Telecoms into the 2020s The telco transformation – 2 days

The telco transformation is here. With the major influences of Virtualisation, Cloud computing, IoT and the massive increase of connected devices, social media, Big Data, etc, the networks of the future need to be more agile and dynamic, they need to be able to deliver services on demand with variable bandwidth and QoS requirements. Virtualisation is going to play a key role in meeting this network demand. The Telecoms into the 2020’s course has been designed to discuss the major drivers, influences, changes and technologies that will be adopted in the Telecoms networks of the future. Aspects such as virtualisation technologies – Network Appliances, SDN and NFV, Hetnets, 5G, millimetre waves, small cells, massive MiMo, beamforming, Full duplex, SONs, Next –gen RAN plus others are covered.

The objective of the Telecoms into the 2020s course is to provide a primer to anyone who works in the Telecoms industry so that they can understand and appreciate the transformation that the industry is going to be experiencing in the years to come. The course discusses technology, but is not overly technical and is designed so that is can also be understood and appreciated by technical and non-technical people alike.

SDN Orientation The why, what and how of SDN – 2 days

With all the hype around Software Defined Networking and how it is changing Telecoms networks into a dynamic service orientated environment, the SDN Orientation course is designed to provide you with the why, what and how of SDN. The course explains the different visions of SDN and the concepts behind the technology. It also includes practical demonstrations and working examples of the technology in action.

By the end of the course, the learner will understand the terminology and the roles of the various components used in SDN, including API’s, SDN controllers, OpenFlow, network appliances and Open vSwitch devices.

The course is intended for network designers, network planners, supervisors, project managers, sales people, technicians and anyone new to SDN.

SDN Engineering Primer What you need to know to successfully implement SDN – 5 days

Software Defined Networking is set to be the way that networks of the future will be implemented and thus network engineers and technicians need to develop a new skills set. The SDN Engineering Primer course is designed to create a learning environment that practically embeds the key concepts, logic and components that are critical in understanding how an SDN network is built and implemented. This course teaches the concepts and roles of virtualisation, VMs, SDN NOSs / Controllers, Openflow, network appliances, programming standards and scripting logic. This is a foundational, practical hands-on course where learners will build Switched NWs, VLANs, Routed NWs etc. using SDN technology. Emulation tools such as Mininet will also be taught.

The objective of the SDN Engineering Primer course is to teach network engineers and technicians the essential concepts upon which SDN is based, plus to expose them practically to the SDN environment so that they are empowered enough to develop further in the field of SDN in the future.

Coding Fundamentals for SDN and NFV – Literacy for the digital age – 5 days

Coding means speaking the language of the 21st century. It has been referred to as the “new literacy,” the fundamental skill every member of a globalised world should possess. Code is a language that speaks universally, giving access to the inner workings of the technologies that underpin nearly every major industry and creative process in the digital economy. With the rise of SDN, NFV, and network automation and programmability, networking people will benefit from learning a programming language so that they can be grounded in this digital age. Basic programming logic and constructs, data interpretation and Python are taught in this course.

FTTx (Fibre to the home, curb…) Learn the fundamentals of FTTx – 2 days

The FTTx course is designed to introduce the concepts and technologies that combine to provide fixed broadband access across fibre. Delegates will learn why FTTx has become such an important architecture today, including the technical and financial justifications. The different types of FTTx architectures are discussed, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, and the types of components that are required. The course also includes technical details of the specialized FTTx topologies, active and passive architectures such as GPONs, components like splitters and wavelength-division multiplexers, and the specifications for cables, connectors, splices and hardware.

The course is intended for network designers, network planners, supervisors, project managers, sales people, technicians and anyone new to the FTTx market.

Ethernet Evolution Explore the Evolutionary path of Ethernet – 5 days

Ethernet is constantly evolving, because of this; it has found its way into most parts of Telecoms infrastructures. Ethernet has been able to adapt to the needs of the networking world and address requirements of both operators and end-users, while making sure that the resulting technology is cost- efficient, reliable, and operates in a plug and play manner. This training course provides a backdrop of the early history of Ethernet, but focuses more on the recent developments which are of particular interest to network operators. The Ethernet Evolution course includes technical details of the operation and implementation of the Ethernet technologies. This course discusses the generations of Ethernet, switching, VLANS, redundancy, Metro Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet 2, Carrier Ethernet and SDN, Ethernet in Data Centre and SyncE.

The course is intended for network designers, network planners, project managers, technicians and anyone technical that is new to Telecoms .

IPv6 Introduction Learn the fundamentals of the IPv6 protocol and its implementation – 5 days

The next generation IP, IPv6, will take the TCP/IP protocol into the 21st century and effectively aid in the implementation of the IoTs. IPv6 provides larger addresses, simplified address configuration options, optimized routing and support for new applications designed to overcome current limitations. In this course, experienced internetworking professionals gain the knowledge and skills they need to understand the basics of the functionality, implementation and migration from existing IPv4 networks to the new IPv6 protocol.

This course provides an overview of the core functions of the IPv6 protocol. The IPv6 Introduction course is a combination of lecture based training and practical, hands-on exercises that provide the course attendees with the opportunity to apply the concepts that they are learning.

The course is intended for network designers, network planners, project managers, technicians and anyone technical that is new to Telecoms

Networking IoT Devices – Gain insight into the different IoT implementations and technologies – 1 day

The densification of IoT is rapidly evolving and the world is becoming fully connected. The Networking IoT Devices course addresses this evolution and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry. Due to IoT’s broad range of use cases and individual devices, network architects need to pay attention to a wide combination of variables for communication, power, bandwidth, reliability, cost and more. This course discusses these variables plus the infrastructure, networking protocols, sensor technologies, data/storage/analytics and security aspects of IoT.

Cyber Security Introduction – Understanding Cyber Security and the risks – 2 days

It’s of utmost importance that critical infrastructure organisations understand the security risks that they are potentially exposed to in a growing digital and elastic world. Software Defined Networking is changing the cyber security landscape by collecting network usage information, which could support the improved algorithm design used to detect attacks. A new generation of applications will take advantage of better-informed Software Defined Networking agents to improve policy enforcement and traffic anomaly detection and mitigation. These applications will be able to block malicious intruders before they enter the critical regions of the network. This introduction discusses the cyber security threats that are prevalent in networking today, cryptographic technologies and it introduces advanced methods of mitigation.

IoT, SDN, NFV and cloud practical laboratory – Build an end to end digital system – 5 days

This practical hands-on lab session is designed to help learners integrate and apply the knowledge that they have gained from the previous 6 modules of the programme. In this lab, an end-to-end digital system will be deployed in a virtualised environment. Virtual Instances will be created and attached to a SDN and NFV based network architecture. IoT sensors will then be programmed using python to collect data and pass this information through the environment they have created. Role based securities and policies will be driven by the NFV functionality to show security aspects on the network. Collected IoT data will then be stored on a cloud-based solution, that will be spun up on demand by the learners. Data science principles can then be applied to the collected data.
At the conclusion of this lab, a fully integrated digital content delivery system will exist that covers inception, movement and storage of the content.

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