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Introduction to FTTA and DAS testing

A complete overview of FTTA and DAS optical networks, including how to test your network at every testing point. Using the complete line of FTTA testing products, you will go through each testing scenario, from construction to activation and troubleshooting.

1 day


Part 1

Fiber-to-the-antenna and distributed antenna system overview

  • Major FTTA and DAS topologies overview
  • Test applications overview
  • Testing equipment overview
Part 2

Fiber characterization

  • Connectorization and best practices (basic types of fiber connections, endface inspection and cleaning)
  • Calculation of attenuation and event dead zones
  • Causes of reflectance in the fiber
Part 3

Testing and troubleshooting using FTTA and DAS testing application

  • Fundamental theory of optical time-domain reflectometry
  • OTDR measurement method vs. iOLM measurement method
  • Parameter settings for fiber link characterization (distance range, pulse width, averaging time, wavelength, index of refraction, helix factor)
Part 4

FTTA and DAS test case on common topologies

  • Construction
  • Service turn-up and activation scenarios
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting
Part 5

Test reports

  • Generating reports
  • FastReporter 


Basic comprehension of math and physics
Basic fiber optics and loss testing (IL and ORL)


Attendees will receive a binder containing copies of presentations and other printed handouts, if applicable. When available, a CD containing the electronic version (PDF format) of the presentation, as well as related application notes, will also be provided.


8:00 AM - NOON

Part 1 to 3

In-class theory with training material

NOON - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Part 4-5

Hands-on session