QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX:
EXF) today announced the addition of multimode test capabilities to its
unique fiber characterization tool, the iOLM, making it the ideal troubleshooting tool for fiber-to-the-antenna
(FTTA) and data center networks.
Essentially, this means that EXFO's FTB-720 LAN/WAN Access test module now supports full iOLM functionalities on
both singlemode and multimode fibers. Launched in 2011 for singlemode,
the iOLM was designed to simplify OTDR testing by removing the need to
set parameters as well as analyze and interpret multiple complex OTDR
traces. By combining multiple pulse widths on multiple wavelengths with
advanced algorithms, the iOLM correlates all OTDR results to locate and identify faults with maximum resolution, all at
the push of a single button. The iOLM enables fiber technicians of all
skill levels to characterize end-to-end fiber links the same way an
experienced OTDR technician would.
To cope with multimode networks increasing requirements, EXFO also
announced that its solution now fulfills encircled flux compliance. The
encircled flux standard (EF), as recommended by the Telecommunications
Industry Association (TIA-526-14-B) and the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 61280-4-1), is a method of controlling
light source launch conditions to eliminate variations in test results
that tend to occur when using different sources in multimode
environments. EXFO developed a compact and lightweight external launch
mode conditioner, the SPSB-EF, which can be paired with an FLS-600
light source or any EXFO multimode OTDR to create a precise, repeatable
and cost-effective EF-compliant test solution.
"By making the iOLM available for multimode fibers, network operators
and contractors working in fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) or distributed
antenna systems (DAS) environment can ensure that problems are
identified faster than ever before" said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's
Vice-President, Physical Layer and Wireless Division. "When paired with
EF conditioner, EXFO's iOLM-MM also boosts Tier-2 certification and
troubleshooting for data center applications, which is critical to
improve mean time to recovery (MTTR) and avoid the high cost of
To serve the basic Tier-1 certification market, EXFO is also releasing a
new version of the FLS-600 Light Source. This handheld light source offers built-in EF-compliant
launch conditions that ensure proper loss measurement according to the
latest standards. Find out more at EXFO.com/iOLM and EXFO.com/EF.
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.
SOURCE: EXFO inc.
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