To provide the kind of faultless multi-gigabyte service promised by 5G, the fibre used in networks must be properly installed and maintained correctly. Therefore, it is important to address the need for the effective training of technicians. The deployment of 5G networks will only be successful if a skilled workforce is created who understand the correct way in which to carry out all of the processes. Contamination is a threat to optical networks and cleaning fibre is an important task to help a network achieves its performance goals. Therefore, engineers should be trained in ‘best practice’ cleaning procedures to future-proof each installation.
Fibre optic cleaning techniques are based on the removal of types of dust or oily matter. Single soils are relatively easy to remove compared with ‘combination soils’ that might be dust, combined with human body oil or hand lotion. Understanding the inter-dynamic of location of debris and its physical type is critical to removal. As speeds and capacities increase, and as deployments proliferate, there is a need to consider not only future, but also, heritage installations. Designers, installers and trainers face updates and backdates.
Avoid using any type of alcohol, including isopropyl or rum to clean your fiber or your endfaces will look like the attached screenshot. Stick with solvents specifically engineered for the purpose.
A speck of dust you can’t see on an MPO connector can bring down a high-speed trunk, potentially affecting thousands of users. This video covers techniques for cleaning MPO connections using both dry and wet methods and shows how fast and easy it is to inspect them to make sure the job is done right.
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Contamination is the #1 cause of fiber failures. Check out Fluke’s latest article on how to clean and inspect multi-fiber trunk connectors. Read the source article at flukenetworks.com