EXFO introduces ‘industry first‘ integrated test solution for DWDM networks

03 January 2020

EXFO claims its Optical Wave Expert is the first device to integrate DWDM channel power validation and intelligent OTDR fault-locating capabilities on a single port.

Designed to save multiple service operators (MSOs) time and money, the Optical Wave Expert equips field technicians to automatically measure, diagnose and troubleshoot optical fibre links.  

“We’re delighted to bring an innovation to market that reduces ‘time-to-cash KPIs’, streamlines operations and empowers cable operators’ field operations to get it done right the first time,” says said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s vice president of test and measurement.

"Even field technicians with no DWDM network experience become instant experts in diagnostics and troubleshooting. The Optical Wave Expert, which is easy-to-use, compact and portable, fills an existing gap in the market by eliminating the need for multiple instruments and seamlessly isolating problems for quick resolution.”

The integration of channel checker and OTDR capabilities on a single port means less unnecessary manipulation of the optical fibre and improved field efficiency.

Instead of the ‘trial and error’ process that previously relied on separate, less proficient devices which increased the chance of disabling nodes, EXFO’s Optical Wave Expert ensures faster meantime-to-repair and accelerates service turn-up and time to revenue. 

EXFO says technicians can now perform real-time channel power readings through an intuitive GUI environment and benefit from tuneable OTDR capabilities.

What’s more, bar graph and table views are available on a wide touchscreen display for instant visibility.