In its October 2021 Newsletter, the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) announced that it has gathered all the information on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology from the FOA Guide and past issues of the FOA Newsletter and edited it into a printed-edition "FTTH Handbook."
The large (8.5 x 11"), 112-page book is full of information on FTTH to help readers understand it and be more effective at implementing FTTH projects. As emphasized by the FOA:
This FTTH Handbook is not just for technicians working on FTTH networks. It's even subtitled: For Planners, Managers, Designers, Installers And Operators Of FTTH - Fiber To The Home - Networks. We even added a section on planning and managing FTTH Projects for them. So if you are involved in a FTTH project or are considering starting one, this book is for you too.
As further stated by the FOA, "It has become obvious that high speed Internet access has become a necessity for everyone not a luxury. The best and most obvious solution, fiber to the home (FTTH,) has become a reality and is in widespread use worldwide." The FOA says the handbook "is written for those who want to know more about FTTH, whether they are considering a FTTH project for their area or are involved already in planning, designing, building or operating a FTTH network already."
The book is a compilation of all the FTTH materials from the FOA Guide and FTTH CFOS/H certification curriculum with additional materials covering project design and management. The FOA materials come from the association's almost two decades of experience with FTTH technology, including developing training curriculum for training techs for the earliest commercial installations of FTTH, and consulting with many diverse FTTH projects.
The FOA adds that the handbook "is written to provide the technical information that can help a service provider understand how to start a FTTH project or a local organization decide if they want to create a do-it-yourself FTTH project run by their local government, electrical coop or a public-private partnership."
The FOA book as offered uses state-of-the-art "publish on demand" technology where the book is printed when ordered via the user's printing technology, whereby the association can update the book easily to keep up with new technology, applications, and FOA programs. The book's TOC is as follows:
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to FTTH
Chapter 2. FTTH Architectures
Chapter 3. FTTH PONs: Passive Optical Networks
Chapter 4 FTTH Network Design
Chapter 5. Fiber To The Home Installation
Chapter 6. Testing FTTH Networks
Chapter 7. Case Studies - Do It Yourself FTTH
Chapter 8. FTTH Project Management
Companion Curriculum For FOA CFOS/H FTTH Certification
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook has a companion curriculum available from the FOA for trainers who want an instructor's guide, PowerPoint Slides, Student Lab manuals, etc. aimed at training for FOA CFOS/H FTTH certification. Contact the FOA for more information.
Handbook author Jim Hayes has been involved in the fiber optic industry since the late 1970s as an entrepreneur, educator and author. He is President and a co-founder of the Fiber Optic Association. He was involved in creating the first formal training program for FTTH. He has written 9 books and hundreds of articles about fiber optics.
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook - For Planners, Managers, Designers, Installers And Operators Of FTTH - Fiber To The Home - Networks is available from Amazon in print ($19.95) and Kindle ($9.95) editions. Discounts for schools are available; contact the FOA.