EXFO Releases New OLTS for IL, ORL and Fiber Length Measurement


The global leader in optical test equipment maker EXFO has released a new model OLTS for testing insertion loss, optical return loss and the fiber length. EXFO says it’s new model MaxTester 945 Telco OLTS is the first tablet-inspired multifunction optical loss test set (OLTS) delivering insertion loss (IL), optical return loss (ORL) and fiber length measurements at two wavelengths in five seconds via fully automated bidirectional FasTesT™ analysis.

The MaxTester 945 Telco OLTS further consolidates the company’s test solution portfolio for FTTx construction, telecommunications and outside plant networks. The new model is launched to help Telco field technicians achieve faster, first-time-right system acceptance in the field. This model is a replacement for EXFO’s market-leading FOT-930 model and brings unmatched user experience and efficiency together with the optimal cost of ownership in the latest tablet-inspired form factor.

The MaxTester 945 Telco OLTS (MAX-945) delivers outstanding speed and optical performances and has an advanced suite of user-assistance features. With its step-by-step reference wizard and intelligent fault diagnosis, the MAX-945 provides expert guidance throughout the test process to ensure immediate efficiency by first-time users while removing the risk of errors or negative loss—a common source of issues when testing low loss fibers. Thanks to these added features, along with the re-testing capabilities which reduce the number of steps from eight to only three, a test job that traditionally required around 8 hours can now be done in only 2.5 hours.

EXFO has remodeled its already market-leading solution to provide users with an even better, faster and more precise test set. The new model in the OLTS testing industry reduces the average cable characterization time by more than 60% for standard large-count fiber optic cables.

The MAX-945 can test short links, such as drop fibers in FTTH networks, with extreme precision and very low loss. EXFO uses a one-cord reference method for automated bidirectional testing and highly accurate optics in this test device. It also features onboard professional PDF reporting and best-in-class singlemode distance range of 200 km. The MAX-945 OLTS also performs an onboard diagnosis to deliver real-time information about the test cord health and pass/fail results according to preset or custom criteria throughout the referencing and testing processes.

Having a tablet-inspired design with a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen and an intuitive Windows-like interface, the MAX-945 offers integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and supports EXFO Connect cloud-based test asset management. Moreover, its on-board reporting capabilities allow technicians to document their work live from the field with no need for post-processing back at the office. This means technicians can close jobs, get paid and move to the next one faster. With 12 hours of battery autonomy and internal memory capacity for 150,000 test results, the MAX-945 also ensures a full day of work in the field.

The MAX-945 follows and applies best industry practices: both the main and remote units have full-fledged feature sets and are compatible with the market-leading FIP-400B automated inspection probe series to quickly inspect connector end-faces at both ends. Now both technicians can see, understand and act on the results while removing dirty or damaged connectors from the equation.

EXFO provides communications service providers (CSPs) with test orchestration and performance intelligence solutions to ensure the smooth deployment, maintenance, and management of next-generation, physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. The company has also forged strong relationships with network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to develop deep expertise that migrates from the lab to the field and beyond. EXFO’s key differentiation comes from combining intelligent, automated and cloud-based test and monitoring solutions with real-time analytics to deliver unmatched end-to-end visibility and assurance—from a network, services and end-user level. EXFO is no. 1 in portable optical testing and boasts the largest active service assurance deployment worldwide.

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