From this self-study lesson you should learn:
- What is FTTx?
- How is fiber is used in the worldwide communications
- Why is FTTx happening now?
- Who is installing FTTx?
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
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
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.
the references, watch the videos and take the quizzes
(Test Your Knowledge)
To The Home, Slides 1 to 6
may, if you wish, watch the entire video and then watch
the referenced sections for a second time for greater
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics,
Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Appendix B,
Assignments beyond the basics required for the
course will be listed as extra credit.
Next Lesson: Lesson
Plan No. 2, FTTx Architectures