NTest Releases White Paper on Fiber Monitoring

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NTest releases analysis of utilizing a fiber monitoring system to predict which fibers are most likely to fail in a carrier's optical network and prioritizing their replacement at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference/National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC).

Historically, carriers have utilized a reactive approach to fiber failures

NTest, leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions for optical fiber monitoring, has just published a new white paper discussing the use of a Remote Fiber Test System (RFTS) to create a proactive maintenance strategy by predicting which fibers are most likely to fail in a carrier's optical network and prioritizing their replacement.

Early adopters of fiber optics are finding a rising number of failures due to fiber degradation of their initial network deployments. These carriers estimate they have billions of dollars of fiber that needs to be replaced over the next decade. "Historically, carriers have utilized a reactive approach to fiber failures," stated Troy Veitenheimer, General Manager of NTest. "It is the reactive maintenance or unplanned failures that have the most detrimental effect on a carrier's uptime and are the highest cost to resolve."

Today, fiber monitoring provides the foundation to predict which fibers are the most likely to fail. NTest's FiberWatch™ solution uses an OTDR placed at a centralized location programmed to continually test critical fibers. Maintenance is performed after one or more actual fiber health indicators show that the fiber is going to fail or that performance has deteriorated below a selected threshold. The ultimate goal is to perform maintenance at a predicted point in time when the maintenance activity is most cost-effective. Each fiber can be prioritized and a realistic budget put in place that can essentially eliminate fiber disruptions due to aging fiber. FiberWatch™ fiber monitoring data creates business intelligence and is a key differentiator in a competitive market.

The NTest White Paper "Predictive Fiber Monitoring for Aging Optical Networks" is available free of charge at http://www.ntestinc.com/papers/fibermonitoring.pdf. The FiberWatch™ family of products is on display at OFC/NFOEC in the Switch Pavilion at booth 2739

About NTest

NTest is a leading provider of optical communications test and measurement solutions for telecommunications service providers and cable operators in more than 40 countries. The FiberWatch™ product line utilizes an industry leading 4th generation fiber monitoring engine that includes optical fiber mapping software that enables customers to assess the state of the network. In the event of a cable issue, the monitoring system is able to detect the physical problem, diagnose the problem, and then correlate this information with the Geographical Information System (GIS) documentation system to isolate the fault and notify network operators. More information is available at http://www.ntestinc.com/.

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