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5 Days

Due to the pace and duration of this course, ideal candidates for this course operate in medium to very large computing environment:

  • They have a minimum of six months experience in a multi-LAN/WAN environment
  • Have taken the Next Generation Networks 101 course or have the knowledge of information covered in the course

This Course provides an overview of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IP Multimedia System Architecture (IMS) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). This curriculum includes an overview and architecture of MPLS, IMS, and LTE fundamentals. 

This course is primarily targeted at IT professionals who have a large amount of experience with network design and implementation. The individuals attending this course should already have the knowledge and/or hold a CCNA certification

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Provide an overview of IP Multimedia System (IMS) Architecture
  • Provide an overview of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Architecture

Part I: Multiprotocol Lable Switching (MPLS)

Module 1: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Network
The Evolution of MPLS
Definition of MPLS
Pre-MPLS Protocols
Benefits of MPLS
Bogus Benefit
Use of One Unified Network Infrastructure
Better IP over ATM Integration
BGP-Free Core
Overlay VPN Model
Peer-to-Peer VPN Model
Optimal Traffic Flow
Traffic Engineering
History of MPLS in Cisco IOS

Module 2: MPLS Architecture
Introducing MPLS Labels
Label Stacking
Encoding of MPLS
MPLS and the OSI Reference Model
Label Switch Router
Label Switch Path
Forwarding Equivalence Class
Label Distribution
Label Distribution with LDP
Label Forwarding Instance Base
MPLS Payload
MPLS Label Spaces
Different MPLS Modes

Module 3: Forwarding Label Packets
Label Operation
IP Lookup Versus Label Lookup
Load Balancing Labeled Packets
TTL Behavior of Labeled Packets
TTL Behavior in the Case of IP-to-Label or Label-to-Label
TTL Expiration
Giant Frames on Switches
MPLS Maximum Receive Unit
Fragmentation of MPLS Packets
Path MTU Discovery

Module 4: Label Distribution Protocol
LDP Overview
LDP Operation
LDP Session Establishment and Maintenance
Number of LDP Sessions
Advertising of Label Mappings
Label Withdrawing
Housekeeping by Means of Notification
Targeted LDP Session
LDP Authentication
Controlling the Advertisement of Labels via LDP
MPLS LDP Inbound Label Binding Filtering
LDP Autoconfiguration
MPLS LDP-IGP Synchronization
How MPLS LDP-IGP Synchronization Works
MPLS LDP-IGP Synchronization Configuration
MPLS LDP Session Protection

Module 5: MPLS VPN
Introduction to MPLS VPN
Architectural Overview of MPLS VPN
Virtual Routing Forwarding
Route Distinguisher (RDs – Unique Identifier)
Route Targets (RTs)
VPNv4 Route Propagation In the MPLS VPN Network
Packet Forwarding in an MPLS VPN Network
Packet Forwarding
PE-CE Routing Protocols
Connected Routes
Internet Access
Internet in a VPN
Internet Access Through the Global Routing Table
Internet Access Through the Global Routing Table with Static Routes
Internet Access Through a Central VRF Site
CE Management

Part II: IMS Architecture and Concepts

IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Architecture and Overview
What is the internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
Example of IMS Services
Where did it come from?
Architectural Requirements
Description of IMS-related entities and Functionalities
IMS Reference Points
Registration and Mechanisms to register multiple user identities to a go
Session Initiation
Identification and Identity Modules
Sharing a single User Identify between Multiple Devices
Discovering the IMS Entry Point
Connectivity between Traditional CS users and IMS Users
SIP Compression
Interworking between IPv4 and IPv6 in IMS

Part III: LTE Architecture and Concepts

LTE Architecture and Overview
LTE Design Targets
SAE Design Targets
LTE transmission schemes: Downlink OFDM and uplink DFTS-OFDM/SC-FDMA
Channel-dependent Scheduling and Rate Adaptation
Hybrid ARQ with Soft Combining
Multiple Antenna Support
Multicast and Broadcast Support

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