Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON)

Ethernet Passive Optical Network



The Ethernet passive optical network or EPON course provides essential knowledge of using an Ethernet passive architecture to deliver a fiber to the home or fiber to the x (FTTH/FTTx) system, along with cable services such as video, voice and data.  Learners will be able to identify the benefits, features, and components, along with differentiating the technology from a hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) access network used by many operators today.  Learners will also be able to explain how provisioning is completed in EPON using the DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) system. 



Recommended Prerequisites:


·         SCTE·ISBE Understanding Cable Technology Course

·         SCTE·ISBE Broadband Premises Installation and Service


Target Audience:


·         Broadband Premises Installers / Technicians

·         Technical Operations

·         Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Access Network Technicians

·         Outside Plant (OSP) Technicians

·         Maintenance Technician, System Technician or equivalent

·         Headend or Hub Engineers

·         NOC



Included in the Course:

·         In-depth interactive eBook module 

·         CORTEX mobile app to access eBook module in the field 

·         Module assessment

·         Course final exam

·         SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate



Self-paced interactive Online Course: Learners may start the SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn™ course at any time, study at their own pace, and have access to dynamic online content after they register.  On average, learners will spend less than 2 – 3 hours per week over 2 weeks completing course activities. 

System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet browser with HTML 5 support. For tablet or smartphone access, HTML 5 may be used for online eBook content.


Course Modules:


·         Module 01 Ethernet Passive Optical Network


·         Module 02 DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE)



Course Learning Objectives:

Module 01 Ethernet Passive Optical Network

       Differentiate the Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) from the Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) network

       Identify the benefits and features of using an EPON network for FTTH/FTTx to deliver video, video and data

       Organize the EPON components from headend / hub site to subscriber

       Classify the provisioning initialization process, MAC layer functions, burst format and correct operation for FTTH/FTTx with EPON

       Outline the theoretical efficiencies for 1 G-EPON and 10 G-EPON


Module 02 DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE)

·         Explain how provisioning is completed in an EPON

o    List the advantages, interoperability and requirements for the various DPoE specifications

o    Outline the elements of a DPoE system

o    Classify the initialization procedures and packet flow in DPoE

o    Recognize the DOCSIS constructs applied to EPON along with DPoE classification and forwarding

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