School of Advanced Communications Technologies

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Introduction to Modern Telecoms – Programme Details

Section 1 – Introducing the Basics

  • The Evolution of Communications
  • Telecoms Fundamentals
  • Services and Applications
  • Transmission of information
  • Switching principles
  • Signalling and Control
  • Supporting Systems
  • Networking principles

 Section 2 – Services and Applications

  • Categories of Service
  • Bearer Services & Teleservices
  • Applications & Underlying Services
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Supplementary Service provision
  • Value Added Services in modern Networks
  • Third Party provided services
  • The overall user experience
  • Service Provisioning
  • Intelligent Networks
  • Service Delivery Platforms (SDP)
  • The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

Section 3 – Transmission Systems

  • Definition of Transmission
  • Transmission Mediums:
    • Copper
    • Radio
    • Fiber
    • Free Space Optical
    • Satellite
  • Analogue and Digital systems
  • Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)
  • Channels & Bandwidth
  • Multiplexing techniques
  • Introducing Modern Transmission Systems
  • Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH)
  • Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) / Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
  • Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)
  • PDH, SDH & DWDM Compared

Section 4 – Switching Systems

  • Principles of switching
  • Introduction to Circuit Switching
  • Introduction to Packet Switching
  • Routers, Virtual Circuits
  • Introduction to Message Switching

Section 5 – Signalling Systems

  • Explaining the principles of signalling
  • The techniques used within signalling
  • DTMF, in-band and out-band signalling
  • Core Network Signalling
  • Mobile network Signalling
  • Signalling System No. 7 (SS7)
  • SS7 in use
  • Evolving the Switch
  • Session Initiated Protocol (SIP)

Section 6 – Supporting Systems

  • The Role and scope of OSS and BSS
    • Business Support
    • Operational Support
  • BSS Supported Areas
    • Billing Systems & Procedures
    • Postpaid Billing
    • Prepaid Billing
  • Call Details Records
  • IP Data Records
  • Mediation
  • The Rating Engine
  • IMS and Billing
  • Diameter & Charging
  • Revenue Assurance
  • Customer Contact Management
  • OSS Supported Areas
    • Service Provisioning
    • Operations and Maintenance
    • Fault Reporting & Rectification

Section 7 – Techniques used in Modern Fixed Networks

  • Access Technologies
    • Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN & Leased Lines)
    • ISDN
    • The Local Loop
    • Digital Subscriber Line Technologies (ADSL, VDSL)
    • Fibre to the X (FTTx)
    • Fixed Radio Access
    • Satellite Delivery
    • Cable Access
    • Passive Optical Networks
  • Data Rates Compared
  • Core Network Technologies
  • Intelligent Networks
  • 21 Century Network Example

Section 8 – Techniques used in Mobile Networks

  • Radio Channels & Spectrum
  • The Base Station Subsystem (BSS)
  • Radio Frequency Reuse
  • The problems Encountered with Radio
  • Covering Different Types of Terrain
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Cellular Network Evolution
  • 2nd Generation Cellular Systems
    • Mobile Network Basic Structure
    • GSM Network
    • GSM Services
    • Core Network Elements
    • Mobile Call Control & Handover
    • GPRS Network
    • GPRS Services
    • Data Connections
    • EDGE Overview