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[November 08, 2012]

JDSU SmartOTDR Makes Every Technician an OTDR Expert

Nov 08, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The increase in optical fiber deployment to the home/building (FTTx/MDU) and to the antenna (FTTA) creates unique challenges. The scale of these projects leaves a skilled workforce shortage that's prepared to do the job. Rapid deployment schedules leave inadequate time for appropriate skills training. However, fundamental testing and certification must be maintained for service reliability and to prevent network downtime.

In response, JDSU developed the test solution to help any technician become an instant OTDR fiber test expert .

The SmartOTDR provides several ideal and important benefits for field technicians who install and troubleshoot optical fibers across premises, FTTA, and FTTH networks.

- Simplifies test and fault location during fiber installation with everything you need on one screen - Prevents re-test or site re-visits with predefined SmartConfig(TM) that eliminates 100% of OTDR setup errors - Reduces cost of ownership with less training, increased productivity, and many scalable upgrade options for the future in one unit - Speeds field operations with a light, compact, hands-free design that lets technicians get up poles and down holes quickly and easily Use case: Approximately 50% of all OTDR measurement errors are due to wrong settings, such as range, wavelength, pulse width, or index of refraction (IOR). These parameters directly impact measurement uncertainty and reliability which can result in re-tests or truck re-rolls. The SmartOTDR SmartConfig feature lets managers and network engineers set customized configurations to their network specifications. Technicians will then consistently use controlled preset configurations for error-free settings and reliable, authentic OTDR results.

JDSU won the 2012 coveted Frost & Sullivan Fiber Optics Test Equipment Market Leader Award for fiber-optic test equipment, two years in a row.

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