VIAVI Optimeter offers all-in-one FTTx fiber certification

Dec. 3, 2020
Use of the Optimeter will improve first-time installation completion rates and enable quicker service activation and revenue, according to the company.

Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) has unveiled the VIAVI Optimeter, a multifunction test instrument designed to streamline FTTx fiber activation and maintenance. Use of the Optimeter will improve first-time installation completion rates and enable quicker service activation and revenue, according to the company.

The VIAVI Optimeter combines the functions of a broadband or GPON/XG(S)-PON power meter with fiber certification and connector inspection capabilities. The instrument therefore simplifies FTTx certification and troubleshooting for field technicians, regardless of their level of experience, VIAVI says. Use of the Optimeter can reduce truck rolls and trouble tickets by either confirming successful fiber install passes or providing clear fault ownership information to stop unnecessary handoffs, the company adds.

“Pressure to meet demand for new PON/FTTH service often leads to minimal testing or even no testing. As a result, technicians are not able to complete install and activation on the first visit between 20 to 50% of the time, leading to poor customer experiences and lost revenue,” said Kevin Oliver, vice president and general manager, converged instruments and virtual test, at VIAVI. “As service activation failure rates and maintenance costs continue to rise, the VIAVI Optimeter is a critical tool for premise and home techs to make sure that last-mile fiber installation is done right the first time, improving deployment success rates and reducing the need for return visits.”

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