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Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

02 September 2013 to 06 September 2013

This course provides an introduction to optical networking and the types of systems that are in widespread commercial deployment. It focuses on networks that use either a single channel per fibre, or multiple channels using CWDM and DWDM technology, providing typically up to 10 Gb/s per channel and up to 80 channels per fibre. This may include metro or core networks, ‘mobile backhaul’ or ‘dark fibre’ links and long haul systems that also use fibre amplifiers.

Optical Technology Training
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As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

Analysis and opinion