The author asserts fiber optic cleaning is not merely important; it is critical to the long-term reliability of any fiber network, and at the heart of the of a successful fiber deployment. JDSU, at a BICSI conference in 2008, stated “Contamination is the #1 reason for troubleshooting optical networks.” Field techs must be taught, and must be provided the right tools, to clean every end-face, both sides, every time they are installed, tested or reconfigured.

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