FTB OnDemand – time-based software license

Time-based software licenses

FTB OnDemand orchestrates the instantiation of licenses enabling customers to activate a wide range of testing functionalities—such as 100G testing—for a specific period time to match their exact testing requirements. This flexibility is perfect for situations where a test function is only needed for a specific project or for a new service that is still in the early ramp-up stage. FTB OnDemand is part of EXFO TFv, the industry’s first suite of defined offerings that focuses on test function virtualization.


Unique, flexible software architecture

Thanks to EXFO’s leadership in cloud-based test solutions, our solution features a unique and flexible software architecture that is easily compatible with a number of EXFO’s best-in-class test modules including:


CAPEX- and OPEX-conscious solution

FTB OnDemand delivers the flexibility to perform a specific test, on a specific module for a specific period of time. This solution allows for barrier-free entry, reduced costs, increased business productivity and greater flexibility, not to mention maximum scalability and efficiency when it comes to network testing and service turn-up.


FTB Anywhere – floating test licenses

Pushing the limits of cost efficient testing

No more: technician A needs 100G capability, but that unit is with technician B (300 miles away).

Now: 100% functionality for all your technicians, in any testing situation.

  • Flexibility and agility to address any testing situation—always the right solution
  • Increased productivity—more done in less time
  • No idle time

Maximum flexibility within budget

No more: deciding which units and which technicians get the upgrade.

Now: without “upgrading” the budget, all your units and technicians can use the licenses.

  • More testing capabilities without spending more
  • 100% functionality for all your technicians, at all time
  • Minimum investment leveraged throughout your organization

Eliminating logistical nightmares

No more: shipping units for upgrades (with the accompanying costs and delays).

Now: instantaneous access to needed features, no shipping, no delays.

  • No need to ship units—no waybill, no tracking, no customs clearing, no lost or damaged units
  • No need to manage the equipment pool
  • Much simpler operational processes

FTBx-5245/5255 – optical spectrum analyzers for the field

The new FTBx-5255 is the only OSA on the market to address all applications in a single module:

  • High-speed DWDM, with OSNR measurements from 10G to 400G, including In-service Pol-Mux OSNR
  • CWDM spectral analysis
  • Spectral analysis of pluggable transceivers (CFP, XFP, etc.) on the O-band, 1300 nm region, as well as L-band transceivers

New in-service Pol-Mux OSNR

With the advent of EXFO’s In-service Pol-Mux OSNR method (INSPM), the wait for a non-intrusive Pol-Mux OSNR method that works on live networks is now over! This robust method features a high dynamic range and provides very accurate Pol-Mux OSNR values for 40G/100G/200G/400G* signals. It is the preferred method for reducing coherent network outages, pinpointing defective amplifiers and decreasing troubleshooting time.

Analyze any WDM network

Regardless your network specificities and testing requirements, the FTBx-5245/5255 covers your DWDM applications and all channel spacings—from 25 GHz DWDM to CWDM—which is what we like to refer to as “no-compromise performance”.

Powerful platforms, powerful combos

Housed in the compact and portable FTB-2, FTB-2 Pro and FTB-4 Pro platforms, or in the rack-mountable LTB-8 platform, the FTBx-5245/5255 OSA test modules provide all the tools needed for maximum field efficiency from the market’s most compact high-speed deployment and multiservice testing solutions. When equipped with the commissioning assistant option or the In-service Pol-Mux option, this versatile OSA can be combined with the FTBx-88200NGE Power Blazer module to become the industry’s smallest OSA/transport solution in a single platform for commissioning 40G/400G circuits.


FOT-5205 – DWDM channel checker

Deploying Remote PHY? Meet your new best friend.

For cable operators, Remote PHY is the next major network architecture change. This new technology brings fiber much deeper into the network—and much closer to the end user. Remote PHY also triggers the evolution from analog optics to digital optics, featuring Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for increased capacity.

The FOT-5205 meets the testing needs of Remote PHY deployments in terms of spectral range, power range and channel spacing. It is the ideal tool for successful network commissioning and effective troubleshooting.

Extremely fast measurement time

EXFO understands that field technicians want to get the job done the first time—and quickly. The FOT-5205 boasts a measurement time of less than 0.5 seconds, one of the fastest in the industry.

Unparalleled testing capabilities

Unlike some competing products, EXFO’s FOT-5205 is sensitive enough to detect low power signals, down to -50 dBm. This feature is especially important when measuring through monitor ports because these reduce the signal power by approximately 20 dB.


Optical Wave Expert – DWDM Channel Checker and OTDR

The Optical Wave Expert integrates channel power validation and reflectometry characterization on a single port. This means that technicians can automatically identify faulty channels and follow through with fault location by leveraging intelligent OTDR capabilities.

The smart toggle to the OTDR mode is done automatically, without having to set any parameters. Technicians can now obtain instant channel power readings through an intuitive GUI and seamlessly benefit from tunable OTDR capabilities. The field-proven MaxTester platform provides a rugged and compact form factor that is purpose-built around practicality and efficiency.

The integration of channel checker and OTDR capabilities on a single port means less unnecessary manipulation of the optical fiber and improved field efficiency. This translates into faster mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and makes the trial and error approach–which can disable nodes–obsolete.


MAX-5205 – Simple DWDM channel checker

The MAX-5205 optical channel checker leverages an intuitive workflow and a handheld form factor with a wide touchscreen. This makes it an essential and a practical tool in the field for technicians troubleshooting or commissioning DWDM networks.

The MAX-5205 also offers data storage and reporting capacity from the field, avoiding delays in closing jobs and the loss of test results.

With the plug-and-play optical add-ons (inspection probe, power meter and visual fault locator), this test kit becomes a powerful, agile, and versatile solution for various network architectures.


5GPro Spectrum Analyzer – RF spectrum analyzer

The 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer with over-the-air (OTA) measurements delivers an easy-to-perform and easy-to-interpret experience. Ready to adapt as your network transforms, our flexible, modular platform lets field techs and RF engineers analyze FR1 (sub-6 GHz) including CBRS/C-bands, and FR2 (mmWave) bands with a single solution for extreme flexibility and upgradeability.

Spectrum clearing

During the planning stages and prior to repurposing or reallocating an existing band (or before rolling out a new cell site), operators need to make sure that any previously occupied spectrum (at a specified band) is free of unwanted legacy signals. Unwelcomed signals can create interference that is problematic for both LTE and 5G networks.

EXFO’s 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer (including RTSA) can determine if unwanted signals exist and when present, help field techs locate their source through interference hunting.

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Meet the 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer

EXFO’s CEO Philippe Morin and Stéphane Chabot, Vice-President Test and Measurement launch the 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer. RF spectrum analysis just got simpler, faster, better!


Why EXFO for RF?

How can we make testing simpler, faster, better? At EXFO, that’s a question we’ve been asking for over 35 years. And it’s one we continue to answer with a steady stream of innovative, award-winning solutions.

Now we’re bringing fresh eyes and our field-focused expertise to the area of RF testing. Working closely with some of the world’s biggest Tier 1 mobile operators and industry-leading RF technology partners, we re-imagined RF spectrum analysis to help clear the air for 5G.

  • Revolutionary RF modules for FR1 and FR2, providing optimal scalability
  • Smart, UX-optimized GUI designed for the way field techs should test
  • Striking the right balance between portability and functionality
  • Bringing intelligence to RF testing with our patent-pending intelligent peak detection and Snap-to-Peak features

Designed by field techs

Current RF spectrum analyzers are complex, requiring extensive RF knowledge to operate. And with equipment from multiple vendors, each with different GUIs and processes, things can get complicated. Learning it all takes time, but 5G won’t wait.

  • Do more in less time: purpose-built and automated, making it easier and quicker to detect, locate and eliminate RF issues in the RAN (i.e., interference, beam performance issues etc.)
  • Field-specific features: exactly what’s required in the field—no confusing apps and features that buyers paid for, but that field techs will never use
  • Compact, field portable: validate 4G/LTE and 5G RAN with a wide range of functionalities built into a small-footprint design

RF testing that scales and adapts with your network

Operators need to support, maintain and test both new and existing RF technologies (e.g., 3G/4G/LTE/5G-NR). Testing solutions that require two tools, one for 4G (mostly FR1 low bands) and a second for 5G (FR1 mid band and FR2), are both costly and inefficient. Meet those challenges head-on with EXFO’s 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer:

  • Go modular: a single RF spectrum testing solution that supports both FR1 (450 MHz – 6 GHz) and FR2 (24.25 GHz – 40 GHz) bands–field upgradeable as requirements change
  • Built for now and later: start with FR1 testing and add FR2 as requirements change
  • Test different RF frequencies plus CPRI, eCPRI and Ethernet (up to 100G), timing and sync, and fiber using a modular, future-proof design
  • Cloud connectivity lets managers easily add RF spectrum analysis to job workflows