Optical Networking for Managers Training

Commitment 3 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This Optical Networking for Managers Training course covers optical networking from soup to nuts for non-engineers. It is designed to introduce optical networking to persons who wish to learn about the subject for management, planning, marketing/sales, or procurement purposes but who do not have an advanced technical or mathematical background. It includes the basic material of fiber optic components, systems, and networks. It provides an introduction to the operating principles of optoelectronic devices used in various current and future information processing and transmission systems, and to the principles of optical fiber operation. It also discusses the operation of optical networks and optical network technology such as SONET, and how to buy optical networking services.

This Optical Networking for Managers Training course deals with all of the key issues of understanding, designing, and implementing optical networks. We will begin with a quick review of basic physics relevant to optical networks and devices. We will then study the construction of optical fiber, the light sources used (lasers and LEDs), detectors, and other optical networking devices. We next cover testing and deployment of fiber and then move on to wave division multiplexing (WDM) and optoelectronic networks such as SONET. We discuss the design of optical networks, the economic and business aspects of optical networks, and how to buy optical networking services. Examples are shown throughout, and short exercises are provided.

  • 3 days of Optical Networking for Managers Training with an expert instructor
  • Optical Networking for Managers Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Optical Networking for Managers course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Understand the physical principles of optical devices and networks
  • Understand the operation of fiber optic components
  • Make components work together to create useful fiber optic networks
  • Use optical components to create large-scale communications networks
  • Buy optical communications services and what they cost
  • Understand the functioning of all-optical networks, and their advantages and problems
  • Grasp the basic economics of fiber-based networks
  • We can adapt this Optical Networking for Managers Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Optical Networking for Managers course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Optical Networking for Managers course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Optical Networking for Managers course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Optical Networking for Managers course:

  • This Optical Networking for Managers Training course is aimed at managers/executives, business strategists/planners, marketing/sales personnel, and others in telecommunications, IT, planning, or procurement organizations who need to understand optical networking from a less technical and more business vantage point. It can also serve as an introduction for those who need to undertake network engineering.

Optical Networking for Managers Training

It is assumed that participants attending this Optical Networking for Managers Training course:

  • Those wishing to take this course should have a basic knowledge of packet-based networks and general high-school level science and math


Introduction to optical networks and communications
  • Overview of fiber optic communications systems
  • Fundamental drivers behind the use of light as a communications medium
  • History of optical network technology. Digital representation of signals
  • OSI protocol stack
  • Basic physics review
Physical principles of optical fiber
  • Basic principles of optics as applied to fiber optic devices
  • Summary of relevant background from physics
  • Total internal reflection
  • Diffraction and interference
  • Types of optical fiber and devices and principles of their operation
  • Dispersion
Optical Networking for Managers Training – Lasers
  • Photons and matter
  • Conductors, semiconductors, and insulators
  • Resonators
  • Population inversion
  • Laser operation
  • Laser characteristics
LEDs and Semiconductor Lasers
  • Doping of semiconductors
  • Band gaps
  • LED operation
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Light coupling to/from fibers
  • Limitations of semiconductor light sources
  • How to choose the best light source
Semiconductor light detectors
  • Types of detectors
  • Operation of detectors
  • Photodiodes and phototransistors
  • Avalanche photodiodes
  • Noise sources
  • Signal-to-noise considerations
Optical Networking for Managers Training – Optical amplifiers
  • Basic principles of optical amplifiers
  • EDFAs
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers
Other optical networking devices
  • Couplers
  • Splitters
  • Isolators
  • GRINs
  • Fabry-Perot and dielectric filters
  • Gratings
  • FBGs
  • AWGs
  • Modulators
  • Switches
  • Interferometers
Modulation methods
  • OOK
  • Multi-state coding
  • AM
  • FSK
  • PSK
  • PokSK
Optical fiber fabrication
  • Purification
  • Doping
  • OVD process
  • Structure of practical fibers
  • Cabling environments
  • Dangers to optical fiber
  • Joining optical fibers
  • Fiber optic connectors
Fiber optic testing
  • General principles
  • Power meters
  • Optical spectrum analyzer
  • Optical time domain reflectometer
  • Bandwidth testers
Opto-electronic networks
  • FDDI
  • Fiber channel
  • Overview
  • Advantages
  • Basic structure
  • Frame generation
  • Frame structure
  • SONET/SDH hierarchy
  • Overhead
  • Alarms
  • Tributaries and virtual tributaries
  • Pointers
  • SONET network configurations
Ethernet over optical networks
  • A brief review of Ethernet
  • Ethernet operation
  • Implementation (earlier)
  • Implementation (in optical networks)
  • Ethernet over SONET
Wave Division Multiplexing
  • Why does it
  • Types
  • DWDM overview
  • DWDM capacity
  • DWDM components
  • DWDM architecture
  • ITU standards
  • Physical limitations
  • Typical problems in DWDM networks
  • OEO and all-optical switching
Optical Networking for Managers Training – Noise and detection
  • Types of noise and distortion that affects optical signals
  • Methods of reducing effects of noise and distortion
  • Optimal detection methods and devices.
Optical system design
  • How fiber optic systems differ from conventional systems
  • Assembly of a communications network from fiber optic components
  • Calculation of loss and dispersion
  • Carrier network architectures
Data transmission technologies
  • Packet over SONET/SDH (POS)
  • Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT)
  • MPLS
How optical networking services are marketed and sold
  • What you can buy
  • How to determine what you need
  • Pricing in today’s world
  • Pricing tools
Optical networking in the real world
  • Business aspects of optical networking
  • Interaction among technology, finance, and human factors
  • Why better technology doesn’t always sell in the marketplace
Future directions in all-optical networks
  • Free-space optical networks
  • Scaling limitations of optical networks
  • Technology directions and impact on the design and deployment of optical networks
Optical Networking for Managers TrainingOptical Networking for Managers Training Course Wrap-Up