Acterna launches MTS-8000 for qualifying metro optical networks

26 November 2003 Germantown, MD Lightwave -- Optical network test and management provider Acterna today announced the latest generation of its MTS optical tester line, the MTS-8000. Designed for field use in both outside plant and central office applications, the MTS-8000 is the most compact and cost-effective solution for optical network testing, say company representatives.

26 November 2003 Germantown, MD Lightwave -- Optical network test and management provider Acterna today announced the latest generation of its MTS optical tester line, the MTS-8000. Designed for field use in both outside plant and central office applications, the MTS-8000 is the most compact and cost-effective solution for optical network testing, say company representatives.

The MTS-8000 was designed as the ideal optical network field tester based on input from field technicians, service carriers and equipment manufacturers worldwide. The MTS-8000 is easy to use for all field technicians and serves as a complete fiber characterization and WDM solution with a full range of test capabilities and test-process improvements.

"By combining multiple test capabilities with unprecedented levels of field modularity, the MTS-8000 is the most scalable platform available throughout the entire network lifecycle," contends Enzo di Luigi, general manager for Acterna's Fiber Optics and Systems. "Whatever the requirements, the MTS-8000 can match exactly what our customer needs, without compromising price, performance, size, or weight. It is also compatible with over 10,000 optical test modules already deployed with our MTS-5000 series, which reduces procurement costs and accelerates network deployment."

The MTS-8000's stackable design allows it to hold any and all of the following test capabilities: optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), polarization mode dispersion (PMD), spectral attenuation (SA), wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), optical spectrum analyzer (OSA), and channel isolation up to 10.7G. Weighing less than 6.4 lbs. (2.9 kg), the unit is the smallest and most compact multiple-layer test set available, says the company.

To further increase productivity and reduce weight and size, standard test capabilities and communication functions can be integrated directly into the base unit, freeing up valuable space for more application modules. This scalability provides companies with the flexibility they need to meet changing network-testing requirements while gaining greater control of test resources and planning.

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