Anritsu has launched its optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) modules for its Network Master Pro MT1000A. This is targeted at field technicians of telecom companies who conduct OTDR testing to verify proper fibre installation. According to Anritsu, these new OTDR modules can operate stand-alone or be simultaneously installed with available multi-rate transport modules to create a rugged, handheld solution for field technicians to ensure the performance of mobile, metro, access and long-haul networks.

The new MT1000A series modules provide performance and dedicated testing modes, their fibre visualisers streamlining the optical testing process by minimising the number of settings and compiling the results into a graphical summary of characteristics. In addition, their fibre-to-the-antenna mode simplifies testing by eliminating all set-ups to ensure short fibres (such as those used for towers, remote radio units and in-building/distributed antenna systems) are tested thoroughly and accurately.

Both modes provide colour-coded results based on user-defined thresholds. Failing events are highlighted and easily reviewed by simply touching the icon. When an optical link has passed all criteria, files can be saved and customised reports can be generated. Field technicians can also tab between the graphical summary and actual trace for a review of fibre characteristics.

The test capabilities of MT1000A include OTDR, loss test set, IEC 61300-3-35 based Connector Inspection, 10MB to 10GB Ethernet, SONET/SDH/PDH, fibre channel, OTN and CPRI. The operation between applications reduces the learning curve as well as installation and troubleshooting times. The Network Master Pro MT1000A OTDR modules feature a high resolution and dynamic range of up to 46 dB to ensure quick and thorough evaluation of single-mode and multimode fibres. Meanwhile, the standard optical power meter and light source functions add more capability and value.