Vincent Racine

      Vincent Racine

      Product Line Manager, Optical Business Unit, EXFO

      Vincent Racine cumulates over 10 years of experience in fiber-optic testing. Namely, he actively participated in the early phases of worldwide FTTH technology deployment, contributing his expertise to seminars, field trials and test instrument customization. He is responsible for EXFO’s optical portable test-instrument portfolio, including automated loss and optical-return loss testers, PON power meters, as well as fiber inspection probes commonly used in FTTx deployments. Vincent holds a degree in telecommunications, and has been with EXFO since 1999.

      Articles from this author


      Insertion loss: are you using the right reference method?

      By: Vincent Racine | Category: Data centers, Fiber everywhere | Posted date: 2017-03-10 | Views: 4326

      As network data rates continue to surge, network operators need to mitigate insertion loss and attenuation in order to maximize quality of service.

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      Loss Testing? How Fast Can You Re-Test Those Failing Fibers?

      By: Vincent Racine | Category: Fiber everywhere | Posted date: 2016-06-15 | Views: 5174

      Measuring insertion loss (IL), optical return loss (ORL) and fiber length calls for an optical loss test set (OLTS). That’s a given, especially for high-count fiber-optic cables considering the greater speed and accuracy of the OLTS over the power meter and light source combo.

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      EXFO Teams Up with AT&T to Take the Guesswork out of Fiber Detection

      By: Vincent Racine | Category: Fiber everywhere | Posted date: 2013-12-18 | Views: 4660

      As your network gets older and the number of fibers deployed is multiplied to increase capacity, expand access to more customers and enable more connections, one of the most pressing challenges in the field stems from bad fiber labeling and improper fiber identification. Over time and with regular use, fiber labels degrade, fade and become more difficult to read, or may eventually peel off.  Moreover, the connections could get mixed up after repeated disconnections and reconnections elsewhere, making it uncertain whether fiber A is properly routed to customer A, as opposed to customer B or C or Z.  Mislabeling and poor recordkeeping make live fiber identification a risky guessing game that can cause service interruptions and put service-level agreements in jeopardy.


      Webinars from this author


      FTTA Testing Overview and First Critical Step: Fiber Inspection

      By: Vincent Racine, Sophie Legault | Category: Carrier Ethernet Networks, Backhaul (OBSAI, CPRI, GigE), Private/Utility

      Webinar Series on Fronthaul Testing
      The path towards complete FTTA/RRH site turn-up - in just one field trip 

      This webinar series covers everything you need to know to efficiently qualify fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) networks and confirm that remote radio heads (RRH) and CPRI links are fully functional before leaving the cell site – in just one field trip

      This three-part webinar series to learn more about connector inspection and cleaning techniques, fiber-link validation and troubleshooting, CPRI transport link validation, and more. This series aims to help you:

      • Get your tower crews up-to-speed with fiber testing
      • Ensure SFPs and RRH equipment are fully functional before activating services
      • Speed up your deployment while preventing costly repeated tower climbs

      Watch Part 2 and Part 3

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      The True Value of Connector Inspection: New Challenges and Best Practices

      By: Vincent Racine | Category: Optical Testing and Monitoring

      With data rates now reaching 40G in data centers and up to 100G in outside-plant installations, today’s fiber architectures must contend with very tight tolerances. With such high data rates, users must ensure that optimal performance can be achieved by every network component—including the transmission equipment and the in-between links.