Annual market forecasts
released at the New Year are often wildly optimistic and usually
dry, boring reading - but not this one!
Holliday's Holiday Horoscope
2007 - Courtesy of IGI
January 4, 2007
Ten Telecom Forecasts for
the New Year
Dr. Paul Polishuk, President
of Information Gatekeepers, today announced the availability
of IGI's forecasts for 2007. "Our main product here at IGI
is forecasting the telecommunications industry, and using briefings,
reports, seminars, and other communications tools to disseminate
these forecasts and their consequences to our clients. At this
time of year we have an opportunity to present a special form
for communicating some of these forecasts. Every year our Lightwave
author, Clif Holliday, prepares his view of the most significant
events likely to underpin telecommunications for the coming year.
While Clif likes to take a somewhat lighthearted approach to
this forecast (its title is "Holliday's Holiday Horoscope,")
his accuracy has been exceptional! What do you call an athlete
who consistently hits over 750? At IGI we call him one of our
analysts and writers Clif Holliday. Last year (2006) his
forecasts earned a 77.5% grade. He is one of the few New Year's
prognosticators, who always precedes his new forecast with a
review of the accuracy of last year's forecast. This gives the
reader a sense of how much creditability (or lack thereof) to
put in the forecasts for the coming year."
Dr. Polishuk continued, "This
year we are posting the results of the 2006 forecasts with Mr.
Holliday's grading (he gives himself a 77.5%, only slightly below
last year's 85%) and are offering you the opportunity to grade
them yourself. We are also offering you a similar opportunity
to comment on the 2006 forecasts. We will be publishing the more
Dr. Polishuk concludes, "We
hope that our clients and readers find these forecasts as much
fun as we have in putting them together and publishing them.
Considering the consistent accuracy of above 70%, they may be
more than just a pleasant diversion.
Wednesday's earthquake (12/27/06, ed) and aftershocks jolted
Asia for hours but the telecommunication disruptions may reverberate
for weeks. When transpacific fiber optic cables were damaged,
Internet and phone call volume plummeted by half and Web browsing
slowed to a crawl.
According to the Pacific Telecommunications
Council (PTC), the disaster highlights the vulnerability of international
telecommunications in a global economy that has grown dependent
on real-time communications.
It also raises the stakes for
US$500 million in planned investments in new transpacific undersea
"Natural disasters can expose
weaknesses in global communications," said Ken Zita, who
served as a telecommunications advisor to the U.S. Government
following the Asian tsunami. Zita, conference chairman of PTC'07:
Beyond Telecom, will host telecommunications executives from
over 60 countries at PTC'07 next month where emergency communications
and disaster management will be highlighted.
"Despite the latest network
management technologies, traffic concentration remain susceptible
to strong natural hazards."
David Lassner, President and
Chairman of the Board of Governors for PTC and CIO at the University
of Hawaii, added that global telecommunications cannot be underestimated.
"Everything from billions
of dollars in international trade to personal communication with
family is silently carried by our industry When we go dead, the
world goes dead."
(The problem with damage
to the undersea cables appears to be no different from cables
that would lay on the ground on the surface - earthquakes cause
landslides and dump rubble on the cables, causing damage. ed)
World's Fastest Optical Chip
Telecom start-up Infinera
packs dozens of optical components onto photonic integrated circuits
for ultrafast optical networks - as fast as 400 Gb/s. That's
no small feat, when you consider they integrate optics and electronics,
as many as 40 each of lasers, detectors, modulators on one device.
Devices like this facilitate the devleopment of faster, denser
the report by MIT Technology Review.
The FOA has created a special
FTTx links page with lots of
links to news, market reports, technical articles and vendor
technical and product information. Here
is a great place to start learning more about FTTx.
Finance Group Targets FTTx
Contractors, Helping Their Cash Flow
Riviera Finance has been helping
companies with their cash flow for more than 37 years. Now they
are helping FTTx contractors by providing financial assistance
with cash flow, invoice financing, and accounts receiveable management.
Riviera Finance will help you get cash for your accounts receivable
in as little as 24 hours. Call Drake: (800) 421-1327 www.rivierafinance-fiberoptics.com
Industry standards for connector
We get some interesting questions
at the FOA and often learn from answering them. Some are relevant
to many users, so we try to use them as topics for our "Tech
Topics" or include them in the newsletter. Here is a recent
answer to a query on visual inspection of connectors.
Visual inspection has more opinions
than most anything in fiber! As for magnification, anything from
30-400X has been advocated, with 100-200X being the norm.400X
may be too much and SM should be inspected by an interferometer
TIA standards include FOTP-13 for visual inspection and there
is an international (IEC) standard in process. I'm sure there
are a number of military standards, but we can't find a particular
reference for visual inspection. Mil-STD-2042B is a generic cabling
Have you tried the microscope manufacturers like Westover http://www.westoverfiber.com/index.php
or Prior ? http://www.prior.com/products-by-industry/index.html?cid=102
Now we have our textbook in
Spanish, we have also translated our CFOT exams and will have
other FOA materials available in Spanish soon, greatly facilitating
the training of fiber optic technicians in Spanish-speaking countries.
Book Details: Manual Del
Technico De Fibra Optica, Published by Thomson Delmar Learning,
If you are getting started
in fiber optics and Spanish is your native language, you can
download an introduction to fiber optics in Spanish here.
NEW-FOA Technical Bulletins
How do you design and manufacture
fiber optic systems? Choose and install one to serve your communications
needs? Troubleshoot problems? The FOA Fiber Optic technical Bulletins
will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you. All are
PDF files you can print and use.
Verizon: Fiber Network Field
Technician (Outside Field Technician)
Openings in the following California
Take your career to new heights at a company that's a leader
in global communications: Verizon. We offer an unparalleled opportunity
to advance your career while contributing in an enthusiastic,
Primary duties include, but
are not limited to:
Install, remove, rearrange,
program, test, troubleshoot and maintain fiber network services.
Install and configure routers, set top boxes. May assist
with installation of PC software as needed and ensure proper
configuration of the customer's PC. Interact with the Fiber
Solution Center as needed. May install appropriate inside
Install, maintain and repair outside and inside fiber equipment/facilities
including inside wiring and fiber jumpers at the distribution
Interface with customer to negotiate the placement of equipment;
may assist with account registration, e-mail, and web access,
and training the customer on how to use the new equipment. Ensure
customer satisfaction. Respond to inquiries and provide
follow-up, as necessary.
Interpret schematic work order drawings to determine job specifications
and installation needs. Order and/or obtain required equipment.
Effect problem solving where appropriate.
Utilize various test equipment to analyze equipment trouble and
take appropriate maintenance action.
Requires high level of customer
contact to ensure customer satisfaction.
Climbing poles and ladders; lifting 75-100 pounds on a regular
basis; pushing, reaching, bending and stooping; manual dexterity;
good sense of balance; and good color vision.
Must have a current/valid California Drivers License and a clean
Qualified candidates must pass all company required tests, a
pre-employment drug screen and a background check. In addition,
candidates will be required to successfully pass a legally required
DOJ Criminal Records Check/screening process (fingerprinting).
Candidates must be able to work any shift given, including days,
weekends, holidays and overtime as required.
Hourly rate for this position
is $12.87-28.55. Wage credit may be granted for related
work experience and/or college degree.
Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k) with
Company match and paid vacation
Thank you for showing an
interest in Verizon!
Verizon is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer supporting
workforce diversity. m/f/d/v. Principals only!
Get Into The Movie Biz!
Marshall Media in the LA Metro
area is building a fiber network to connect movie studios over
dark fiber. They need fiber optic experts preferably with video
knowledge. Contact Charlie Marshall, Marshall Media Inc, 818-299-4961,
"charlie marshall" <email@example.com>
FIBER OPTIC INSTRUCTOR OPPORTUNITIES!
UIT United Information
United Information Technologies
(UIT) is a provider of Consulting, Staffing and Training Services
specializing in servicing the needs of the Telecommunications
Industry. We were established in 1987 and now hold major contracts
with most of the leading Telecom companies. We have open instructor
positions every month!
We are looking for candidates
with industry experience and we understand and appreciate the
value you can bring to our company!
Our training services include
Instructing, Curriculum Development, Testing and Project Management
in the fast paced world of fiber optics and POTS. Instructors
are needed for all facets of FTTX deployment and maintenance.
Assignments vary from daily, weekly and monthly, travel may be
Consultants are needed for the
Training Instructors (Outside Plant, Central Office, Data Services
/ Broadband, Fiber Optics, Video, Help Desk, Call Center, Sales,
Management Education, Soft Skills)
Curriculum Developers (all areas of Development and Telecom Expertise)
Network and Engineering Specialists
Service Center Personnel (Billing, Provisioning and Service Bureau)
System and Application Testers
Quality Assurance Specialists
And more if you don't see your area of expertise, understand
we are still interested in you!
UIT offers competitive wages
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN THE
Contact UIT today for your opportunity!
Resumes can be submitted via our company website: www.uitonline.com
or directly using the email address of: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reference Fiber
Optic Association on your application or correspondence
Fiber Optic Technician
This is a direct hire position
in Irvine CA
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have knowledge
G.O. 128, OSHA rules and company safety regulations.
1 year fiber optic experience.
1-2 years maintenance technician experience.
Good verbal and communication skills.
Good mathematical skills and attention to detail.
Must possess thorough knowledge of the following; fiber optic
test equipment: fusion splicer, OTDR, optical power meter, fiber
identifier, signal meter, fiber phones and VOM. Must possess
California driver's license and have a good driving record.
Ability to work under hazardous conditions, such as working at
on telephone poles and bucket trucks.
Must have good visual acuity and good manual dexterity due to
of the work.
Ability to tolerate exposure to outside weather conditions. Ability
engineer fiber optic telephony and cable television design.
Ability to effectively under stressful deadline situations.
Ability to work flexible schedules and shifts on a regular basis.
Ability to perform standby duty on a regular rotational basis.
Ability to effectively interact with people in all phases of
This is an excellent and solid
company with a twenty-plus year history that is a leader in the
design and implementation of specialty fiber optic fiber and
assemblies.They have a global reach and a reputation for quality
that is unmatched in the industry... They are looking for a dynamic
Sr. Process Engineer to assist in designing, developing, and
improving the implementation of manufacturing procedures and
facilities. There is tremendous growth opportunity with this
- Develop written S.O.P.s used in the manufacturing and testing
of specialty optical fibers, including metalized fibers.
- Design and implement improvements to all production processes
and assume responsibility for the technical guidance on all production
- Recommend fixture design and/or equipment purchases.
- Formulate and implement Statistical Process control (SPC) capability.
- Formulate training procedures and maintain written records
for operator status and progress, Train personnel in S.O.P.s,
use of related production equipment and in fiber manufacturing
- Maintain and repair equipment. Establish and maintain preventative
maintenance and calibration schedules.
- Provide liaison and support, as necessary, to production in
the research and development of new fibers and fiber products.
- Prepare for full scale production capabilities, based on new/revised
- Operate fiber drawing towers, assist in testing, as necessary.
*** THIS IS A HIGHLY SPECIALIZED
INDUSTRY AND WE STRONGLY PREFER APPLICANTS WITH PROVEN EXPERTISE
IN THE MANUFACTURE OF OPTICAL FIBER.***
However, the company is willing
to look at a more junior process engineer who would have the
opportunity to grow into an advanced position with them.
RESPOND DIRECTLY TOal@bratlandcareers.com
Al Bratland ð President
Bratland & Associates, Inc. P.O. Box 63 St. James MN. 56081
Phone: 507-375-4110 ð Email: email@example.com
Web:http://www.bratlandcareers.com A Preferred Member of Top Echelon
Network of Recruiters
Optical Fiber UV Coating Consultant
MinoTech Engineering has an immediate need for a recognized expert
in the field of UV curable coatings for high speed application
to optical fibers. The preferred candidate must meet the
Optical Fiber Coating Formulation expert, able to develop new
primary and secondary coatings or reformulate existing coatings
to address technical needs.
Experienced in the formulation of fiber optic coatings suitable
for high speed application (1,500m/min 1,800 m/min line
Familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of commercial
fiber optic coatings available from the major suppliers and able
to relate coating performance to formulation.
Experienced in all aspects of primary and secondary coating specification
and testing including: Density, Refractive Index, Gel Flow Time,
Surface Tension, Thermal Conductivity, Modulus, Tensile Strength,
Elongation, Tgel (Cure speed), Tg, Glass Peel, coefficient of
friction, Soxhlet Extractables, Water Absorption, Water Extractables,
Cure Shrinkage and others.
Has understanding of high speed fiber optics draw and the relationship
between draw conditions, coating specifications, coating die
design and technical problems relating coating specification
to draw speed, draw tension, attenuation and optical performance
Familiar with all practical issues relating to coating handling
in the optical fiber manufacturing environment, including coating
storage and on-tower delivery systems to the coating die.
Knowledge and familiarity with common coating die designs.
Knowledge of coating handling and safety considerations.
Prospective candidates must exhibit excellent writing skills
and be able to communicate complex chemical concepts in easy
to understand language. Consultant must be highly motivated and
able to work independently.
An advanced technical degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Chemistry,
or Material Science, and with at least three years experience
in a development environment is required. MinoTech Engineering Inc. provides Science and Engineering
consulting services to technology based firms in Medical &
Life Sciences, Fiber Optics & Photonics and Advanced Materials.
Our consultants assist companies to improve their competitiveness
by providing Product Development & Commercialization Consulting
Services addressing all facets of the 'Commercialization Cycle'.
MinoTech Engineering consultants work 'hands on' at clients facilities,
supporting company personnel to develop new products, improve
their manufacturing processes or address long term strategic
issues. More information is available at <http://www.minotechengineering.com/>www.minotechengineering.com
Individuals interested in this consulting assignment should reply
by e-mail to <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
and send an electronic copy of their resume to my attention.
MinoTech Engineering consultants undergo our stringent quality
evaluation and must meet our high standards for demonstrated
expertise, work quality and ethics. Our consultants are bound
by confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-compete contracts
which assure clients that their proprietary information will
be handled appropriately. When a client engages MinoTech Engineering,
they can be confident that project management and quality control
are always maintained at the highest levels.
Successful candidates will be assigned to projects based on their
experience, technical requirements and client needs. Candidates
should be able to dedicate a minimum of 15 20 hours per
week, working independently at client sites. Interested candidates
should reply to this posting no later than December 31, 2006.
This posting will close on December 31, 2006.
Dr. Michael J. Minot
MinoTech Engineering Inc.
%JRD Technology Center
242 Sturbridge Road
Charlton, MA 01507
NEW WEB: <http://minotecheng.com>http://minotecheng.com
NEW E-MAIL: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
National Communications Training
Centers (NCTC) is currently looking to hire an evening instructor.
The candidate must have 2 plus years experience with HANDS ON
fiber installation and be FOA certified. The class hours are
6pm to 10 pm Monday through Thursday for 6 weeks.
National Communications Training
Centers (NCTC) is now nationally accredited by ACCSCT as well
as graduates receive BICSI credits upon completion of the course.
Please fax (only) a resume to
Director of Training
National Communications Training
1324 E. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA, 92069
Also Check Recent Job Openings
In Previous Issues of The FOA Newsletter
What connector is this? We're
going to run a few months of having you try to identify fiber
optic connectors, some common, some obscure. Recognize this one?
It's a duplex connector designed for the first fiber-specific
Reading these will help you
understand what each FOA certification covers and how to prepare
New Professional Society
for Structured Cabling Recognizes Importance of Fiber Optics
The new Structured Cabling Association,
is a professional society aimed at installers of "structured
cabling" or premises cabling. Structured cabling has been
focused on so-called "Cat 5" or UTP cabling for years,
while network speeds have left UTP behind. Now most backbones
for LANs are fiber optics and every network seems to have wireless.
The SCA, founded in part by FOA activists Tom Collins and Jim
Hayes, intends to make structured cabling training and certification
more relevant to today's world.
New: FOA Logo Merchandise
FOA has arranged with EmbroidMe
to provide FOA logo merchandies. Identify yourself as a FOA-certified
tech or instructor. The lab coats are super impressive for either
cabling techs and instructors. Check
out the selection.
FOA CFOT Renewals Get Free
Copy of NECA/FOA Installation Standard
Every CFOT renewal will now
receive a free copy of NECA 301-2004,
Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables, produced by
The FOA in cooperation with NECA (The National Electrical Contractors
Association). This is an important reference document for defining
the installation and testing of fiber optic cable plants in a
"neat and workmanlike manner."
The FOA feels this is such an
important document that we are giving a free copy (normally priced
at $15) to every active CFOT when they renew their active status.
The FOA has also sent free copies
to all FOA-Approved schools. The new FOA CFOT exam to be used
after August, 2005, will include questions from the standard.
Schools should be including information from the standard in
their classes already.
FOA Tech Bulletins - for those designing FO communications
products or installing cable plants.
How do you design and manufacture
fiber optic systems? Choose and install one to serve your communications
needs? Troubleshoot problems? The FOA Fiber Optic Technical
Bulletins will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you.
All are PDF files you can print and use.
New PowerPoint Presentation
Introduces Fiber Optics - in English or Spanish!
The FOA has created a short
PowerPoint presentation that introduces you to fiber optics and
talks about job opportunities in the field. It was intended for
instructors to introdcue studnets to the field, but it's a good
introduction for anyone. It's about 3 meg file so it takes a
while to download and you need PowerPoint to view it. See http://www.thefoa.org/ppt/
FOA Certification Top Choice
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Over 20,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 160 schools
as the FOA enters its 12th year. Since our founding in July,
1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and
professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education
and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more
CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication
of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with
FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs
is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
The FOA now has approved programs
at 160+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning
Cable Systems and AFL
for their installation training programs and NASA's Goldstone
Tracking Station. The complete list of FOA-Approved schools is
Your Name, CFOT - It pays
The FOA encourages CFOTs to use
the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc.
and provides logo
files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked
about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can
refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your
Name, CFOS/T" for example.
Feel free to use the logo and
designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!
Remember To Renew Your Certification
Remember to renew your FOA certification.
All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data
and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding
your qualifications if needed. If you forgot to renew, use the
form or the FOA
online store to renew NOW!
It's the FDDI connector,
designed as a duplex connector for "Fiber Distributed Data
Interface", the first all fiber LAN, which used a dual counter-rotating
ring architecture for fail-safe operation.
See the FOA Tech
Topics Connector ID page.