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BOOT CAMP: Major update for the 2020s

Telecom BOOT CAMP agenda 2020
 Telecom BOOT CAMP     

BOOT CAMP has been totally updated for the 2020s with broadband Internet, cloud computing, data centers, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, 3.5 GHz broadband fixed wireless, Low Power Wide Area radio networks, a new chapter on IoT and much more. POTS was demoted from Chapter 1 to Chapter 6 to start the 2020s.

Monday – Wednesday: Course 101

The first three days of BOOT CAMP is Course 101: Broadband, Telecom, Datacom and Networking for Non-Engineers, our "core training" for non-engineering professionals, getting you up to speed on telecom, datacom and networking, from fundamentals and jargon to the latest technologies.

Part 1: The Fundamentals

  • Today's broadband converged IP telecom network
  • Telecom fundamentals: pulses, modems, multiplexing
  • Network fundamentals: IP packets and MAC frames
  • The Internet, ISPs and Net neutrality
  • Web Services, Cloud Computing, Data Centers
  • Residential, Business and Wholesale Services
  • Digital Media: digital voice, video, images, data, text

Part 2: Telecom Technologies

  • Wireless: Cellular, 4G, 5G, Mobile Internet & PSTN
  • Wi-Fi, Satellite, 3.5 GHz Broadband Home Internet
  • Fiber: fundamentals, WDM, Optical Ethernet, PONs
  • Copper: POTS, DSL, Cable Modems, T1, LAN cables

Part 3: Equipment, Carriers and Interconnect

  • Core Routers and Layer 2 Switches
  • CO Switches & PBXs vs. Softswitches & Gateways
  • Internet Exchanges
  • Toll Centers, POPs, Switched Access, LECs, ILECs and CLECs

Part 4: Networking

  • OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks
  • Ethernet LANs, LAN switches and VLANs
  • Routers, IP addresses, DHCP, public-private NAT, IPv6
  • Carrier networks, SLAs, Class of Service
  • MPLS for CoS, VPNs, integration and aggregation
  • Practical solutions and project methodology

Thursday – Friday: Course 130

The last two days of BOOT CAMP is Course 130: Voice over IP, SIP, Security, 5G and IoT, vendor independent training for non-engineers covering VoIP and SIP, a comprehensive survey of security, and finishing with 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and examples of applications like platooning and smart cities.

Part 1: Voice over IP and SIP

  • The components & operation of VoIP phone systems
  • Internet VoIP telephone service
  • Business VoIP systems: call managers, SIP servers, hosted PBX, cloud services, Centrex.
  • What SIP is and how it works
  • Voice quality: delay, jitter, packet loss
  • SIP Trunking and Carrier Connections

Part 2: Security

  • Security risk areas & attacker objectives
  • Phishing, credential reuse and extortion
  • Network security, ports and firewalls
  • Public and private key encryption, digital signatures
  • Digital certificates & SSL, authentication, passwords
  • Wi-Fi security, Internet VPNs, VoIP security
  • Viruses and trojans; zero-day exploits

Part 3: 5G and IoT

  • New Radio: more bits/second and new spectrum
  • 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz and mmWave
  • 5G use cases; 5G handset chip: Snapdragon X55
  • The Internet of Things
  • Communications and computing for every Thing
  • Cool applications, platooning, ultra-broadband, low-power wide-area radio networks, smart cities, IoT applications

No-one expects anyone to absorb all of this in one shot!

Included with BOOT CAMP are two printed and bound color course workbooks with detailed text notes totaling over 500 pages.  Plus, registering for BOOT CAMP, you get three TCO Certification Packages: CTA, CTNS and CVA, with their 28 online courses for future reference and certification exam prep.

Some people, needing a comprehensive base in telecom, attend only the core training Course 101 the first three days, and get the CTNS Certification. Others, who already have a base, attend Course 130 the last two days for VoIP, the Security module, 5G and IoT, and get the CVA Certification.

Most people attend all five days, designated as Course 111 BOOT CAMP, to get the most comprehensive and highest quality telecommunications training available, at a discounted price, with three TCO Certifications included: CTNS, CVA and the prestigious CTA.

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Online Courses: Automatic Lifetime Updates

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How are online courses and certifications kept up to date?

They're based on the instructor-led BOOT CAMP courses.

When BOOT CAMP courses are updated, new lessons end up being added to the online courses, like a ripple effect. As BOOT CAMP just had a major update for 2020, new online lessons are on their way.

Anyone purchasing certification packages or courses will automatically get the updates as they are released. First up is the new lesson on 5G for CWA being added in March.

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Tutorial: Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) Radio Networks for the Internet of Things

CTSME - TCO Certified Telecommunications Subject Matter Expert     

Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) systems, also called Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) are wireless systems for sensor data reporting and remote control.

There are four main technologies, divided into two groups: technologies deployed by mobile (cellular) carriers, and technologies deployed by non-cellular carriers.

The technologies deployed by cellular operators are Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and Long Term Evolution category M1 (LTE-M).

The technologies deployed by non-cellular operators are sigfox and LoRa (short for Long Range).

Sigfox and LoRa operate in unlicensed spectrum often called Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands, at relatively low frequencies. In Europe the 868-MHz band is used; in the US it is 915 MHz; and 923 or 433 MHz in Asia.

Sigfox is a French company that established a base of customers with water meters from the French water authority Veolia and has expanded internationally.

It provides the leanest communication service, using 100 Hz of bandwidth to move tiny data packets with payloads of 12 bytes upload and 8 bytes download, with limits on the number of messages per day. The theoretical data rate is 600 bits per second. This reduces the subscription costs and extends battery life. It can support 1 million devices per base station transceiver.

LoRa is a competing technology also using ISM bands, using 125 kHz of bandwidth to achieve a theoretical 50 kb/s and 40,000 devices per base station. LoRa employs spread-spectrum coding, meaning the modem signal is spread over a wider frequency band than normal. This allows better performance in the presence of noise or jamming. The LoRa Alliance was created to foster interoperability between devices.

Cellular carriers offer NB-IoT and LTE-M wireless services in licensed frequency bands.

NB-IoT operates on 200 kHz channels, often in the "guard bands", i.e. unused spectrum between bands used for conventional cellular, supporting around 200 kb/s data rates depending on carrier implementation.

It is designed for fixed, ultra-narrow-bandwidth IoT applications. It purports to provide better connectivity in subterranean locations such as basements, utility vaults and sensors located deep within buildings. It does not support mobility, i.e. maintaining connection as the sensor moves out of range of a base station.

LTE-M operates on approximately 1 MHz bands on licensed spectrum, supporting up to 1 Mb/s data rates (depending on carrier implementation), as well as voice and mobility.

As the name would suggest, it is intended for existing LTE cellular networks, to provide extended coverage to IoT applications.

Due to its lower latency and higher bandwidth than NB-IoT, LTE-M is suited for IoT applications where devices are in motion and real-time data is required.

The sigfox and LoRa systems gained an early market share. Carrier NB-IoT and LTE-M systems are expected to significantly outpace sigfox and LoRa in terms of connected devices going forward.

Source: Course 130 Voice over IP, SIP, 5G, Security and IoT, pages 9.16 and 9.17

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Eric Coll, Director
Teracom Training Institute


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