February 22, 2007 -- ADC has announced dates for its 2007 series of FTTX (fiber-to-the-x) Network Architecture Seminars. Registration is open for the first seminar, which will be held March 21 - 23 at ADC's world headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with two additional seminars to be held in June and September.
Each two-and-a-half-day program consists of an in-depth course designed to help IT professionals gain a greater understanding of Passive Optical Network (PON) design and considerations.
"As FTTX networks become more sophisticated and there is added pressure on carriers and service providers to get it right when it comes to deployment, it becomes increasingly important that practitioners understand the critical issues involved in PON design," comments Trevor Smith, program manager of FTTX solutions for ADC. "The 2007 FTTX Network Architecture Seminars offer a valuable, thorough look at PONs, from fundamentals, design, providers and costs, to preparing participants to deliver optimal performance, flexibility and customer service."
According to a press release, the following topics will be covered during the two-and-a-half-day seminar:
Principles of Fiber Optics and ATM Ethernet over PON
The Fiber-Powered Community - How Technology is Evolving
Optical Access Alternatives P2P vs. P2MP
PON Technology Components Active/Passive
PON Applications - Voice, Data, Video, Next Generation
Central Office/Head End Design and Cable Management Considerations
LCP and OSP Cabinet Placing and Design Alternatives
Fiber Access Terminals at the NAP
Centralized vs. Distributed Splitting
Spliced vs. Connectorized Drop
PON Design Techniques - Layout/Construction and Migration
Attendees also have the opportunity to enroll in an hour-long, one-on-one session with the seminar instructor, during which participants' design plans will be reviewed.
The seminar's instructor is Pat Sims, ADC's senior principal systems engineer for broadband infrastructures, systems and networks. Sims is responsible for project management and operations of network design and systems integration for ADC's OmniReach Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) solutions. He also is ADC's FTTX resident expert for active and passive components, as well as the company's FTTH Council liaison.
Sims' career spans 25 years and includes positions as: senior engineer to the University of Florida; planning engineer and product manager for Qwest (formerly US West); corporate planning manager to the Minnesota IOCs; and business development and project manager for Optical Solutions, Inc.
Sims was instrumental in the initial formation of the FTTH Council in 2001 and is currently an industry consultant to both equipment manufacturers and service providers alike. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University, as well as an MBA from the University of Florida. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Fiber-to-the Council.
Registration costs for the March seminar are as follows: $545 (advanced registration); $695 for registration after March 1, 2007. To register, go to: www.adc.com/event/pondesign/register/index.jsp.