MARCH 16, 2009 -- Test and service assurance technologies provider EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search Lightwave for EXFO) has announced that the FTB-8120NGE multiservice test module and the FTB-7200D OTDR were selected by a Tier 1 North American wireless operator to support its nationwide deployment of a next-generation HSPA/LTE (high-speed packet access/long-term evolution) wireless network.
Housed in the compact, portable FTB-200 platform, the company's integrated test system provides front-line technicians with the tools needed to evaluate backhaul performance and emulate tiered-service offerings to establish baseline quality-of-service (QoS) metrics that are critical to a service-level agreement (SLA).
EXFO's FTB-8120NGE Power Blazer multiservice transport testing module supports SONET/SDH testing up to 2.5 Gbps, OTU1 (2.7G), Ethernet up to GbE, and 1/2/4G Fibre Channel testing, and is built for growing deployments of Ethernet-over-TDM and Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH services worldwide. The FTB-7200 LAN/WAN OTDR combines single- and multimode fiber test functionalities with dead zone capabilities, four wavelengths, visual fault locator (VFL), high dynamic ranges, and an easy-to-use software interface for pinpoint measurements.
Étienne Gagnon, EXFOs vice president of product management and marketing, says, "The introduction of advanced wireless technologies offers operators the ability to expand their service portfolio, but these technologies also place substantially more demand on the backhaul network. EXFO's leadership in innovative, multiservice deployment testing, integrated with our Ethernet/IP service assurance platforms, gives operators the turnkey solution they need to ensure the performance of their next-gen backhaul network, while controlling capital investment and ensuring quality levels for customer service-level agreements."