TCO CTNS Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist Study Guide

· TCO Certification Study Guides Book 1 · Teracom Training Institute

About this ebook

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:

2241 Introduction to Broadband Converged IP Telecom

2206 Wireless Telecommunications

2221 Fundamentals of Voice over IP

2201 The PSTN

2212 OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks

2211 LANs, VLANs, Wireless and Optical Ethernet

2213 IP Addresses, Packets and Routers

2214 MPLS and Carrier Networks 

The selection of material, its order, timing, and explanations are field-tested to deliver the core knowledge set for today’s telecommunications.  

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 are on telecommunications, beginning with Introduction to Broadband Converged IP Telecom, an introduction and first pass through all of the topics; followed by Wireless Telecommunications, then Introduction to Voice over IP, and The PSTN.

The second half of CTNS is four courses focusing on the three main enabling technologies for the modern telecom network: Ethernet, IP and MPLS. We begin with the OSI model and its Layers to establish a framework for understanding what each does and how they work together... and all the other things that have to be done.

This book 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.

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.  

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About the author

Eric Coll is an international expert in telecommunications, broadband and networking, and has been actively involved in the telecom industry since 1983. He holds Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (Electrical) degrees.

Mr. Coll has broad experience, and broad knowledge of telecom developed working as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. 

He has used his knowledge of telecom to develop and teach telecommunications technology training seminars to wide acclaim across North America since 1992… and answering questions at seminars for companies and organizations ranging from Bell Labs to the Department of Justice keeps things up to date. In his spare time, Mr. Coll authors textbooks and online courses based on the latest updates to the seminar courses.

Mr. Coll also provides consulting services as a Subject Matter Expert in telecommunications to government, carriers, and their customers.

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