NOVEMBER 21, 2007 -- Fujikura Europe Ltd. (search for Fujikura Europe), today launched what it claims is a new, low-cost and highly versatile handheld optical time domain reflectometer (search for OTDR). The device is designed to enable cost-effective testing and monitoring of FTTH networks.
The OFL 250 OTDR combines an optical power meter, laser source, and visual fault locator in a handheld package that weighs 0.8 kg. It provides both automatic and manual setups, precision event analysis, and multiple wavelength testing and offers a 12-hour battery life, say company representatives.
"The OFL 250 is a small, lightweight portable tester with a short dead zone and dynamic range performance, making it ideal for use by multi-skilled engineers undertaking test or maintenance of FTTH networks," explains Ian Tweedle of Fujikura Europe's Fibre Optics Division. "Telecom operators across Europe need cost-effective, flexible, and highly reliable test and measurement devices to support the continued growth of FTTH," he adds. "This versatile device is designed to meet that need by combining three essential tools in one package at a hugely competitive price."
With a dynamic range of 26 dB, the instrument is capable of locating ends of up to 78 km at 1310 nm and 130 km at 1550 nm on standard singlemode fiber.
The OFL 250 OTDR is the latest in a series of test and measurement tools from Fujikura Europe. The portfolio includes the FLS-20T, which is designed to measure optical power loss over a fiber network in conjunction with an optical power meter, and the FID-20R fiber identifier, a hand-held, battery-operated accessory with an integrated power meter unit for the detection of mode signal and modulated tones from a laser light source.
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