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Portable tester identifies ONTs on FTTx F2 fibers

Posted: 15 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical network terminal? portable handheld tester? OFI-FTTx?

AFL Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd of Japan, has introduced the OFI-FTTx, a rugged, handheld optical fiber identifier designed to identify the presence or absence of an active optical network terminal (ONT) on FTTx F2 fibers at the fiber distribution hub (FDH).

During a test, the F2 fiber does not have to be removed from service. The OFI-FTTx can verify whether a splitter pigtail at the FDH is connected to an active circuit before it is disconnected for fault location or re-use. The OFI-FTTx can help verify FTTx network records and recover splitter pigtails and F2 fibers that are connected at the FDH but, in fact, are available for new customers.

When applied to a splitter pigtail at the FDH, the OFI FTTx will report either that the ONT is 'Active' or 'Not Detected'. Time to complete each test is typically one second.

The OFI-FTTx is compatible with 2mm or 3mm jumper cable, which can contain either standard single-mode fiber, such as SMF-28e, or bend insensitive fiber (BIF), such as AFL BendLite.

The OFI-FTTx is powered by two standard AAA alkaline batteries, provides low-battery indication and can typically be operated 800 times before battery replacement is necessary.

- Ismini Scouras

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