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Viavi optimeter designed for last mile deployment confidence

Viavi Solutions has introduced the Viavi Optimeter, a new type of network test tool to speed and simplify last mile optical fibre activation and maintenance. 

It’s estimated that 250,000 technicians will be tasked with new fibre installation and maintenance duties over the next three years in order to keep up with the demand for global broadband deployments. This rapid growth is driving the need for certification tools that are easy to use, to ensure successful service turn-up on the first truck roll, thereby avoiding activation delays, increased churn and excessive installation costs. 

The versatile Optimeter combines the functionality of a broadband or GPON/XG(S)-PON power meter with fibre certification and connector inspection in a simple, all-in-one solution for effortless FTTx certification and troubleshooting, regardless of field technicians’ experience level. It was designed to reduce truck rolls and trouble tickets by proving successful fibre install passes, or providing clear fault ownership information to stop unnecessary handoffs.

Kevin Oliver, vice president and general manager, converged instruments and virtual test, at Viavi said: ‘Pressure to meet demand for new PON/FTTH service often leads to minimal testing or even no testing. As a result, technicians are not able to complete install and activation on the first visit between 20 to 50 per cent of the time, leading to poor customer experiences and lost revenue. As service activation failure rates and maintenance costs continue to rise, the Viavi Optimeter is a critical tool for premise and home techs to make sure that last mile fibre installation is done right the first time, improving deployment success rates and reducing the need for return visits.’


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