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EXFO unveils SkyRAN for troubleshooting mobile fronthaul networks

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.

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EXFO launches PON-aware optical power meter

EXFO PPM 350D PON Power Meter

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.

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EXFO makes a move to acquire Yenista Optics

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.

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EXFO launches tunable CWDM OTDR modules

EXFO has launched the FTB-740C-CWDM, a tunable optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) module designed for its handheld FTB-1 platform, which enables technicians to test all 18 ITU-defined CWDM channels without having to swap modules.

This capability will be speed up network testing for cable multiple-service operators (MSOs) and contractors, who will always have the CWDM wavelength required for characterising their network through multiplexers and demultiplexers (mux/demux).

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EXFO launches FTB-4 Pro platform for all-in-one 100G test

EXFO has launched the FTB-4 Pro platform, which it claims is the industry's smallest platform for testing high-speed optical networks.

The FTB-4 Pro is the latest addition to EXFO's modular test portfolio. It supports a wide range of modules across a wide range of test scenarios, from lab applications to field testing across all phases of the service delivery chain: development, deployment, maintenance and troubleshooting.

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EXFO offers OSA designed for network equipment manufacturers

The new FTBx-5245 Series of optical spectrum analysers (OSAs) from EXFO are dedicated to R&D labs and manufacturing. Faced with today’s unprecedented transformation challenges, network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) must innovate faster while managing costs and remaining agile in their production processes. The versatile form factor of the FTBx-5245 Series maximises return on investment for NEMs, according to EXFO.

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

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