Gigabit Ethernet for Telecommunications Service Networks

2 Day Course
Code PWL026

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The next generation of telecommunications networks will deliver broadband data and multimedia services to users. The Ethernet interface is becoming the interface of preference for user computers, IP Phones, Digital IP Television and network servers within the network itself. The interface has evolved since 1980 from  a simple LAN interface for sharing 10 Mbit/s, though 100 Mbit/s switched LAN interface and to an interface that can also support access lines and transmission tunks at speed from 2 Mbit/s up to 10 Gbit/s. It is inevitable therefore that next generation networks will evolve towards using Gigabit Ethernet for access, trunk and infrastructure connections.
This course will provide a detailed understanding for implementers, designers, managers and infrastructure engineers that need to plan, implement and use the new generation of networks and services.

Delegates who are interested in getting MEF certified should look at our PDN043 Carrier Ethernet Services Explained  course.


When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the structure of IEEE 802 standards that define Gigabit Networks
  • Select the appropriate physical option for typical applications
  • Compare the efficiency and performance of different encoding options
  • Interconnect devices taking advantage of auto-negotiation of speed and duplex
  • Build infrastructures using 802.1d Bridging and switching options
  • Provide support for VLANs and Quality of service using 802.1p/q
  • Deliver high bandwidth reliably and effectively using link aggregation
  • Deploy subscriber access using 802.3ah
  • Support multicasting and multimedia services
  • Manage new services using OAM functions


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Evolution of Ethernet Standards (8 topics)

  • Ethernet and 802.3
  • Structure of IEEE 802 standards
  • Speed and function options
  • OSI Layer structure
  • Addressing
  • MAC and PHY division
  • Mapping Layer 2 to IP and layers above
  • Key standardization objective

Ethernet PHY Options (9 topics)

  • CSMA/CD and its fundamental limitations
  • Implementing alternative to deliver increased speed
  • Baseband and Broadband options
  • Selecting between copper and fiber media options
  • 10,100,1000 and 10G interfaces
  • 100-Base-TX, 1000-Base-X,LX,SX and other interfaces
  • Selecting the correct encoding option
  • Encoding on subscriber access interfaces
  • Negotiating Speed and Duplex using Auto-negotiation

Bridges and Switches (7 topics)

  • Removing the limitations of CSMA/CD
  • Buffering
  • Multi-Segment Gigabit Networks
  • 802.1d bridging and switching
  • Spanning Tree
  • Identifying the impact of bridging on performance
  • Improving performance using Rapid Spanning Tree

Supporting Multicasting (9 topics)

  • Identifying the importance of multicasting
  • Using Multicasting over IP infrastructures
  • Video and Audio delivery over Ethernet
  • Mapping Multicasting over layer 3 and layer 2
  • IEEE 802.3 registration of attributes
  • Generic Attribute registration protocol (GARP)
  • GARP Multicast Registration Protocol
  • GARP Information Declaration (GID)
  • GARP Information Propagation (GIP)

Virtual LANs (6 topics)

  • What are VLANs and how are they used
  • Deploying GARP for VLAN operation
  • 802.1q VLAN Trunking
  • 802.1p Quality of Service selection
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
  • Bridge Protocol Data Units (BPDU) deployed for VLAN operation

Deploying Link Aggregation (9 topics)

  • Increasing reliability
  • Increasing capacity beyond a single interconnection
  • Functions Link Aggregation must Perform
  • Frame Distributor function
  • Marker Protocol
  • Aggregator Group Identification and Addressing
  • Dynamic Key Management
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
  • Mux Link Selection Logic

Extensions to Gigabit Ethernet (7 topics)

  • Selecting different Physical Medium Dependent Options
  • Long wavelength option
  • Extending to 10 Gbit/s
  • 1000BASE-LX10 and PX10
  • Unidirectional Support
  • Ethernet Subscriber Access Support
  • Multipoint Media Access Control

Operation, Administration and Management (OAM) (5 topics)

  • Function of OAM
  • Remote Failure Indication
  • Remote Loop-back
  • Link Monitoring
  • OAM implementation and capability discovery

Revue and Evaluation


Delegates should have a solid understanding of IP, WAN and telecommunications technologies.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor .

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