EXFO enables multiservice field test from 10M to 100G

Nov. 25, 2013
Test and measurement specialist EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) has extended the range of interfaces and data rates handled by the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer to cover the full range from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, and OTN. Adding to the modules’ existing 40G/100G capabilities, these functionalities are available as software options for existing 88100NGE Power Blazer modules, thus maximizing customers’ return on investment.

Test and measurement specialist EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) has extended the range of interfaces and data rates handled by the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer to cover the full range from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, and OTN. Adding to the modules’ existing 40G/100G capabilities, these functionalities are available as software options for existing 88100NGE Power Blazer modules, thus maximizing customers’ return on investment.

EXFO saw that some service providers are forging ahead with their 100G deployments, while others are still in the planning stages. The FTB 88100NGE software architecture was developed to give customers the flexibility to enable all or just a subset of the module’s supported 10M-to-100G testing capabilities, enabling lead customers to meet their immediate needs, while giving those who are still in the planning phase the peace of mind that the base configuration can be easily upgraded up to 100G via a simple software key when the time comes. The scalable 10M-to-100G offering – which EXFO claims is a first in the market – provides customers with maximum return on investment and minimum downtime, thus eliminating the need for multiple test units.

In additional, in line with today’s Ethernet service requirements, the new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer release includes EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) on every 10M-to-100G Ethernet rate included on the module, offering complete validation of all service-level agreement parameters in a single test for optimized quality of service.

The FTB 88100NGE software also includes a new GUI on a module housed in the EXFO FTB-500 platform, which boasts unmatched connectivity and integrated optical tools, the company says.

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