CET703 Fibre Optic Network Design I

Course Provider

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)



Academic Unit



Singapore has been completely wired up by fibre optic network for broadband transmission of voice, video and data. The objective of this  course is to get familiarize and understand the different types of fibres used  in optical network; understanding the light propagation principles, type of  optical sources and detector. In addition, the power budget and  bandwidth budget calculation will be discussed to estimate the link  performance. 

This course is part of:
- Graduate Certificate in Information and Telecommunication Engineering
FlexiMasters  in Information and Telecommunication Engineering


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On completion of the course, the learners should be able to:

1. Select typical fibre types used in commercial fiber optic networks;
2. Select the LED/laser diode, PIN/APD for suitable optical network and;
3. Make designs for short haul metropolitan network to long haul undersea intercontinental networks.
Understanding the light propogation in fibres

Various types of fibres, and the propagation principles and refractive index profiles descriptions

Selection of system components like laser diode/LED, PIN/APD receiver
LED and laser diode operating principles, PIN and APD receiver specifications and absorption mechanisms

Link budget specifications
Power budget and rise time budget procedure for the given fibre, and selected source and detector

Design samples
Design examples will be discussed with few case studies

For aspiring engineers and Information technologists who wish to improve their  knowledge and skills in the broad area of communication engineering.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,620

SSG Funding Support

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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FlexiMasters in Information and Telecommunication Engineering

CET700 Signal Space and Modulation1
CET701 Error-Correction Coding1
CET702 Spread-Spectrum Communication System1
CET704 Fibre Optic Network Design II1
CET705 Fibre Optic Network Design III1
CET706 Wireless Channel Models1
CET707 Fading Mitigation Techniques1
CET708 Wireless Networks1
CET709 Fundamentals of Computer Networks1
CET710 Traffic Engineering in Computer Networks1
CET711 Network Security1
CET712 Passive RF circuits1
CET713 Active RF circuits I1
CET714 Active RF circuits II1

Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Information and Telecommunication Engineering (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Information and Telecommunication Engineering  (total 15AUs) 
  • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.