This book is the study guide and textbook for the TCO Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist (CTNS) Certification, conforming to the lessons in the eight CTNS courses and their exams:
The selection of material, its order, timing, and explanations are based on Teracom's famous instructor-led telecommunications training seminar Broadband, Telecom, Datacom and Networking for Non-Engineers: these courses are field-tested to deliver the core knowledge set needed by anyone serious in telecommunications today.
The courses deliver a solid foundation of knowledge in broadband, telecom, datacom and networking: the fundamentals, technologies, jargon and buzzwords, standard practices and most importantly, the underlying ideas, and how it all fits together… with TCO Certification to prove it!
The first four CTNS courses begin with Broadband Converged IP Telecom, an introduction and first pass through all of the topics; followed by Wireless Telecommunications, including 5G and Wi-Fi 6, then Introduction to Voice over IP, and rounded out with The PSTN.
The next courses in CTNS deliver a practical understanding of telecom networks and the three enabling technologies: Ethernet and its MAC frames, IP packets with IP addresses and routers, and the traffic management system MPLS. We begin with the OSI Layers to organize the discussions.
Printed in color, the Study Guide contains all of the text and the main graphic from the online course. It is intended to enhance your learning and retention while taking the online courses. It is also useful as a day-to-day reference handbook and glossary. Available in a beautiful hardcover edition.
Our goal is to explain the big picture, the jargon and buzzwords, and put in place a very solid base of telecom knowledge spanning fundamentals to the latest technologies and how they are deployed – in plain English.
7" x 10" hardcover, softcover and eBook • 406 pages • published May 2021
ISBN 9781894887625 (softcover) ISBN 9781894887656 (hardcover) ISBN 9781894887632 (eBook)
By Amazon Customer Chris on March 19, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase
This book parallels the CTNS (Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist) certification offered by https://www.teracomtraining.com/. If you need to know the basics of telecom and IT networking, I highly recommend it!
By W. Guest. on June 29, 2015
Format: Perfect Paperback
This is an excellent overview of Telecom, Datacom, and Networking.
Eric Coll is an articulate, thoughtful technical writer with an obvious mastery of this challenging field, and he brings all his skill to bear in this book.
For such a broad technical coverage, the book avoids skipping over critical points, and provides an in-depth look as appropriate to allow you to put everything into proper perspective, and to relate how each technology works with the others.
There are a number of excellent analogies, some neat history, and overall, a simply excellent structure. Easy to read, memorable, and chock-full of information.
I hesitate to call books brilliant, but this is about as close to that as it comes.
Very, very highly recommended!
The CTNS Study Guide is eight books in one, the textbooks for all CTNS courses combined in one volume, giving you a solid foundation in telecom, datacom and networking, from broadband and cellular, VoIP and the PSTN, to Ethernet, IP and MPLS networking.
Introduction to Broadband Converged IP Telecom
Convergence • Broadband • Network Core and Edge • Protocols • Last Mile Copper, Fiber and Wireless • Residential, Business and Wholesale Services • Network Equipment • Carrier Connections
Mobile Network Fundamentals • Cellular Principles • Digitized Voice over Radio • Mobile Internet • FDMA, TDMA, CDMA and OFDM • 4G LTE and OFDMA • 5G: New Spectrum, Ultra-Broadband and IoT • Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax • Communication Satellites
Fundamentals of Voice over IP
Jargon & Buzzwords • VoIP Phone System Components and Operation • Voice Packetization • LANs and WANs • VoIP Phones: MAC Address, DHCP, IP, UDP, RTP, QoS • SIP, Softswitches & SIP Trunking • Cloud • The Future
Loops and Trunks • POTS • Circuit-Switching • LECs, CLECs and IXCs • Analog • Voiceband • DTMF • SS7
The OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks
Protocols & Standards • OSI Model • Layers • TCP/IP • How Protocol Stacks Work
LANs, VLANs, Wireless and Optical Ethernet
MAC Addresses • MAC Frames • Layer 2 Switches • VLANs • Ethernet on Copper • 1000BASE-T • Power over Ethernet • Cable Categories • Office Wiring Plan • Wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi) • Optical Ethernet • Ethernet in the Core, MANs and PONs • Fiber Types • SFP Transceivers • Field Installation
IP Networks, Routers and Addresses
IP Addresses • Packets • Networks • Routers • Static and Dynamic Addresses • DHCP • Public and Private Addresses • NAT • IPv6
MPLS and Carrier Packet Networks
Carrier Packet Networks • Technologies • MPLS • MPLS VPNs • SLAs • CoS • Integration & Aggregation