Apr 30, 2013
As mobile bandwidth demand drives fiber closer to the antenna, frontline cell tower technicians, who install radio frequency (RF) networks and are new to fiber, must qualify and troubleshoot fiber installations using an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). This advanced instrument is often considered complex with difficult-to-interpret measurement results.
The JDSU FTTA-SLM removes complex OTDR test setups and simplifies results interpretation. Pairing this new FTTA application with the field-installable SLM (Smart Link Mapper) software for T-BERD®/MTS platforms offers technicians simple, icon-based map views of the fiber in FTTA networks that are easy to understand.
Key Application Benefits
Empowers field technicians to become instant OTDR fiber test experts
- Preset acquisition parameters and automatic analysis
- Specific user interface with FTTA terminology
Immediately displays fiber-network-infrastructure quality diagnostics
- Shows simple, icon-based schematics of FTTA network element positions
- Instantly isolates issues with PASS/FAIL measurement analysis results
- Certifies installation work quality and lets users generate onboard PDF reports
Fewer qualified cell tower technicians are available to safely work on tower structures and have experience handling and testing fiber. Certifying field technicians to become fiber-optic skilled to meet rapid rollout schedules can be complex and time-consuming. The FTTA-SLM application uses common terms and instantly empowers technicians to interpret OTDR test results confidently with ease, saving hours of training and OpEx.
JDSU won the coveted 2011 and 2012 Frost & Sullivan Fiber Optics Test Equipment Market Leader Award for fiber-optic test equipment.
For more information about the new JDSU FTTA-SLM software application, visit JSDU website.