EXFO expands portable multiservice test platform
Test & Measurement World Staff - October 3, 2012
EXFO’s NetBlazer series of multiservice testers and FTB-1 portable platform now offer CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface), OBSAI (Open Base Station Architecture Initiative), and OTN (Optical Transport Network) test functionalities.
Along with existing DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel test features, the NetBlazer series gives frontline technicians a multiservice test solution in a single handheld unit.
NetBlazer modules are housed in the FTB-1 platform, which is compatible with the EXFO Connect cloud-based environment for automated hardware and data management. All of the new test functions can be enabled via a simple on-site software upgrade.
The CPRI and OBSAI standards define the protocols to be used between the eNodeB and the remote radio heads. They eliminate the need to have the base station directly adjacent to the antenna on rooftops or in other difficult locations. Instead, the base station can be installed in less challenging locations where size, climate, and availability of power are more easily managed.
OTN technology combines the advantages of SONET/SDH with the bandwidth-expansion capabilities offered by DWDM (dense wavelength-division multiplexing). OTN benefits include enhanced operation, administration, and maintenance processes; a universal container supporting all service types; a standard multiplexing hierarchy; and end-to-end optical transport transparency of customer traffic.