Telecommunications Fundamentals

5 Day Course
Code GK3760

This version of the course is no longer running on a public scheduled basis, please consider the Telecoms Fundamentals For Professionals course instead.


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The Current State of the Telecom Industry (15 topics)

  • Evolution of Analog Phone Service
  • Circuit Switching
  • The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN)
  • Analog Telephone In-Band Signaling
  • End-to-End Local Connections
  • Signaling System 7 (SS7)
  • Call Routing over a Long Distance Network Using SS7
  • SS7 Architecture
  • Enterprise Voice Connections
  • Enterprise Connections to the PSTN
  • Connecting VoIP Islands
  • VoIP Networks
  • Packet Network Signaling Protocols
  • VoIP Trunking Services
  • IP Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs)

Telecom Service Providers (16 topics)

  • Market Phases of AT&T
  • The U.S. Telecom Market: 1984 to 1996
  • The U.S. Telecom Market: 1996 to Present
  • The Telecom Act
  • AT&T's Bid to Re-enter Local Service
  • Local and Long Distance Carrier Acquisitions & Mergers
  • Independent Carriers in the U.S.
  • Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs): U.S. VoIP Market Share
  • Multiple System Operators (MSOs)
  • Mobile Wireless Operators
  • GSM Mobile Wireless
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • CDMA Mobile Wireless
  • Sprint Nextel
  • Verizon

Digitising Voice (10 topics)

  • Frequency Ranges Related to Human Communication
  • Human Speech Explained
  • Digitizing Voice Signals Using Codecs
  • Sample Rates for Digitizing Waveforms
  • Coding the Signal
  • Transmitting the Signal
  • Decoding the Signal
  • Voice Compression
  • Synthesizing Speech
  • Silence Compression (SC)

Communication Mediums and Multiplexing (9 topics)

  • Communication Mediums
  • Copper Mediums
  • Fiber Mediums
  • Multi-Mode Fiber Coupled with LEDs
  • Single-Mode Fiber Coupled with Lasers
  • Photo detectors
  • Wireless Mediums
  • Multiplexing
  • Air Interfaces

Carrier Access: Carrier-to-Carrier Connections (6 topics)

  • ISDN Basic Rate Interface (BRI)
  • T1 (DS1)/E1 used for Digital Trunking
  • Distance Limitations for Digital Signals
  • T3 (DS3)/E3 used for High-speed Connections
  • SONET/SDH Optical Network Connections
  • Using Fiber connections for the Local Loop

Broadband Access (6 topics)

  • Broadband Applications
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Service
  • FTTP
  • Passive Optical Networks (PONs)
  • Full Service Access Networks (FSANs)
  • Cable Modem Service

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