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Acterna Introduces Easy-to-Use Monitoring System for Metro Networks - Solution Answers Spike in Metro Deployment

  • 21 October, 2003 08:43

Contact: Nick Rowan, +1 240 404 1924,, Acterna
Michelle Susay, +61 3 9690 6700,, Acterna</p>
<p>Melbourne, Australia: Tuesday, October 21 2003 - Acterna, a leading provider of optical transport test and management solutions, announces the launch of the Acterna Optical Network Performance and Monitoring System for metro-area networks (ONMS Metro). ONMS Metro meets the increased demand for communications test solutions that enable metro-area networks to carry increasing volumes of data traffic more cost efficiently and reliably.</p>
<p>According to the results of a recent communications test study, significant investment in and expansion of metro area networks is expected this year and beyond. This investment is required as service providers seek new network efficiencies to support larger volumes of high-bandwidth traffic driven by increased adoption of broadband technologies. Able to monitor metro networks 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week, the ONMS Metro delivers updated data and network alarms via Web client and e-mail. The Acterna ONMS Metro also allows the same documentation tools to be used from the design process through to operation and maintenance (O&amp;M), making any necessary modifications quick and easy to carry out.</p>
<p>"With metro networks, distance and accuracy in a monitoring system is vital. An error of even 100 meters can have disastrous effects on time to evaluate or repair a fault," said Enzo di Luigi, general manager for Acterna Fiber Optics and Systems. "The Acterna ONMS Metro is sensitive enough to detect even the smallest variations in the network, alerting the designated teams before the fault impacts service."</p>
<p>With the Acterna ONMS Metro, documentation such as data and maps are stored in a shared database that includes a geographical information system (GIS), offering the advantage of on-demand retrieval of any combination of information regarding the network (for example: fiber route maps, distribution panel graphics, OTDR traces, and other data). The database also enables linkage to any element within the network so that the user can navigate throughout the entire network from within a geographical map.</p>
<p>Additional features of the ONMS Metro include: pre-configuration for metro application (for out-of-the-box ease of use), trouble ticketing and alarm reporting, complete performance management (data analysis, statistics, performance reports, quality reports), open architecture for interface with other applications, complete scalability within the ONMS platform, and DWDM ready.</p>
<p>About Acterna's Optical Network Performance and Monitoring System (ONMS)
Acterna Optical Network Management System (ONMS) offers network operators significant commercial advantage through increased productivity, reduced network down time and easier, faster network provisioning. The Acterna ONMS monitors the network continuously, alerting operators and managers to faults as they occur. The ONMS also provides real-time network status and performance with efficient preventative maintenance schedules, faster, low-cost service provisioning with efficient management of the cable installation and commissioning process, and rapid detection and accurate location of fiber and DWDM degradation.</p>
<p>About Acterna
Acterna is the world's largest provider of test and management solutions for optical transport, access and cable networks, and the second largest communications test company overall. Focused entirely on providing equipment, software, systems and services, Acterna helps customers develop, install, manufacture and maintain their optical transport, access, cable, data/IP and wireless networks. The company serves customers in more than 80 countries. Acterna is a subsidiary of Acterna Corporation. Information about Acterna can be found on the Web at
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<p>Michelle L Susay
Regional Marketing Communications Program Manager
Acterna Asia Pacific
d&gt; +61 (0)3 86 956 729
m&gt; +61 (0)4 07 817 262

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