Anritsu Corporation has started the sales of its new MU100023A Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR), Module for the Network Master Pro MT1000A optical network measuring instrument adding triple-wavelength support (1,310/1,550 nm, 1,650 nm SMF) to the existing line of MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules.

The newly developed MU100023A adds support for the 1650nm wavelength used for live-fibre evaluations to the 1,310/1,550nm wavelengths used for actual communications to enable all-in-one, triple-wavelength OTDR measurements. Like its predecessor MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules, in addition to having a built-in stabilised light source and optical power meter, the MU100023A features a built-in visual light source and optical fiberscope options. Installing it in the MT1000A offers all-in-one communications quality-inspections of each optical fibre line, as well as live-fibre fault detection.

Additionally, simultaneous installation of the MU100023A in the MT1000A with installed 10G Multirate Module MU100010A and 100G Multirate Module MU100011A supports the above-described measurements plus transmission quality measurements using just one MT1000A.

To support the expected rapid growth in data traffic with the appearance of 5G mobile terminals, both the mobile fronthaul and backhaul network segments are switching to optical signaling with widening adoption of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) in Metro networks.

With this launch of the MU100023A OTDR module for the MT1000A, Anritsu expects to help increase the efficiency of optical fibre installation and maintenance (I&M) for these above-described networks.

Development Background

The spread of SNS and video-streaming services is creating an explosive increase in data communications by smartphones, tablets, etc., resulting in a need to reinforce mobile backhaul and fronthaul infrastructure. As a consequence, there is growing demand for an OTDR supporting the 1650nm wavelength for both network installation and live-fibre maintenance evaluation. Network I&M requires both optical fibre quality tests and transmission quality tests, which in turn increases the need for an all-in-one multiplatform supporting these evaluations.

Anritsu already supports transmission quality tests using its Network Master Pro MT1000A and a line of OTDR module options, such as the 10G Multirate Module MU100010A. It also offers the MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules for optical fibre quality tests.

Today’s announcement adds the newly developed MU100023A OTDR module supporting triple wavelengths (1,310/1,550 nm, 1,650 nm SMF) to the product line and enables one MT1000A unit to support all OTDR and transmission quality tests required for I&M covering mobile to Metro network segments.

Product Outline

The MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A/MU100023A line of OTDR modules for the Network Master Pro MT1000A feature a built-in OTDR, stabilised light source, and optical power meter for optical fibre I&M. In addition, a visual light source and optical fiberscope can be added as options to offer the required optical fibre I&M measurement functions in a single module.

The MU100023A built-in filter removes live-fibre wavelength bands other than the 1650nm maintenance band to support fault finding while remaining connected to live fibre. Like its predecessor MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules, it offers fast real-time measurements with excellent responsivity, short dead zone, and a wide dynamic range. Furthermore, the large, 9-inch, high-resolution, full-color touchscreen and easy-to-use Fiber Visualiser function are designed for ease-of-use by operators who are less familiar with OTDR measurements.

Key Features

■ Live-Fiber Maintenance Evaluation using OTDR

The MU100023A supports the 1,650nm wavelength band used for optical fibre maintenance. With a built-in filter to remove wavelength bands used for live-fibre communications it enables both live-fibre testing and fault location as well as dark-fibre tests without live communications.

■ All-in-One OTDR and Transmission Quality Tests

With its wide dynamic range function (1,310/1,550 nm, 1,650 nm: 42/41 dB, 35 dB), the MU100023A OTDR module can be installed simultaneously with the existing 10G Multirate Module MU100010A and 100G Multirate Module MU100011A to offer all-in-one support for fibre fault location and transmission quality tests of mobile fronthaul and backhaul network segments.

■ Intuitive At-a-Glance Fiber Loss and Return Loss Evaluation

The MU100023A has the same Fiber Visualiser function as its predecessor MU100020A/MU100021A/MU100022A modules for easy-to-recognise symbolic characterisation of fibre connectors and splices at OTDR measurement. Color-coded pass/fail result evaluations of fault loss and return loss based on set reference values help ease the burden of fibre tests for inexperienced OTDR operators, while PDF reports are created by one-button operation.

■ Higher Fault Detection Accuracy

The MU100020A/MU100021/MU100022A/MU100023A module line implements OTDR measurements while auto-switching measurement conditions to detect faults from compound analysis results and help improve evaluation accuracy for both Passive Optical Network (PON) networks and complex circuits composed of long and short fibres.

Target Markets and Applications

■ Target Markets: Mobile operator base station installation contractors, communications engineers, network construction companies, communications infrastructure maintenance companies, communications infrastructure construction companies

■ Applications: Optical network installation and maintenance