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Informa Certified Advanced Core Network Planning Professional

COURSE DESCRIPTION The evolution to all-IP packet-based networks creates a need to rethink how traffic and networks are modeled and planned. This course introduces the principles of network and traffic planning in packet based core networks, including the enhanced layered architecture of 3GPP networks, LTE and NGN migration and suggests some of the models which allow existing networks to be dimensioned. The critical aspect of service quality is also introduced to allow a detailed analysis and planning for core network interfaces from access, legacy and backhaul networks. The planning of protocols will also be examined, with appropriate emphasis on the expanding role of IP and associated protocols such as SIP, SIGTRAN and 3GPP protocols in the modern mobile network with signaling flows being used where necessary to illustrate the operation. Each training session is thoroughly reviewed to help understanding, and with the aid of the trainer, delegates are required to complete a two stage certification assessment, comprising of a written exam and comprehensive practical planning case study. PRE-REQUISITES A basic understanding of IP networking and GSM / 3GPP (UMTS) architecture and procedures would be an advantage, but is not essential. COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the course, the delegate will be able to: Describe the overall architectures used within modern Core Networks and explain their individual functionality - including implementations within UMTS (including HSPA), LTE and NGN systems. Describe the methodology used for planning a core network and list the general inputs and outputs to the sub-processes used within the planning process. Explain the methodology and processes used within traffic planning. Identify the processes and techniques associated with traffic and bearer modeling. Identify the processes of Erlang calculations and circuit switched bandwidth capacity requirements for IP transport networks. Explain the User Plane design process, taking into consideration TDM, ATM, IP and MPLS transmission technologies. Describe IP user plane design considerations from an IP Layer 3 protocol management aspect. Explain the signaling network design process and identify signaling network architectures and topologies for TDM, ATM, IP and SIP.


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Explain performance requirements related to redundancy and reliability and bandwidth volume calculations. Describe the basic concept of Traffic Theory needed for the dimensioning of networks. Understand and explain Processor Load Definitions, Bandwidth and Voice Quality. Complete a two stage certification process that includes a comprehensive design and practical assessment case study.

CONTENTS (Subject to Change)

Core Network Architecture and Protocols The Circuit Switched and Packet Switched Domains Circuit Switched Domain Core Network Elements and their Functions Interfaces and Associated Protocols Basic Functions of Relevant Protocols Packet Switched Domain Core Network Elements and their Functions Interfaces and Associated Protocols Basic Functions of Relevant Protocols Service Delivery Concept Service Delivery Architecture Service Delivery Platforms Transport Protocols Transmission in the Core Network

Network Planning Work Packages Traffic Planning Security Solutions Migration and Expansion Planning Core Network Architecture Solutions Circuit and Packet Switched Solutions Signaling Solutions Interconnection Planning Requirements Transport and Transmission Solutions Audits and Verification Processes

Traffic Planning Overview of the Traffic Planning Process Traffic Modeling Traffic Analysis Network Traffic Modelling Network Traffic Forecasting Traffic Distribution / Dispersion Transport Plane Planning Process Inputs and Outputs to Planning Interconnection Planning Solutions - IP/TDM/ATM and VoIP Transport Principles Cross Connections

IP in the Core Network The Requirements Mobile Networks and IP Evolution Quality of Service Requirements QoS Mechanisms - DiffServ, IntServ, and RSVP Evolution to MPLS Networks The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Network Planning Processes Requirements Analysis Network Planning Inputs Resulting Planning Outputs

Control Plane Design (Signaling) Overview of the Traffic Signaling Design Signaling Interfaces SS7 / SIGTRAN / IP Requirements Signaling Network Architectures Performance Requirements Redundancy and Reliability Signaling Volume Calculations

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Network Traffic Theory Traffic Types - Signaling and Service Traffic Formulas Erlang Descriptions Busy Call Hours Calculations Traffic Intensity Processor Capacity Processor Load Definitions Distributed Traffic Loads Dimensioning Capacity Engineering Capacity Node Dimensioning Network Design Activities Service Deliverables Delivery Process Design Considerations Backbone Connectivity Requirements and Assumptions Logical Network Design Physical Network Design

Bandwidth and Voice Quality IP Bandwidth Requirements Bandwidth Codec and Sampling Time IP Bandwidth Calculations Certification Case Study Plan Traffic Intensity Identify Core Network Design Design Network Plan Transport Distribution Requirements Discuss and Evaluate Cost Analysis

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