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Self-healing failures in the aerial plant
Author(s): Gabor D. Kiss
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Paper Abstract

This account begins in the wee hours of a bitterly cold night in the winter of '92 - '93. A fiber optic transmission system starts to incur unacceptable errors and switches to a protect channel. The system is being run at 1550 nm because it is a route which is long enough to otherwise require a repeater at 1310 nm. OTDR measurement shows high splice losses. By dawn the high-loss splices have partially recovered so the system is switched back to the original fibers. Failure of the mechanical splices is suspected, the RBOC requests post-mortem assistance from Bellcore, and a team is dispatched immediately to work with RBOC personnel in determining the cause of the failure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2074, Fiber Optics Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments, (1 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168635
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Gabor D. Kiss, Bell Communications Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2074:
Fiber Optics Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments
Dilip K. Paul; Hakan H. Yuce, Editor(s)

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