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The Most Compact Multitechnology Test Platform for the Supertech. The FTB-2 is the most compact solution on the market for multirate, multitechnology, multiservice testing, delivering all the power of a high-end platform in a conveniently sized, go-anywhere field-testing tool. Designed for applications such as: CWDM turn-up testing, Fiber characterization, ROADM commissioning, FTTx testing, Gigabit/10G Ethernet configurations, With the complexity and extent of modern networks, technicians need more than a few tools in their belt to get the job done right the first time. They need OSAs, Ethernet multi-service modules and OTDRs with fiber inspection probes. You name it, the technician needs it. But what makes the supertech “super” is the ability to drill down effortlessly and perform all tests quickly and accurately, cutting costs and saving time. That’s the added value, and that’s one of the many advantages that the FTB-2Pro brings to the table.
Adapted for dedicated applications. Dedicated to helping you adapt. The FTB-1 version 2, available in standard (FTB-1v2) or Pro (FTB-1 Pro) models, is a light-weight compact test platform allowing field technicians to carry out dedicated optical, Ethernet, multiservice and radio frequency (RF) interference test applications simply and efficiently, thanks to its ultra-powerful processing and highly intuitive interface. Supports two of the following modules for ultimate adaptability: FTBx-720C (OTDR) FTBx-730C (OTDR) FTBx-735C (OTDR) FTBx-740C (OTDR) FTBx-750C (OTDR) FTBx-8880* (10G module) FTBx-8870* (10G module) FTBx-88200NGE* (100G module)
Industry’s smallest and most comprehensive fronthaul test solution. Leveraging the powerful and intelligent FTB-1 Pro handheld test platform, the FTB-700G V2 Series is an all-in-one test solution which combines connector endface inspection, fiber characterization testing, CPRI link validation, BBU emulation, RF spectrum analysis over CPRI and up to 10G Ethernet and SONET service validation, into a single module for unmatched operational efficiency. The FTB-700G V2 integrates all testing functionalities required to effectively activate, validate, troubleshoot and maintain fixed and mobile networks including: centralized RAN (C-RAN), distributed antenna system (DAS), small cells, fiber-to-the-X (FTTx), fronthaul, backhaul and data center networks.
This series includes one CWDM tunable OTDR module to cover all 18 CWDM channels from a single port and one DWDM tunable OTDR module to cover DWDM C-Band channels. This solution is available in the FTB-1 V2, FTB-2 and FTB-4 platforms. The 740C xWDM OTDR series has been designed with EXFO’s renowned high-quality standards to stabilize central wavelength under test, preventing any drift/leakage into adjacent channels, which would otherwise affect other valuable customers. This OTDR is a scalable solution that can grow with your network by adding channels further down the road, hence allowing CAPEX reduction while covering your current and future needs. The OTDR’s user-friendly interface lets the technician define a list of favorite channels over the C-Band (DWDM) or CWDM grid (CWDM) for quicker access and a more efficient test routine. CWDM and DWDM: the answer to future bandwidth growth CWDM and DWDM are gaining popularity for passive C-RAN or commercial services deployments such as fiber deep, Remote PHY and metro Ethernet in which each wavelength can address a specific site, such as a cell tower. Both CWDM and DWDM approaches are not mutually exclusive and co-exist in hybrid passive networks that feature DWDM over CWDM to maximize fiber capacity. Use a xWDM tunable OTDR for: Single-ended CWDM/DWDM fiber characterization, Validating the continuity and end-to-end loss through MUX, OADM and DEMUX, during construction, In-service testing using the client’s wavelengths port—without any downtime or impacting other client wavelengths, Troubleshooting and characterization by a single operator from the head-end
The FTBx-750C is an OTDR with a high dynamic range of 46 dB and is designed to characterize metro and long-haul networks. With its industry-leading level of resolution, the FTBx-750C is ideal to test long links and perform bidirectional measurements on transmission cables for highly accurate fiber characterization. The FTBx-750C advantage Most efficient testing solution for long-haul cable characterization Maximum fault-finding capability and powerful bidirectional measuring ability with the iOLM Compact platform for ease of use in the field
The FTB-7600E OTDR: for powerful ultra-long-haul testing When distance is an issue, the FTB-7600E OTDR, with a dynamic range of up to 50.5 dB, is the solution. Taking full advantage of EXFO’s industry-leading expertise in OTDR development, this module can test over distances of up to 200 km. Thanks to its unmatched linearity of ±0.03 dB/dB, this OTDR accurately locates faults on ultra-long links—without compromising on resolution and distance. It is offered in single and dual wavelength configurations (1310/1550/1625 nm). This combination of quality and power makes the FTB-7600E an excellent choice for companies deploying and maintaining ultra-long-haul networks.
The ongoing transition toward a converged network infrastructure for legacy DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel, requires a test tool that can cover a wide range of interfaces and rates, without sacrificing portability, speed or cost. Leveraging the powerful, intelligent FTB-1 Pro handheld platform, the NetBlazer V2 Series streamlines processes and empowers field technicians to test and validate DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel, common public radio interface (CPRI) and packet-based high-speed Ethernet services efficiently.
Measuring polarization mode dispersion the fast way Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) represents a significant danger to both legacy and newly deployed networks because high PMD can induce Bit Error Rate (BER). EXFO’s FTB- 5500B PMD Analyzer helps you get ahead in the field. Whether you need to verify the capacity of legacy fiber or upgrade a network to any speed, the modular FTB-5500B is fast, reliable and ready to go. Designed for ultra-longhaul and 40/100 Gbit/s (and higher) applications, EXFO’s FTB-5500B PMD and FTB-5800 CD analyzer combo provides you with the speed, accuracy and high performance you need to ensure high-quality network services. Housed in the expert FTB-500 platform, the FTB-5500B and FTB-5800 test modules survive splashes, knocks and drops—ideal for CO and field conditions.
Optimizing installed fibre infrastructure With the prohibitive cost of installing new fiber, service providers often prefer to use installed fiber rather than build new infrastructure. Sometimes, older fibers might have been deemed unusable because of poor performance, in particular due to PMD. In other cases, a lower data rate might have been chosen (e.g. 2.5G) because a fiber with high PMD was considered unsuitable for fast data rates (e.g. 10G). That was before distributed PMD analysis. This innovative PMD measurement method enables service providers to leverage the installed fiber infrastructure to its full potential. Since traditional PMD measurement techniques only provide a total end-to-end value compared against Pass/Fail thresholds, it used to be impossible to determine what caused a link to “fail” its PMD test, i.e., the whole link, or only localized sections. The distributed PMD analysis approach was developed to avoid such grey areas, and to help network operators tackle the PMD assessment challenge. Measuring PMD as a function of the distance EXFO’s FTB-5600 is the very first quantitative distributed PMD analyzer on the market. The technological breakthrough on which it is based provides operators with a cost-effective, time-efficient alternative to costly network upgrades. By breaking down the PMD measurement results, distributed PMD analysis pinpoints high-PMD sections and accurately qualifies them.
New market reality requires a new CD/PMD testing approach The high-speed networking market has been trying to reconcile two conflicting objectives: deliver the faster data rates—10G, 40G and 100G—demanded by subscribers, and keep OPEX down to maintain profitability. Most network operators are well on their way to achieving the first objective, thanks to new fiber deployments and new technology advances such as coherent detection, DPSK/DQPSK and ROADM-based mesh networks. However, the additional field work—installation, activation as well as the greater dispersion granularity now required—can push operation expenses in the wrong direction. These new requirements force operators to retain the services of more field crews, potentially reducing the average expertise level of technicians and increasing the rate of repeat jobs. In a nutshell, network operators must absorb more CAPEX to equip their additional technicians, and even more importantly, they must absorb more truck rolls and OPEX. The good news is, the aforementioned technology advances are making next-generation high-speed network increasingly tolerant to dispersion, shifting the focus of the test instrument toward built-in intelligence, simpler setups and automated test sequences that generate results that are immediately accurate. EXFO’s FTB-5700 was designed to deliver exactly that, adding an exclusive, game-changing feature—single-endedness, which in itself dramatically cuts truck rolls. The FTB-5700 is a lightweight unit that: Enables single-ended testing, market-exclusive feature Allows one technician to test both CD and PMD Offers a fully automated, highly intelligent interface—no training required Minimizes manual intervention, for fail-safe results Reduces required connections to just one Leads to faster time-to-revenue The only single-ended PMD and CD analyzer on the market Combining PMD and CD into one test solution that enables technicians to characterize multiple links from a single location, the FTB-5700 is built specifically for today’s high-speed network reality. Its highly intelligent interface and functionalities ensure that test parameters are automatically optimized, whatever the link. Additional key features: Groundbreaking single-ended testing technology reduces both the testing time and operational expenses (OPEX) Highly robust technology for underground and aerial fiber Network recognition: unit automatically adopts the proper parameter setups Link-length measurement Complies with ITU G.650.3 fiber testing standard and FOTP-243 and FOTP-175B standards Chromatic dispersion testing in raman deployments Raman is now an integral part of most coherent system deployments. To optimize Raman gain and efficiency, the fiber type of the effective area must be known. While it is known in most greenfield deployments, the same cannot be said for brownfield. When in doubt, the fiber type can be determined using the FTB-5700: lambda zero, CD slope and coefficient at 1550 nm. The FTB-5700 is uniquely positioned to take these measurements, and since it is single-ended, you will save on OPEX. Plus, the unit will calculate the fiber length for an accurate slope and coefficient measurement. Single-ended testing: driving OPEX down in a hurry In typical dual-ended dispersion testing scenarios, a technician has to be present at each fiber end. EXFO’s single-ended solution speeds up the process in two ways. First, engineer A does not have to wait for engineer B to arrive at the other end of the link with the light source. And second, fibers can be tested in multiple directions, turning a job that could take hours into one that takes minutes while reducing truck rolls and OPEX. EXFO’s single-ended solution speeds up the process in two ways. First, engineer A does not have to wait for engineer B to arrive at the other end of the link with the light source. And second, fibers can be tested in multiple directions, turning a job that could take hours into one that takes minutes while reducing truck rolls and OPEX.
Characterizing chromatic dispersion in the field Chromatic dispersion (CD) causes pulse broadening and can have a very negative impact on transmission performance by increasing the Bit Error Rate. EXFO’s FTB-5800 CD Analyzer offers high performance in a field-ready unit for all chromatic dispersion testing situations. Combining CD and PMD for precise link characterization Designed for ultra-longhaul and 40/100 Gbit/s applications, EXFO’s FTB-5500B PMD and FTB-5800 CD analyzer combo provides you with the speed, accuracy and high performance you need to ensure high-quality network services. Housed in the expert FTB-500 platform, the FTB-5500B and FTB-5800 test modules survive splashes, knocks and drops—ideal for CO and field conditions.
High modulation The FLS-5834A’s high modulation makes it a perfect complement to the FTB-5800 Chromatic Dispersion Analyzer, whose technology is based on the phase-shift method. This first-class duo lets you run chromatic dispersion (CD) measurements through amplifiers such as EDFAs, providing the highest accuracy in field CD testing. High degree of polarization When you need a broadband, highly polarized source for measuring PMD, turn to the FLS-5834A. Test PMD through EDFAs by combining the FLS-5834A with the patent-design breakthrough technology of the FTB-5500B PMD Analyzer.
The iOptics—Intelligent Pluggable Optics test application was designed as the first tool that should be used to assess any transceiver being installed in a network element deployed in the field or lab environment, and serves to validate proper operation of the optical device. The iOptics test should be run in the following circumstances: › Prior to installation of a pluggable in a network element › Before the pluggable is used for a test › During troubleshooting activities (to con rm failure in suspicious devices) The test uses a physical ber loopback to validate the device signal continuity, integrity and excessive skew generation. Appropriate signal attenuation should be used to simulate network condition and protect the optical device.
FIELD TEST WORKFLOW AUTOMATION SOLUTION TestFlow efficiently and accurately orchestrates the flow of information throughout critical testing phases during the deployment of FTTA, DAS and FTTH networks. In short, it ensures compliance to test process and design thresholds, reduces times of installation and troubleshooting, and accelerates time-to-revenue. Get more business, do less admin Network transformations are driving fiber deeper everywhere. This means that good enough testing is no longer good enough – inefficient, error-prone manual processes will take their toll on revenues. Did you know that admin and reporting tasks can take up half of the time of technicians on a field job? On the backend, processing high volumes of test results also ties up a lot of management time. With more to do in less time, reviewing results is often what is ditched first. When spot-checking becomes the only option, it is vital that you can trust your results, your technicians and contractors. With TestFlow, complete jobs that would normally take you weeks in minutes.
One software does it all FastReporter equips you with the right post-processing functionalities to overcome the challenges of analyzing fiber-optic test and measurement data, whatever the application. Designed for off-line or live analysis of field-acquired data, FastReporter has a highly intuitive interface for ease of use. With a single software to manage data and generate reports for all your optical-layer test applications, you are on the right path towards high efficiency and productivity. That’s not all. FastReporter is now included in EXFO’s TestFlow–an innovative cloud-based field test management solution. You can now benefit from faster job completion thanks to the automated diagnosis of measurements and batch results analysis.