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.
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).
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.
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.
Test and measurement specialist EXFO has added Speedtest by Ookla's technology to its MaxTester 635G tester, giving service providers a single tool that integrates physical, service and throughput testing.
Introduced last year, MaxTester 635G is a handheld G.fast test set and has already been selected by Openreach for its G.fast roll-out (see EXFO MaxTester 635G selected for Openreach G.fast pilot).
Test and measurement vendor EXFO says that its new software, Fast Short Link, can characterise short optical links three times faster than before. Fast Short Link provides link characterisation including accurate link loss, length and high-level link mapping, all under 10 seconds per fibre.
The new intelligent loopback feature for EXFO’s intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) application is designed to simplify optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) testing by allowing two fibres to be characterised at once.
This doubles test efficiency, resulting in time spent on testing and analysis being slashed by at least 50 per cent, the company claims. Cutting fibre-testing time in half amounts to substantial opex savings - a key consideration for operators.
Oleg Khaykin, CEO of Viavi Solutions, speaks candidly to Fibre Systems about how to compete in the challenging world of communications test and measurement
Hao Dong describes how innovative optical fibres and cabling could provide substantial benefits for connecting data centres across a wide range of distances
ECOC is the place to be to discover the latest technological and commercial innovations in optical components and networks. Here we highlight some of the exhibitors and events taking place in the exhibition hall.
Optical networks are playing an increasingly important role in the distribution of precise timing signals and synchronisation with sub-microsecond accuracy. Michael Ritter explains