The widespread deployment of optical fiber networks by telecommunication operators and service providers demands engineers and managers with a solid foundation in fiber optic technology. Such background is essential for network planners to develop high quality fiber optic networks that are cost efficient and can easily be adapted to meet the ever-growing bandwidth demand. Well trained network engineers and managers also have to keep abreast with the ever-changing fiber optic technology.

ICT Africa (doing business as FiberGuide) hosts certified optical network associate (CONA) training classes in selected cities throughout the African continent. Interested companies can either send their employees to our pre-scheduled classes or request a customized corporate training session at their location.

Contact us if you wish to discuss training requirements for your company or register to receive emails with updated information on our training sessions.

Fiberguide has partnership with Optical Technology Training (OTT) to deliver CONA throughout Africa. The comprehensive, internationally well regarded, 5-day certified course will replace the 2-day BICSI certified course previously offered by ICT Africa.

CONA is an intermediate level course in which attendees learn the fundamentals of optical networking including the transmission of light through optical fiber and widely deployed commercial systems. Trainees learn how to design and plan efficient and cost effective high speed optical point to point links and networks that meet today’s and future requirements.

CONA focuses on single or multiple channel systems using course wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) or dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies. Systems capable of transmitting 10Gbps to 25Gbps per channel and up to 80 channels per fiber are studied. Common applications such as national backbones, core networks, mobile backhaul or fiber to the antenna (FTTA), dark fiber and data center interconnects (DCI) are reviewed as case studies.

Attendees who successfully complete CONA will in future have the option to take a more advanced course, certified optical training engineer(CONE). The advanced optical networking course enables attendees to understand trends in higher speed transmission of 40Gbps, 100Gbps and beyond. This will help them learn how higher speed transmission requirements can be met by the systems they design.

The latest optical communication technologies such as coherent detection, polarization multiplexing, Flexigrid and next generation CDC ROADMs are covered in the advanced course.