Standard terminology for a dark fiber path?

Dave Cohen craetdave at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 01:32:28 UTC 2016


FWIW, at my $dayjob (a fiber-based service provider), the accepted term is
"span", which accounts for any continuous segment between add/drop and/or
regen locations (i.e. no provider or end user electronics in the middle,
only at the endpoints). The most common alternate I come across is
"segment".

Re a couple of earlier suggestions - A patch between cables to provide
continuity, as compared to a fusion splice, doesn't inherently change this
view, as it has no bearing on the logical use of the span. Similarly,
"strand" isn't favored as it assumes a single fiber only, where the vast
majority of applications require a pair (or multiple pairs), so doesn't
accurately reflect the logical use of the span. I think "1F Span" is the
favored reference for a single-fiber deployment, for the sake of both
consistency and clarity.

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Michael Loftis <mloftis at wgops.com> wrote:

> IDK what elsewhere uses but strand or (less common) span is the common
> term I've seen specifically for a passive piece of glass between two
> points.
>
> On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 12:55 PM, Fletcher Kittredge <fkittred at gwi.net>
> wrote:
> > What is the standard terminology for strands of dark fiber spliced
> together
> > to form a continuous path between points A and Z?
> >
> > I have seen:
> >
> >    - *fiber circuit* [but also seen used to denote a connection at the
> >    network layer over a physical fiber connection. This definition of
> circuit
> >    would include the dark fiber path, the transmitters and receivers and
> logic
> >    making up the data and network layers.]
> >    - *fiber loop *[ Does a loop define an electrical circuit with two
> >    physically separate positive and negative strands? In that case, is
> this a
> >    Bellhead remnant? ]
> >
> > I am particularly interested in last mile systems, but I don't see any
> > reason that the term wouldn't be the same in the middle mile.
> >
> > thanks,
> > Fletcher
> >
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>
>
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