ProLabs urges operators to look at the management of fibres in order to future-proof networks and be 5G ready

Cirencester, UK – With ever-growing capacity requirements and the complexity of the future 5G network, it is important for operators to invest in the monitoring and management of networks, in order to maximise network infrastructures and be prepared for 5G.

As the demand for increasing bandwidth and higher data rates create increasingly complex networks, more variables are introduced that decrease the average time to failure and increase the average time to repair, if a failure occurs. This coupled with the fact that site visits are expensive, time consuming and can be labour intensive in terms of repairs, means that operators are constantly looking for ways to identify network issues quickly with minimal disruption.

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Monitoring the optical layer of a network is critical, particularly for fibre laid in locations such as rural communities or remote unmanaged locations. For remote sites with no personal presence, if a resource fails an engineer would be dispatched to the site to inspect whether the issue is with the resource itself or the infrastructure, which can be quite costly and time consuming.


“As consumers continue to demand increasing bandwidth and higher data rates, operators will be looking to invest in their networks to keep up with those growing demands,” said Anthony Clarkson, Technical Director at ProLabs. “This creates progressively complex networks which require proactive monitoring in order to prevent fewer downtimes of smaller duration. In turn this improves uptime and MTTR statistics but can also save money operationally.”


With Optical Channel Monitoring (OCM) the network monitoring team can determine the issue within a couple of minutes, providing valuable optical data for networks which can then be passed onto operators and maintenance companies.

OCM can be used both for provisioning and troubleshooting purposes. Through using OCM, network operators can manage fibre and monitor capabilities, giving them greater visibility into their networks which can assist their operators, provisioning and monitoring teams.

“Network operators worldwide have already started to realise the potential that Optical Channel Monitoring can bring to their networks,” added Anthony. “OCM currently monitors the full Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) channel range and with Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) monitoring scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, operators will continue to have greater network visibility and enhance their optical networks ready for 5G.”

Anthony Clarkson will be discussing the importance of monitoring the optical layer of your network in more detail at the LINX105 event on 30 May at 11.05am.

For more information on ProLabs’ OCM offering or other ProLabs technologies, please visit


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ProLabs is a leading provider of optical network infrastructure. By delivering higher standards for products, service, technology and cost, the company is changing the mindset of data centre and networking customers.

One of ProLabs’ biggest strengths is that it supplies highly compatible products, with solutions that are 100 per cent compatible with more than 90 vendors and 20,000 systems. In addition, the innovative and cutting-edge technology comes with a lifetime warranty, demonstrating both the quality of the products as well as the company’s service.

By constantly investing in research and development, ProLabs ensures its optical network products remain at the forefront of the market, while the company’s extensive supplier network means it has an unparalleled global reach.

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