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Help your employees become experts in working with fiber networks to service cable customers—enroll them in our online Fiber to the x (FTTx) Installation course.

Attendees of our FTTx Installation course interact with web-based course materials and complete assessments at a time that is convenient for them.

On average, they’ll spend approximately 2 - 3 hours per week completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits.

The course modules include:

MODULE 1—Foundations of Installing FTTx

• Define the characteristics of optical links, fiber structure and transmission properties
• Define the characteristics of optical cable, along with categories and color coding
• Select the types of amplifiers and LASERs used in optical networks
• Differentiate the architectures used with FTTx access networks
• Identify proper handling of fiber optics, PPE and related equipment to avoid common fiber safety hazards

MODULE 2—Planning and Design

• Define FTTx and WDM wavelengths and contrast them against an HFC access network
• Define, compare and contrast the different FTTx technologies and architectures that may be deployed by MSOs
• Differentiate working with FTTx architecture versus other architectures such as HFC
• Interpret RFoG, GPON, EPON and overlay options for FTTx ODN designs

MODULE 3—Deployment

• Compare the fiber prep tools, cleaners and splicing equipment used in a FTTx architecture
• Choose the proper instrument to measure the health of a FTTx network
• Identify the differences in an HFC system block diagram and FTTx system block diagram
• Differentiate the headend and subscriber equipment required to deploy an RFoG, EPON and GPON FTTx architecture

MODULE 4—Installing FTTx Equipment and Fiber

• Differentiate the various types of optical fiber connectors used by operators
• Define the three main types of optical distribution network (ODN) architectures used to install FTTx networks
• Identify the steps in the process used to clean fiber optic connectors, ports and taps
• Identify the steps to properly prepare, clean and splice fiber, along with connectors
• Select proper ports at the RFoG ONU, EPON ONU and GPON ONT

MODULE 5—Measurements

• Differentiate between dBm, dB, dBmV, mV, mW and nW power levels
• Estimate dBm, dB, dBmV, mV and mW power levels using the rules of 3’s and 10’s
• Define Passive Optical Network (PON) loss budgets
• Recognize the metrics or optical power budget required for proper operation on each FTTx standard
• Identify the common measurement tools used to measure an RFoG, GPON and EPON

MODULE 6—Troubleshooting an FTTx Installation

• Select the proper tool to troubleshoot FTTx issues
• Understand the basic steps used during the troubleshooting process
• Troubleshoot typical FTTx installation problems and scenarios

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If they have any questions along the way, instructors are available to help.
This is your opportunity to offer your employees Fiber to the x installation training from the industry’s top experts—and take your workforce to the x level! If you would like to bring this course to your location for a 2-day (15 hour) session, please contact
Fiber to the X (FTTx) — NextGen Services at the Speed of Light
By Steven Harris

As part of the FTTx Boot Camp, attendees will receive partial preparation for the SCTE/ISBE BTS certification—at no extra charge! The content helps attendees prepare for SCTE/ISBE BTS Certification. You can also enroll them in the Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) Prep Course.

The 10-week online BTS course focuses on optical signal distribution in the access network and transport networks, while continuing to reach closer to the FTTx deployment strategy in order to meet the customer's bandwidth needs.

All aspects of the fiber network from the optical node to the transport network are included in this comprehensive training course.

For approximately 5-10 hours per week, they will view pre-recorded, narrated presentations and complete learning activities at their convenience—they can even contact the instructor for questions and discussion.

They should leave the course with a good understating of:

• Fiber network troubleshooting
• Fiber system preventive maintenance
• Fiber optic components and equipment
• Restoration in the access network.
• The optical equipment that is used to splice, monitor and install fiber optic cable and equipment
• Inside and outside plant safety

All training is provided by SCTE/ISBE, the leading non-profit membership organization and training provider for cable professionals. We are also the only ANSI-accredited forum for technical standards and operational practices.

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We'll bring our onsite FTTx Boot Camp training to your location and deliver in-depth instruction exclusively to your:
  • Headend/hub technicians
  • Field engineers
  • NOC technicians
  • Construction workforce
  • Outside plant technicians
  • Network engineers and designers



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The FTTx Boot Camp teaches and demonstrates best practices for efficiently installing, deploying and supporting FTTx in existing and new cable systems, including how to: To enroll
  • Understand fiber optics and the different FTTx architectures
  • Choose the best architecture for scaling FTTx networks
  • Improve communications between engineering and operations
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Our exclusive FTTx Boot Camp was developed in partnership with cable operators and industry experts to enhance it's effectiveness. The training content is all targeted to deliver more methodical and higher quality deployment processes, which provides an advantage over the competition through improved customer experience.

In addition to installation and deployment scenarios, the course also covers provisioning, troubleshooting and a summary of fiber optics and equipment. Attendees are given actual fiber test equipment demonstrations to improve quality control and will leave the course with a solid foundation of EPON and DPOE.

The FTTx Boot Camp teaches the latest and most advanced installation practices that no one in your industry or your market has learned yet.

Improve the way you install, deploy and support FTTx in your markets—and give yourself a competitive edge. 

In an FTTx network, coax cable in a Hybrid Fiber/Coax (HFC) network is replaced with 100% optical fiber from the hub site. The benefits are almost too many to list, but here are just a few:
  • Better energy management and conservation via passive components
  • Higher bandwidth capability to subscribers
  • 100 Mbps is offered today
  • 1 and 10 Gbps options are available
  • 40 and 100 Gbps options are being tested
  • FTTx is extremely cost effective in rural areas
  • Improved overall reliability and reduced signal egress—Coax has 140x the loss of fiber
  • No power required for passive devices and battery power supplies in the outside plant (OSP)
  • Backup power for consumer premises equipment becomes the responsibility of the subscriber
  • Fiber optimizes CapEx and reduces OpEx
  • Optical fiber “future proofs” networks to allow for increased bandwidth over the same installed fiber
  • Typically lower maintenance costs – no yearly sweep and no need for RF amplifiers approximately every 1000’
  • Lower power needs, by as much as 75% in most cases, and some as much as 90%
  • No active devices from the headend/node (actives cabinets are needed for RFoG OBI challenges)
  • Leakage in the downstream and ingress noise in the upstream is greatly reduced, if not eliminated
  • Preserves operator’s investments
  • RFoG uses existing CMTS, laser transmitters, return path receivers, DOCSIS modems
  • Uses current business processes and procedures for all services
  • Supports DOCSIS 1.0 through 3.1