Quick-start guide to Fiber-to-the-Antenna (FTTA)

Aug. 9, 2013
JDSU recently published its detailed PDF resource: A Quick Start Guide to Fiber-To-The-Antenna (FTTA).

JDSU recently published its detailed PDF resource: A Quick Start Guide to Fiber-To-The-Antenna (FTTA). The comprehensive-seeming guide concerns itself with installation and maintenance testing in certifying next-generation FTTA cabling and components.

"Staggering increases in bandwidth demand are forcing network operators to new models of mobile infrastructure like fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) to improve user experience and reduce costs," states the guide's introduction. "The performance of the cabling and components between the RRU (radio remote unit) and BBU (base band unit) is key to delivering optimized system performance between the backhaul network and the end user."

Related: Fiber-to-the-Antenna network challenges, solutions explained

The guide seeks to help network professionals ensure uptime and reliability while maximizing customer experience. JDSU adds that its comprehensive suite of fiber-optic handhelds, portables and inspection test solutions for FTTA help support that goal. The document's full table of contents is as follows:

Introduction to Fiber-To-The-Antenna (FTTA)
FOCAT (Fiber Optic Cell Acceptance Test) Certification
Benefits of JDSU Acceptance Test Tools

Key FTTA Terms
Introduction to Fiber Connections
Fiber Connectors
Introduction to Fiber Inspection
Fiber Attenuation Overview

Introduction to Fiber Attenuation
Microbending and Macrobending
Inspect Bulkhead with Probe - Inspect Patch Cord with Probe
Inspect Patch Cord with PCM
Is it Clean?
Zones and Acceptance Criteria
Grading Process
Acceptance Criteria
Single-Mode PC Connectors
Multimode Connectors

Clean: Bulkhead
Clean: Patch Cord

Test: Fiber Continuity
Visual Fault Locator
Test: Power Measurement
Absolute Power Level Measurement

Test: Attenuation Measurement
Reference Power Measurement
Report: TIER 1 Certification Report
JDSU Essential Fiber Test Tools

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