With bandwidth demand growing faster than revenues, operators are boosting network capacity by rapidly shifting to FTTx. In a context of high pressure on cost and decreasing level of optical expertise in the field, FTTx/PON network testing is a necessity, and this, throughout all stages of the network lifecycle.
EXFO provides network operators with the expert testing knowledge, tools and environment they need to bridge the OPEX gap created by the increased bandwidth demand. With field-proven methods and procedures, smart and integrated test solutions and cloud-based data management, FTTH networks can now be deployed reliably and cost-effectively.
Choosing EXFO means selecting the world leader in portable fiber-optic test equipment. With over 25 years of proven expertise and innovation in optical testing as well as a true understanding of the FTTH field reality, EXFO is the ideal test and measurement provider to partner with—enhancing deployment methods and procedures to reduce costs.
The knowledge we gain, we share. EXFO has closely collaborated with tier-1 operators across the globe. Present in 80% of the world’s major FTTH deployments, our experts have worked in various environments with multiple network configurations (i.e., connectorized, spliced, with multisplitters, in-home or at demarcation points, etc.) and were partners in multiple experiments—from labs to the field. What’s more, a complete library of FTTx/PON documentation (e.g., webinars, multimedia, application notes, reference guides, etc.) has been developed by our experts to enhance optical testing methods and procedures—sharing knowledge with our partners and customers.
Innovation is at the core of EXFO’s success. In the FTTH area, EXFO has brought to market many innovative solutions that truly modified the way fiber is tested in the field. EXFO launched the industry’s first optical lost test set (OLTS), PON power meter (PPM), handheld OTDR and PON-optimized OTDR and initiated live-port testing (1625 nm). More recently, EXFO demonstrated how operators can improve their operational efficiency with the Intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) and has provided game-changing solutions to the management level with test equipment and data management applications, bringing a new layer of control to FTTH network operators.
EXFO’s powerful and intelligent test solutions combine the most advanced technology with automation and a field-smart design for improved operational efficiency—at all steps of the network lifecycle.
The growing pressure on cost is forcing the telecom industry to innovate and find new ways to improve overall efficiency and reduce OPEX, and this reality becomes even more critical in intensive FTTH network deployments.
EXFO’s industry vigilance quickly identified the needs of telcos: simple, accurate and fast equipment that will enable them to remain competitive during the deployment stages and this, while boosting the value and efficiency of equipment and data management as they continue to grow, by maximizing the value of their test results.
With the FTB Ecosystem and through value-added applications such as EXFO Connect, a powerful cloud-based test management solution, EXFO is the only test equipment provider that offers a full-scale environment that allows operators to streamline their test operations—from build-out to maintenance—helping them keep their competitive edge.
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Testing the quality of the optical link and copper pairs to assess the performance of the Ethernet and xDSL services in the access network are mandatory steps to ensure that the physical layer can handle proper IP services delivery, but it doesn’t end there.
DSL still remains the most widely deployed broadband access technology across the globe to bring triple-play services to business and residential customers. For many, the copper plant is the only economical basis for broadband, high-value service delivery that is still competitive.
When it comes to high-speed transmission, especially when transmitting at 10G, 40G/100G, assessing fiber quality is a must. Once the basic parameters (i.e., loss, ORL, etc.) are under control, the next step is to qualify the fiber and to ensure that it is fit for transporting actual customer traffic. Polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) and chromatic dispersion (CD) optical testing become crucial at high speeds.
EXFO offers various optical testing instruments and system configurations to perform on-demand troubleshooting of any fiber connecting to the equipment in order to help you reduce support- and maintenance-related expenses.