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100 GbE test module

3 April 2013 Test & Measurement

The new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module from EXFO addresses 40G/100G field deployments and upgrades, as well as lower-rate client service turn-ups, covering a wide range of technologies including SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet, from 10M to 100G data rates.

Today, carriers are facing multiple challenges. They need to support both legacy and packet-based services up to 100G on the same network and ensure service-level agreements for each of these services. Carriers are pressured to reduce the cost per transported bit, and minimise equipment costs, truck rolls and technician dispatches.

What is more, 40G/100G technology is complex: new pluggable optics (CFPs) are still in their nascent stage, in short supply and are expensive. In addition to all these challenges, carriers are still looking to reduce time-to-service without compromising quality.

The FTB-88100NGE is optimised for field testing with its easy-to-use GUI, remote management, battery operation and integrated optical tools. Carriers can combine it with EXFO’s optical modules, such as an optical spectrum analyser, for field commissioning and turn-up. Furthermore, the FTB-88100NGE is compatible with EXFO Connect, so users can benefit from EXFO’s cloud-based services, including centralised management of test units and data.

The module is future-proof in that it can easily adapt to future requirements up to 100G, but carriers can immediately leverage its FLEX configuration to enable any testing capabilities to match their current needs at an economical price. Upgrading and remote rates and interfaces can easily be enabled with a simple software key in the field, providing flexibility with minimum downtime and eliminating the need for multiple test units.

For more information contact Chris Nel, Lambda Test Equipment, +27 (0)12 349 1341, chris@lambdatest.co.za, www.lambdatest.co.za



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