There are two different types of basic fiber optic testing. Tier 1 refers to the most accurate test measuring insertion loss or attenuation on the link. This test will accurately tell you how much light signal is lost on the way from location A to location B. Tier 2 is a more in depth look at the individual events on a fiber link. The test will let you know how far away connections or faults are which helps locate trouble spots more easily. You will be able to tell the amount of loss at each fault and also use this information with your Tier 1 test to make a good prediction about how functional your fiber optic link will be.

Beyond Tier 1 and 2 testing we have many other types of test documents we procure for our customers. We take great care working in and around sensitive environments that often house the end points of fiber components under test. These components are photographed, located and notated as needed to provide a most encompassing test package to be delivered to our customers the next day.

Standard procedure prior to test includes utilizing the industry’s best in fiber optic test equipment capturing imagery of the smallest defects, seeking out any unwanted bends or losses generally found within a few feet of the end point and thorough documentation for each fiber based on specific customer needs.

Phoenix Communications related testing services:

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Test Packages and Basic Troubleshooting
  • OLTS/LSPM (Insertion Loss)
  • OTDR / Continuity testing @ 1310 and 1550 (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer)
  • OTDR Bi-Directional and Uni-Directional Final Test Package
  • CWDM Testing (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
  • DWDM Testing (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
  • Reel Testing – Before and after cable install
  • Fault Testing – cable breaks or damaged fibers
  • Locating Micro/Macro bends solving for loss
  • Optical Return Loss troubleshooting – Most commonly known as an unseated connector / Dirty or Damaged connector
Connector Imagery Packages
  • Inspection of High Density Panels
  • Single Row and Dual Row (12 Fiber connector)
  • MPO/UPC/APC Capable
Splice Imagery Packages
  • Individual Splice Images
  • Estimated Losses per splice
Fiber Characterization Packages
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Testing
  • Connector Imagery
  • IOLM (Intelligent Optical Link Mapper)
  • ORL (Optical Return Loss)
  • CD (Chromatic Dispersion)
  • PMD (Polarization Mode Dispersion)
Line Sweep and PIM Testing
  • RF Testing and Analysis
  • Anritsu line sweep testing
  • DTF (Distance to fault)
  • RL (Return Loss)
  • CIL (Cable Insertion Loss)
  • Report generation and analysis
  • Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Testing
    • PIM testing
      • 600 Mhz
      • 700 Mhz
      • 800 MHZ
      • 1900 Mhz
      • 1700/2100 Mhz
      • 2.5 Ghz
    • Report Generation and analysis

Meet and Exceed Competitive Pressure Demands

Testing fiber optic components and systems confirm performance specifications and how well these components are working together. Fiber testing is critical for almost any type of application. Competitive market pressures demand that your network maintain high-speed and high-quality service to your customers.

The telecommunications industry is rapidly evolving. At Phoenix, we are committed to keeping several steps ahead of these changes to better serve you and your initiative. We offer some of the industry’s most comprehensive fiber testing solutions.

We’re also committed to reducing the complexities around fiber optic networks to make them more accessible and quicker to test. The result is you can increase your competitive advantage with a lightning-fast, reliable, and safe network.



"Phoenix is my second family, there’s no doubt about it. I care about each and everyone that’s a part of this team, we’re all a cog in the wheel of Phoenix. Everyone plays a key role in why our customers choose us, we always deliver when we’re needed. I’m very proud to work with the people that step up, over and over, to deliver a far superior product than our competitors."

Jay, Operations Manager

Phoenix Team Member Since 2011.

"I have had the pleasure of working at Phoenix for almost 7 years. In those years, I have found myself working with a great company, doing something I enjoy and progressing my career both professionally & personally. The camaraderie among the entire team here is one of many things I feel separates Phoenix from other companies, making it an exceptional workplace to be a part of."

Liz, Inside Sales Manager

Phoenix Team Member Since 2013

"People are willing to jump in and help right away to accomplish tasks in a small amount of time. Everyone that works at Phoenix has a go-getter attitude and are extremely collaborative."

Phil, Lineman

Phoenix Team Member Since 2015.

"Everybody at Phoenix up and down the chain of command has your back. It is like one big family. The culture is about getting the job done. This is the best place I’ve ever worked."

Alex, Splice Tech

Phoenix Team Member Since 2018.

Let Us Support Your Network

Telecommunication networks are the backbone of most community’s phone, television, and internet data transmission. The demand for fast fiber optics will only continue to increase. As these networks grow along with user load, fiber testing is becoming increasingly critical for maintaining a robust and competitive system.

We employ only the best and brightest in the telecommunications industry. Our technicians, project managers, and fiber optic installers are ready to correctly measure and record your fiber infrastructure performance.

We are in the business of building better networks. Contact us today to learn more about our fiber testing services.