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November 30, 2009

Exfo launches new Field Optical Spectrum Analyzer

Facilitates network commissioning and troubleshooting for carriers and NEMs

By CBR Staff Writer

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering has released the FTB-5240BP Field Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA), which facilitates network commissioning, upgrade and troubleshooting for carriers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs).

According to Exfo, the new optical spectrum analyzer allows field crews to analyse the spectral content of modulation format, measure the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) between dense signals, track non-linear effects and monitor component imperfections.

The FTB-5240BP makes field crews equipped to commission challenging networks like wavelength-division multiplexing (UDWDM) networks with limited spacing of 25GHz and 12.5GHz for characterisation and troubleshooting. It is housed in the FTB-500 platform and specialises in in-band OSNR measurements for systems where noise fluctuates from channel to channel, the company said.

Etienne Gagnon, vice-president of product management and marketing at Exfo, said: Boasting the best optical resolution in the industry, this new OSA can see things that are usually missed by a standard OSA, plus it can execute a single scan in less than one second and a true in-band OSNR measurement in less than one minute, for optimal efficiency.

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