Course detail

Optical Networks

FEKT-MPC-OSEAcad. year: 2022/2023

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


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.


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.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to optical networks.
2. Types of optical fibers - transmission properties.
3. Theory of transmission over optical fiber.
4. Manufacture of optical fibers and cables.
5.Concentrations of optical fibers.
6. Radiation sources, modulation and detection.
7. Optical telecommunication systems I.
8. Optical telecommunication systems II.
9. Optical telecommunication systems III.
10. Installation of fiber-optic lines.
11. Optical fibrous joint.
12. Measuring methods of optical communications.
13. Planar optical waveguides.

Work placements

Not applicable.


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.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

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.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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

Recommended reading

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

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MITAI Master's

    specialization NNET , any year of study, winter semester, elective

  • Programme MPC-TIT Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPC-EAK Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme MPC-IBE Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


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

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


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)

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


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