The Cisco Optical Technology Intermediate (COTI) Release 10.1 is a 3-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the skills that are necessary to deploy a Cisco Optical Networking System (ONS) 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) network from installation to protection.
The main task that learners learn during this course is how to perform node turn-up. The course covers three shelf types: the M12, M6, and M2.
Learners also learn to deploy linear and ring dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) topologies. The course covers multiplexer- demultiplexer cards, Erbium-doped fiber amplifier cards, Raman amplifiers, transponder cards, and the newest Cisco Any Rate muxponder and crossponder cards. These cards are used in terminal, amplifier, and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) node configurations.
Learners configure wavelength selective switch (WSS) linear and single-module ROADM (SMR) rings. This course covers 10-gigabit unprotected circuits and 10-gigabit protection using Y-cable, optical channel transport unit-2 (OTU-2), and protection switch module (PSM) cards.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Connect to a Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP chassis using Cisco Transport Controller
  • Identify node configurations according to card population
  • Provision DWDM circuits using the Cisco Transport Controller
  • Conduct performance monitoring, alarm verification, and fault isolation
  • Provision M12 WSS in linear and M6 SMR nodes in ring topologies
  • Understand configuration options for the Any Rate muxponder and crossponder
  • Perform Raman amplifier initialization
  • Isolate optical network issues


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco Transport Controller Operations
  • MSTP Topologies
  • Shelf and Card Installation
  • Fiber Jumper Installation
  • Linear Configurations
  • Lab: System Setup and Login
  • Node Turnup
  • Lab: Node Turnup
  • Optical Channel Network Connection Circuits
  • Lab: Creating Direct Circuits (OCHNC)
  • Transponder and Optical Channel Client Connection Circuits
  • Lab: Creating Transponder Optical Client Circuits (OCHCC)
  • Multishelf
  • MSTP M6 SMR-Based Rings
  • Lab: Configuring an SMR Ring
  • 10-Gigabit Muxponder and Transponder Cards
  • 10-Gigabit with Y-Cable Protection
  • Lab: Installing 10-Gbps Transponder Cards with Y-Cable Protection
  • Alternative 10-Gigabit Protection (PSM and OTU-2)
  • Lab: Alternate 10-Gigabit Protection (OTU-2 and PSM)
  • Any Rate Muxponder and Crossponder
  • Lab: Any Rate Muxponder and Crossponder Options
  • Raman Amplifier
  • Lab: Raman Amplifier
  • 40- and 100-Gigabit Transponder and Muxponder
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lab: MSTP Troubleshooting

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows: