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Metro Ethernet
for Field Support and Business Technicians
Course Description
Carriers have offered connectivity services based on traditional TDM, Frame Relay and ATM for many years. However customers now use Ethernet as the interface of choice for virtually all services and applications. The cost of operating separate networks to provide each service, as well as the need to sell higher bandwidth services than can be offered with traditional networks, is forcing carriers to move to newer, more cost effective technologies, namely Ethernet, Backbone Bridging, IP and MPLS.

Ethernet and IP have allowed networks to deliver high bandwidth and new services with greater flexibility, while MPLS has allowed these new services to become more "carrier-class", offering the connection-oriented behaviour, quality of service, and reliability normally associated with traditional technologies. However the signalling and routing costs of MPLS and layer 3 solutions have still been significant, which has lead to the development of other layer 2 Provider Backbone Transports (PBT) and Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) solutions for small to medium scale carrier metro services.

The Metro Ethernet Forum has evolved a set of standard service definitions for the kinds of Ethernet services customers now require. These can deliver services between sites that look to customers like end to end Ethernet. For carriers they can emulate other traditional TDM services over the same infrastructure and deliver all services over a common unified network by adding Pseudo Wire Emulation edge to edge (PWE3).

This course provides an overview of carrier Ethernet technologies, their installation, testing and troubleshooting for Technicians.
Students Will Learn
Target Audience
This course is designed for Field and Business technicians and anyone who plans on using, evaluating or working with MetroE, applications and services.
Attendees should have a good understanding of IP and WAN principles. They should also understand the basics of Next Generation Networks.
Course Outline

Module I:   Metro Ethernet Carrier Services


Module II:   Carrier Ethernet Primer



Hands-on Monitoring Multicasting over Ethernet



Module III:   Testing Services in Carrier Environments


Hands-on Measuring, Packet Loss and Variation in Delay



Module IV:   Deploying Services in Existing Networks


Hands-on Troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet Services



Delivery Method
Instructor-Led with numerous Hands-On labs and exercises.
Equipment Requirements
(This apply's to our hands-on courses only)
BTS always provides equipment to have a very successful Hands-On course. BTS also encourages all attendees to bring their own equipment to the course. This will provide attendees the opportunity to incorporate their own gear into the labs and gain valuable training using their specific equipment.
Course Length
3 Days

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