Fiber U

Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction

Lesson 1: Review of Fiber Optic Technology

Why use fiber optics?

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
A brief history of fiber optics
Some advantages of fiber optics
Basics of fiber optics, cables, termination and splicing

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:

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

Online FOA Reference:

FOA OSP Construction Guide: Review of Fiber Optic Technology

            FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction, pages 2-4

Extra - FOA YouTube Video
FOA Lecture 1: Fiber Optics & Communications 

Test Your Knowledge:  Online Quiz

Next:  Lesson 2: Project Preparation and Guidelines    

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Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics

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