About this Course:
This course introduces technologies underlying telecommunications and real-time communications systems and services. Topics will include: wire-line and fiber systems including those associated with the public switched telephone networks and cable service providers; wireless systems including cellular, WiFi and WiMAX. Methods and architectures for delivery of signaling, voice and video are introduced; analog telephone systems, digital telephone systems on circuit switched networks both wire-line and cellular; digital telecommunications on packet switched networks. Codecs and transformation of voice and video into digital formats are introduced. Physical and data-link layer protocols are studied with emphasis on how they carry voice and video. Channelization and multiple-access methods are introduced. Switching methods studied include circuit switching, virtual circuit switching and packet switching.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Use the specialized terminology of today's communications networks, including the terms trunk, channel, local loop, SS7/C7, ISDN, T1, DS0, DS1, E1, 3G, 4G, CDMA, LTE, IMS, PBX, DSL
- Create plans for network architectures and identify the functions provided by their components
- Distinguish between various methods used for multiplexing, channelization, switching and error control
- Identify the access and transport portions of different sites and the specialized equipment and facilities they contain
Grading/CEU award for this course includes assignments, exams, projects, labs and paper.