Viavi adds OTDR 2.0, SmartPocket optical power meters to fiber test offering

March 17, 2021
Viavi Solutions expands its comprehensive fiber test product line to address service providers' growing need for faster, more reliable fiber deployments.

Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) has this week introduced new fiber test and measurement instruments, expanding the company's complete product offering for fiber-optic testing.

The company says its new optical power meters, fiber characterization modules, and an enhanced Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) platform enable service providers, colocation and hyperscale data centers, enterprises and contractors to reduce costs, improve quality of service, minimize downtime and speed time-to-revenue.

Per a Viavi statement:

As networks expand and transform to meet tomorrow's demands, new processes, tools and solutions are needed to address rapidly changing business and network needs. The comprehensive Viavi fiber portfolio continues to evolve with a full range of essential instruments, systems and software required to address today's fastest growing technologies and functional needs, providing end-to-end support for the construction, activation, monitoring and maintenance of fiber-optic services.

New and enhanced elements of the Viavi fiber test platform include the following products:

  • OTDR 2.0 – The all-new Viavi OTDR platform has been re-designed to deliver faster, more reliable measurements and user experience. A modern touch gesture interface and guided, automated workflow enables simplified real-time operation to improve job quality control and ensure operational goals are achieved, for technicians of any experience level. A modular design allows migration of fiber test capabilities across Viavi platforms, including the company's T-BERD/MTS, OneAdvisor and CellAdvisor 5G testers. The OTDR 2.0 offers the company's most comprehensive range of fiber and service layer tests, from basic fiber certification to automated bi-directional characterization.
  • SmartPocket V2 - Building on the popular Viavi SmartPocket line, the SmartPocket V2 is a complete family of optical power meters, light sources and loss test kits for essential fiber testing, activation and troubleshooting. The company says the SmartPocket V2 family allows service providers to improve technician speed and accuracy even as they deploy next-generation technologies.

These new products complement Viavi's comprehensive fiber test platform, including its PON/FTTx innovations for fiber monitoring (ONMS), construction/installation (Optimeter), and first-to-market certification of unbalanced PON architectures (PON OTDR).

"Since Corning invented optical fiber in 1970, we have been continually innovating fiber and connectivity solutions to transform today's networks," asserts Brian Rhoney, director of data center market development, Corning. "As we enable providers to bring high-speed fiber closer to the end-user with next-generation technologies such as high-density cables, testing practices and tools also need continued transformation. We believe the latest fiber test solutions from Viavi have done just that."

"Service providers are under pressure to increase their fiber footprint, completing massive deployments – to homes, businesses, data centers and 5G cell sites – while striving to maintain quality of experience and reduce operational expenses," concludes Koji Okamoto, vice president, fiber and access business, at Viavi. "The ability to capture faster, more reliable fiber test measurements with simple to use, automated solutions means that service providers can reduce contractor costs without sacrificing deployment pace or quality of experience, improving performance and operational efficiency for the life of the network."

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