Maximizing the efficiency of optical line terminal (OLT) cards in passive optical networks (PON) in low-density and rural FTTx installations can be a major challenge. In most PON designs, it is considered ideal to connect 32 subscribers to a single OLT for maximum cost efficiency.
The accepted best practice for testing link loss in a multimode network calls for the most accurate and repeatable test set up: the one-jumper reference method.
I frequently hear customers complain that although nothing has changed in their fiber optic cable assembly production process, the measured Insertion Loss (IL) and Return Loss (RL) values of their product aren’t as good as they once were. Is something wrong with the measurement equipment? Well, it’s possible but unlikely.