Evaluate core network architectures

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Evaluate basic IP network architecture

1.1 Produce a layout of the topology of an IP network showing network elements and application of the 7-layer open system interconnect (OSI) model

1.2 Determine purpose of routers and switches and use of routing protocols

1.3 Determine different types of generic resiliency and redundancy that can be applied in network architectures and when they should be applied

1.4 Evaluate benefits of IP networks compared to circuit-based networks and the impact on modern telecommunications networks

2. Evaluate synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) transport architectures

2.1 Produce a layout of the topology of SDH transport networks showing structure and role of rings in the networks

2.2 Determine purpose of SDH switching and its function within the transport architecture

2.3 Assess key capacity and distance limitations in SDH networks

2.4 Assess resiliency and redundancy techniques that can be used within SDH transport networks

2.5 Evaluate compatibility of SDH transport architectures with other transport architectures

3. Evaluate broadband architectures

3.1 Produce a layout of the topology structure of the asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) edge network and the hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable edge network in providing broadband access to customer

3.2 Determine purpose of point-to-point protocol (PPP) and function of the digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM), broadband remote access server (BRAS) and layer2 network protocol network server (LNS) in the ADSL network

3.3 Assess arrangement of carrier channels connecting the HFC cable customer

3.4 Determine the function of the CMTS and the purpose of DOCSIS, and key capabilities of its different versions in the HFC network

3.5 Assess resiliency considerations for ADSL and HFC cable network architectures

3.6 Evaluate benefits of providing cable broadband access to wireless broadband from a network security aspect

4. Evaluate data architectures

4.1 Produce a layout of the topology of key structures of a data network showing the IP network and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) structures

4.2 Determine the purpose of internal and external routing protocols in an IP network outlining reasons for the creation of a virtual private network (VPN)

4.3 Determine the purpose of label distribution protocol (LDP) in an MPLS network

4.4 Assess resiliency and redundancy techniques that can be used within data networks

4.5 Evaluate compatibility of IP and MPLS networking

5. Evaluate metropolitan ethernet architectures

5.1 Produce a layout of the topology structure of a metropolitan ethernet network showing optimum siting of the ethernet switch

5.2 Determine types and limitations of the varieties of ethernet transmission

5.3 Assess scaling limitations of ethernet networks

5.4 Assess resiliency and redundancy techniques that can be used within metropolitan ethernet networks

5.5 Evaluate the need for creation of virtual local area networks (VLAN) in metropolitan ethernet architecture for improved performance

6. Evaluate voice architectures

6.1 Produce a layout of the topology of a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) network and a wireless voice network showing the network elements

6.2 Determine the function of local exchange and transit exchange switches in the public switched telephone network (PSTN)

6.3 Determine the function of a secure broadband connection (SBC) and the purpose of session initiation protocol (SIP) in wireless networking

6.4 Assess resiliency and redundancy techniques that can be applied in design of voice networks

6.5 Evaluate benefits of VoIP networks compared to circuit based networks and the impact on modern telecommunications networks

7. Evaluate media and content architectures

7.1 Determine structure, elements and purpose of hosting networks in data centres and a content distribution network

7.2 Evaluate the impact of high speed broadband for wide deployment of media and content architectures

8. Prepare evaluation report

8.1 Assess compatibility and interoperability of competing core network architectures

8.2 Prepare an evaluation report outlining core network solutions using emerging technologies