Course detail

Services of Communication Systems

FEKT-MPA-SKSAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course deals with services provided by current telecommunication systems. Students obtain essential knowledge of technologies that are used all the time even if not preferably, i.e. ISDN services and Asynchronous Transfer Mode ( ATM). Emphasis is however on current technologies such as xDSL (ADSL, SDSL, HDSL, and VDSL) and on modern transmission connected to the SS7signalling system. Students will significantly deepen their knowledge of Internet protocol version 6 following up on IPv4 and focusing on Quality of Service QoS. They will obtain further information on IP/ATM integration and on LAN emulation. They will also be made familiar with priority control in network elements and with services over power network and cable TV.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

On completing the course, students will be able to:
- analyse services provided by contemporary communication networks,
- theoretically analyse the technologies related to xDSL services,
- justify the contemporary state of ISDN usage,
- sum up the features of ISDN,
- compare ATM and other possibilities of high-speed transmission
- explore the creation of ATM cells in relation to services,
- design signalling by means of SS7,
- categorize the Quality of service, QoS,
- explore the potentials of IPv6 in QoS assurance,
- compare the possibilities of routing in network elements,
- plan LAN emulation,
- judge services transmitted over a power network and cable TV,
- practice the MySQL environment,
- configure the Jabber server,
- estimate network safety.


Student who enrol on this course should to be able to: - explain the basic terms of converged communication networks, - define the features of Ethernet-type networks, - name the principles of IPv4, - express the features of multimedia services, - apply the knowledge of obligatory subjects Theoretic Informatics. The subject knowledge on the Bachelor degree level is generally required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ŠKORPIL, V., ENDERLE, P., KAPOUN, V. Services of Telecommunication Networks for joint teaching programme of BUT and VSB-TUO. BUT Brno 2014 (EN)
BLACK, V. Voice over IP. Prentice Hall, London 2002 (EN)
GILLESPIE, A. Broadband Eccess, technology, Interfaces and Management. Artech House, London 2001 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, practical laboratories and computer laboratories. The part of this course is a project and a presentation of results in power point. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

0-5 points – for activity in laboratory,
0-5 points – for activity in computer exercises,
0-20 points – for elaboration of an individual project of MySQL database design,
0-70 points – for written exam with e-learning support, compulsory part for the completion of the course.
The exam is focused on verifying the orientation in the services of communication networks with focus on Quality of Service, IPv6 and control of network elements.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Communication services, categorization, Internet and telecommunication services, selected network topologies.
2. Quality of Service QoS, QoS provided in IP networks, QoS metrics on IP networks, QoS operation factors.
3. Integrated and differentiated services, types of methods, performance limits, categories of integrated services, Resource ReSerVation Protocol RSVP, differentiated services, reference model of differentiated services.
4. Active network elements, model of the switch, switching area, advanced control by neural networks.
5. Integrated services digital network – ISDN, interface S and U, recommendation for ISDN, ISDN signalling.
6. Asynchronous transfer mode – ATM, ATM cells, synchronization, virtual path and virtual channel, service classes, ATM reference model, ATM network elements, ATM switching.
7. Digital subscriber line xDSL, HDSL, ADSL, connection, reference model, modulation, cross talks, next types of xDSL.
8. Internet protocols IPv4 and IPv6, reference OSI model, TCP/IP network architecture, quality of service in IPv6, multimedia services in IPv6.
9. Switching and routing, VLAN virtual networks, routing protocols EGP, BGP, H.323, routing algorithms.
10. Multimedia networks, protocol set H.323, Ethernet over SDH/Sonet - EoS, Multiprotocol Label Switching MPLS, MPLS versus ATM, MPLS and Virtual Private Network (VPN).
11. Passive optical networks PON, access networks and their deployment, risk, experience, etc.
12. Use of integer programming in current networks, network as a graph, application of integer division to solve the shortest path, load distribution, etc.
13. IP transmission over Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network, CWDM, DWDM, TDM versus WDM, Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA).


The aim of this course is to give students extensive orientation in services of communication systems, offer a summary of IPv6 with a view to Quality of Service, and analyse priority routing in network elements.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at laboratories is compulsory, justified absence can be made up after prior arrangement with the instructor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-CAN Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
  • Programme MPAD-CAN Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer