EXFO expands multirate Ethernet, OTN test capabilities to 100 Gbps

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) has announced new multirate fiber-optic test capabilities for Ethernet and Optical Transport Network (OTN) applications up to 100 Gbps. The advancements improve the ability of EXFO’s FTB-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet and OTN Test Module and the FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer Next-Generation Multiservice Test Module, combined within EXFO's portable FTB-500 Platform, to support rapid set-up and configuration of packet-based network services.

Features of the test set include:

  • RFC 2544
  • Smart Loopback capability adjustable to all unique Layer 2 through Layer 4 loopback configurations
  • quality-of-service (QoS) metrics
  • traffic shaping with VLAN support.

In addition, a new software upgrade enables single and multistage OTU4/OTU3 multiplexing via fielded FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules. This capability will address applications where OTN is used as a common container for multiplexing a mix of services down to ODU0 (1.25 Gbps) granularity into 100G/40G wavelengths.

"In today's competitive market, carriers and network operators strive to deliver the required bandwidth while reducing costs and improving efficiency, and EXFO is proud to empower its customers with the only 10M-to-100G multirate and multiservice portable field testing solution to take their converged networks field-testing efficiency to the next level," said Etienne Gagnon, vice-president, Wireline Division and corporate marketing. "Thanks to EXFO's ToolBox and its powerful set of tools, including Update Manager, Remote Management, and Reporting, seamless transition between different interfaces and testing applications is now at the tip of your fingers."

For more information on field test equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyers Guide.

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