By attending this 5-day, comprehensive advanced training in fiber optics, you will be able to learn the fundamental aspects and components of fiber optic networks - including fiber as the transmission medium, transmission systems and other components that compliment optical fiber in a network. With these essentials, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the components of a fiber optic communication network, including the products, specifications and the international standards associated with the products.

You will learn how to design, plan and implement cost-effective optical networks. The course focuses on networks that use either single channel per fiber, or multiple channels using CWDM and DWDM technology, providing typically up to 10 or 25Gbps per channel and up to 80 channels per fiber. This may include metro or core networks, mobile backhaul/FTTA, Data Center Interconnect (DCI) or dark fiber links and long-haul systems that also use fiber amplifiers and dispersion compensating modules.

You will learn what is required for satisfactory system performance of such networks and how the performance can be affected by the properties and the quality of the physical fiber infrastructure including such issues as attenuation, chromatic dispersion and polarization mode dispersion (PMD).

Who Should Attend?

Designers, planners, project managers, operation staff and anyone else involved or interested in designing reliable and cost-effective optical communication networks.


No pre-requisite required but some elements of the course are advanced and require a strong background in the sciences, engineering or mathematics.


CONA is developed and certified by Optical Technology Training (OTT). Set up in 1989 in the UK, OTT is an independent, privately owned company which develops high quality professional training in fiber optics and optical networking.

The training is designed for those of you who want to understand the subject in depth, to achieve the best in your roles, to be as prepared as possible for the challenges facing optical networking today and tomorrow. It will help you to put fiber optics and optical networking systems into current and foreseeable best practice, in accordance with relevant standards.

Key Outcomes

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