Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Embedded Monitoring Solution for GPON

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AMSTERDAMAlcatel-Lucent has introduced a network monitoring solution designed to save service providers time and cost in maintaining fiber broadband access networks by using optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR), a method for locating flaws in fiber optic lines developed by Bell Labs.

The solution, which provides an easy, fast and affordable method for accurately identifying and pinpointing faults, plugs into a network’s existing fiber access nodes and is integrated with Motive Network Analyzer, Alcatel-Lucent’s remote management solution for broadband access networks. This approach will provide a comprehensive and continuous view of PON networks, which are used to deliver high-speed broadband services to consumers and businesses.

Outages of fiber optic networks can severely impact both users and service providers themselves. Alcatel-Lucent’s embedded OTDR solution addresses this issue both during the rollout of a new network and once it is in service. During the rollout phase, it provides remote validation of the quality of fiber installation work. During operations, it continuously monitors all lines, pinpoints the location of network problems and reduces the need for field technicians to make multiple visits to a site.

Erik M. Keith, principal analyst, fixed access infrastructure at Current Analysis, says, “Technologies such as Alcatel-Lucent’s Embedded OTDR solution are fundamental tools that give service providers a better understanding of what is happening in their fiber access networks. Knowing where a problem occurs allows service providers to send technicians to the right place, speed up problem resolution, and provide customers with a better service experience. As such, this solution is a key enabler for protecting service providers’ fiber assets and revenues.”

Dave Geary, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireline activities, adds, “By integrating OTDR in our Motive Network Analyzer where it is combined with a number of complementary technologies, we can provide a comprehensive and end-to-end view of service providers’ fiber networks. By keeping the network fully operational, cash flow is maintained and new services can be introduced smoothly.”


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