Anritsu enhances portable testers for mobile fronthaul, optical transport networks

May 27, 2015
Anritsu has expanded the testing capability of its portable, all-in-one MT1000A Network Master Pro and MT1100A Network Master Flex transport network testers.

Anritsu has announced enhanced capabilities for its portable, all-in-one MT1000A Network Master Pro and MT1100A Network Master Flex transport network testers. In summary, with the upgrades, the MT1000A and MT1100A portable instruments now provide a complete set of functionality for testing OTN, Ethernet, CPRI/OBSAI, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET, as well as legacy PDH and DSn interfaces.

According to the company, enhancements for the testers specifically include support of CPRI/OBSAI and RFC 6349 TCP throughput testing, OTN multi-stage mapping for OTU3/4, a powerful remote operation tool, MDIO analysis, an event logging feature with filtering and support of a Video Inspection Probe (VIP). With the enhancements, network managers and field technicians are afforded a single-instrument handheld solution to test new technologies designed into mobile fronthaul networks, as well as OTN, Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET and other technologies in transport networks.

Via the upgrades, the MT1000A and MT1100A bring greater flexibility, accuracy, and versatility to testing high-speed networks designed for emerging high-bandwidth requirements, adds Anritsu. Both instruments now support all eight CPRI interface rates from 614.4 Mbps to 10.1376 Gbps, which ensures testing of all current and future mobile network requirements. Testing of CPRI over OTN and testing of OBSAI are included, as well. To verify IP network performance, a new TCP Throughput option allows the MT1000A and MT1100A to support the RFC 6349 test methodology, making them ideally suited for TCP throughput optimization up to 10 Gb/s.

Further, the MT1000A and MT1100A can be connected to a VIP, so users can evaluate the fiber end face and confirm that quality practices are maintained based on the IEC 61300-3-35 standard. A Remote Operation function allows the MT1000A and MT1100A to be remotely operated via a Windows-based PC. The Remote Control package also supports file transfer, including download of measurement reports and results files, upload and download of configuration files, and remote software upgrade. In addition, the dedicated Remote Control package supports multi-user access to the instrument, allowing one user per port.

Inputs and outputs of the MT1100A Network Master Flex support XLAUI/CAUI signals, allowing connection of devices such as 40G/100G/400G transceivers, framer ICs and network equipment using a CFP 10 lane extender. The MT1100A also supports CFP4 transceivers, the latest 100G optical transceiver, using a CFP2-CFP4 adaptor. To learn more visit

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