Course details

Optical Networks

MPC-OSE FEKT MPC-OSE Acad. year 2023/2024 Winter semester 5 credits

The course deals with types of optical fibers, optical fiber manufacturing, construction fiber optic cable, connecting optical fibers and cables. Further theoretical issues of optical transmission networks. They are discussed in the optical access network, optical transport network, the global network for multiplexing optical transmission, measurement and monitoring of optical telecommunication networks.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs exercises
  • 13 hrs laboratories




Learning objectives

The goal is to obtain knowledge of the principles and technical means of optical network of local, metropolitan, access and transport networks
(LAN, MAN, WAN) and global networks.
The student will be able to:
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of optical fibers for information transmission,
- Connect welding optical fibers,
- Become acquainted with the deployment of different technologies in networks,
- Be able to design a local optical transport network
- Acquire knowledge in deploying broadband technology in optical networks,
- Acquire knowledge of the problems of WDM - Wavelength multiplexes
- Acquire knowledge of networks: FTTx (fiber to the building, home, etc.)
- Acquire knowledge from measurements on optical fibers,
- Get the orientation of the problems of distortion - Dispersion (CD - Chromatic, Polarization - PMD),
- Acquire knowledge of sight optical networks.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Profficiency is required on the Bachelor's degree level. Students should have the knowledge of signal transmission. Some basic knowledge in the area of transmission of binary signals and be able to tackle distortions in the transmission. It is recommended for the completion of the course Transmission media, taught in the second year of the bachelor program.

Study literature

  • Filka, M.: Optické sítě - laboratorní úlohy. VUT FEKT, Brno 2007
  • Filka, M.: Optické přenosy informací pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO
  • Filka, M: Optical Networks for joint teaching programme of BUT and VSB-TUO

Fundamental literature

  • Filka, M.: Optické sítě. Elektr. skripta. VUT FEKT, Brno 2012
  • Filka, M.: Optoelektronika pro telekomunikace a informatiku. CENTA, Brno 2009

Syllabus of lectures

Optical networks
Optical fibre properties
High - sppeed communication optical fibres
Manufacture of optical fibres nad cable
The connecting of optical fibres and cables
Radiation and modulation sources
Optical radiation detectors
Transmission theory for optical fibres
Optical link terminals
Optical access networks
Optical transport networks
Optical global networks
Optical network measurement

Syllabus of numerical exercises

Basic elements of optical networks
Fibres and transmission characteristics
Coupling attenuation characteristics
Telecommunication optical systems
Optical link design
Optical network simulation
Laying and assembling optical cables (Telecom, video TV)

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

Preparation procedures, safety precautions in optical telecommunications
Fibre welding, weld measurement
NA measurement
Reflection measurement
Optical transmission
Optical transmission simulation

Progress assessment

Requirements for completion of a course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated every academic year.
For tutorials and laboratory classes to 30 points.
The written exam to 70 points.

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year. Laboratory is compulsory, missed lessons will be replaced by appointment with the teacher.


Mon exam 2023-12-18 T12/SD 1.48 09:0010:30 Předvánoční termín
Mon exam 2024-01-22 T12/SD 1.48 09:0010:30 5. termín
Mon exam 2024-01-08 T12/SD 1.48 11:0012:30 3. termín
Wed exam 2024-01-17 T12/SD 1.48 09:0010:30 4. termín
Wed exam 2024-01-03 T12/SD 1.48 11:0012:30 2. termín
Wed laboratory lectures T12/SC 5.52 11:0012:5020 1MIT 2MIT xx Spurný 1.-6. týden
Fri lecture lectures T12/SD 1.48 09:0010:5060 1MIT 2MIT xx Münster
Fri laboratory lectures T12/SC 5.52 12:0013:5020 1MIT 2MIT xx Klíčník 1.-6. týden

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme MITAI, field NNET, any year of study, Elective
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