EXFO’s new power meter helps techs ace PON test challenges

EXFO’s new power meter helps techs ace PON test challenges

By Lesley Hunter

EXFO Inc. is making passive optical network (PON) testing simpler and quicker with a new power meter that can detect both next-generation and legacy PON technologies, a first in the telecom industry.

The Quebec City-based network test and monitoring technology maker said that its device, known as the PPM-350D PON Power Meter, automatically identifies and adapts test parameters for the PON technology in use at the customer’s premises.  This eliminates costly guesswork by field technicians during the critical service activation phase.

EXFO says that the device helps to connect the right upstream and downstream speeds to the right customers by enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to overlay multiple new wavelengths on existing fibres.

“We developed the PON-aware power meter to tackle two key challenges for CSPs dealing with multiple legacy and next-gen technologies,” said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s vice-president of test and measurement. “First, field technicians can’t fix problems that older power meters can’t see. Second, it can be difficult to select the right test parameters for the technology, which increases the risk of meaningless test results and false positives. By using automation to solve both problems, the PPM-350D helps CSPs avoid the high costs of sending tech teams back to fix problems for frustrated new customers.”

The PPM-350D is compatible with GPON, EPON, 10G-capable and NG-PON2 networks as well as radio frequency over glass (RFoG).  Its standard Bluetooth connectivity allows users to store results, create test reports and share results using their smart device.

In addition, the PPM-350D offers an optional visual fault locator (VFL) to identify breaks, bends, faulty connectors or splices and other causes of signal loss, helping to shorten time-to-restoration cycles and increase the productivity of field crews.

Founded in 1985, EXFO has approximately 1,600 employees in 25 countries. More than 2,000 customers use EXFO’s test instruments and realtime 3D analytics solutions, including 90% of the largest communications service providers, most network equipment manufacturers and many webscale companies.

For more information, visit EXFO.com

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