TEL 503: Broadband and Access Technology

The evolution of broadband and access technologies require that managers and other staff members to be sufficiently aware of some of the pressing technical and business issues to be resolved. Understanding of fundamental technological developments, regulatory framework and commercial requirements are essential for the deployment of a successful broadband access strategy. The course will cover wide range of technological choices to provide comprehensive understanding of the key issues in broadband and access technologies.

Course Description

  •     Introduction and legacy networks
  •     Broadband access networks
  •     Demand for broadband
  •     Broadband access technologies
  •     Services
  •     Status of global broadband markets
  •     Penetration and growth
  •     Business model
  •     Convergence and bundling of services
  •     Future broadband
  •     Basic communication system
  •     Channel coding
  •     Modulation
  •     Spectrum efficiency
  •     Contention ratio
  •     Digital subscriber lines
  •     Copper access networks
  •     Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
  •     DSL network architecture and network elements
  •     Deployment strategies
  •     Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
  •     xDSL in a multiservice 21st Century Network
  •     Powerline broadband
  •     Fibre optic systems
  •     Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
  •     Satellite broadband access
  •     High altitude platforms
  •     Wireless access networks (PAN, LAN, WAN, MAN)
  •     WiMAX
  •     Introduction to 3G
  •     Background and Standardisation of 3G
  •     History of 3G and 3G standards
  •     Drivers for 3G- Spectrum, services, bearers
  •     UMTS
  •     HSDPA
  •     LTE
  •     IMT-Advanced
  •     Femto cells
  •     Power control
  •     Handover
  •     Admission control
  •     Load control (congestion control)
  •     Interference management

Learning Outcomes:      

On completion of this course the delegates will have a good understanding of:

  •     Wide range of current and emerging broadband access technologies
  •     Engineering principals and practical network design aspects
  •     Importance of regulation and thought process behind making a policy framework
  •     Commercial implications that leads to viable investments
  •     Choosing a suitable broadband strategy to meet the local requirements
  •     Deploying a cost effective broadband access technology
  •     Service aspects and improving customer satisfaction
  •     The economics and engineering of the radio spectrum


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