Broadband Networking Services and Technology
This course provides a broad and comprehensive study of the technologies enabling broadband services and networking. High-speed network access technologies, core-network architectures, and the broadband service environment are the focus of this course. The broadband access technologies of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable modem service, optical fiber-based access, and the high-speed wireless technologies of WiFi and WiMAX are examined and differentiated. The core-network technologies of DWDM, MetroEthernet, MPLS, RSVP, as well as the services-converging IP Multimedia Sub-system (IMS) are discussed and studied as enabling technologies for broadband services. An overview is provided of key broadband services: VoIP, IPTV, streaming video and Video on Demand. Security standards and regulatory issues are addressed. The course concludes with a discussion of the opportunities and threats posed to service providers and the communications industry by the emerging disruptive technologies of broadband networking.