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September 09, 2010

MRV Introduces Fiber Driver Optical Spectrum Analyzer

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Recently, MRV Communications, a provider of optical communication and IT infrastructure management solutions to service providers and enterprises around the world, launched its new Fiber Driver Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) module for real-time optical performance analysis of any dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) aggregated optical link.

This advanced optical monitoring capability enables continuous and preemptive optical performance measurement, eliminating the need for stand-alone optical spectrum analyzers in every node in the optical network or maintenance truck rolls when problems occur therefore significantly reducing OPEX.

Basic performance monitoring of a DWDM system requires monitoring of each wavelength to ensure the light is transmitting within a narrow spectral range and within well-defined optical parameters to verify that the network optical paths are operating as expected. The OSA module provides an enhanced optical channel monitoring functionality that enables the identification of active wavelengths. These measurements can be reported to any management platform, for inventory management, optical service visibility, fault isolation, alarming and proactive actions.

Mary Jane Gruninger, president of Optical Communications Systems at MRV (News - Alert) said that this further enriches our Fiber Driver optical transport access solution and enables our customers to gain better visibility and availability of their revenue generating high-capacity optical services and save operational cost by remotely monitoring network services.

MRV’s Fiber Driver optical multi-service product line provides a full range services demarcation, media conversion, signal repeating and fiber-optimization solutions, including coarse and dense WDM capabilities. Both managed and unmanaged solutions are available, including rack-mount, modular systems and desktop systems.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi