EXFO NetBlazer v2 Series supports 10G field testing

June 11, 2015

Quebec City, Canada. EXFO Inc. has unveiled its new NetBlazer v2 series, which the company calls the industry’s smallest portable 10G quad-port test solution designed to turn-up next-generation Ethernet services and manage multiple technologies. The NetBlazer v2 series leverages a highly intuitive interface backed by ultra-powerful processing to empower operators in greatly improving time to revenue.

Service providers are under tremendous pressure to turn-up next-gen Carrier Ethernet services faster and keep network deployment costs low, all the while ensuring quality of service to their customers. As such, operators are realizing the need for smarter, simpler, and automated test solutions to help field technicians seamlessly test and validate today’s complex services.

The NetBlazer v2 series brings intelligent applications and more intuitive processes for testing DSn/PDH, OTN, SONET/SDH, and Ethernet packet-based services up to 10G rates. It also allows Fiber-to-the-Antenna (FTTA) validation for CPRI rates from 1.2 Gb/s to 9.8 Gb/s via base-station (BBU) and remote radio head (RRH) emulation. Available in four models (FTB-870v2/880v2/870Q/880Q), the NetBlazer v2 Series includes iSAM, EXFO’s new intelligent Ethernet service activation test application. Based on the ITU-T Y.1564 standard, iSAM streamlines and significantly accelerates Ethernet testing compared to its closest competing standards-based tests. Other new features on the NetBlazer v2 series include RFC- 6349 and Quad-port GigE and 10 GigE.

The NetBlazer v2 series is housed in the new FTB-1 Pro—the latest addition to the FTB test platform family. This compact and powerful platform includes a rich set of features and capabilities such as a state-of-the-art multitouch high-resolution widescreen display and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, bringing flexibility to run many third-party applications. It offers abundant connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Gigabit Ethernet. EXFO is also introducing the FTB-720C Access OTDR as the first optical module compatible with the new FTB-1 Pro platform. Featuring three test wavelengths and up to 36 dB in dynamic range, the FTB-720C is suitable for everyday field testing in any single-mode access network. It is also recommended for FTTA, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and single-mode data center networks.

Like all EXFO’s platforms, the FTB-1 Pro is compatible with EXFO Connect, a cloud-hosted solution which allows operators to optimize field test workflow and tackle major operational barriers with automated asset management and test data management.

“With the NetBlazer v2 series, EXFO is one step ahead in helping operators achieve faster deployment of next-gen services and greater operational efficiencies,” said Claudio Mazzuca, VP of EXFO’s Transport and Service Assurance Division. “The NetBlazer v2 series greatly improves the performance of field teams by making their jobs simpler to close with more accurate, first-time-right results. This is in line with our philosophy as a leading provider of multitechnology testing solutions.”


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