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FTTH Council introduces new certification program

The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization of more than 200 companies and organizations,&...

March 24, 2010  

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The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization of more than 200 companies and organizations, has announced that it is developing the first-ever certification program aimed specifically at professionals who design, administer, and manage FTTH systems.


The announcement was made at OFC/NFOEC, an international conference for optical communications and networking professionals, which is underway this week in San Diego, Calif.


The Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) program, to be launched later this year, will consist of a special curriculum and examination program to determine and certify competence in FTTH design, architecture, deployment and administration technologies.


The Council will serve as the sponsor and operator of the certification and testing platforms. The program is aimed at accomplished professionals who wish to obtain industry certification of their skills, as well as to those who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge in order to achieve the certification.


For the latter group, the Council is partnering with one of its members, The Light Brigade, to develop a curriculum and study materials to support the certification program.


The course and the certification examination will address topics critical to the FTTH design and planning, including physical network architecture services (triple play) and topologies, the impact of bandwidth on FTTH system, standards and building codes, Ethernet networks, and future migration considerations. Also covered will be video systems, such as RF video versus IPTV, compression techniques, and RFOG and return paths.