Fiber Analysis and Reporting

Our goal is to help you deploy fiber networks faster and more efficiently without being burdened by the complex test result analysis process and time consuming reporting requirements often demanded by many service providers.

​Why Fiber Analysis and Reports are needed 

  • Most new fiber installation projects mandate some level of optical testing and detailed documentation as proof of performance and delivery

  • Acceptance testing ensures that new optical fiber and cable installations conform to the requirements of the planned application

  • Network upgrades require re-characterization of existing fiber infrastructure to ensure optical performance conforms to more stringent thresholds

  • High-speed networks require advanced verification to ensure transmission is not impacted by Loss, ORL, CD, PMD and spectral attenuation impairments

  • Accurate reports and detailed documentation are vital for maintenance, troubleshooting and restoration activities

The Testing Dilemma

  • Field splicing and testing accounts for only half the time required to complete the entire test validation process – the other half is spent preparing test reports and managing test data for record keeping

  • Contractors often overlook the importance of providing detailed fiber test results thus neglecting the reporting aspects required by their customers

  • Contractors frequently tender on projects quoting only on time spent in the field performing splicing and testing but not considering the back-office admin tasks

  • Contractors underestimate the additional time that is needed for post trace analysis and compiling test results in a professional report format

OTDR and Optical Fault Locators 

Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) and Optical Fault Locators are the tools of choice to verify new fiber installations and/or locate faults in deployed fiber networks. A shortage of skilled fiber technicians capable of performing reliable measurements and saving the results correctly is however a big problem for many companies - this in turn negatively impacts the post-processing and reporting including related tasks:

  • Test results are not saved with correct and/or intuitive file naming

  • OTDR traces not provided in an usable format (email, USB drive, online storage)

  • Shortage of skilled personnel with the necessary trace analysis expertise

  • Merging of bi-directional traces and averaging results

  • Batch reporting of splice loss of multi-fiber cables

  • Access to post-processing software to efficiently analyze fiber traces

  • Ability to produce custom reports based on customer’s Pass/Fail thresholds

  • Archiving of test data in the “Cloud” for future access in the event of restoration

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OptixSource Services

  • Trace analysis performed by a Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

  • Identify any false or problematic events on traces, event tables and link maps so technicians don’t troubleshoot problems unnecessarily

  • Offer opinion on poor launch conditions, bad splices and connector reflectance issues with recommendations on corrective action

  • Expertise to correctly interpret and analyze traces from different fiber networks:

    • Multimode networks (LAN and Datacenter)

    • Legacy singlemode networks (short, medium and long haul)

    • PON networks (centralized and distributed splitter architectures)

    • CWDM networks (lower, upper band and full ITU-T G.694.2 grid)

    • DWDM networks (C-band at 50GHz or 100GHz per ITU-T G.694.1 grid)

  • Advise on configuring OTDR test parameters to optimize testing and results

  • Software programs to process .sor files from most leading OTDR vendors

  • Sort and organize test data leveraging various sor file parameters

  • Adjust Index of Refraction (IoR) and Helix factor to correct fiber distances

  • Prepare detailed test reports in consultation with contactors and inserting information such company logos, Job ID, OTDR calibration data and more

  • Leverage Cloud technology to create an online, secure repository to manage, view and archive your encrypted OTDR test results