EXFO launches New Category of Fiber Testing Solutions

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QUEBEC CTY, CANADA — EXFO, a provider of test, monitoring and analytics experts, launched Optical Xplorer, the first optical fiber multimeter (OFM). Optical Xplorer makes fiber testing simple for all frontline technicians, beginner or expert, speeding up the process while empowering them to do more on-site. The device verifies optical links in seconds, and if faults are suspected, it finds and identifies them automatically.

Frontline Fiber Testing
Optical Xplorer is more than an improvement on existing test tools—it takes a completely new approach to fiber installation, turn-up and repair. This highly-intuitive job helper boosts frontline technician efficiency; ensures better network quality; and minimizes delays and costs associated with escalating problems to expert technicians.

“Powered by multiple patent-pending technologies, Optical Xplorer marks a turning point in the world of fiber testing,” said Stephen Bull, EXFO’s Vice-President, Research and Development. “And it’s the kind of innovation that only EXFO, backed by unmatched fiber optic testing expertise, could invent, define and deliver.”

Transforming Fiber Deployment Testing Procedures
Telecom operators are under significant pressure to deploy more high-quality fiber optic networks faster and at a lower cost to meet skyrocketing demand for bandwidth and prepare for next-generation technologies like 5GThe complexity of testing methods of procedure (MOPs), the necessity to outsource and the shortage in skilled frontline technicians make it difficult for both operators and contractors to attain a good return on investment (ROI) while ensuring networks are deployed right the first time.

Optical Xplorer delivers three key technological innovations:

  • Reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) through lifetime calibration and field replaceable connectors. Hidden costs throughout a product’s life make up a massive, yet sometimes overlooked, part of TCO. Optical Xplorer’s lifetime calibration and patented Click-Out™ optical connector cut costly downtime and logistics associated with factory-based updates, maintenance and repairs.
  • Saves time by exploring only faulty links. The Fault Xplorer feature self-launches during the optical link verification process, automatically exploring only those links suspected as faulty, eliminating doubts while saving testing time.
  • Validates link quality in seconds, assigning a 1- to 5-star rating.With the built-in EXFO Advisor feature, technicians get the benefit of EXFO’s 30+ years of fiber expertise and sophisticated algorithms at the push of a button, assigning ratings to links based on industry best practices.

 

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