University of New Hampshire to Expand Use of TraceSpan GPON Xpert

RA'ANANA, ISRAEL - TraceSpan Communications, a developer of broadband analysis and monitoring solutions, announced the expansion of its partnership with the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) for GPON testing. The UNH-IOL is an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry.

The UNH-IOL will use TraceSpan's GPON Xpert OLT emulator to perform GPON ONU testing in accordance with the Broadband Forum's OD-247 GPON ONU Conformance Test Plan.

The partnership between UNH-IOL and TraceSpan, first announced in February this year, is focused on building a world-class GPON test environment using TraceSpan's GPON Xpert analyzer. GPON Xpert has been used extensively by UNH-IOL and its customers in the lab and during plugfest events, aiding in the debugging of testing. Testing in the lab included a variety of test cases from the draft BBF WT-255 GPON Interoperability Test Plan.

GPON Xpert combines OLT emulation with passive and objective analysis and can perform these two functions simultaneously, thus serving as a complete, integrated test tool for ONU conformance. The GPON Xpert OLT emulator comes with predefined tests for the various OD-247 test cases. Its embedded multilayer analysis capability automatically compares the ONU's behavior and OD-247 criteria using the validation test mechanism.

"As the UNH-IOL expands our GPON testing services, we identified the need for a neutral chipset-less OLT emulator for our test environment," says Lincoln Lavoie, UNH-IOL Senior Engineer, Broadband Technologies. "As a world-recognized test lab and a leading contributor to the OD-247 test plan, we are committed to creating the best GPON testing environment possible. TraceSpan and their GPON Xpert OLT emulator are a great fit in this environment and will further improve the GPON testing available at the UNH-IOL".

Since its launch in early 2008, GPON Xpert has received excellent market acceptance and became the standard de-facto GPON testing solution after being selected by Tier-1 telecom operators and manufacturers. In the last few months, a number of new customers have been added to this list, following their evaluation and comparison of different solutions in the market. GPON Xpert is today the most widely depoloyed GPON testing solution worldwide, with several tens of customers in North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region.

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