Networking

Predictive Fiber Monitoring for Aging Optical Networks

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Executive Summary

The cabling of many fiber optics early adopters has been deployed and in operation for more than 25 years, a testament to the distinct advantages of optical fiber. Over this same period of time, copper cabling has been through multiple generations. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) case reports, more than one fourth of service disruptions are attributable to fiber cable problems, many of which have interrupted lifeline 911 services. Preventing these fiber related service outages has become a top priority. To survive in today's competitive marketplace, each operator must operate an efficient, yet reliable network that provides leading edge services with minimal downtime.

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