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Light Brigade Exhibiting & Presenting at the 2023 BICSI Winter Conference

Light Brigade is excited to announce that this will be its first year exhibiting and presenting at the BICSI Winter Conference held in Tampa Florida, February 4th – 8th.

2023 marks the celebration of 50 years of BICSI conferences. In support of the 2023 BICSI Winter Conference, Light Brigade has sponsored the Cabling Skills Challenge, which supports all BICSI-credentialed Installers and Technicians.

Light Brigade’s Technical Director, Sean Kelly will be presenting a Pre-Conference Masterclasses. The Pre-Conference Masterclass: Help Close the Digital Divide – FTTx Outside Plant Design. This masterclass will focus on the proper design of FTTx point-to-point and point-to-multipoint passive optical networks (PON) with home-run, centralized, and distributed topologies. Students will learn about the importance of customer take rate and density, and how they apply to your design. The masterclass will review various network configurations, design benchmarks, and installation parameters for FTTx systems. Economic node location decisions based on various architectures will be examined, followed by a PON vs. Active Ethernet architecture comparison, including how each is used and best practice design considerations. Cabling design strategies, including home-run, centralized, and distributed, will be contrasted, as well as comparing distributed, centralized, and tap split architectures. Fundamental design steps of FTTx, including splitter location, termination techniques, and installation methods as they relate to take rate and future-proofing will be discussed. Finally, co-existence with the next generation of FTTx systems, future growth and migration, and fiber sizing will be explored.

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In addition to the Pre-Conference Masterclass, Sean Kelly will also be presenting on Outside Plant Emerging Fiber Applications and Trends. This session will explore new and expanding fiber applications, such as wireless and sensing in adjacent markets. Neither application is entirely new to fiber, but recent advancements such as 5G microcells and advanced sensing applications are driving new and unique fiber-rich deployments. The presentation will highlight the unique aspects and practices of each and compare how they are similar to familiar applications and concepts. The session will also cover the rapidly expanding deployment method of air-blown fiber, including benefits, components, and common deployment and installation methods.

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Interested in learning more about Light Brigade and its Fiber Optic Training? Stop by our booth, 427 to meet with Pam Wooten, Business Development Manager, and Heather Orchard, Marketing Manager of Light Brigade.

About BICSI:

BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) profession and currently serves more than 26,000 members and credential holders. BICSI is the preeminent resource for the Connected World. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

About Light Brigade:

Since 1987, Light Brigade has trained 80,000+ students in courses ranging from basic fiber optic theory and practices to comprehensive design and installation courses. We are not just theory-based. Our hands-on labs reflect real-world work scenarios, providing the practical training needed to improve operational efficiencies by reducing costly errors. Our diverse team of trainers allows us to ensure the right instructor is leading the right course where their industry knowledge and experience can be leveraged. We work with our industry veteran instructors to tailor programs for technicians, installers, engineers, designers, and other support staff from a variety of industries. We offer several routes for training and can tailor any program to suit your needs.

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