Anritsu Corporation has started sales of its Network Master Pro MT1040A for 400G networks.

In addition to supporting 400G Ethernet, this new battery-powered tester with directly mounted QFSP-DD optical modules also has a simultaneously installable 10M-to-100G interface for access, metro, mobile fronthaul/backhaul, and data-center transmission quality tests (BER, throughput, frame loss, and latency measurements), while the easy-to-use GUI, remote-control-over-network option, and auto-test functions add-up to a tester with unparalleled measurement efficiency.

Anritsu expects its 400G Ethernet MT1040A to meet customers’ needs in facilitating widespread roll-out of high-speed networks.

Development Background

The start of commercial 5G services and the spread of cloud computing is causing continuous increases in communications traffic. Moreover, the rapid spread of teleworking and online work is causing problems for communications operators, requiring bandwidth reinforcement. 400G Ethernet is a key technology in strengthening support for these traffic increases, and there is an urgent need for a portable 400G tester supporting commissioning and maintenance of 400G Ethernet networks. Anritsu previously launched its popular MT1000A tester supporting communication speeds up to 100 Gbps for networks and data centers; this new, telecom world’s smallest B5-size MT1040A 400G Ethernet tester inherits its predecessor’s easy usability while adding new functions for even more efficient testing, installation, and maintenance of faster networks up to 400G speeds.

Product Outline

The 400G Network Master Pro MT1040A is a portable tester for evaluating the communications quality of networks operating at speeds from 10 Mbps to 400 Gbps. Always-on Forward Error Correction (FEC) is a key technology for achieving 400G Ethernet speeds. With built-in FEC analysis functions, the MT1040A is the ideal tester for evaluating the communications quality of optical modules, such as QSFP-DD, and the performance of 400G devices.

Moreover, simultaneous installation of any of the optional MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A/MU100023A OTDR modules supports measurement of optical fiber lines for fault troubleshooting.

Additionally, on-site testing work efficiency is increased by the one-button automatic testing function for Pass/Fail evaluations at multiple tests.

Key Features

All-in-one communications network evaluations- The all-in-one MT1040A supports evaluation of Ethernet, OTN, eCPRI/RoE/CPRI/OBSAI, Fibre Channel, and SDH/SONET networks using BER, throughput, frame loss, and latency measurements of mixed networks, based on the latest optical to earlier digital communications standards.

More efficient measurement work using automatic testing and remote control- Standalone automatic testing and Pass/Fail evaluations are supported without requiring an external controller, such as a PC; even unskilled operators can perform consistent network testing, accurate evaluations, and report creation

Target Markets and Applications

Target Markets: Communications carriers, and network installation and maintenance companies

Applications: Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of communications networks and data centers.