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Monitoring of tree-structured passive optical networks from a central office is difficult to achieve using a standard OTDR. Switchable reflective elements placed at the ONU can help to discriminate between the branches. In parallel, a Raman assisted OTDR is shown to increase the dynamic range of the reflectometry measurement, thus enabling to detect more faults in the network, and especially fibre breaks after the splitter.
Transparent Optical Networks, 2007. ICTON '07. 9th International Conference on (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 1-5 July 2007