Fiber U



Introduction To 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 but focus on FTTH, 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)

Online FOA Reference
FOA Online Guide to Fiber Optics
FTTx Overview 
Introduction to FTTx/FTTH  

Lecture 25 Fiber To The Home
This is an introduction to FTTx technology and applications intended as an overview.

Reference Textbook
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook: Chapter 1

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


Test Your Knowledge
Online Quiz

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FTTx Architectures

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