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EXFO unveils NetBlazer v2 series for 10G field test

The NetBlazer v2 series from EXFO is the industry’s smallest quad-port 10G service performance validation tool, designed to streamline the operational process for turning up next-generation Ethernet services. The field portable device has a highly intuitive interface backed by ultra-powerful processing to help operators improve time to revenue.

Service providers are under tremendous pressure to turn-up next-generation Carrier Ethernet services faster and keep network deployment costs low, all the while ensuring quality of service to their customers. As such, operators recognise the need for smarter, simpler and automated test processes and equipment to help field technicians test and validate today’s complex services.

The NetBlazer v2 series from EXFO brings intelligent applications and more intuitive processes for testing DSn/PDH, OTN, SONET/SDH and Ethernet packet-based services up to 10G rates. It also allows fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) validation for CPRI rates from 1.2Gb/s to 9.8Gb/s via base station (BBU) and remote radio head (RRH) emulation.

Available in four models (FTB-870v2/880v2/870Q/880Q), the NetBlazer v2 series includes iSAM, EXFO’s new intelligent Ethernet service activation test application. Based on the ITU-T Y.1564 standard, iSAM streamlines and significantly accelerates Ethernet testing compared to its closest competing standards-based tests. 

Other new features on the NetBlazer v2 series include: RFC-6349 and quad-port GigE and 10GigE.

The NetBlazer v2 series is housed in the new FTB-1 Pro test platform. This compact and powerful platform includes a rich set of features and capabilities such as a multi-touch, high-resolution widescreen display and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, bringing flexibility to run many third-party applications. It offers abundant connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet.

EXFO is also introducing the FTB-720C Access OTDR as the first optical module compatible with the new FTB-1 Pro platform. Featuring three test wavelengths and up to 36dB in dynamic range, the FTB-720C is the ideal OTDR for everyday field testing in any singlemode access network. It is also recommended for FTTA, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and singlemode fibre in data centre networks.

Like all EXFO’s platforms, the FTB-1 Pro is compatible with EXFO Connect , a cloud-hosted software platform that allows operators to optimise field test workflow and tackle major operational barriers with automated asset management and test data management.

“With the NetBlazer v2 series, EXFO is one step ahead in helping operators achieve faster deployment of next-gen services and greater operational efficiencies,” said Claudio Mazzuca, vice-president of EXFO’s transport and service assurance division. “The NetBlazer v2 series greatly improves the performance of field teams by making their jobs simpler to close with more accurate, first-time-right results.”


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