Top Five Challenges That Can Influence The Performance Of FTTH

Top Five Challenges That Can Influence The Performance Of FTTH


Fiber-optic technology has improved a lot of things for the end consumer. Its ability to provide better, faster communications and faster internet speeds have contributed tremendously to the growth of FTTH. However, its many strengths do not mean that fiber optic technology does not have its fair share of problems which affect its performance.

We asked out FTTH operation experts about the various challenges and problems of installation and repair of FTTH, which might reduce its performance, here is what they shared:

Top Challenges That Can Impact The Performance Of FTTH

Length

A fiber-optic cable that is too long has a higher chance of twisting, bending or winding on itself or other wires, this can cause damage to the hair-like fibers in the cables which will impact the performance of the FTTH and FTTX. To avoid this issue, you have to make sure that the installation company uses the appropriate length of fiber-optic cable but taking proper measurements beforehand. There are also some variants of fiber-optic cables that have built-in rods that stop the cable from twisting, bending or winding.

External Damage

It takes very little for fiber-optic cables to get enough damage that negatively impacts its performance. An external scratch or split I easy to detect during a thorough visual inspection by a professional or even by yourself. If you are experiencing a drop in performance, check the cable and conductors for damage and contact a fiberoptics splicing professional to fix the issue and replace the cable if necessary.

Connectors

Improperly fitted connectors can negatively impact the performance of the FTTH cables. If you are experiencing any problem, experts suggest that you take a look at the fiber cable connectors, if the cable is not inserted correctly, try reinserting it. If the issue persists, contact a professional, who will be able to assess the problem with the connectors and the cable and come up with a practical solution that uses different connectors or cables.

Fibers

Fiber optic cables have thin hair-like fibers that are made out of glass running through them. These fibers conduct light signals that carry the data. If these fibers are damaged, you will face performance issues. Professionals use fiber optic tracers to detect the damage in the fibers without removing the external protective layer of the cable. Fiber optic tracers resemble small LED light flashlights that are connected to the fiber cable connectors. The light from the tracers is visible on the other end if the fibers are intact and have no damage.

Stretching

If the fibers within the cables are stretched, the performance is impacted. This issue happens when the wire is pulled across a distance that it cannot adequately accommodate. This problem can be resolved by using the appropriate length of cable or moving the objects closer together.

Conclusion

The fiber cable issues that can cause performance problems are easy to detect and solve with the help of the right tools and professional assistance. A reliable FTTH operating firm will be able to avoid these issues through correct deployment and proper maintenance.

Cantel Technologies Inc.