Today, many fiber optic equipment manufacturers and vendors describe their offerings as "carrier grade." But without a standardized definition, what makes an optic graded for high performance carrier networks?
There are many fiber optics suppliers in the market, but how can you distinguish a trustworthy one with actual carrier grade hardware? Let's explore.
What are carrier grade fiber transceivers?
The two main features that define a high quality fiber transceiver are MSA compliance and DDM/DOM support.
These features are preliminary indicators of quality and performance, but are important enough to be a first step in defining a carrier grade transceiver. Since carrier network transceivers will be heavily utilized, they must also be tested as highly reliable to last, easily available for replacement when they inevitably burn out, and supported by a highly responsive supplier.
How do suppliers qualify carrier grade optics?
Optical transceivers are crucial to carrier-grade clients because of their high reliability and availability. A certified R&D laboratory is critical and an essential component when ensuring good-quality performance.
Telecoms, for example, need their products coded and tested in key platforms they use to ensure 100% compatibility. Replicating these networks with physical hardware instead of emulation testing them guarantees that the products will work for their network time and time again.
To achieve high-quality products, it's important to ensure that the fiber optic company you are in business with has sufficient investment in technology, research, and development.
Why quality of service (QoS) standards matter for internet service providers (ISPs)
When you buy carrier-grade optics, another factor to consider should be based on how well the manufacturer executes on QoS.
Some suppliers often fail to meet their own stated service level agreements (SLAs) with customers, but QoS level adherence is non-optional for ISPs. ISP networks require QoS functions as they ensure the network management algorithm can prioritize services that their business and residential customers demand.
What to consider when choosing an optics supplier
Sourcing all of your critical hardware from a sole trusted supplier is paramount to consistent network performance. Prioritize suppliers who have proven in the past that they understand your network’s intricate needs and also consistently provide quality, reliable fiber transceivers.
Having large quantities of local inventory also helps avoid downtime when spares run short.
These qualities indicate a supplier is capable of meeting carrier network needs.
Meet the leading provider of carrier grade quality
Finding and qualifying a supplier for your key fiber network needs can be challenging and time-consuming.
Fortunately, ProLabs guarantees all optics are thoroughly tested to ensure their quality, compatibility, and performance before they ever get to the client.
From investing in expert engineers, R&D, and processes, we take all the steps necessary to meet any level of compliance.