The Perils of Using a Broadband Power Meter in a PON World

Nov. 7, 2023
Learn about the potential significant problems for multi-service PON activation and troubleshooting when using a broadband power meter.


For single-technology, single-wavelength PON deployments, the simple broadband power meter is an excellent tool for PON activation and troubleshooting. However, next-generation PON technologies are being deployed on the same fiber plant as current-generation technologies, using independent wavelengths. 

The presence of multiple wavelengths on the same fiber presents significant problems for those activating and troubleshooting PON but using only broadband (unfiltered) optical power meters.

Download this white paper to learn:

  • The use cases where these problems will surface
  • What happens inside a PON power meter
  • The consequences of using the wrong tool
  • How to address the challenge


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