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Optical Networks


 •   CME11 Mobile Communications

Teaching methods Lecture/Lab
Learning target / Competences


According to a successfully completing of the module, the students are able to:

  • understand the principles of modern optical networks
  • explain the architectures of modern optical networks
  • understand the operating mode of the optical network components
  • explain the Standards for optical transmission techniques
  • distinguish the importance of different network types (FTTx)
Duration 1
Hours per week 3.0
Classes 45 h
Individual / Group work: 75 h
Workload 120 h
ECTS 4.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

Optical Networks: written exam K60
Optical Networks Lab must be passed

Credits and grades

6 CP, K60 1 ... 5, LA, RE

Responsible person

Prof. Dr. Dan Curticapean

Recommended semester 3
Frequency Annually (ws)

Master's degree program CME


Optical Networks

Type Lecture
Nr. M+I414
Hours per week 2.0

Lecture with integrated case studies, exercises and practical work.
The main goal of the lecture is considered to provide a fundamental understanding of modern fiber optic networks.

Basics and fundamentals of optical fibres and of modern optical networks 

  • FTTN (Fibre To The Node) FTTC (Fibre to the Curb)
  • FTTB (Fibre To The Basement or Fibre To The Building)
  • FTTdp (Fibre To The Distribution Point)
  • FTTL (Fibre To The Loop)
  • FTTH (Fibre To The Home)
  • FTTD (Fibre To The Desk)

Topics of the lecture:

  • Requirements for Optical Networks
  • Standards for optical transmission techniques
  • Network Operation and Administration
  • Components for Optical Transport Networks
  • Optical Networks
  • Photonic Networks
  1. Shiva Kumar, M. Jamal Deen: Fiber optic communications, fundamentals and applications; John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 2014.
  2. Noé, Reinhold: Essentials of Modern Optical Fiber Communication; Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2016.
  3. Casimer DeCusatis: Handbook of fiber optic data communication, practical guide to optical networking; Academic Press, London, UK, 2014.
  4. F. Richard Yu, Xi Zhang, Victor C.M. Leung: Green communications and networking; Taylor & Francis Ltd, Boca Raton, FL USA, 2013.

Optical Networks Lab

Type Lab
Nr. M+I415
Hours per week 1.0

Topic of the practical work:
1. Michelson interferometer
2. Fiber Optic: Gaussian optics splicing and coupling
2. Polymer optical fiber (POF): Data transmission and bandwidth


Same as in lecture