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Mechanical reliability of fiber optic splices
Author(s): Leslie A. Reith; Hakan H. Yuce; Philip B. Grimado
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Paper Abstract

Today's feeder applications and future distribution applications call for shorter-length, higher fiber count cables, more splices per kilometer, and increased connectorization. Whapham estimates that five to eight splices per subscriber will be required for a branched distribution and loop network. In addition, splices and connectors in the loop will experience harsher environments than the controlled environment of a telephone central office or typical remote site. In the distribution portion, between the remote site and the optical network unit (ONU), the splices can be subjected to a wide range of temperature and humidity extremes, as can the ONU itself. The increased handling and the harsher environments in the local loop place significant new demands on the performance of optical splices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1993
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability, (18 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163788
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Leslie A. Reith, Bell Communications Research (United States)
Hakan H. Yuce, Bell Communications Research (United States)
Philip B. Grimado, Bell Communications Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1973:
Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability
Vincent J. Tekippe; John P. Varachi, Editor(s)

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