Fiber Monitoring for Reliable Network Performance

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

The Importance of Reliable Fiber Networks

According to a recent study from the Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC, broadband use during the pandemic became critical as individuals weathered the uncertainty from their homes. One area where broadband saw a significant increase was the use of video conferencing, a technology that requires high levels of reliable bandwidth, as well as online gaming and video streaming.  A Lightwave article notes that in the first quarter of 2020 bandwidth use increased by 47%, with, “the average broadband subscriber consuming a weighted monthly average of 402.5 GB of data.”

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The Importance of Fiber Monitoring for Rural Broadband Programs

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As broadband access expands to more communities and rural areas, the use and deployment of fiber optic networks continues to grow as residents rely heavily on the availability of faster broadband speeds to stay connected and utilize the latest apps and services. As a result, network reliability and availability is more critical than ever making monitoring and support by the service provider all the more important.

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Fiber Monitoring - Critical for Networks of All Sizes

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 10:11 AM

The term fiber optic network often conjures up images of Verizon FIOS commercials, Google Fiber, Comcast  Xfinity, or some other multi-billion dollar media and telecommunication company that promotes their reliance on fiber optic infrastructure for their business.

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Reduce Truck Rolls With Fiber Monitoring

Posted by John Kornegay on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

When supporting high-usage services, there is always a chance for service disruption, which directly impacts the customers. When service outages arise, service providers and businesses are in a reactionary position while attempting to locate the system failure. Depending on the structure of the troubleshooting protocol for a service provider or business, there can be many steps taken before a technician is deployed. Once the technician is deployed, there still is a chance that challenged can arise for them locating the exact fault.

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Protecting the Integrity of Municipal Fiber Optic Networks

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, May 2, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

In order to meet the growing needs of the local community, many municipalities have chosen to make significant investments to both deploy and maintain their own fiber optic networks for communications relating to a number of important areas:

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Remote Fiber Test Systems – Increasing Optical Network Availability

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

With most of the world now relying on fiber optic systems for communication, a key component to ensuring a high level of performance from operators is network monitoring.  When we think of network monitoring, much of the focus is usually on the equipment itself, as well as the management of all the data flowing through the system.  As a result, an area often overlooked when deploying and monitoring a network is the actual fiber optic cable, through which all the data is sent from one location to another.

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Network Communication Speed Comparison Chart

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

As the demand for faster speeds has grown rapidly over recent decades, new communications networking equipment and systems are constantly being developed to accommodate these requirements. One result of these efforts is a series of established networking protocols and terminology that are used to identify various speed thresholds and the related equipment.

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Fiber Optic Network Monitoring for Reducing Service Downtimes

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 @ 15:06 PM

With fiber optic equipment now widely used in most communications systems, it is crucial that administrators and service personnel have an efficient solution in place for dealing with issues directly related to the physical network.  While there are many Network Management Systems (NMS) being utilized, most will send an alert if a specific piece of equipment fails, but are not a help in locating the problem if it should occur to the line itself.  Therefore, while a failure will often be recognized quickly, much time can be lost in sending a technician out to locate and fix the specific issue.

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