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Introduction to testing next-generation SONET/SDH

This course covers the basics of next-generation SONET/SDH technology and its test applications using EXFO’s FTB/IQS-8115/8120/8130 SONET/SDH analyzers. This training session discusses both theory and practice.

1 day
Live online


Part 1

Next-generation SONET/SDH − An overview

  • Packet-aware transport
  • Generic framing procedure (GFP)
  • Virtual concatenation (VCAT)
  • Link capacity adjustment scheme (LCAS)
Part 2

Next-generation SONET/SDH testing applications using EXFO’s FTB/IQS-8115/8120/8130

  • GFP testing
    • Conformance (EoS qualification)
    • Alarm and error processing
    • Performance characterization
  • VCAT testing
    • VCAT conformance (HO/LO)
    • VCAT alarm and error processing
    • Differential delay
  • LCAS testing
    • LCAS conformance
    • LCAS alarm and error processing
  • Multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPP) and EoS service turn-up
    • Network elements − installation and commissioning
    • End-to-end EoS test
    • VCAT differential delay specification conformance


Introduction to testing legacy SONET
Introduction to testing legacy SDH
Equivalent knowledge of legacy SONET and/or SDH technology


The first part of this course consists of lectures using PowerPoint presentations and demonstrations, while the second part provides practical training with hands-on testing exercises using EXFO’s FTB/IQS-8115/8120/8130 SONET/SDH analyzers.


Attendees will receive a binder containing copies of presentations and other printed handouts, if applicable. When available, a CD containing the electronic version (in PDF format) of the presentation, as well as related application notes, will also be provided.


8:00 AM - NOON

Part 1: Theory of E1 technology and ATS-QSIG

Overview of next-generation SONET/SDH

NOON - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Part 2: Hands-on session

Testing next-generation SONET/SDH applications with FTB/IQS-8115/8120/8130