The spread of SNS and video-streaming services is creating an explosive increase in data communications by smartphones, tablets, etc., resulting in a need to reinforce mobile backhaul and fronthaul infrastructure.
As a consequence, there is growing demand for an OTDR supporting the 1650 nm wavelength for both network installation and live-fiber maintenance evaluation. Network I&M requires both optical fiber quality tests and transmission quality tests, which in turn increases the need for an all-in-one multiplatform supporting these evaluations.
Anritsu Corporation announced the start of sales of its new MU100023A OTDR*1 Module for the Network Master Pro MT1000A optical network measuring instrument adding triple-wavelength support (1310/1550 nm, 1650 nm SMF) to the existing line of MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules.
The newly developed MU100023A adds support for the 1650 nm wavelength used for live-fiber evaluations to the 1310/1550 nm wavelengths used for actual communications to enable all-in-one, triple-wavelength OTDR measurements. Like its predecessor MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules, in addition to having a built-in stabilized light source and optical power meter, the MU100023A features a built-in visual light source and optical fiberscope options. Installing it in the MT1000A offers all-in-one communications quality-inspections of each optical fiber line, as well as live-fiber fault detection.
Additionally, simultaneous installation of the MU100023A in the MT1000A with installed 10G Multirate Module MU100010A and 100G Multirate Module MU100011A supports the above-described measurements plus transmission quality measurements using just one MT1000A.
To support the expected rapid growth in data traffic with the appearance of 5G mobile terminals, both the mobile fronthaul and backhaul*2 network segments are switching to optical signaling with widening adoption of WDM*3 in Metro networks.
With this launch of the MU100023A OTDR module for the MT1000A, Anritsu expects to help increase the efficiency of optical fiber installation and maintenance (I&M) for these above-described networks.