EXFO expands OTN test module with full ODU multiplexing capability

NOVEMBER 24, 2009 -- With the ODU multiplexing functionality on the module, service providers can test ODU1 and ODU2 containers within the OTU3 signal.

NOVEMBER 24, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has introduced a software suite that brings new functionalities to the FTB-8140 Transport Blazer 40/43 Gigabit SONET/SDH/OTN test module. The FTB-8140 Transport Blazer now supports full optical data unit (ODU) multiplexing capability as well as independent transmission/reception settings.

With the ODU multiplexing functionality on the module, service providers can test ODU1 and ODU2 containers within the OTU3 signal. SONET/SDH payloads as well as 10-Gigabit Ethernet can be mapped into the ODU1 or ODU2 containers, ensuring that tests reflect more real-life testing parameters. In addition to the ODU multiplexing functionality, the module now also supports independent transmission/reception settings, enabling service providers to properly qualify and validate network elements at installation.

When combined with the FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer next-generation multiservice test module housed in the FTB-500 platform, the FTB-8140 becomes a compact and portable multiservice tester covering DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH, OTN, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel for rates from 1.5 Mbps to 43 Gbps.

Additional features also available with the latest software release include SONET/SDH payload block and replace capability for easier troubleshooting and maintenance.

"As 40G networks become more and more prevalent and with OTN becoming the ubiquitous transport mechanism, it is essential for service providers to be able to adequately qualify and test their networks to get maximum return on their investment," explains Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice president of product management and marketing. "With today's announcement, EXFO is once again showing its leadership in 40G testing and its unparalleled understanding of the challenges facing service providers today."


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