Broadband Technology Report Awards 4 Diamonds to EXFO's Unique intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM)
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, October 10, 2012 - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today that its intelligent Optical Link Mapper (iOLM) was awarded 4 Diamonds by Broadband Technology Report.
(Media-Newswire.com) - QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, October 10, 2012 — EXFO Inc. ( NASDAQ: EXFO ) ( TSX: EXF ) announced today that its intelligent Optical Link Mapper ( iOLM ) was awarded 4 Diamonds by Broadband Technology Report. Building on EXFO’s market-leading OTDR expertise, the iOLM simplifies both the field-testing and management processes, leading to significant OPEX reductions for operators.
With one click, the iOLM automatically launches multipulse acquisitions, and then presents a clear, comprehensive link view, illustrated with colored icons. Powered by patent-pending Link-Aware™ technology and available in both the FTB-1 and FTB-200 portable test platforms, the iOLM test application eliminates the complex aspects of traditional OTDR measurements, such as test parameter settings, multiple acquisitions over the same fiber link, or the time-consuming task of analyzing OTDR traces.
Technology Background and Market Needs
New-generation networks—fiber-to-the-home ( FTTH ), fiber-to-the-antenna ( FTTA ), mobile backhaul, CWDM, distributed antenna systems ( DAS ), data centers, etc.—are shorter, with more closely spaced events, potential fiber bends, contaminated connectors or optical splitters. Accurately characterizing such networks is more difficult for the growing number of new technicians brought over by the massive deployments in the access. In this context, although a commodity in most test procedures, the OTDR remains difficult to operate.
By translating complex OTDR language into real network icons and clear diagnoses, and requiring minimal training, the iOLM turns any technician into a fiber-testing expert and ensures uniform results from various technicians or outside contractors. It also frees managers from the significant level-2 support they must otherwise provide every day, so they can focus on business-generating tasks.
“With more fiber deep deployment, tools that help manage the network become more important,” said Broadband Technology Report officials. “The iOLM elevates the OTDR into a comprehensive measurement tool for modern fiber networks. EXFO has made some great additions to the ever-demanding world of optical fiber testing.”
“Receiving a 4-Diamond Award from Broadband Technology Report is a great recognition from the cable TV industry. It reinforces the fact that the iOLM is increasingly gaining market acceptance and becoming a reference in fiber characterization,” said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO’s Test and Measurement Division. “To us, the iOLM epitomizes our commitment to helping operators and contractors solve their network-testing challenges while increasing operational efficiency, as it minimizes training time and repeat jobs, enabling even entry-level technicians to achieve expert results.”
The iOLM test application will be showcased at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 ( booth 2154 ), in Orlando, Florida, October 14-19. Visit our website for more on the intelligent Optical Link Mapper.
About Broadband Technology Report
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About the Diamond Technology Review Program
The BTR Diamond Technology Reviews ( “the Diamonds” ) is a renowned industry program now in its eighth year—that was developed to recognize some of the top products and solutions available to the cable industry as determined by a stellar panel of cable telecommunications engineering experts. Engineering executives from Bright House, Buckeye, Comcast, MediaComm, Rogers, Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable were among the third-party judges for the 2012 Diamonds. Every year, BTR invites vendors to submit written information about products/solutions that have been released or upgraded since the previous year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ( November 2011 ). Criteria used in the Diamonds rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies ( accounting for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market ). EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.
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