Published on October 13, 2016
EXFO Inc. today announced that it will supply Openreach, BT’s local network business, with its first batch of MaxTester 635G (MAX-635G). The G.fast test set can be used to install and maintain G.fast and VDSL2 circuits and will assist Openreach with its G.fast pilot later this year.
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, October 13, 2016 – EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO), (TSX: EXF) today announced that it will supply Openreach, BT’s local network business, with its first batch of MaxTester 635G (MAX-635G). The G.fast test set can be used to install and maintain G.fast and VDSL2 circuits and will assist Openreach with its G.fast pilot later this year. The pilot will see ultrafast speeds provided to 25,000 premises in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire and Gillingham, Kent.
G.fast is a cutting edge technology that allows delivery of ultrafast speeds over existing fibre to the cabinet lines using an extended bandwidth up to 106MHz. This allows operators to deploy ultrafast speeds with an incredible data rate of up to 1Gb/s over normal twisted pair telecom lines. This new technology is a pillar of the strategy many operators have to take ultrafast speeds to as many homes and businesses as possible, in the fastest possible timeframe.
The MAX-635G is the first in-field handheld tester that is designed specifically for ultrafast broadband applications. It supports ITU-T G.9700 and G.9701 recommendations as well as current VDSL2 and ADSL2+ technologies. It is also compatible with the latest VDSL2-35b and G.fast technologies as well as previous ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL2-8/12/17/30 interfaces.
With more than 30,000 units sold worldwide to address installation, activation, maintenance and troubleshooting applications, the new MAX-635G extends the diagnostic capabilities to VDSL2 35b and G.fast while maintaining the industry-leading usability, ease of use and ability to seamlessly integrate into operators’ OSS systems and workflow process.
Peter Bell, Director Network Portfolio, Openreach said “G.fast builds on our existing investment in fibre and after initial trials, our G.fast pilot will see us bringing ultrafast speeds to 25,000 premises in Cherry Hinton and Gillingham in 16/17. EXFO will supply the first batch of testers, which means we are able to test and verify our ultrafast network to a high standard.”
Stéphane Chabot, EXFO's Test and Measurement Vice-President said “EXFO is proud to provide Openreach with best-in-class test equipment to ensure its copper and fibre infrastructure is of the highest quality. We are seeing significant interest from all our customers concerning the deployment of new G.fast technology solutions who are attracted by its ultrafast speeds, which can be achieved more economically than full fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments.”
The MAX-635G will be on display in the Broadband Pavilion, D30, at the Broadband World Forum on October 18-20, 2016, in London.
For more information on this solution, please visit EXFO.com/MAX-635G.