PONS & Air Blown Fibre

PONS & Air Blown Fibre

Understanding Health & safety in an industrial environment

Apply safe working practices during the installation of equipment and network elements

Analyse the PON system within the telecommunications infrastructure for the distribution of triple play services

Understand how to plan the installation and testing of micro ducts within blown fibre system

Understand the practical planning elements and best practice associated with the installation of inside and outside equipment.

Prepare, Install and Test Fibre Optic Cables and examine PON Networks using suitable test equipment.

Understand how to examine PON networks using suitable test equipment

5 Days


Unit 11 a, Provincial Park
Nether Lane, Ecclesfield
Sheffield, S35 9ZX



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Rail industry or learners wishing to join the rail industry. It will also benefit learners employed in the Fibre To The ‘x’ where x can be Home, Cabinet, Building and Curb areas of communications.

This course is aimed at anyone who is thinking of entering into the communications cabling installation industry and has a basic knowledge of Fibre Optic cabling infrastructures.

Practical and theory work plus assessment

The delegate(s) will be able to perform the following on successful completion of the course

  • Follow relevant health and safety legislation involved in the installation of Central Office (CO) and site based equipment.
  • Explain the necessity for the correct use, care, control and checking of tooling
  • Describe the hazards associated with the use of lasers and fibre optic cables
  • Work safely installing, commissioning and testing PON and Blown fibre equipment.
  • Differentiate between the 7 layers of the OSI model and identify their functions
  • Distinguish between GPON, EPON, BPON, APON and relate them to the ITU‐T and IEEE standards
  • Describe typical PON topologies (Star, Ring and Bus)
  • Describe the different transport paths in terms of FTTP, FTTB, FTTC, FTTCab
  • Identify major equipment elements (OLT, ONT, POP, CO, OS)
  • Define the PON wavelength division multiplexing structure and state the services carried on each wavelength
  • Carry out a PON link loss budget and corrective measures when out of budget.
  • Observe safe practice in implementing the planning, installing and commissioning activities
  • Identify the Health & Safety requirements outlined by equipment provider’s specifications and documentation
  • Satisfy the objectives of each of the set assignments to implement the planning, installation and blowing of fibre units into blown fibre systems
  • Identify the factors successful completion of the blowing task
  • Carry out maintenance of the blowing equipment as required
  • Identify a range of micro ducts in respect of the size and construction of the ducting
  • Construct a blown fibre infrastructure using suitable micro ducts and routing them according to design diagrams
  • Identify a range of micro ducts in respect of the size and construction of the ducting
  • Construct a blown fibre infrastructure using suitable micro ducts and routing them according to design diagrams.
  • Specify the hazards associated with optical fibres and the safety precautions to be observed
  • Identify the construction and characteristics of common fibre optic cables
  • Select and use cable cutting and stripping tools
  • Join single mode fibres in cable joint housing using fusion splicing
  • Terminate cables with connections or pigtails and inspect end‐face condition
  • Use appropriate test equipment for measurements with cables such as continuity, cable tracing, OTDR and bit error rate
  • State the types of test equipment needed to test and commission a PON system

List the tests required at installation of a PON system:

  • Bidirectional Optical Return Loss (ORL)
  • Bidirectional end‐to‐end loss measurement
  • Bidirectional end‐to‐end link characterisation


  • List service activation tests and expected power levels for each class of service

The unit provides information on the Passive Optical Networks (PON) functionality and the techniques of providing high bandwidth links to uses for triple play (voice, data and video). It will describe the ITU‐T standards associated with this technology. A study of network design implications and the choice of system parameters will be outlined allowing the learner to make informed choices on appropriate system configurations. Common network elements and hardware will be described and overall network topologies available to service providers will be analysed. The unit covers the practical aspects of installation of micro ducts, the blowing of fibre, testing/commissioning of equipment and networks, and the maintenance of the blowing equipment. Fault diagnosis techniques will be undertaken and the appropriate fault recovery action will be demonstrated.

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Neil Silcox
I really enjoyed the course and the instructors were excellent in the way they put the course over. The facilities were excellent and the course was taught to a very high standard. - Neil Silcox


The UK rail industry employs more than 190,000 people, from train drivers and station staff to those responsible for managing and maintaining the network’s 20,000 miles of track - this means enormous career opportunities are waiting for you!
We offer guaranteed sponsorship enabling you to complete the PTS

PTS ensures that rail workers are aware of their surroundings, are able to move around the lineside safely and are able to react appropriately to circumstances (e.g. the approach of a train).

PTS is not ELCAS accredited and does not form part of ELC funding. However, you are able to use your Standard Learning Credits (SLC) towards the cost of the course.