The Newly Enhanced Test Suite on EXFO's FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer
Qualifies 40G/100G OTN Muxponders, Enabling Leading Network Element
Manufacturers (NEMs) and Carriers to Overcome Their Lab Test Challenges
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX:
EXF) today announced the extension of the 40G/100G optical transport
network (OTN) multiplexing test capabilities on its FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 40G/100G multiservice test modules. These capabilities include ODUflex
at both OTU3 (43.018 Gbit/s) and OTU4 (111.81 Gbit/s) optical rates, in
addition to OTU4 multistage multiplexing as per ITU-T G.709 for
breakthrough-level qualification of 40G/100G muxponders. These
additional capabilities are available as software options for existing
FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules, requiring no additional hardware
while maximizing customers' return on investment (ROI).
In today's competitive market, service providers are striving to address
bandwidth needs by upgrading their core and metro networks to 100G
capacity. However, 10G services remain the biggest contributor to
service providers' revenues. Accordingly, network element manufacturers
(NEMs) are continuously enhancing their 40G/100G cross-connect offering
to ensure that it is able to carry, switch and terminate 10G (and
lower) rate services in line with proper bandwidth usage without
compromising their quality.
EXFO's new ODUflex capability provides an in-depth test suite for full
simulation and analysis of different client payload sizes when mapped
over their required OTN bandwidth. This flexibility allows carriers to
optimize their 40G/100G network bandwidth usage. Furthermore, EXFO's
FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules now support OTU4 multistage
multiplexing schemes along with full access to control and monitoring
of OTN overhead bytes, tandem-connection-monitoring (TCM) traces, and
forward error correction (FEC) algorithms. These functionalities ensure
that all newly deployed 40G/100G muxponders are proven capable of
handling the demanding services that will be placed on them in the
In addition to newly launched OTN testing capabilities, EXFO's
FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules now support 40G SONET/SDH and OTN
testing capabilities over 40G serial CFPs for qualification of
OC-768/STM-256 and OTU3 circuits and services.
"Over the past few years, EXFO has been a leading provider of high-speed
multiservice testing solutions, and the extension of our 40G/100G OTN
test capabilities continues on that trend," said Claudio Mazzuca,
Vice-President of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "Our
NEM and NSP customers are under pressure to speed up their development
and time-to-market to generate more revenues, and we're more determined
than ever to meet our customers' needs."
For more information about the FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 40G/100G
multiservice test modules, please visit www.EXFO.com.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for
wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in
the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative
solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance
of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge.
Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN,
FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for
more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff
of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000
customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.
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