Understanding MMDS, BRS and Wireless Cable

2 Day Course
Code PWL265

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


The next generation of telecommunications networks will deliver broadband data and multimedia services to users. Integration of Internet Access with TV, music and radio distribution will become a reality provided mechanisms to provide multicast delivery are implemented. IP Television will provide an alternative mechanism for delivering services.

DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications) standards produced by the Cable Television industry for delivering Internet access and other data services over traditional cable television Networks has provided standards for fixed line connections. Building new fixed cable networks is however expensive and a wireless solution offers much lower installation costs and shorter deployment times.

Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) is a technology that has provided proprietary standards for delivery of point to point data connections. It was originally established by FCC in 1983 with frequencies in the 2.5 GHz band. The FCC reassignment of the frequencies for this technology has lead to the renaming of the services as Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Services (EBS). The adoption of DOCSIS standards for delivery over radio completes the standards needed for deploying a new “Wireless Cable” solution for Broadband access.

This course provides an understanding of the Evolution of MMDS services to Broadband Radio Services, the key wireless deployment issues and particularly the evolution of DOCSIS standards from version 1.1 through Version 2 and into version 3 for future systems. Demonstrations of the key IPTV, Multicasting and aggregation technologies are included within the course. 


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

  • Appreciate the evolution of Wireless MMDS to Broadband Radio Service
  • Describe the basic structure of DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS standards
  • Select the appropriate standards for BRS/EBS deployments
  • Implement the required services at the customer and network sides
  • Provide Baseline Privacy Plus service
  • Select appropriate IP service mechanisms for Address Allocation
  • Carry Internet services, Television and Voice over BRS wireless services


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Evolution of Digital Broadband Systems (15 topics)

  • Broadband Access Evolution
  • Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)
  • Return Channel Options: RCT - Terrestrial
  • CATV evolution
  • Motivation for Digital Cable
  • Anatomy of a modern Broadband service
  • Service Applications: High Speed Internet (HIS), IPTV, VoIP
  • Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS)
  • FCC Broadband Radio Service and Educational Broadband Service evolution
  • Structure of Standardization
  • DVB-C and DVB-MC
  • DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS Standardization
  • DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0
  • Objectives of DOCSIS 3.0
  • Relationship with ETSI DVB and ITU

Radio Frequency Specifications (6 topics)

  • Upstream and downstream channel characteristics
  • Radio Frequency Interface Specification
  • Functional Assumptions
  • Protocol Stack on the RF interface
  • Data forwarding through the interface
  • MAC requirements and operation

Physical Medium Dependent Sublayer (11 topics)

  • Specification
  • Signal Processing Requirements
  • Modulation Formats
  • R-S Frame Structure
  • S-CDMA Framing Considerations
  • Downstream Transmission Convergence Sublayer
  • MPEG Payload for DOCSIS
  • MAC Control Specification
  • Quality of Service and fragmentation
  • Cable Modem CMTS Interaction
  • Downloading Cable Modem Software

Customer Premise Equipment Interface (11 topics)

  • Customer Side
  • Functional Reference Model
  • Internal and External modem considerations
  • Standalone Modems
  • Interfaces; Ethernet and USB
  • CPE Controlled Cable Modems
  • CCCM Protocol Requirements
  • Internal PCI Interfaces
  • PHY
  • Diagnostics
  • Security Considerations

Cable Modem Termination System – Network Side Interface Specification (10 topics)

  • IP over ATM
  • IP over DS3
  • IP over FDDI
  • IP over IEEE 802
  • IP over Ethernet
  • Operations Support System Interface Specification
  • Operational Management with SNMP
  • Management Information Bases
  • SNMPv1, SNMPv2c and SNMPv3
  • OSSI RF Interface

Baseline Privacy Plus Security Interface (7 topics)

  • DOCSIS MAC Frame Formats
  • Baseline Privacy Key Management (BPKM) Protocol
  • Dynamic SA Mapping
  • Key Usage
  • Cryptographic Methods
  • Physical Protection of Keys
  • BPI+ X.509 Certificate profile and management

DOCSIS 3.0 MAC and Upper Layer Protocols Interface (12 topics)

  • Specification
  • DOCSIS 3.0 MULPI Key Features
  • MAC Operation
  • Multicast Operation
  • Network and Higher Layer Protocols
  • Provisioning and Management
  • Downstream Service Model
  • MAC Specifications
  • Quality of Service
  • Channel Bonding
  • Data Forwarding
  • Dynamic Bonding and Load Balancing

Digital Certificate Validation and Reissue (8 topics)

  • Operational Status Visualisation
  • Data over Cable Reference Architecture
  • Radio Frequency Specifications
  • Cable Modem to Customer Premise Equipment Interface
  • Network Side Interface Specification
  • Operations Support System Interface Specification
  • Baseline Privacy Plus Interface Specification
  • Acceptance Testing


Delegates should have a solid understanding of IP.

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Virtual Classroom (London)
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