Fiber Optics for Telecommunications

Optical fibers can be used to transmit light and thus information over long distances. Fiber-based systems have largely replaced radio transmitter systems for long-haul optical data transmission. They are widely used for telephony, but also for Internet


Fiber Optics for Telecommunications

 

 

Optical fibers can be used to transmit light and thus information over long distances. Fiber-based systems have largely replaced radio transmitter systems for long-haul optical data transmission. They are widely used for telephony, but also for Internet traffic, long high-speed local area networks (LANs), cable TV (CATV), and increasingly also for shorter distances within buildings. In most cases, silica fibers are used, except for very short distances, where plastic optical fibers can be advantageous.

Learning objectives

Fiber Optics for Telecommunications training will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to:
•    Layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems
•    Demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and installation practices
•    Demonstrate a practical knowledge of individual hands-on skills including:
-    Performing industry standard fiber optic terminations
-    Preparing cables for inside and outside applications
-    Performing fusion splicing and splice tray preparation
-    Testing with the OTDR and optical loss test equipment

 

Lectures
•    Introduction to Fiber Optics
-    Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
-    Terminology and History
-    The Fundamentals of Light Propagation
-    Scales of Measurement and the Spectrum
-    Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode
-    Manufacturing, Bandwidth and Linear Effects
•    Cables
-    Cable Types, Construction and Specifications
-    Cable Marking
-    Selection Criteria
•    Connectors and Terminations
-    Temporary and Permanent Connections
-    Connector Types
-    Mechanical and Environmental Considerations
-    Performance Specifications
-    Connector Loss Issues
-    Splicing Applications
•    Splicing
-    Fusion and Mechanical
-    Fusion Splicing
-    Cable Marking
-    Mechanical Splicing
•    Enclosures and Panels
-    Panels
-    Distribution, Patch and Splice Types
-    Application Issues and Selection Criteria
-    Aerial and Burial Enclosures
-    Re-Entry and Expansion Capabilities
-    Routing and Preparation
•    Installation
-    Planning and Standards
-    Premise/LAN Methods
-    Outside Plant Methods
-    Aerial and Burial Techniques
-    Installation Tools and Equipment
•    Test Equipment
-    Loss Testing Tools and Equipment
-    Standards and Methods
-    Return Loss, Bandwidth and Dispersion
-    OTDR Theory and Applications
-    Loss and System Budget Calculations
•    Restoration and Maintenance
-    Tools and Equipment
-    Practical Applications
-    Time Saving Techniques
-    Record Keeping and Documentation
•    System Components and Design Issues
-    Transmitters and Receivers
-    Passive Optical Components
-    Couplers and Splitters
-    WDM and DWDM Issues
•    System Design Exercise
-    Tools and Equipment
-    Practical Applications
-    Time Saving Techniques

 

Target audience
Fiber Optics for Telecommunications is designed for new or experienced personnel seeking a deeper understanding of the installation of fiber optic cabling systems.

Prerequisites
Candidates for this course don’t have to have any knowledge or experience in the following areas, but it may be useful:
•    Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
•    Cables
•    Connectors and Terminations
•    Enclosures and Panels
•    Test Equipment
While not a required prerequisite, this course builds on the knowledge gained from our Fiber Optic Fundamentals Course. It is recommended that workers with no fiber optic experience take the online Fiber Optic Fundamentals Course prior to this one.

Duration and class size
The length of the course is 3 days and the maximum number of participants is 10.