MRV debuts optical channel monitor card

JUNE 23, 2009 -- MRV Communications Inc. has announced a new optical channel monitor (OCM) module for its LambdaDriver optical transport system to provide continuous optical spectrum analysis services for WDM backbone networks.

JUNE 23, 2009 -- MRV Communications Inc. (search Lightwave for MRV) has announced a new optical channel monitor (OCM) module for its LambdaDriver optical transport system to provide continuous optical spectrum analysis services for WDM backbone networks.

The OCM is an in-service monitoring module that is installed at strategic points in the network to monitor and measure DWDM wavelengths. The module can identify the discrete DWDM wavelengths and provide detailed information about optical power and optical signal noise ratio (OSNR) levels. The acquired information is stored in the module and provided to the management card for user examination and analysis.

MRV says network operators can install the module in the LambdaDriver system and manage the network remotely. The OCM helps operators with troubleshooting and provides a very rapid response because the analysis module is already in place when needed, the company adds. With this new module, the LambdaDriver series now provides much more visibility on the network itself to help operators manage their services, MRV concludes.

"The OSNR is the most important input in determining signal quality and resolving network issues, but manual testing processes make this information difficult and costly to obtain," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV Communications. "For many LambdaDriver customers, the new OCM is a much lower cost solution than spectrum analyzers and will save them operating costs on an ongoing basis thanks to the ability to manage the network remotely."

The OCM module is hot swappable and provides 50-GHz channel spacing monitoring. OCM modules are available immediately from MRV's sales force or its worldwide distribution channel.

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