you install fiber optic infrastructure, how can you be certain that it will
support future applications? As a fiber optic network operator or owner, what
assurances do you have that your fiber optic infrastructure is designed and
installed based on industry established best practices? As a fiber optic
technician, how do you know that what you have been doing these past few years
is correct? These questions, and many like them, are what lead to the
development of several standards and best practices found within the network
industry has an insatiable appetite for more bandwidth, faster speeds, lower
latency, longer distances and better sustainability. With this appetite comes
the need for more critical control over how these fiber optic infrastructures
are designed and deployed. The mindset of “I have always done it this way” does
not really work in this new era of higher-speed technologies. It is a new game
with new rules.
the 2014 BICSI Fall
Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif., we will conduct two three-hour
sessions and help attendees discover why so many fiber networks suffer failure
from day one: it all goes back to the basics. I have been a BICSI member for more than 16 years
and a member of the Telecommunications
(TIA) Fiber Optics Technology Consortium
(FOTC) for 13 years. The stated mission of FOTC is to “represent technology
leaders committed to providing the most current, reliable and vendor neutral
information about fiber optics and related technologies for advancing new and
better communications solutions.” In our commitment to provide this valuable
information, we look for opportunities where our collective insight, knowledge
and experience can best be disseminated to have the greatest positive impact.
doing something for a long time mean that it is being done correctly? Are you
really following best practices for your fiber infrastructure? To find out the
answers to these questions and more, come join the TIA FOTC as we jointly
discover the answers through the industry best practices.
will be two joint seminars covering topics such as fiber designs for parallel
optics, trends, standards updates, fiber cleaning, fiber inspection and testing
requirements at the BICSI conference on Sunday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m. PDT,
and Monday, September 29 at 9 a.m. PDT. The other experts who will join me to
conduct these seminars include: Adrian Young, Fluke Networks; Robert Reid,
Panduit; Lee Kellett, AFL; and Matt Brown, JDSU.
also invite you to attend the panel discussion “Category 8: Unraveling Fact
From Fiction” on Thursday, October 2 at 9:15 a.m. PDT to hear my colleague,
Masood Shariff, answer questions relating to the latest developments in the Category
8 cabling standard for 40Gbps
look forward to seeing you there.