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Acterna Introduces High-Performance Field Tester for FTTx Network Deployment

  • 03 August, 2004 10:44

<p>-- Acterna OFI-2000 tester platform now available for bi-directional optical-loss and return loss testing set, cuts time required for verification of FTTx fiber networks</p>
<p>Hong Kong: Tuesday, August 3rd 2004 -- Acterna, the largest provider of test and management solutions to telecommunications network operators, today announced a new addition to its OFI-2000 family of handheld bi-directional loss and return loss test sets, the Acterna OFI-2041. The OFI-2041 extends the coverage of test solutions for telecom and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) networks to FTTx (Fiber-to-the-X).</p>
<p>Competitive pressures in today's carrier market require test solutions that are cost effective, increase productivity, and reduce the number of testers carried in the field. Developed in response to these issues, the OFI family is a new generation of handheld fiber testers that provide installers and field service groups with significant time savings compared to other loss testers. Combining high functionality with exceptional ease of use, the OFI-2000 is the fastest loss, return loss and link tester in its class, testing full tri-wavelength bi-directional links in less than 15 seconds. The Acterna OFI-2041 enables fiber test applications to extend to the home, curb or premise. The OFI family provides test solutions that fully characterize the suitability of fiber used to transport telecom wavelengths, transport passive optical network (PON) wavelengths for FTTx networks, and test all channels simultaneously in CWDM systems.</p>
<p>"Properly characterizing optical loss, return loss and CWDM channel performance without delaying service is vital to our customers," said Enzo di Luigi, general manager for Acterna's fiber optic unit. "Doing so helps them reduce customer churn, and the OFI-2000 has demonstrated verification test times that are reduced by 90 percent compared to traditional stand-alone instrument measurement techniques."</p>
<p>The Acterna OFI family can be configured at time of order for PON networks with 1310/1490/1550nm (OFI-2041) wavelengths or for telecom networks with 1310/1550/1625nm (OFI-2031). With the largest color screen in its class, an intuitive one-button Fiber Optics Xpert (FOX) mode, and simple pass/fail display, the OFI enhances productivity and reduces the burden on training. Cables with high fiber counts are easily processed using the OFI 's unique color coding and large memory store, and professional proof of performance reports can be quickly generated using Acterna's FiberBudget (made available free of charge on Acterna's web site) and FiberCable PC software solutions (offered separately).</p>
<p>About Acterna
Acterna is the world's largest provider of communications test solutions for telecommunications and cable network operators. A trusted communications test partner for more than eight decades, Acterna offers an unmatched portfolio of award-winning instruments, systems, software and services that help its customers reduce network costs while improving performance and reliability. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA -- with European and Asia Pacific operations based in Eningen, Germany and Hong Kong -- Acterna serves nearly every major communications service provider and equipment manufacturer around the world through a skilled sales and support organization in 31 countries.</p>
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<p>For Immediate Release</p>
<p>Nick Rowan, +1 240.404.1924,</p>
<p>Michelle Susay, +61 3 9410 9498,</p>

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