Fiber U

  The Fiber Optic Association, Inc.
the non-profit professional society of fiber optics

FTTX: Fiber To The Home, etc.

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Lesson # 1: What is FTTx?

Level: Technician

What is FTTx?

Objectives: From this self-study lesson you should learn:
  • What is FTTx?
  • How is fiber is used in the worldwide communications system?
  • Why is FTTx happening now?
  • Who is installing FTTx?

Since the first installations of fiber optic networks in the late 1970s, the goal of the fiber optic industry has been to install fiber optics all the way to the home. From an economic standpoint, fiber was immediately cost effective in the long-distance networks. However, it took two decades before fiber became cost effective for connections to come closer to or even all the way to the subscriber, caused by a combination of lowering costs of installing fiber and customers' demand for more bandwidth. Today FTTx is the focus of communications companies, governments and consumers worldwide.

This Fiber U self-study program will introduce you to the varieties of FTTx, examine the way they are implemented and review their pros and cons. You can take this self-study course just for increasing your awareness of FTTx, to be conversant in the technology, to prepare yourself for working in the field or to prepare to take a course from an FOA-Approved school to obtain FOA certification.

The course leads you to read online or printed materials (with an emphasis on the online using the FOA Guide), watch FOA YouTube Videos, complete some activities and take the quizzes. Each lesson plan will be self-contained. Lesson plans open in new pages so the course overview page stays open to lead you to the next lesson or you may use the link at the bottom of the page.

Student Assignment

Read the references, watch the videos and take the quizzes (Test Your Knowledge)

FOA YouTube Videos, Fiber To The Home,  Slides 1 to 6
You may, if you wish, watch the entire video and then watch the referenced sections for a second time for greater comprehension.

Online FOA Reference
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, FTTx Overview 


Reference Textbook
FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Appendix B,  Pages 225-7

Extra Credit Reading
Assignments beyond the basics required for the course will be listed as extra credit.

Test Your Knowledge
Online Quiz

Next Lesson:
Lesson Plan No. 2, FTTx Architectures


Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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