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Nokia Optical Networking Fundamentals

Course Overview

This 4-day course is designed for engineers, IT, and network planning personnel who need to learn the basic principles and practices of optical networking. It introduces network equipment, interworking principles, node functionalities, main transport technologies, and basic concepts related to protection, restoration, control, and management. Additionally, the main concepts of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) transmission systems (principles, standards, and components) are covered.  Within the course, there are three main themes: optical network design, network elements, and the network management system. Participants will become familiarized with the Engineering and Planning Tool (EPT) and they will practice with Switched WDM nodes (including the Photonic Service Switch family – PSS-32 and PSS-24x), and learn how to manage the network through the Network Functions Manager for Transport (NFM-T).  Ultimately, this course explains several basic use cases and reinforces this knowledge through practical lab exercises where participants design and build a simple optical network using the 1830 EPT and NFM-T on an 1830 PSS-based network.


Course Number



4 days (including lectures and hands-on lab exercises)

Credit Towards Certification

Nokia Optical Network Professional
Nokia Optical Network Services Expert


Nokia Optical Networking Fundamentals (4A0-205)

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge of the following topics:

  • Familiarity with TCP/IP network layers
  • Familiarity with basic optical network components such as lasers and optical fibers
  • Basic knowledge of optical network transmission concepts including signal, noise, etc.


Course Objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe optical signal propagation in optical networks
  • Identify the typical building blocks of a WDM network 
  • Describe the functionalities of the WDM building blocks 
  • Identify the main engineering parameters that characterize the network equipment
  • Compute the power budget for an optical link 
  • Describe the concept of trail and service 
  • Identify the typical architectures for a WDM node 
  • Classify the network levels and topologies 
  • Get connected to 1830 PSS SWDM nodes using CLI, WebUI, and NFM-T 
  • Recognize the main alarms, conditions, logs, and performance metrics 
  • Perform channel power monitoring using Wavelength Tracker functionalities 
  • Verify the main elements of a previously designed network through EPT
  • Design a simple network using 1830 EPT 
  • Describe the NFM-T infrastructure and list its components 
  • Get connected to NFM-T and explore the main menus
  • Introduce the concepts of protection and restoration
  • Introduce the main features of Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) protocol 
  • Verify the restoration and protection implementation in NFM-T 
  • Explain survivability and availability principles 
  • Perform the commissioning of a single network (bus or ring) through NFM-T by using the created EPT design

Course Modules

Module 0 – Course Introduction

Module 1 – Introduction to WDM networks

  • Optical Transmission
  • WDM Fundamentals
  • Building Blocks
  • OTN hierarchy, trails, and services switching
  • Network types: levels & topologies

Module 2 – Basics of SWDM nodes

  • SWDM (photonic and switched) nodes
  • SWDM alarms, conditions, logs, and PMs
  • Wavelength Tracker

Module 3 – Basics of Optical Network Design

  • EPT interface and terminology
  • Network creation, analysis, and reporting

Module 4 – Basics of the Network Management System

  • Introduction to NFM-T
  • Introduction to NSP

Module 5 – Protection and restoration

  • Foundation of survivability and availability
  • Path protection

Module 6 – SWDM-based optical network management

  • SWDM nodes supervision on NFM-T
  • Network commissioning steps

Schedule and Locations

Nokia Optical Networking Fundamentals

Price for this course is $3125 (USD) per seat
Start Date End Date Location Delivery Provider
12 Apr 21 15 Apr 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
19 Apr 21 22 Apr 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
04 May 21 07 May 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
24 May 21 27 May 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
05 Jul 21 08 Jul 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
12 Jul 21 15 Jul 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
19 Jul 21 22 Jul 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
27 Sep 21 30 Sep 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
04 Oct 21 07 Oct 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
18 Oct 21 21 Oct 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
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