JDSU has come up with a centralized remote PON test system that tests point-to-multipoint networks from the central office (CO) using a Web browser. In other words, it helps service providers make sure IPTV and other services are working.
This new test capability complements the company’s Optical Network Management System (ONMS) that includes point-to-point fiber monitoring and GIS-based outside plant documentation.
The system, which JDSU believes to be the first of its kind, supports service providers migrating to PON by delivering a fast and cost-effective method of turning up and restoring IPTV and other broadband services to meet users' quality of experience expectations.
Traditional troubleshooting methods for services like IPTV require coordination between CO and field personnel using portable devices to conduct tests, JDSU explained. The JDSU ONMS centralized remote PON test system enables a technician in the field to troubleshoot any leg of the PON by accessing an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) in the CO through a mobile phone or Web browser.
The ability to perform single-ended measurements without having to involve a second person at the CO provides faster service turn-up, faster service restoration and reduces the number of field personnel needed to maintain the PON system. The JDSU ONMS also enables network operations center (NOC) personnel to check the current status of a fiber in seconds without having to be trained in the use of an OTDR.
Enzo di Luigi, general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment, said, “PON makes it possible to service multiple subscribers at a competitive price, and the JDSU centralized remote PON test system helps reduce operating expenses even further by limiting the amount of support needed for field turn-up and maintenance.”