Fiber U

Outside Plant Fiber Optics

Lesson 1:
Introduction, The Basic Overview Of OSP Fiber Optics, Standards, Safety

Why use fiber optics?

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
What does “fiber optics” mean
How fiber was developed and used in communications
The difference between “outside plant” and “premises” fiber optics
Some advantages of fiber optics
What standards cover fiber optics
How to work with fiber safely

What is “Fiber Optics”?
Fiber optics refers to the technology of transmitting light down thin strands of highly transparent optical fibers, usually glass but sometimes plastic. Fiber optics is used in communications, lighting, medicine, optical inspections and to make sensors. The FOA is primarily interested in communications fiber optics, so this lesson will focus on that application. In addition, you will be introduced to international standards for fiber optic components and systems. And finally, we want to start making you aware of the safety aspects of dealing with fiber optics because it is extremely important to understand what it takes to work safely with fiber.

Student Assignment:

Watch the videos, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

FOA YouTube Video
FOA Lecture 1: Fiber Optics & Communications 
FOA Lecture 2: Safety When Working With Fiber Optics  

Online FOA Reference:
Basic overview   
Fiber Optic Standards
Fiber Optic Safety  

Book Chapter:
            FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Chapter 1

Test Your Knowledge:
Online Quiz
If you are using the textbook, take the Quiz at the end of Chapter 1 and check your answers

Extra Credit Reading
See the breadth of standards for fiber optic components and systems  

Next:  Lesson 2: Fiber Optic Jargon - The Language of Fiber Optics     

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Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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