFi
  • WiMAX
  • 5G Initiatives
  • Short-Range Wireless Technologies
  • Access Network Architectures

C2 Core Network Technologies

  • Network Architectures and Evolution
  • The Next Generation Network
  • Transmission and Transport Technologies
  • Voice Connections
  • Signalling and SS7
  • The move to All-IP Networks
  • IP and Data Traffic
  • Voice over IP and SIGTRAN
  • Quality of Service
  • MPLS
  • Service Delivery Platforms
  • IMS and SIP
  • Addressing and the Numbering Protocols
  • Migration Strategies for Operators

C3 ICT, Unified Communications and Advanced Digital Services

  • ICT Concepts
  • Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)
  • Features of UCCSystems
  • Control in the UCC System
  • The UC User Interface
  • Role of IMS and RCSe (Rich Communication Suite)
  • Advanced Digital Services
  • Content, Video and Entertainment
  • Cloud as a Service Set
  • Payments
  • Internet of Things and Machine to
  • Machine

C4 Technology Transformation – Virtualisation, Cloud and Convergence

  • Convergence as a Concept
  • Convergence Technologies
  • Convergence and Bundling
  • Cloud Concepts
  • SaaS, PaaS, IaaS (Software, Platform, Infrastructure … as a Service
  • The Cloud Architecture,
  • Virtualisation – Advantages
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Network Function Virtualisation
  • The NFV Platform
  • The Evolved Packet Core – Bringing it all Together

SPECIALIST MODULES (Delegates  Chose Upto 4 Modules)

E1 Mobile Broadband Technologies

  • The Wireless Evolution Roadmap
  • Global Market Analysis and Market Trends
  • 3G and 3.5G Wireless Systems
  • The ITU IMT2000 and IMT 2020 Frameworks
  • 3GPP Evolution
  • 3GPP2 Evolution
  • Technologies for Evolving Wireless
  • The LTE/SAE Concept and Requirements
  • 4G Technologies – LTE and LTE Advanced
  • The IEEE 802.16 Family
  • The Requirements for 5G
  • 5G Use Cases and Scenarios
  • 5G Technologies
  • 5G Adoption and Timelines

E2 Managing Services, PCC and Billing

  • Service Delivery Techniques
  • Operational Support Systems (OSS)
  • Business Support Systems (BSS)
  • An Overview of Billing
  • Real Time Billing/Non-Real Time Billing
  • Billing in the Broader BSS/OSS Context
  • Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting (AAA)
  • The Diameter Protocol
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • PCC (Policy Control and Charging)
  • IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

E3 IP Networks and Systems

  • The Layered Protocol Stack
  • Internet Architecture
  • Network Architectures – LANs and WANs
  • IP Protocol Overview
  • IP Applications and Use Cases
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • Addressing in IP Networks
  • Connectivity and Reliability
  • Routing and Paths
  • Quality of Service
  • IP Support Systems
  • Security in IP Networks
  • IP in Mobile Networks
  • IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem)
  • Voice over IP
  • Dimensioning

E4 Traffic Engineering, QoS and MPLS in IP Networks

  • IP Network Requirements and Constraints
  • Principles of Quality of Service (QoS)
  • QoS Options for IP Networks
  • Class-based QoS
  • QoS Framework (e.g. for LTE)
  • Principles of Traffic Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering in IP Networks
  • Traffic Engineering Calculations and Examples
  • MPLS Architecture
  • Label Distribution in an MPLS Network
  • Label Switch Router Operation
  • MPLS Management
  • Generalised MPLS (GMPLS)
  • MPLS Security
  • MPLS with Frame Relay and ATM

E5 Connected TV and Multi-Media

  • TV Usage Scenarios
  • Business Models
  • Multi-Media Platforms
  • Digital TV Technologies
  • Digital Broadcasting Standards
  • Digital Processes
  • TV and Video Network Distribution
  • IP Video and Multi-Media
  • Internet Video
  • Mobile Video
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Developing Video and Multi-Media Technologies
  • Case Studies
  • E6 Security and Fraud Prevention

E6 Security and Fraud Prevention

  • Security Considerations
  • Network Security Mechanisms
  • Security Architectures
  • 3GPP Security Models
  • Authentication
  • Ciphering
  • Keys and Key Infrastructure
  • Types of Network Attacks
  • Service Misuse and Repudiation
  • Commercial Confidentiality & DRM
  • IP and Security Solutions
  • Defining Types of Fraud
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Revenue Assurance

E7 Radio Principles

  • The Electromagnetic Wave, Radio Spectrum and Propagation
  • Multiplexing Techniques
  • Cellular Principles and the C/I Ratio
  • Path Loss and Cell Planning Tools
  • Typical Cell Configurations
  • Physical, Transport and Logical Channels
  • Signalling Channels
  • Protocols and Procedures
  • Power Control Techniques
  • Handovers/Cell Reselections
  • Review of Wireless Principles and Propagation
  • Principles of Multiple Access Systems
  • Multiple Access Schemes – GSM, W-CDMA, OFDMA
  • Multiple Access Scheme Parameters

E8 Radio Network Planning

  • The Air Interface
  • The Radio Planning Processes
  • Antenna Systems
  • Multi-Antenna Configurations
  • Link Budgeting
  • Propagation Models
  • Coverage Planning
  • Capacity Planning
  • The Quality Trade Off
  • GSN/UMTS/LTE Planning – Best Practice
  • Using Radio Planning Tools
  • Practical Planning Exercises
  • Multi-RAT (Radio Access Technology) Environments
  • Optimisation Techniques

SPECIALIST MODULES (Delegates  Chose at Least 1 Modules)

E9 Project Management in Telecoms

  • Essentials of Project Management
  • Project Lead
  • Building a Credible Project Plan
  • Financial Resourcing and Planning
  • The Project Team
  • Project Management Planning Cycle
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk and the Project Plan
  • Continuous Assessment and Evaluation
  • Project Management Tools

E10 Telecoms Business Models

  • Review of ‘Legacy’ Business Models
  • Generating Revenue from Content
  • Subscription and Volume Models
  • Revenue Sharing and Advertising
  • Next Generation Business Models
  • Convergence
  • Converged Billing
  • The Network as a ‘Bit Pipe’
  • Triple-Play and Quad-Play Services
  • CAPEX and OPEX Considerations

E11 Finance for Telecoms Professionals

  • Financial Concepts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Principal Financial Documents
  • Profit and Loss
  • Balance Sheet
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Financing the Business
  • Share Capital vs Debt
  • Financial Analysis
  • Key Financial Ratios
  • The Importance of Cash Flow Forecasts