This blog post is part of a new video blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics. 

Here is a tip—you need a stable network. You do not need anything from the outside disturbing your signal. Remember the days when you turned on your television and you didn’t get a good signal because of the weather? You didn’t like it then, and subscribers expect better service from their service operators today.

In this video blog, I explain how proper cable management can maintain your network and transmission stability, thus ensuring your customers’ satisfaction.


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Daniel Daems

Daniel Daems is a principal engineer and a senior R&D department manager with CommScope. He has experience in managing a state of the art optical test laboratory and expertise in fiber optic technology cable infrastructure and networks. Before coming to CommScope, Daems spent time at Tyco Electronics and Raychem. 

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2 comments for "Stop Outside Disturbances in Your Network Today"
Tom Pagonis Friday, February 17, 2017 10:13 PM

Daniel, is the RF coax/cable side of the network normally monitored on a continuous basis? Is there need or benefit to have continuous monitoring on the cable headend side? Thanks

Daniel Daems Monday, February 20, 2017 9:26 AM

Monitoring in the RF coax/cable side is done since this allows remote checking of the line when a subscriber has a problem. This is of course only possible when there is active equipment at both sides of the line that can perform this function.
However, when optical fiber got introduced in the optical access network the major fear of the operators was that the dark fibers in the distribution part of the network would not be good enough when new subscribers were connected. This resulted in remote optical monitoring of the network by an OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflecometer) . However, most PON networks contain passive optical power splitters and OTDR's do not work well once you would like to check something beyond the splitters. Several products came on the market that claimed to do allow optical monitoring, but none of them really worked well. In fact the experience showed that the optical networks are more stable than expected and most operators abandoned this remote optical monitoring. The optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network units (ONU) give anyhow information about the optical attenuation or signal strength between the 2 units.
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