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Dark fibre applications

What can dark fibre be used for?

Dark fibre is used by a variety of organisations which require high capacity network links. Applications include:

Fibre to the Antenna (FTTA)

Mobile network providers can use dark fibre to provide mobile backhaul, 5G backhaul and core network connections.

Data Centre Interconnect (DCI)

Dark fibre can be used to provide a high capacity, direct point to point connection between two data centres. By taking control of the equipment between the data centres you can manage and control the link as if it’s just an extension of your data centre network. Plenty of capacity, easy integration, control, encryption if you want it, are all benefits of the dark fibre approach.

National Research and Educational Networks (NRENs)

Most National Research and Educational Networks (NRENs) that link together Universities and research establishments use dark fibre. These include networks like JANET in the UK and DANTE around Europe.

Can we use dark fibre and light up a high capacity optical link ourselves?

Quite possibly, yes, if you need high capacity network links. The growth in the supply of white box building blocks means that it is not necessary to get an external solutions provider in or get locked into a specific vendor of sometimes very expensive solutions. Probably the most economical way to light up dark fibre is to do it yourself!

Learn to light up dark fibre / dark fiber

Why not book onto an optical networking course to build up the knowledge that you need to design your network, specify all the building blocks and understand how they all work together with the characteristics of the dark fibre infrastructure to provide the link with your the capacity you need.

The foundation Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) course focuses on fibre optic networks that use either single channel per fibre, or multiple channels using CWDM and DWDM technology, providing typically up to 10 or 25Gb/s per channel and up to 80 channels per fibre. These may include metro networks, core networks, mobile backhaul, Fibre to the Antenna (FTTA), Data Centre Interconnect (DCI), National Research and Education Networks (NREN), terrestrial Satcom links to and from Satellite earth stations, or dark fibre links and long haul systems that also use fibre amplifiers.

You can attend the Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) training program in the UK, Ireland, USA, Nigeria, South Africa and Oman, where it is is delivered under license by OTT’s approved partners. Some partners are able to deliver the course for your company on your own site. If you are a training organisation interested in becoming a partner to deliver this course in another region, then get in touch with us.

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The Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) training program is delivered under license by OTT’s approved partners in the UK, Ireland, USA, Nigeria, and South Africa. Please complete the form to be put in contact with your nearest partner.

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