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Description: This three-day class has been developed with 16 hours of classroom lecture and 8 hours of handson
design exercises to teach attendees to apply critical issues such as customer take rate and density to outside
plant design. This course covers FTTH network field configurations, design benchmarks, and installation
parameters for active Ethernet and PON systems. Attendees will create their own FTTx network designs in
classroom break-out sessions, applying the learned objectives to distributed split, centralized split, home run, and
point-to-point systems.
Prerequisites: This class requires knowledge of fiber optic theory and terminology, as well as field experience,
equivalent formal training such as the Certified Fiber to the Professional (classroom or online) course, or viewing
the Light Brigade Staff Development DVD set.

Chapter 1 — Introduction to FTTx
 General engineering guidelines
 FTTx basics
 Fiber optic transmission
 Basic fiber optic terminology
 The three big issues
 Attenuation
 Lightwave transmission
 FTTH formats
 POLAN
 PON generations
Chapter 2 — Optical Fiber
 Fiber specifications
 Single-mode fiber characteristics
 ITU-T G.652
 ITU-T G.652D single-mode optical fiber
 ITU-T G.657 single-mode optical fiber
Chapter 3 — Optical Cables
 Optical cable for FTTx
 FTTx distribution and drop cables
 High fiber count cables
 Aerial fiber optic cables
 Distribution cables
 Cable structure and fiber counts
 Fiber and buffer color codes
 Cable handling
 Outside plant cable management
 Fiber distribution hubs
 Pedestals
 Splice closures
 Multiport service terminals
Chapter 4 —Connectors and Splitters
 Common FTTx connectors
 Small form factor LC connectors
 Multifiber and hardened connectors
 Fiber optic connector polishes
 Termination options
 Splitter flexibility and management
Chapter 5 — AE versus PON
 FTTH design options
 AE versus PON cost comparisons
 The fundamental fiber plan
Chapter 6 — Fundamental Fiber Planning
 Engineer or designer
 Fundamental planning design steps
 Cost considerations
 Fiber and cable management
 The ideal network location
 Central office location strategy
 Ideal hub/node placement
 Density and central office location
 PON system design
 Configuring fiber routes
 Ideal feeder route configuration
 Cost variance from the ideal
Chapter 7 — Futureproofing
 Fiber cable sizing
 What speed do we need to the home?
 Full spectrum zero water peak fiber
 General engineering guidelines
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Chapter 8 — PON Design Options
 Basic PON design options
 Distributed split designs
 Determining the best solution
 OLT and splitter relationship
 Pseudo cabinet concept
 OLT costs
 Fiber cable tapering
 FTTx design efficiency
 Operational issues
Chapter 9 — Fiber to the Building
 MDUs and MTUs
 Get cabling to each user
 Fiber in the building design goals
 High-rise and medium-rise buildings
 MDU existing infrastructure
 Telecommunications room
 Outside-in MDU cabling system
 Outside-in multifiber bundle system
 Outdoor/indoor MDU cabling system
 MDU buildings OSP design options
 Low rise and campus MDUs
 Typical cabinet design strategy
 Typical distributed split design strategy
 Distributed split design conclusions
 FTTB premises
 ONT options
 End user locations
 Optical network terminals and access points
 Aesthetics
Chapter 10 — Single-family Residential Areas
 PON areas
 Subdivision design strategies
 Typical drop layout
 Fiber drop design
Chapter 11 — Connectorization Options
 Connectorized versus fusion splicing
 Connectorized drops
 Common reasons for using connectors
 Conventional design options
 Plug and play design options
 Field terminated FTTH connectors
 Mechanical connectors
 Capital expenditures (CAPEX)
 Administration
 Network performance
 Organizational considerations
 Developing a cost model
 Take rates
Chapter 12 — Rural Areas
 Network design for rural areas
 Ideal hub/node placement
 Rural applications
 Rural area network design
 Splitter placement and distribution
 Splitter field arrangement
Chapter 13 — WDM-PON
 The impact of WDM-PON
 WDM-PON design basics
 Spectrum WDM-PON
 WDM-PON options
 Three options for splitter placement
 Home run design conversion
 Centralized design conversion
 Distributed split design conversion
 PON to WDM-PON conversion
Chapter 14 — Design Steps
 PON loss budgets
 Calculating network loss
 “Not to exceed” loss budgets
 General design steps
 Home run design steps
 Cabinet design steps
 Cost analysis
 Design steps for splitter placement
 Central office versus cabinet
 Cabinet design steps
 Distributed split designs
Chapter 15 — Specifications
 Product specification
 Partial fiber specification
 Typical optical cable specification sheet
Chapter 16 — Miscellaneous
 ITU-T G.671
 Splitter specifications
 WDM specifications
 Telcordia generic requirements
 Physical layer standards
 Outside plant standards
 North American Codes
 Proper aerial route planning and engineering
 Typical pole clearances
 Fiber quality

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