EXFO has expanded its 400G ecosystem test portfolio with a new 400G test module featuring its Open Transceiver System (OTS). Revealed at ECOC in Rome, the OTS is a modular design concept that enables compatibility between current or future high-speed transceivers and EXFO’s test platforms (lab and field).
Mathieu Bergont and Francois Couny look at the challenges that come with PIC testing and measurement
Photonic integrated circuits (PIC) are already deployed in commercial products and are steadily replacing traditional optical subassemblies, providing an improved level of miniaturisation while reducing electrical consumption. Data center interconnects (DCI) currently drive the demand for PIC, but 5G is also expected to benefit from PIC in the near future, indirectly affecting PIC testing and measurement requirements.
EXFO has revealed its new automated solution to combine testing of polarity, continuity and connector cleanliness – for validation of multi fibre push-on (MPO/MTP) links – into one offering, offering combination of fit, cost and reporting capabilities.
The OFC conference in San Diego saw EXFO launch and demonstrate what it says is the ‘fastest test system’ for insertion loss (IL) and return loss (RL) measurement for a wide variety of passive components, including photonics integrated circuits.
EXFO’s new SkyRAN scalable remote access and monitoring platform is designed to help mobile network operators proactively identify and resolve network problems before they impact on subscribers.
The ability to troubleshoot mobile networks in this way will become increasingly important as the mobile industry starts to transform its networks in preparation for 5G, as this will rely on highly dense networks and so could result in an increase in the number of radio frequency RF interference sources.
Network test, monitoring and analytics specialist EXFO has released what it believes is the industry’s first ‘PON-aware’ power meter for testing next-generation and legacy passive optical network (PON) technologies.
The PPM-350D PON Power Meter automatically detects and adapts test parameters to suit the PON technology in use at the customer premises. These new capabilities eliminate costly guesswork by field technicians during the critical service activation phase.
Network test specialist EXFO has released the FTBx-5255 Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) for field applications to meet the live network testing needs of telecom service providers, internet content providers and network equipment manufacturers all under pressure to deliver flawless services to a high-speed, data-hungry market.
Network test specialist EXFO has signed an agreement to acquire Yenista Optics for an undisclosed sum. The deal is subject to a number of conditions to be completed before closing.
Yenista Optics, a privately held company based in Lannion, France, supplies advanced optical test equipment for the R&D and manufacturing markets. Its product portfolio includes benchtop optical spectrum analysers, tunable lasers, tunable filters and passive optical component test systems for network equipment manufacturers and optical component vendors.
Network test specialist EXFO hopes to expand its service assurance activities with the eventual acquisition of French mobile analytics firm Astellia. The pair have signed agreements for EXFO to acquire a 33.1 per cent equity stake in Astellia, worth €8.6 million, with plans to acquire the remaining equity.
EXFO has added baseband unit (BBU) emulation technology recently acquired from Absolute Analysis to the FTB-1 Pro portable test platform. This BBU emulation technology has already been approved and adopted by a North American Tier 1 mobile network operator, the company says.
Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance
Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G
Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang