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Does my optical network need fibre characterisation?

Fibre characterisation, Optical networks

You can gain a great deal of useful information from a fibre characterisation exercise on your optical network, whether you are operating at 10Gb/s or 100Gb/s+. An optical network uses…

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Optical networking

What is an optical network?

Optical networks

An optical network uses complex transmission systems which run over fibre optic cabling, to carry all the digital services we rely on today. The very first fibre optic systems became…

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Why do we need fibre characterisation?

Fibre characterisation

Ask yourself honestly, how much do you really know about the performance of your fibre? As telecoms systems and dark fibre contracts have become more complex, the real performance of…

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Testing dark fibre

What is fibre characterisation?

Fibre characterisation

Fibre characterisation is defined as conducting a comprehensive suite of tests on an installed link in order to assess its general quality and its specific ability to support a particular…

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Dark fibre applications

What is dark fibre used for?

Dark fibre

Dark fibre is used by a variety of organisations which require high capacity network links. Applications include: Fibre to the Antenna (FTTA) Mobile network providers can use dark fibre to…

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What is OMx multimode fibre?

Multimode fibre

Way back when, when fibre optics was simple, everyone talked about either multimode fibre or singlemode fibre. But these days things are a little more complex than that. There are…

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Light up dark fiber

How do I light up dark fiber / dark fibre?

Dark fibre
The growth in the supply of white box building blocks means that the most economical way to light up dark fiber is to do it yourself!
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Testing dark fibre

How do I test dark fibre?

Dark fibre, Fibre characterisation

Full fibre characterisation is recommended for any dark fibre contract. Fibre characterisation involves a comprehensive suite of tests on the optical fibre to reveal how well it will perform. Performing…

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What generation is your dark fibre

How can I specify dark fibre?

Dark fibre

The detailed specifications for dark fibre are usually negotiated between the owner of the fibre and the company leasing the fibre. There may be different types of fibre available, such…

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buy dark fibre here

Where can I buy dark fibre?

Dark fibre

So who can you buy dark fibre from? A lot depends on where you are in the world. The legal and regulatory framework for dark fibre and telecoms services varies in…

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Dark fiber equipment racks

What is dark fibre? What is dark fiber?

Dark fibre
The difference between normal fibre and dark fibre is just that the responsibility for the equipment that lights up the fibre at each end is different.
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