Anritsu intros 'next-gen' field measuring OTDR

JANUARY 22, 2009 -- Anritsu Company has introduced the ACCESS Master MT9083B Performance Series, which it claims is the next-generation in field measuring OTDRs for construction and maintenance of PON-based FTTx and traditional optical networks.

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JANUARY 22, 2009 -- Anritsu Company (search for Anritsu) today introduced the ACCESS Master MT9083B Performance Series, which it claims is the next-generation in field measuring OTDRs for construction and maintenance of optical networks.

Providing all the measurement functions and performance required for optical fiber construction and maintenance in a compact, lightweight, single instrument, the MT9083B series ensures Quality of Service (QoS) while reducing the cost of test by eliminating the need for multiple test sets and instruments on site, claim company representatives.

Anritsu says it designed the MT9083B series with next-generation optical networks in mind. It features a user-selectable, dual-circuit design that allows it to conduct high-resolution testing on PON-based FTTx networks featuring up to 64 splits. Other OTDR products require users to decide between high resolution and high range, notes the company. An IP testing option verifies throughput, frame loss, and point-to-point connectivity. Connector quality can be verified with an optional connector inspection microscope.

For traditional, point-to-point optical networks, the MT9083B series not only features up to 42 dB of dynamic range, but achieves what the company believes is industry-leading performance for measurement speed and measurable distance with minimum dead zones of less than one meter. This translates into significantly reduced testing times for fiber spans from 10 m to 200 km, according to Anritsu. With the MT9083B series, a 100-km/62-mile fiber can be tested in as little as six seconds. Many fibers can even be tested in real time without any averaging due to the high-performance optics in the MT9083B series. 

Furthermore, Anritsu says the OTDRs are ready to test in less than 15 seconds and can be used all day without recharging. True one-button fault location and pass/fail classification make it easy to conduct measurements, while an automated file-saving capability makes it simple to store results. A macrobend detection feature allows installation issues to be identified quickly by field technicians.


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Thanks to its rugged, sealed housing, the MT9083B provides years of service in the most challenging environments, says the company.
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