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EXFO introduces 400G dual-port test solution for next-generation telecom field testing

Compact, simple-to-use, multiservice tester with future-proof design for ease of upgradability

QUEBEC CITY, November 15, 2022 — EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analytics experts, today announced the FTBx-88480, an innovative dual-port test solution for fiber-optic transmission rates from 1G to 400G. The device features a modular, upgradable design to extend operators’ CAPEX investments, and a cloud-based collaborative software platform that connects all parts of network test ecosystems in real time for optimized field testing, reporting, troubleshooting and more.

The 1G to 400G dual-port capability of the FTBx-88480 allows field technicians to validate two circuits simultaneously for increased efficiency. The FTBx-88480’s unique design also enables testing 100G transceivers -- which are widely deployed today -- plus next-generation 400G transceivers which are rapidly being adopted in today’s metro and core networks, data centers, and subsea fiber-optic spans.

“A key challenge operators face is how to ensure their network migrations are done reliably and cost-efficiently while staying nimble enough to manage existing infrastructure,” said Sophie Legault, Director Mobile and Cloud Solutions at EXFO. “With the FTBx-88480 solution, we’ve combined the latest in 1G-400G testing with a flexible, future-proof architecture that lets our customers do more today and continue deriving value for years to come.”

Field technicians supporting networks that will continue to rely on 100G for some time need test tools that can help them maintain existing infrastructure, while also enabling quick installation and troubleshooting of the more complex, emerging 400G technologies -- with minimal training. Addressing the need for more efficient processes, EXFO’s FTBx-88480 enhances collaboration and increases technician productivity.

The FTBx-88480’s intuitive GUI and support for multiple technologies enable field technicians to test different technologies, rates and interfaces using a single, compact platform. EXFO’s Open Transceiver System (OTS) protects current investments in transceiver testing while ensuring compatibility with future high-speed transceivers through a unique system of swapable modules. With future-proof 112G electrical lanes, the FTBx-88480 is purpose-built for testing next-generation 100G-400G transceivers.

The FTBx-88480 is available on EXFO’s FTB-1 Pro platform as well as on the company’s other portable and rackmount platforms. Key features and benefits of the FTBx-88480 are:

  • 1G to 400G dual-port capabilities: increase efficiency by validating two circuits simultaneously
  • Test today’s 100G-400G transceivers while staying ready for tomorrow’s speeds with an 112G electrical lane design and EXFO’s unique OTS
  • Validate network services (Ethernet, OTN, fiber channel, timing), rates (up to 400G) and interfaces (SFP, QSFP-DD and OSFP) all on the same platform—no stacking of modules
  • Quickly validate pluggable transceivers (1G to 400G) with iOptics’ automated, intelligent test application
  • Cloud-based, collaborative platform links all parts of a customer’s field test ecosystem

About EXFO

EXFO develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the global communications industry. We are trusted advisers to fixed and mobile network operators, hyperscalers and leaders in the manufacturing, development and research sector. They count on us to deliver superior visibility and insights into network performance, service reliability and user experience. Building on over 35 years of innovation, EXFO’s unique blend of equipment, software and services enable faster, more confident transformations related to 5G, cloud-native and fiber optic networks.

Click here for more about EXFO’s new 100/400G dual-port test solution.

For information:

Priscillia Chun, CCgroup PR
+44 734 2034 262