Network Course: MPLS and Carrier IP Packet Network Services

MPLS and Carrier IP Packet Network Services is an online course dedicated to understanding the fundamentals of carrier packet networks and services, and the terminology, configuration and operation of specific technologies including Frame Relay, IP, and most importantly, MPLS.
This elearning course can be taken on its own, or as part of the Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist (CTNS) certification package that includes six online courses covering the PSTNWirelessOSI LayersEthernetIP networks and MPLS networks from Teracom Training Institute plus certification from the Telecommunications Certification Organization.
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Network Course Overview

We'll begin by understanding the basic structure of a carrier packet network and connecting to it, including the Provider Edge (PE) and Customer Edge (CE)… and why Provider Edge equipment is sometimes placed at the customer premise.
Next, we'll define Service Level Agreements, traffic profiles and Class of Service – how a service provider and customer define and agree on what the customer will get for their money on an overbooked bandwidth-on-demand packet network.
Then, we'll introduce the critical ideas of virtual circuits and classes of traffic, used as a powerful traffic management tool in all commercial packet data communication networks.
With the fundamentals in place, we'll run through the technologies, beginning with a very brief review of the first packet technology, X.25, to introduce a graphical method of tracing the flow of data from user to network to user in the framework of the OSI model, and concepts including reliable and unreliable service classes, and connection-oriented and connectionless network services.
Then we'll cover Frame Relay, and understand why and how it was an improvement on X.25, implementing wide-area networking for IP client-server communications – and why TCP is required and the traffic profiles supported by Frame Relay.
We'll trace the download of a file from a customer's server over a carrier's Frame Relay network to the customer's client using TCP/IP, identifying all of the equipment and protocols in operation.
Next, we'll understand what kind of guarantees are required to carry telephone calls in packets, and how ATM was supposed to be the answer to all of our problems… but became terribly complicated and expensive and is on the way out.
MPLS – essentially the IP world's implementation of virtual circuits – is now replacing Frame Relay and ATM, and is used by all carriers as a traffic management overlay on IP.
We'll first see how MPLS is the same idea as everything covered so far in the course (but with different jargon and buzzwords), cover that jargon, then see how TCP/IP is carried over an MPLS network, revealing the significant advantage compared to TCP/IP over Frame Relay.
Then we'll look at the uses that MPLS is put to in carrier networks:
• How MPLS virtual circuits can be a Quality of Service mechanism to implement Differentiated Services: different service levels or classes of service for different types of traffic on the same packet network.
• How MPLS is used to achieve service integration, sometimes called "convergence", with large cost savings for both customers and carriers.
• How MPLS is used to aggregate similar kinds of traffic with label stacking: carrying virtual circuits on virtual circuits, to be able to manage all of the instances of a kind of traffic (e.g. telephone calls) as a single entity.
We complete the course with a discussion of terminology used in sales and marketing of MPLS services, and how that translates to reality... what exactly a salesperson is referring to when they say "MPLS services", and compare and contrast that to Internet service.

Network Course Lessons

1. MPLS and Carrier Networks: Introduction
2. Carrier Packet Network Basics
Customer Edge, Provider Edge, Access and Core
3. Service Level Agreements
Traffic Profile and Class of Service
4. Virtual Circuits
Traffic Classes, Virtual Circuits and Virtual Circuit IDs
5. X.25
Packet Network Protocol Stack, Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless, Reliable vs. Unreliable Services
6. Frame Relay
Frame Relay vs. Packet Switching, IP, TCP, FRADs
7. TCP/IP over Frame Relay
Tracing File Download Through the Protocol Stack End-End
8. QoS Requirement for Voice over IP
How Packetized Voice Works and What is Needed
9. ATM
Overview: ATM Objectives, Cells, Service Classes
10. MPLS
MPLS Components, Jargon, Basic Operation
11. TCP/IP over MPLS
Tracing File Download End-End, IP User-Network Interface, MPLS for IP Packets (VPN) or MAC Frames (VPLS)
12. Differentiated Classes of Service using MPLS
QoS, Traffic Classification, Diff-Serv: Multiple CoS
13. Integration and Convergence using MPLS
Carrying All Traffic On a Single Network Technology.
14. Managing Aggregates of Traffic with MPLS Label Stacking
Carrying Virtual Circuits on Virtual Circuits - Access and Core
15. MPLS Services vs. Internet Service
Similarities and Differences, Pros and Cons. The Future.
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