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Nokia Fundamentals of Optical Network Design

Course number: TOP00004
Course duration: 4 days
Price: $3,125 US

Course overview

This course is designed for network engineers, network designers, and network planning personnel to learn the fundamental principles and practices for designing a basic optical network. Participants learn industry best practices and Nokia methodologies in optical network design, including customer requirements analysis, creation and use of 1830 Engineering and Planning Tool (EPT) design files, traffic matrix analysis, network element requirements and configurations, and resiliency/protection mechanisms. The course includes lab exercises and multiple case studies where participants design simple networks.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe telecommunications networks (including layers and converged networks)
  • Explain the benefit and the purposes of network planning
  • Explain the principles of CWDM and DWDM
  • Identify the performance limiting parameters in the optical transmission
  • Describe the transmission in C and L optical bands
  • Explain the role of amplification and regeneration (3R) in optical networks
  • Characterize the typical building blocks of a WDM network (e.g., amplifiers, transponders, etc.)
  • Describe fixed and flexible grids
  • Explain CDC-F and CDC-F 2.0 node configurations
  • Design a simple WDM network (lowest cost, growth and highest availability) – pen and paper
  • Describe the parameters and inputs required to design a basic WDM network
  • Analyze customer traffic demand
  • Determine if the optical transport can be optimized using services grooming
  • Identify possible protection mechanisms to fulfill customer specs/traffic matrix
  • Determine traffic matrix, network architecture and topology
  • Establish the network elements configurations
  • Compute availability of the proposed network elements, services and network
  • Compute the cost of the proposed sites, links, services
  • Describe the traffic matrix (customer inputs and outputs)
  • Determine cost-optimized network topology using Kruskal's algorithm
  • Design the protection mechanism according to the customer's requirements
  • Evaluate traffic demand on architecture
  • Describe the system requirements for EPT
  • Describe how to access, install and license EPT



  • Describe the EPT workflow for designing a greenfield network
  • Identify EPT menus and toolbar functions
  • Describe network and site parameters used by EPT
  • Create the elements of a network in EPT (sites, segments, trails and services)
  • Describe routing principles (i.e., shortest path) and channel allocation options
  • Examine node layouts, WDM route details and optical performance in EPT
  • Check and modify WDM routes adding protection
  • Check and balance channel utilization
  • Check and adjust optical performances
  • Check NE layout in EPT design and modify it to increase the availability and to use specific hardware
  • Evaluate the impact of the changes on the cost of the design
  • Analyze an EPT file (list traffic flows, check links, remove DCM blocks from core site links, check NE layout, modify shelf/board type, and calculate the cost of the design)
  • List and explain the reports available in EPT
  • Evaluate changes in the design to reduce the cost
  • Create a Bill of Materials (BoM), with and without a price file
  • Split the network into multiple systems for power commissioning
  • Create the EPT output for commissioning
  • Explain the commissioning phase
  • Design and validate a small network topology with EPT
  • Design a medium-sized optical network (focus on growth and footprint) with EPT
  • Design and validate a medium-sized network (focus on a predicted growth) with EPT
  • Introduce some changes in the design to have equipment footprint as small as possible

Course modules

  • Module 1 – Introduction to WDM networks
  • Module 2 – Introduction to network design
  • Module 3 – 1830 Engineering and Planning Tool (EPT)
  • Module 4 – EPT design tuning
  • Module 5 – EPT reports and additional features

Schedule and registration


Nokia Fundamentals of Optical Network Design

Price for this course is $3125 (USD) per seat

Duration: 4 days (9 am - 4 pm)

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