Data Communications (Self-Paced)

Data Communications combines 3 SCTE courses in one convenient package: • Fundamentals of IP Networking in Cable Networks • IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks • Ethernet Transport

Format: Online

Participants view pre-recorded, narrated presentations and complete learning activities at any time that is convenient for them. Participants are encouraged to contact the instructor for questions and discussion.

Participants spend approximately 4 - 6 hours per week, on average, completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits. It is recommended to complete this course in 36 weeks. A certificate is awarded at the conclusion of the course. Completion of the course evaluation is required in order to receive the certificate.


The access information will be emailed 24-48 business hours after registration.  

System Requirements: A high speed Internet connection (Cable or DSL), Internet Explorer 10.0 or above, and Java.


Fundamentals of IP Networking in Cable Networks

As the cable industry continues to move towards an IP infrastructure for video, voice and data, understanding of the Internet Protocol (IP) is critical for the engineers and technicians who will support the next generation systems. This course is designed to provide cable operator personnel the practical knowledge, application and problem solving of Internet Protocol version 4/6 (IPv4/6) addressing in cable networks.


Participants will explore the standards, Quality of Service, components and topologies that are the building blocks of IPv4/6 networks. The course will cover the role of decimal, hexadecimal and binary as it relates to IPv4/6, along with the addressing types and the functions that IPv4/6 play in the operator's infrastructure. A practical demonstration of subnetting, variable length subnet masks (VLSM), summarization and wild card masking will allow participants to solve real world IPv4 network scenarios.


IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks

The IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks course provides details on the capabilities of IPv6 and DOCSIS™ 3.0, as well as the roles they play in the cable network management process, the rollout aspects of IPv6 implementation, DOCSIS 3.0 integration, configuration, provisioning and troubleshooting the network components, and the impact on the cable network.


Course goals also include an in-depth discussion surrounding how to operate IPv6 in tandem with IPv4.  The operational issues involved in configuring and managing parallel IP addressing systems are thoroughly covered in this course. The breadth and depth of the course will be beneficial for those responsible for integrating the IPv6 protocol.


Ethernet Transport

This course teaches the basic functionality of Ethernet, as well as the standards, types of equipment, the provisioning process and various network architectures. Having knowledge of Ethernet & GigE will help broadband professionals better understand the components and implementations of Ethernet technology from 10BaseT through 10GigE as well as the benefits of future enhancements. This course teaches how to quickly and easily build, deploy, manage and troubleshoot Ethernet networks. It also details: network architectures, protocols, frame formats, configuration and provisioning parameters. In addition, participants will discover important operating requirements and troubleshooting techniques.  



Steve Harris, SCTE's Sr. Director of Advanced Network Technologies


Requirements for Successful Course Completion

  • Completion of Course Feedback Form
  • Final exam with a passing grade of 70%


Upon Successful Course Completion You Will Receive

  • SCTE Course Certificate
  • 3 college credits when registered with an SCTE college partnership
  • 6 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE certification renewal


Cancellations and Extensions

  • All cancellation requests must be received by midnight of 7th day after the course access is emailed to the participant and must be in writing or email. All cancellations are subject to a $75 cancellation fee.
  • A 3-week extension may be granted for a fee of $70.
  • Individuals who fail the course's final test two times will need to request a Retesting Exception and pay the Retesting Fee of $80. The Retesting Fee includes up to a 3 week course extension from the date of the request, allowing learners to prepare and retake the course final an additional two times. The final test must be completed before the course enrollment or extension ends.

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