EXFO launches tunable CWDM OTDR modules

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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).

It can also be used to provide complete end-to-end link characterisation or when troubleshooting commercial services, C-RAN networks and Metro Ethernet deployments.

For users of the FTB-2 platform, EXFO is also launching the FTBx-740C-CWDM module which provides the same functionality. 

Stéphane Chabot, EXFO's vice president, test and measurement, said: "With the best CWDM testing specifications in the industry in such a compact lightweight platform, field technicians are empowered to capture accurate, first-time-right measurements in the fastest manner possible. Continuing to add EXFO's leading optical, Ethernet and multiservice test applications together on the same platform keeps technician-training costs to a minimum and makes the entire process faster, smarter and more efficient."

EXFO's newest OTDR was designed to evolve; customers can start with as few as eight wavelengths and can add additional CWDM wavelengths or other characterisation features as needed, from a simple software update in the field.

The new product will be demonstrated by Opternus at ANGA COM 2017 in Cologne, Germany, from 30 May to 1 June, and by EXFO at 2017 Fiber Connect in Orlando, Florida, on 12–14 June.

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