Single-box, optical network field test set

July 25, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Anritsu’s MT1000A Network Master Pro is a new generation of all-in-one optical network field testers which support the multiple communications protocols used in converged telecom networks.

It is a portable, compact all-in-one transport tester, aimed at technicians who install and maintain mobile-access, fixed-access, metro and core transmission telecoms networks.

Together with the MU100010A test module, it provides all the capabilities required for field-testing an Optical Transport Network (OTN). It supports the new OTN features ODU0 and ODUflex, as well as Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET at rates up to 10 Gbps. It also handles legacy PDH and DSn interfaces.

The product can be configured to support dual-port testing at all supported interfaces and rates. The two ports can be used independently, effectively providing the user with two instruments in one physical device, making the field tester's work more productive. Two-port testing can also be used for in-service bi-directional monitoring of live traffic links, providing a new ability to maintain and optimise existing networks and test networks while they are in operation. This enables operators to pinpoint problems faster and so reduce the duration of network downtime.

The MT1000A Network Master Pro is also the first compact all-in-one OTN tester to give the user the capability to test the network with Ethernet and SDH/SONET client signals. This feature will become more important as the adoption of OTN and OTN switching becomes more widespread.

Using the MT1000A, with its combination of OTN testing with Ethernet, SDH/SONET and PDH/DSn testing in one self-contained unit, the field technician will be better equipped to solve problems in the transport network autonomously, without reference to a remote network operations centre.

“An increasing amount of traffic is transported over OTN lines; inside the OTN system the traffic is transported as an Ethernet or SDH/SONET signal. In some cases even Fibre Channel is used,” said Jonathan Borrill, Director of Marketing at Anritsu (EMEA). “Therefore it is important for field technicians installing and maintaining transport networks to have a universal tool like the MT1000A Network Master Pro to test all the technologies supported within the