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Light Brigade® and UTC Partner to Provide Fiber Optic Training at UTC Telecom 2014 Conference


Tukwila, WA and Washington, DC – The Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, and Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) have partnered to provide professionals in the growing utility fiber optic network industry with the opportunity to become officially certified in fiber optic network technologies. Training will be held in Phoenix, AZ at the annual UTC Telecom Conference, May 6-9. 

With three levels of certification for technicians, designers and advanced designers, the training is a specific utility-based program that further supports the communications industry by addressing the design, installation and maintenance of fiber optic networks that are unique to the utility right of way environment.

“The objective is to ensure that attendees have a firm grasp on the technical information, best practices, knowledge and technical skill sets necessary to meet the certification exam requirements and successfully work on utility-based fiber optic networks,” said Dario De Paolis, vice president and general manager of the Light Brigade.

The pre-conference course and certification examination addresses the topics of critical building, aerial and underground fiber optic networks on distribution and transmission, as well as right of way issues. Key parameters such as network design, installation, testing, troubleshooting and operations of fiber optics networks utilizing optical ground wire (OPGW), all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) and loose tube fiber optic cables will be covered in detail.
To register for these classes, visit For more information about the Light Brigade, visit

About Light Brigade
Since its founding in 1987, Light Brigade has instructed more than 45,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and online courses that focus on specific fiber-related topics.
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit


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