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Best Telecommunications Certifications for 2014

Best Telecommunications Certifications for 2014
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When it comes to bringing people and systems together, networking is often required to make all of the right connections and technologies work. However, there's a lot more than just networking involved in telecommunications certifications and the technologies they cover. 

This article is something of a grab-bag, because it covers classic telecommunications, telecommunications networking, and various kinds of streaming voice and video platforms for unified communications.

You'll notice that the first of our top five credentials consists of two Cisco Voice certifications, the CCNA and CCNP, which fall squarely in the unified communications bucket. We also cover two Telecommunications Certification Organization (TCO) certifications, and a classic voice and data convergence credential developed under the auspices of the Telecommunications Industry Association, a.k.a. TIA.

You will also read about an engineering-oriented communications distribution credential from BICSI, which was originally a building trades association. The BICSI certification is in such high standing that it's a Department of Defense requirement. 

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Best IT Certifications for 2014

There's more than ordinary networking involved in many of these credentials because voice and streaming media traffic come with certain unavoidable and important requirements for limited latency and quick delivery.

These are necessary to enable real-time voice and video communications to occur, and for streaming media delivery to provide an acceptable user experience without hiccups, interruptions, and so forth. Thus, there's a vital service level establishment, monitoring, and troubleshooting component for these credentials.

There's also a larger-than-usual collection of protocols and services that certified professionals must know to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot, above and beyond the usual collection of TCP/IP basics commonly found in Internet-connected networking environments.

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