EXFO intros OTDR for ultra-long-haul networks

AUGUST 30, 2007 -- According to the company, the new FTB-7600E OTDR provides a dynamic range of 50 dB to allow characterization of links up to 250 kilometers.

AUGUST 30, 2007 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) has announced the release of its high-performance FTB-7600E optical time-domain reflectometer (search for OTDR) for ultra-long-haul network applications.

According to the company, the new FTB-7600E OTDR provides a dynamic range of 50 dB to allow characterization of links up to 250 kilometers. EXFO says its expertise in signal processing delivers an unmatched linearity of ±0.03 dB/dB, enabling the OTDR to accurately locate faults on ultra-long-haul networks without compromising on resolution and distance.

This latest test module within EXFO's OTDR offering is housed inside the FTB-200 Compact Platform for super technicians requiring a multi-technology test platform for large-scale network deployments. It is also available in the FTB-400 test platform dedicated to network engineers for advanced network diagnostics.

The FTB-7600E OTDR is offered in single and dual-wavelength configurations and delivers up to 256,000 sampling points for ultra-high trace resolution, say company representatives. A single push of a button generates detailed results within less than five seconds, including a complete event table.

"The pendulum has begun to swing back as growing bandwidth demand in access and metro networks is increasingly placing a strain on long-haul and ultra-long-haul networks and requiring more fiber deployments," explains Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice president of product management and marketing. "Once again, EXFO has confirmed its market leadership in OTDR testing with a fifth new product introduction this year to meet our customers' changing requirements. This unique OTDR combines accuracy and power for carriers intending to deploy and maintain ultra-long-haul networks," he says.


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