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Optical fiber is the future, enabling the high-speed broadband Internet connections everyone relies on. Christian Till, a fiber testing expert, interviews industry experts ranging from telecom operators and engineers to fiber technicians as well as telecommunications networking equipment and software services suppliers. Each episode contains powerful information to help you better understand fiber optic technology, stay on top of the latest trends, and enable you to efficiently build and maintain future-proof networks.

Optical fiber is the future, enabling the high-speed broadband Internet connections everyone relies on. Christian Till, a fiber testing expert, interviews industry experts ranging from telecom operators and engineers to fiber technicians as well as telecommunications networking equipment and software services suppliers. Each episode contains powerful information to help you better understand fiber optic technology, stay on top of the latest trends, and enable you to efficiently build and maintain future-proof networks.

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United States

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Optical fiber is the future, enabling the high-speed broadband Internet connections everyone relies on. Christian Till, a fiber testing expert, interviews industry experts ranging from telecom operators and engineers to fiber technicians as well as telecommunications networking equipment and software services suppliers. Each episode contains powerful information to help you better understand fiber optic technology, stay on top of the latest trends, and enable you to efficiently build and maintain future-proof networks.

Language:

English


Episodes

#10: From HFC to XGS-PON - Insights into the mindset of a cable MSO with Zachary Cronauer

10/13/2021
Dodging the coax infrastructure in favor of FTTH XGS-PON is a bold move. Zachary Cronauer (Head of Fiber Initiatives at Blue Ridge Communications) is explaining in this interview how they are doing it and why they are so successful. In this episode of the Become Fiberminded podcast, you will get intriguing insights into the mind of a cable operator. Blue Ridge has an existing Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) network. This means, their end-customer are being served broadband through DOCSIS. The coax...

Duration:00:37:33

#9: Effective use of fiber cleaners and the myth of self-cleaning fiber connectors with Brian Teague

8/25/2021
Proper fiber cleaning has one of the biggest influences on optical performance. So how do use these fiber cleaners? Do I always need to clean the fiber connector end face? Is a newly bought fiber patch cord clean or not? This and more will be discussed with Brian Teague from Senko in this episode of the Become Fiberminded Podcast. Brian is also explaining what Senko drove to start developing these very small form factor connector systems (VSFF) like the CS and SN and what else they have in...

Duration:00:43:35

#8: Faster internet speed through next-gen transmission technologies like 400G ZR+ and G.metro with Vincent Sleiffer

8/12/2021
Nielsen's law states that network connection speeds for high-end home users would increase 50% per year, or double every 21 months. How can the different parts of the network keep up with this trend? In this episode of the Become Fiberminded podcast Vincent Sleiffer is discussing with us, what the latest trends and technologies in 5G, data center interconnect and other network areas are. This includes auto wavelength tuning SFPs (G.metro), which enables a cost-effective and flexible 5G...

Duration:00:45:21

#7: Slow internet speed? Becoming your own fiber internet provider with Jared Mauch

7/18/2021
Building and planning a small-scale fiber-optic network is no small feat. Jared Mauch is explaining in this episode of the Become Fiberminded podcast his process in getting started and becoming his own fiber internet provider while still working at his day job. Jared also sharing with us, how desperate some of the folks in his area are for fiber broadband access. Which in turn is quite understandable seeing, that broadband access has become crucial for so many services. Jared is also...

Duration:00:39:12

#6: Fiber planning – Making better business decisions due to automation with Raf Meersman

7/1/2021
Automated fiber planning is relying on clean input data. But how do we get there? What are ways to increase data accuracy and make better business decisions? Building and planning a valuable fiber-optic network is no small feat. Raf is confirming in this episode of the Become Fiberminded podcast, that choosing to save time and money in the design process is one of the worst ideas possible. But actually, how can you actually make smarter business decisions and let the planners focus on...

Duration:00:33:55

#5: From WISP to FISP - changing the business model to scale fiber deployment with Ryan Coates

6/14/2021
Changing the business at a 180° angle is certainly challenging. And this is exactly what Ryan is discussing with us. In this episode of Become Fiberminded we will go through the process and lessons learned when moving away from the wireless world to full fiber deployment. We are discussing the mindset shift, which happened to them when going from a wireless OPEX model to a predominantly CAPEX fiber business case model. Ryan will also share their process in doing site surveys and that the...

Duration:01:00:01

#4: How to do fiber testing for troubleshooting and acceptance measurements with Kevin Peres

6/2/2021
Talking to someone who has worked his way up in fiber testing and did experience everything himself is truly a blessing. Kevin dropped some real gold nuggets during our conversation. We discussed the most common problems inside an optical fiber network. Following this introduction, we went deep on the fiber fault-finding part covering the best practices but also including some ninja tactics like changing the index of refraction to match the distance of a section. This will get you ahead and...

Duration:00:44:19

#3: The perfect fiber splice and things to avoid while fusion splicing with Lucas Mays

5/23/2021
#3 Lucas Mays is a Product Manager for field fusion splicers and accessories at AFL. He has previous optics industry experience both in the field as a splicer and installer and as an engineer working in product development and R&D on fusion splicing. Lucas Mays is sharing within this episode of Become Fiberminded, how you can achieve the perfect splice. We will go into details, what equipment is needed for it and how the different splicing alignment technologies will influence the fusion...

Duration:00:44:55

#2: Your career in fiber optics - how to get started and certified with Jim Hayes

5/23/2021
#2 Jim Hayes is the co-founder of the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) and the author of several books on optical fiber. Jim has over 40 years of experience in training and I'm so grateful that Jim joined me on the show to talk about fiber training in general and common misunderstandings. We also discuss how the FOA started and became the certifying body for fiber optic technicians recognized worldwide. This is a good place to start and the FOA is there to promote professionalism fiber optics...

Duration:00:45:38

#1: Introduction to the Become Fiberminded Podcast

5/23/2021
I'm your host Christian Till, and for this first episode of the Become Fiberminded podcast, I want to give you some background information on myself. I'm a nerd at heart who learned about fiber optics the first time during my studies for a bachelor of science in applied informatics and communications technologies. Today, I'm well into my fiber optics career. In this first episode, I explain who the podcast is really for, what topics will be covered, why I started it, and what type of guest...

Duration:00:07:32

Become Fiberminded Teaser Episode

5/13/2021
You are listening to Become Fiberminded! A podcast about Fiber Optics. Each week we are bringing you insightful conversations with industry experts so you can become fiberminded as well and get the success you deserve! I'm your host Christian Till and you can follow me on fiberminded.com Welcome to Become Fiberminded! Follow us now in your favorite app so that you don’t miss the first episodes - coming on May 24th. You can also join our email list at fiberminded.com to know when new...

Duration:00:00:46