CFOTs - Register
Now On The FOA Searchable Database of Installers, Contractors
The FOA is compiling a database
of CFOTs who do installation, contracting or consulting. Our
goal is to have it as a searchable database for everyone needing
a contractor, many of which call us at the FOA for advice.
The database lists CFOTs according
to their areas of expertise and locations where they will do
installs, plus a short description of their organization, work
experience, etc. The database can be searched by any parameter
so the user can get a close match to their needs for fiber optic
If you are a CFOT who wants
to be listed, go to the FOA
Installer Database and register now. As soon as the database is ready, we'll announce
it to the world of end users.
650 US Communities Have Some
According to a report by the
market researchers Render Vanderslice, about 300,000 homes in
the US are connected with fiber in over 650 communities in 46
states (missing only AK, HI, RI and NH.) Somewhat disappointingly,
only 22% of homes passed are signing up, perhaps because they
already have DSL or cable modem service and are satisfied or
the telcos are not yet offering "triple play" (voice/data/video.)
The fact that the take rate on non-RBOC offerings is more like
50% may indicate this assumption is correct. And "greenfield"
or new construction take rates are about 75%, which is most encouraging.
You can download the whole presentation at http://www.ftthcouncil.org/?t=33.
RV predicts the US will have 1 million FTTH connections in another
year or so, way far behind countries like Japan.
What Competes With FTTH?
Ever wonder what are the technologies
that compete with FTTH/FTTP for connecting users for broadband
Baumgartner in the October 2005 issue of CED Magazine has
compiled the most comprehensive list we've seen, defining all
the technologies and even included home networking connections.
It's worth a read, if nothing more than getting the acronyms
straight - like EV-DO.
New Technique For Terminating
A new technique for singlemode
termination is available on patchcords available from Megladon
Manufcturing Group, Ltd. Their patented "Hardened Lens
Contact" (HLC TM) method uses lasers to create a hardened
lens on the end of the fiber which is then incorporated into
a connector ferrule. Megladon claims their patented process (
U. S. patents 6,413,450 and 6,738,544) provides increased durability
and high performance. We learned of Megladon from a very knowledgeable
user who says their products do indeed work very well. It's worth
taking a look at the white papers on their website.
Developing a Cleanliness
Standard for Singlemode Connectors
The Fiber Optic Signal Performance
Project investigated the influence of scratches, particles and
oil contamination on insertion loss (IL) and return loss (RL)
of single-mode SC connectors. It was found that:
1. Scratches (2um or less), within MFD, have no impact on IL
but can degrade RL.
2. Polishing scratches outside the fiber MFD have no impact on
IL or RL.
3. Application of oil contamination resulted in significant degradation
of RL (10-12 dB) and didn't result in any significant changes
4. The contamination of the zone near the core (diameter of 25
um) with Arizona dust particles increased IL (changes up to 1.8
5. The contamination of the zone near the core (diameter 25 um)
and the presence of clusters of particles with diameter of >30um
in the cladding layer may result in catastrophic changes of the
RL (changes of 10-40 dB).
6. Arizona dust particles on the cladding layer (outside the
25 um zone) and ferrule do not significantly impact performance.
7. Contamination particles can prevent direct physical contact,
creating an air gap between two endfaces.
Gamma Spectrums, Inc. has been
the largest access recovery distributor for Alcatel USA in the
last four years. They have a fiber optic inventory of $5.2 million
standard cost value. The cable was re-spooled, tested and
certified on June 30, 2005 (document attached) and has been stored
in Gamma's warehouse in Dallas, TX. Should you have interest in
large quantities of OSP cable, contact:
Fiber Design Engineer
Seeking a fiber design engineer for a contract or direct position
preferably based out
of Birmingham AL or Charlotte NC. Requires a BSEE, or similar,
and 3 or more years
experience in design and construction of telecommunications outside
Other responsibilities include coordinating with municipalities
/ utilities as well as
general and sub contractors, supervising construction, quality
checking the network post
construction and creating "as builts" to accurately
document the network.
The successful candidate will develop a maintenance plan with
P&L responsibility to
include general maintenance and break / fix accountability to
service level agreements. We offer high growth potential with
an aggressive organization.
Client is offering a competitive salary, health insurance and
the potential for profit
sharing and or stock options based on performance.
Carey Wienrich, Fiber Optic Recruiter
Senior Process Engineer
Reports To: Director
of Research and Engineering Major Duties and Responsibilities: Assist in the development, improvement and implementation
of manufacturing procedures and facilities. Develop written S.O.P.s
used in the manufacture 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 operations. Formulate and
implement Statistical Process Control (SPC) capabilities. 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 production specs. Operate fiber drawing
towers, assist in testing as necessary. Salary: Open Contact:
Mr. Joseph Pagano
Fiberguide Industries, Inc.
1 Bay Street
Stirling, NJ 07980 Fax No: (908) 647-6601 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new PowerPoint presentation
in Spanish for instructors and anyone else interested has been
posted on the FOA website for free downloading. It is an explanation
of fiber optics in Spanish, created by Francisco Castro Cabrera
of Mexico City, who is starting up our new FOA chapter in Mexico.
It is complementary to our PowerPoint introduction to fiber optics
in English. Here is more information
on the presentation in Spanish.
FOA CFOT Renewals Get Free
Copy of NECA/FOA Installation Standard
Every CFOT 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
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.
From a reader: If had to
convince someone that fiber was the way of the future, how would
you do it? I think that fiber should be the choice in greenfield
applications and any new projects that would be started. Please
let me know the way you would approach this type of problem.
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 Website Expands To Support
Fiber Optic Educators
Instructors' Home Page And
New Online Train-The-Trainer Program
The FOA has always focused on creating better educational opportunities
in fiber optics - it's our charter: we're a non-profit educational
organization. We've done two things recently to expand that commitment
- both here on the FOA website.
We have over 120 schools and hundreds
of instructors teaching at those organizations, and we'll notify
them about these new web pages, but we invite any instructor interested
in fiber optics to dig in and use these pages too.
Our online TTT program is the
beginning of qualifying for the FOA CFOS/I Instructor Certification.
Soon we'll have the program set up for instructors to register
to begin qualifying for the certification.
FOA Certification Top Choice
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Over 15,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 120 schools
as the FOA completed its 10th 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 125+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems for their installation
training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The
complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at http://www.thefoa.org/foa_aprv.htm.
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to
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!
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1119 S Mission Road, # 355
Fallbrook, CA 92028
FOA Board of Advisors
Elias Awad, Clerk, Director of Education
F. Douglas Elliot, Past President
William H. Graham
Jim Hayes, President, Treasurer
John Highhouse, Past President
Danny S. Lyall
Eric Y. Loytty
Paul Rosenberg, Past President
Richard James Smith
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Puzzler: The most compelling argument is that
one type of fiber, 62.5/125 FDDI grade multimode, has been used
while about 8 generations of copper wiring were used (Thicknet,
thinnet, Cat 3, Cat 4, Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6 and awaiting augmented
Cat 6.) That's a lot of installation cost saved and abandoned
cables that will someday need removal.
Today, installing backbone 50/125 laser-optimized fiber with
some SM in the same cable is a no-brainer. You're good to 10G
on the multimode or use the SM as long as you need it.
Even electronics are cheaper now.
Have you seen the cost model on the FOLS website (http://fols.org/news/pr.cfm?id=18)?