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 www.EXFO.com.
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