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Light Brigade Announces Collaboration with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

A robust alliance that empowers students to produce the highest caliber of work.

(Kent, WA) –Jan 6, 2022 - Light Brigade, the global leader in fiber optic skills training has further diversified and strengthened its agnostic stance as an independent technical authority. Today, they announced the completion of a collaboration agreement with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave to incorporate Sumitomo Electric’s fusion splicers into Light Brigades Fiber Optics 1-2-3 skills training.

Sumitomo Electric’s fusion splicers are a welcome addition to Light Brigade’s training classes and will allow students to experience hands-on exposure with the latest in fusion splicing gear. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave will supply Light Brigade with fusion splicing equipment for classroom use and provide technical support to ensure Light Brigade remains at the forefront of fusion splicing technology.

The two companies have worked together to develop a comprehensive introduction to fusion splicing fundamentals training that has been incorporated into the recently re-engineered Fiber Optics 1-2-3 course. The structured skills competency assessment ensures that students walk away with a firm understanding of splicer maintenance, equipment, and fiber preparation, splicing and splice protection, estimated and actual splice losses, and how to troubleshoot and correct common splice errors.

Light Brigade will provide a co-branded certificate of completion in “Fusion Splicing Fundamentals” to students who also complete Light Brigade's broader focused Fiber Optics 1-2-3 course. Credly, Light Brigade’s partner in digital badging, will issue the digital credentials. Students will be able to share their Fusion Splicing Fundamentals and Fiber Optics 1-2-3 digital credentials accomplishments on social media, web pages, and in signature lines.

“This collaboration further expands our fusion splicing options in the classroom, ensuring we offer our students industry-leading training while incorporating the market’s best installation equipment”, said Light Brigade, President, Martin Lee. “I believe the collaboration with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave to develop the digital splicing certification will be a valuable asset to any contractor in the installation arena.”

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL) is a recognized leader in optical fiber technologies and solutions for data centers, enterprises, and communication networks. Drawing from research and development from its parent company, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave offers a variety of advanced products in ribbon technology, air-blown fiber, fusion splicing, and connectivity solutions including splice-on connectors.

About Light Brigade Founded in 1987, Light Brigade has trained over 75,000 technicians, installers, engineers, designers, and other support staff worldwide in a variety of industries. Light Brigade’s instructor-led, online, and custom classes focus on fiber optic theory, installation, testing, and troubleshooting as well as engineering design. Courses include specialty applications like FTTx, utilities, wireless backbone, industrial, and more. Light Brigade works with partners across the globe to obtain equipment for our vendor-agnostic skills training and is a trusted resource for fiber optic tools, consumables, gear, and expertise.

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