Fiber U

Outside Plant Fiber Optics

Lesson 3: Fiber Optic Communications

  What communications systems use fiber optics?

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
The advantages optical fiber as a communications medium
How optical fiber is used in communications systems
Other uses for fiber optics
Why use fiber?

If you already have a CFOT, this is a review of material you have already covered.

Fiber has become the communications medium of choice for telephones, cell phones, CATV, LAN backbones, security cameras, industrial networks, just about every kind of communications - now even all the way to the home. In this lesson, you will learn why fiber is the  medium of choice for most communications networks and how many of those networks use fiber.

If you are interested in specialized applications like fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the antenna (cell towers), etc., be sure to take the specialized Fiber U applications programs like the Fiber U FTTH self-study program.

Student Assignment:
Watch the video, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

FOA YouTube Video
FOA Lecture 1: Fiber Optics & Communications  (repeat from Lesson 1)

Online FOA Reference:
Fiber Optic Communications  

Book Chapter:
            FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics, Chapter 3

Test Your Knowledge:
Online Quiz
Take the Quiz at the end of Chapter 3 and check your answers

Extra Credit Reading
Fiber to the Home (FTTH)  

Next: Lesson 4: Fiber Optic Transmission Systems and Components    
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Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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