Toll Free: 1-877-Info2Day
Fiber Optics & Fiber Management Systems
Course Description
As a transport medium, copper has significant bandwidth and distance limitations. Fortunately, an alternative exists mankind has yet to determine the bandwidth or distance limitations of fiber optic cable. In this exciting course, discover how recent developments in fiber optic technology and DWDM are changing the world of bandwidth forever. This course also provides an overview of SONET and optical transmission technologies, and equipment as well as the important consideration of management systems used to track and control these optical networks.
Students Will Learn
Target Audience
This program is designed for managers, sales, and technical personnel requiring basic knowledge in Fiber and Optical Network Technologies and the Management of these optical networks.
Course Outline

Module I:     Overview of Physical Transport Technologies

a. Problems with traditional copper transport media

i. Scalability
ii. Reliability
iii. Susceptibility to Environmental Factors

b. Advantages of Fiber Optic transport media

i. In Local Area Networks
ii. In Wide Area Networks

c. Standardization of Fiber Optic technologies




Module II:      Fiber Media

a. Optical Transmission Overview

i. Methods for Transmission
ii. Attenuation
iii. Modal Dispersion
iv. Chromatic Dispersion

b. Fiber Types and Connectors

i. Single-Mode
ii. Multi-Mode
iii. Connectors

c. Considerations in working with Fiber

i. Splicing/Repairs
ii. Susceptibility to Environmental Factors
iii. Personnel training costs



Module III:      SONET

a. SONET Overview

i. SONET Description and Purpose
ii. SONET Standards
iii. SONET Equipment

b. Drivers for SONET

i. User demands
1. High bandwidth
2. Multiple services
ii. Carrier needs
1. Standardization/Mid-span meet

c. Synchronous Digital Hierarchy

i. Signaling Levels
ii. Multiplexing Methods



Module IV:      DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing

a. Techniques

b.   Equipment

Module V:      Current and Future Applications of Fiber Media

a. FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home)

b. FTTC (Fiber-to-the-curb)

i. Hybrid Fiber-Coax Networks

c. Emerging Fiber Technologies


Module VI:       Managing Fiber Systems  "The need for a Centralized Management System for Fiber "

a. Defining common management tasks

b. Setting up a Central Repository  for Network information

c. Day to day tasks: Maintenance, Operations, and Reporting

d. Fault Location

e. Bandwidth Inventory  Control

f. Engineering new Services


Module VII:      Defining What Needs To Be Documented 

a. Cable plant information

b. Access point information (manholes, handholes, aerial splices or slack coil)

c. Splice Enclosure Information

d. Building Information

e. Fiber Distribution Panels

f. Installed Equipment

g. Duct Information

h. Pole Information

i. Customer and contact Information

j. Documentation



Module VIII:      Collecting Input Data

a. Existing Systems:  Determining what data is available

b. Verifying available data:

i. Developing conventions for data entry and presentation
ii. Engineering review of existing data
iii. Data Input and Verification Reports
iv. Data entry considerations
v. Reviewing the Database

c. New build-outs:  collecting the necessary information


Module IX:     Some Standard Operating Procedures

a. Documentation and Training standards

b. Managing Files

c. Back-up and Restore Procedures

d. Adds, Moves and Changes

e. Worksheets and Reports

f. Implementing System Upgrades 


Module X:      Fiber Management Systems - Facts, Features and Fables

a. Fiber Management Systems - Some Facts

b. Fiber Management Systems - Common Features

c. Fiber Management Systems - Fables and Misconceptions



Module XI:     Considerations for Selecting a Fiber Management System

a. Information Objects

b. Documentation, reports and worksheets

c. User Interface Considerations


Module XII:      Managing the Data Entry Process

a. To "Outsource" or not to "outsource"?

b. Allocating internal resources for data entry, conversion and maintenance

c. Choosing an "outsource" vendor - some considerations


Delivery Method
Instructor led with Demonstrations and Hands-On Labs to reinforces materials covered.
Equipment Requirements
(This apply's to our hands-on courses only)
BTS always provides equipment to have a very successful Hands-On course. BTS also encourages all attendees to bring their own equipment to the course. This will provide attendees the opportunity to incorporate their own gear into the labs and gain valuable training using their specific equipment.
Course Length
2 Days

Toll Free: 1-877-Info2Day