The Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services (SPCORE) v1.2 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the concepts of MPLS and its implementation, as well as the MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE) services built on the MPLS technology. MPLS is a high-performance method for forwarding packets through a network and enables routers at the edge of a network to apply simple labels to packets. This practice allows the core devices—typically the routers in the center of the service provider core—to forward packets according to labels, with minimal lookup overhead. The course also enables learners to use the technology principles of basic QoS, and QoS with MPLS to implement advanced features and functions. The focus of the course is on technology issues of MPLS and on best practices for implementing QoS from the service providers perspective and how to configure some of those features and functions in an existing routed environment.
The course also includes classroom activities with remote labs that are useful to gain practical skills on deploying Cisco IOS or IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR features to operate and support service provider core network services.
The SPCORE course is a component of the CCNP SP curriculum.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe the features of MPLS, and how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
  • Discuss the requirement for traffic engineering in modern networks that must attain optimal resource utilization
  • Describe the concept of QoS and explain the need to implement QoS
  • Classify and mark network traffic to implement an administrative policy requiring QoS
  • Compare the different Cisco QoS queuing mechanisms that are used to manage network congestion
  • Explain the concept of traffic policing and shaping, including token bucket, dual token bucket, and dual-rate policing


The course contains these components:
  • Module 1: Multiprotocol Label Switching
    • Introducing Cisco IP NGN Architecture
    • Introducing MPLS
    • Introducing MPLS Applications
    • Label Distribution Protocol
    • Introducing MPLS Forwarding
    • Operating MPLS Forwarding
    • Implementing MPLS in the Service Provider Core
    • Lab 1-1: Implement MPLS in the Service Provider Core
  • Module 2: MPLS Traffic Engineering
    • Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
    • Running MPLS Traffic Engineering
    • Implementing MPLS TE
    • Protecting MPLS TE Traffic
    • Lab 2-1: Implement MPLS TE
  • Module 3: QoS in the Service Provider Network
    • Understanding QoS
    • Implementing Cisco QoS and QoS Mechanisms
    • Lab 3-1: Use QoS Mechanisms
    • Implementing MPLS Support for QoS
    • Lab 3-2: Implement MPLS Support for QoS
  • Module 4: QoS Classification and Marking
    • Understanding Classification and Marking
    • Using Modular QoS CLI
    • Implementing Advanced QoS Techniques
    • Lab 4-1: Implement Classification and Marking
  • Module 5: QoS Congestion Management and Avoidance
    • Managing Congestion
    • Lab 5-1: Implement Queuing
    • Implementing Congestion Avoidance
    • Lab 5-2: Implement Congestion Avoidance
  • Module 6: QoS Traffic Policing and Shaping
    • Understanding Traffic Policing and Shaping
    • Implementing Traffic Policing
    • Lab 6-1: Implement Traffic Policing
    • Implementing Traffic Shaping
    • Lab 6-2: Implement Traffic Shaping

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:

Associated certifications