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The most dangerous phrase in fiber optic testing: we've always done it this way

  • September 9, 2020

Gwenn Amice

Subject Matter Expert

Gwenn Amice currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert with EXFO, focusing on next generation optical network in charge of technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.

Since 2019 Gwenn Amice has been appointed Senior member of technical staff representing EXFO at industry standard events and interfacing with EXFO product development groups.

Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing.

He is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee

In today’s networks, everything is connected using fiber optics: home, buildings, data centers, antennas, companies, smart cities and so on. It is therefore crucial to test if optical connections are working, if the splices are done properly and that the fiber was not damaged during installation.

The telecom landscape is one of constant, rapid evolution. Testing approaches have evolved tremendously over the years. Methods that were acceptable 20 years ago are obsolete today.

In this educational webinar, we examine various testing solutions, their strengths and weaknesses, what they cover or lack and where they best fit.

The overview will be backed by metrology data as the uncertainty/accuracy of various methodologies are explained.

The following questions will be tackled:
Tier 1 and Tier 2 testing: is the distinction still applicable?
What is “certification”? Is it still relevant? Can I do that with an OTDR?
What is the best testing solution: optical source/power meter, OLTS, OTDR or something else?
At the end of this session, you will be more confident in selecting the right solution for your specific needs.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the difference between OTDR and OLTS (S/PM) measurements
  • Understanding testing requirements per network type
  • Selecting optimal test solutions per network type and needs

Join Gwenn Amice as he separates facts from feelings when it comes to fiber testing.

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