All-in-one transport tester solves network problems

Posted By : Mick Elliott
All-in-one transport tester solves network problems

The new MT1000A Network Master Pro from Anritsu is an all-in-one optical network field tester that supports the multiple communications protocols used in today’s converged telecom networks. The tester is portable, compact and user-friendly and it is aimed at technicians who install and maintain mobile-access, fixed-access, metro and core transmission telecoms networks.

Together with the MU100010A test module, it provides all the capabilities required for field-testing an Optical Transport Network (OTN). It supports the new OTN features ODU0 and ODUflex, as well as Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET at rates up to 10 Gbps. It also handles legacy PDH and DSn interfaces. The product can be configured to support dual-port testing at all supported interfaces and rates.

The two ports can be used independently, effectively providing the user with two instruments in one physical device, making the field tester’s work more productive.

Two-port testing can also be used for in-service bi-directional monitoring of live traffic links, providing a new ability to maintain and optimise existing networks and test networks while they are in operation. This enables operators to pinpoint problems faster and so reduce the duration of network downtime. The instrument gives the user the capability to test the network with Ethernet and SDH/SONET client signals a feature that will become more important as the adoption of OTN and OTN switching becomes more widespread.

Using the MT1000A, with its combination of OTN testing with Ethernet, SDH/SONET and PDH/DSn testing in one self-contained unit, the field technician will be better equipped than ever before to solve the problems in the transport network autonomously, without reference to a remote network operations centre.

Other key features include: easy and intuitive GUI; WLAN/Bluetooth/LAN connectivity; PDF and XML report generation for documentation of test results; remote operation; remote control (scripting); compact and lightweight design for portability in the field; and battery operation.

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