Fiber To The x Curriculum

Fiber To The X

Course Info

“FTTx” is the generic term collectively describing passive optical telecom broadband fiber networks architecture serving last mile installations such as curbs, cabinets, homes, apartments, condos, small businesses, etc.

This one-day course helps the student to better understand the differences between the various fiber-fed access networks and the advantages in deploying each.

The course is divided into four lessons, each developed to build upon one another and to provide a basic knowledge of Fiber-To-The-x.

Course Description

  • Lesson One | Introduction to Fiber To The x

    Evolution of Access Network from a pure copper to an all fiber passive network (basic understanding)

    Advantages of a Fiber versus Copper network (bandwidth, maintenance, lifecycle cost)

    Optical Network Architectures ( Point-To-Point Active Ethernet, Fiber to the Node, and Passive Optical Network)

    Greenfield versus Brownfield construction (explore issues and special considerations)

  • Lesson Two | Basic Network Elements and Design Considerations

    Designing the Head-end or CO (basic North Bound (NI) equipment, racking, etc.)

    Selecting the best Fiber Access Network Design (Splitter location)

    Passive components and network construction issues (fiber cable sizing, closures, above or below grade, etc)

    ONT types (Residential, MDU, etc.)

  • Lesson Three | Testing the Network

    OTDR testing a PON network (using a FTB-1, demonstrate what a splitter looks like)

    PON Loss testing (Use a EXFO PON test set to measure loss)

  • Lesson Four | Provisioning and Maintaining the Network

    Discuss the intelligent "Provisioning Systems"

    Maintenance strategies (evaluation and location of a fault)