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EXFO launches new category of fibre testing solutions

26 June 2019 Test & Measurement

EXFO has launched what it describes as the first optical fibre multimeter (OFM).

Called Optical Xplorer, it aims to make fibre testing simple for all frontline technicians, whether beginner or expert, and speed up the process while empowering them to do more on site. The device verifies optical links in seconds and if faults are suspected, it finds and identifies them automatically.

Telecom operators are under significant pressure to deploy more high-quality fibre-optic networks faster and at a lower cost to meet skyrocketing demand for bandwidth and prepare for next-generation technologies like 5G. The complexity of testing methods of procedure (MOPs), the necessity to outsource and the shortage in skilled frontline technicians make it difficult for both operators and contractors to attain a good return on investment (ROI) while ensuring networks are deployed right the first time.

Optical Xplorer delivers three key technological innovations:

1. Reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) through lifetime calibration. Hidden costs throughout a product’s life make up a massive, yet sometimes overlooked, part of TCO. Optical Xplorer’s lifetime calibration cuts costly downtime and logistics associated with factory-based updates, maintenance and repairs.

2. Saves time by exploring only faulty links.

The Fault Xplorer feature self-launches during the optical link verification process, automatically exploring only those links suspected as faulty, eliminating doubts while saving testing time.

3. Validates link quality in seconds, assigning a 1- to 5-star rating. With the built-in EXFO Advisor feature, technicians get the benefit of EXFO’s 30+ years of fibre expertise and sophisticated algorithms at the push of a button, assigning ratings to links based on industry best practices.

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



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