Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

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The widespread deployment of optical fiber networks by telecommunication operators and service providers demands engineers and managers with a solid foundation in optical networking. Such a background is essential for network planners to develop high quality fiber optic networks that are cost efficient and can easily be adapted to meet the ever-growing bandwidth demand.

While there are so many changes taking place in optical networking including the development in Tbps speeds, coherent detection, polarization multiplexing, Flexigrid and next generation CDC ROADMs – 10/25Gbps and direct detection will remain relevant for a long time. 10Gbps offers the lowest cost per bit and can enable a lot of capacity through DWDM. Before studying the latest optical networking technologies, engineers should be well versed with the current technologies.

About Certified Optical Network Associate

Certified optical network associate is an intermediate level course in which attendees learn the fundamentals of optical networking including the transmission of light through optical fiber and widely deployed commercial systems. Trainees learn how to design and plan efficient and cost effective high speed optical point to point links and networks that meet today’s and future requirements.

Certified optical network associate focuses on single or multiple channel systems using course wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) or dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies. Systems capable of transmitting 10Gbps to 25Gbps per channel and up to 80 channels per fiber are studied.

Common applications such as national backbones, core networks, mobile backhaul or fiber to the antenna (FTTA), dark fiber and data center interconnects (DCI) are reviewed as case studies.

Attendees who successfully complete Certified optical network associate (CONA) will in future have the option to take a more advanced course.

Where can I take a Certified Optical Network Associate class?

Certified optical network associate training if offered through OTT partners in different parts of the world. FiberGuide offers CONA in selected cities in Africa and collaborates with Fiber Insight to deliver CONA in North America. Please visit OTT website to enquire about CONA training outside Africa and North America. The table to the right shows classes already scheduled. You can also contact us to arrange for a custom class to be delivered at your premises.

Who should attend a Certified Optical Network Associate class?

CONA is developed for IT and telecommunication professionals who are interested in deeper understanding of optical communications. Professionals responsible for the planning, designing, implementation and operation of the following types of networks will benefit the training:

  • Long-haul networks
  • Metropolitan networks
  • Fiber to the antenna (FTTA)
  • Data center interconnects
  • Enterprise wide area networks (WANs)
  • Dark Fiber

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Location Date Duration Price Book Online
Jo’Burg  04/16/2018 5 days $1,900 Request
Gaborone 06/11/2018 5 days $1,900 Register
Johannesburg 07/09/2018 5 days R24,500 Request
Nairobi 07/23/2018 5 days $1,900 Register
Lagos 08/27/2018 5 days $1,900 Register
Accra 09/24/2018 5 days $1,900 Register
Cairo 10/21/2018 5 days $1,900 Register
Johannesburg 02/11/2019 5 days R24,500 Request Details
A great course for transmission engineers, network planners, project managers and operation staff.
CONA is a prerequisite for the more advanced CONE course.