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

  • 2020年9月9日

Gwenn Amice

Subject Matter Expert, Physical layer and monitoring, EXFO

Gwenn Amice served in the French Navy before joining the Opto-electronic R&D telecom industry in 1995 aboard a startup that became the CISCO DWDM transport platform pillar.

As the development of new high-speed technologies evolved, he introduced new DWDM transport platforms in industrialization, production, customer demonstration and field deployment in Europe, Asia and Americas until he moved to Canada in 2000.

After a one-year experience as outside plant Engineer for Vidéotron in Montréal, he joined EXFO in 2001 as Subject Matter Expert, focusing on next generation optical networks and acting as a technical advisor 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, and 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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