Autumn 2017 Optical Connections Magazine


AFL extends FlexScan OTDR series for in-service PONs

Anritsu has released a 100G Multirate Module for its Network Master™ Pro MT1000A all-in-one tester supporting interface rates from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps and technologies including Ethernet, Optical Transport Networks (OTN), SDH/SONET, Fibre Channel, and CPRI/OBSAI. Integrating the new 100G module with existing OTDR and CPRI RF modules in the MT1000A main unit provides field engineers and technicians with the industry’s first handheld solution covering all current testing needs for data centres, and core, metro, access, mobile backhaul and mobile fronthaul networks. Anritsu creates industry first 100G portable field test solution

The FlexScan Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) series, from AFL, weighing in at less than a pound (0.4kg), is designed to deliver high- performance testing on Point-to- Point and Passive Optical Networks (PON). FlexScan automates test setup, shortens test time and simplifies results interpretation to improve efficiency. Using AFL’s SmartAuto™multi-pulse acquisition, users are able to detect closely spaced events before a PON splitter, whilst locating potential issues beyond and between cascaded splitters. Results may be stored internally, or externally, and transferred easily via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Despite its small size, FlexScan features a large 4.3-inch indoor/outdoor touchscreen display providing excellent visibility. Results can be viewed in both AFL’s icon-based LinkMap view, and OTDR trace view, allowing users to quickly and easily locate faults, and identify necessary corrective action supported by PASS and FAIL indicators. FlexScan comes integrated with a Visual Fault Locator (VFL), with options to add an Optical Power Meter (OPM) and Optical Light Source (OLS). In response to growing market demand, the FlexScan OTDR

series has been extended to include a 1650nm only model. This allows users to detect faults on live PONs using an out-of-band test wavelength without disrupting service to other customers. Potential problems can be identified before, and beyond splitters, to swiftly restore service. “FlexScan is an example of our commitment to delivering next-generation Optical Test Equipment to customers around the world. Our engineering team has worked hard to develop OTDR algorithms that increase performance without complexity. Expect to see further feature and performance enhancements as we continue responding to customer needs”, said Nicholas Cole at AFL. investment associated with adding new fibre or purchasing new network equipment. The technology combines a standard CWDM transmit and receive pair on to the pass band of a single CWDM wavelength, allowing up to 32 circuits over a standard CWDM solution. Additionally, the High Density CWDM is rated for industrial temperature applications, ensuring performance outside of controlled environments. Traditional CWDM uses two channels with a 13nm window and 20nm spacing. However, ProLabs HD CWDM transceivers are capable of fitting two distinct frequencies within this 13nm window. Effectively, this doubles the amount of traffic you can send through each channel – whilst still being compatible with your existing CWDM infrastructure such as multiplexers and fibre.

Senko announces new analytical software for the Smart Probe The Smart Probe is an ergonomically designed, compact, Wi-Fi probe for IOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The new Senko VUE2 app provides the best reliability and performance, confirmed through thousands of inspections and test set-ups to guarantee measurement repeatability and accuracy. An embedded record of operational data including probe number, control and sensitivity settings, date and time confirmation and geographical location. The app is available

ProLabs delivers high density CWDM transceiver

ProLabs high density CWDM transceivers offer the capability to effectually double circuit capacity over existing CWDM infrastructure, reducing time and expense. Network operators can gain the benefits of overlaying new services on existing fibre optic networks without the capital

now for IOS and Android devices.


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