EXFO Adds WDM Investigator to Its FTB-5240S/BP to Reduce Troubleshooting Time
and OPEX in DWDM Networks
QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 16, 2013
New impairment identification tool gives supertechs unique insight into
QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF)
today unveiled a new tool called WDM Investigator, which enables network
operators to significantly decrease troubleshooting time and drastically cut
operational expenses by providing unique identification of DWDM network
impairments. Offered as an option on the FTB-5240S/BP Optical Spectrum
Analyzers (OSA), the WDM Investigator provides users with better assessment of
impairments affecting DWDM networks on a per-channel basis for rapid
identification of the defective component.
Operators are always looking to reduce their OPEX and acquire intelligent
tools that speed up repair time. However, DWDM networks are becoming
increasingly complex due to the new technologies being deployed (e.g., tighter
channel spacing, ROADMs and polarization-multiplexed signals), which in turn
increases the number of potential causes for failure. While past impairment
types were relatively few and well known (e.g., excessive loss, high
dispersion and excessive ASE noise), the newly deployed technologies give rise
to previously uncommon impairments, such as crosstalk and non-linear effects.
Service providers have been looking for ways to identify these impairments and
their impact on signal degradation in order to troubleshoot DWDM networks more
quickly and effectively.
The new WDM Investigator featured on EXFO's FTB-5240S/BP provides
never-before-seen insight into link characteristics (including
polarization-multiplexed signals and carved noise) and signal impairments, and
also provides an assessment of their severity. Examples of such impairments
include PMD depolarization, crosstalk, non-linear effects and carrier leakage.
Accordingly, the new WDM Investigator helps pinpoint causes of failure in DWDM
networks, both quickly and accurately.
"We are proud to provide our customers with powerful spectral analysis tools
that reduce downtime and speed up time-to-revenue," said Étienne Gagnon,
Vice-President of EXFO's Test and Measurement Division. "This new option on
the FTB-5240S/BP pays for itself in just a few troubleshooting tickets. In
addition, it further strengthens EXFO's no. 1 market-share position in the
portable OSA market, as recognized by Frost & Sullivan."
For more information about the WDM Investigator, please visit the FTB-5240S/BP
product page. Orders for WDM Investigator are being accepted now, with
delivery expected in late March 2013.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline
and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global
telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the
development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed
and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported
include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various
optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic
test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries,
supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit
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