Test & Measurement

Network field tester added to rental range

5th December 2014
Mick Elliott

Livingston has added Anritsu’s all-in-one optical network field tester to its portfolio of rental products. The recently released MT1000A Network Master Pro is a compact, portable device that is optimised for carrying out comprehensive field testing on optical transport network (OTN) infrastructure. It can deal with the multiple communications protocols now being incorporated into modern telecommunications technology.

When accompanied by Anritsu’s MU100010A multi-rate module, it has the capacity necessary for testing 10Gbit/s network protocols, such as 10G Ethernet and Fibre Channel, as well as SDH/SONET. It also supports the latest OTN functions, such as ODU0 and ODUflex, plus legacy PDH and DSn interfaces.

The unit has a 9in, 800×480 pixel resolution TFT display with built-in touchscreen. Through it field test operatives have access to a highly intuitive user interface that is quick and simple to navigate around, with a logical structure and self-explanatory graphical symbols. This helps to minimise the possibility of errors occurring and shortens the time required for training. Test data can be transferred via the MT1000A’s USB, WLAN and Bluetooth interconnects. Reports can be generated in PDF or XML formats.

“The complexity of current communication infrastructure continues to rise, with operators implementing new technologies like OTN and MPLS-TP into their metro and backhaul networks. At the same time they often need to maintain legacy technologies such as SDH/SONET, states Reinier Treur, Marketing Director at Livingston. “The MT1000A differentiates itself from other test products on the market as it has the ability to address all these network test requirements in a single self-contained device, effectively troubleshooting OTN at all levels and identifying the root cause of performance degradation. Now with rental availability through Livingston a whole new dimension has been added to this offering - allowing greater cost effectiveness and convenience.”


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