Anritsu adds Ethernet OAM software for MD1230B Data Quality Analyzer

SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 --Anritsu has introduced Ethernet OAM software for its MD1230B Data Quality Analyzer that provides communications carriers and transmission equipment makers with a test option that can accurately evaluate Ethernet OAM equipment and networks in accordance with ITU-T Recommendation Y.1731 and IEEE801.1ag, says the company.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 -- Anritsu Company (search for Anritsu) today introduced Ethernet OAM software for its MD1230B Data Quality Analyzer that provides communications carriers and transmission equipment makers with a test option that can accurately evaluate Ethernet OAM equipment and networks in accordance with ITU-T Recommendation Y.1731 and IEEE801.1ag.

Incorporating a number of quality-of-service (QoS) tests, the new option further strengthens the MD1230B analyzer's support of next-generation networks (NGNs) and is part of Anritsu's commitment to developing test options to help in the development, deployment, and operation of NGNs, say company representatives.

The Ethernet OAM software supports load generation and protocol analysis of 10-Mbit to 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks and can also generate and detect error conditions. Additionally, the software has built-in capture and decode functions to accurately analyze responses of OAM commands to signals on the network.  

In a real network application, the Ethernet OAM software can monitor the various alarms occurring on actual networks carrying mixed data, says the company. It can also monitor parameters such as the arrival timing of fault management signals sent periodically from transmission equipment and packet jitter.

The MD1230B is a portable Ethernet/IP network data analyzer that integrates the dual functionality of wire-speed performance analysis and network monitoring. Supporting 10-Mbit to 10-Gbit rates, the MD1230B can be used during the development, manufacture, and maintenance of transmission equipment and networks, says the company.

The MD1230B mainframe has five slots in which any of various interface modules can be field installed. When the new Ethernet OAM software is used in combination with the previously released Traffic Impairment Emulator software, fault conditions occurring on actual Ethernet OAM networks can be replicated, supporting verification of fault management functions for the entire Ethernet OAM system.

The Ethernet OAM software is priced at $5,000, and the MD1230B starts at $20,000.


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Anritsu says its new software evaluates Ethernet OAM equipment and networks in accordance with ITU-T Recommendation Y.1731 and IEEE801.1ag.
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