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Acterna adds new features to optical net tester

Posted: 07 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acterna? mts-8000? field optical tester?

Acterna announced the latest additions to its MTS-8000 field optical tester line. Designed for field use in both outside plant and central office applications, the MTS-8000 is one of the industry's most compact and cost-effective solution for optical network testing.

According to the company, enhancements to its tester were based on extensive input gathered from field technicians, service carriers and equipment manufacturers worldwide. "The requirements for these new modules were set by our customers and there is no compromise in performance," said Enzo di Luigi, GM for Acterna's Fiber Optics and Systems.

"With dynamic enhancements to the MTS-8000, Acterna broadens the test capabilities of the most scalable and cost-effective field tester for optical networks," di Luigi added.

The MTS-8000 is now enabled with a high-performance full-spectrum (1,250- to 1,650nm) optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) module, which is essential for measuring optical parameters and for extracting single optical channels out of a CWDM or DWDM signal for further analysis. The OSA module provides enhanced troubleshooting with a 10.7Gbps channel isolator option as well as reduced service and calibration costs due to a lifetime guarantee on wavelength accuracy.

Other new capabilities

The company's polarization mode dispersion (PMD) module for the MTS-8000 combines PMD, spectral attenuation and DWDM channel measurements in one module, reducing cost and the number of instruments needed to deploy in the field. The PMD module covers all PMD test needs, providing PMD performance evaluation during installation and system upgrade, troubleshooting legacy fibers before system upgrade, and verifying PMD of newly spliced sections of fiber during fault restoration of a high-speed system. It must be combined with Acterna's OBS-15 light source and OVP-15 polarizer to enable the unit to perform full PMD measurements.

Rounding out the new features for the MTS-8000 is an all-in-one connection check add-on that provides options for video microscope, power meter, visual fault locator (VFL) and talk set connections. The connection check device's one-button operation allows multitasking of various functions, including a quick jumper/patchcord check for VFL, power-level management with an optical power meter, a connection quality check via a fiber inspection scope and a built-in talk set that allows communication along the fiber with first-to-market data transfer. The multitasking feature also provides a continuous running function that allows for an immediate connection check.

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