Anritsu upgrades testers for universal pass/fail fiber endface analysis per IEC standards

July 9, 2013
Implementation of IEC61300-3-35 standard capability continues Anritsu’s emphasis of designing test systems that simplify field measurements.

Anritsu has reportedly enhanced its MT9083 Access Master OTDR and MT9090A Network Master OTDR test platforms by implementing software based on the IEC61300-3-35 standard, for universal pass/fail analysis of fiber-optic connector end faces. The company says the new software provides a more streamlined testing process that is 100% repeatable, creating a simpler, more efficient, more accurate method for field technicians to determine whether optical connectors are damaged and should be repaired/replaced, or simply need to be cleaned.

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By establishing an automated fiber-optic connector inspection process, the new software provides consistency when determining optical connector end face condition and quality. Anritsu asserts that field technicians of any experience can use the MT9083 or MT9090A to evaluate connectors based upon the IEC61300-3-35 standard criteria, which identifies four zones: core, cladding, adhesive, and contact. Results can be saved to a file or comprehensive PDF report.

The implementation of the IEC61300-3-35 standard capability continues Anritsu’s emphasis of designing test systems that simplify field measurements. The MT9083 or MT9090A can now test any kind of fiber-optic transmission lines used in a variety of applications, including access or metro networks, distributed antenna systems (DAS), fiber-to the-antenna (FTTA)/remote radio units (RRU), PON-based FTTx, or LAN.

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