Bell Labs breakthrough to pinpoint faults on broadband access networks

INDUSTRY

|
Image: By Alcatel-Lucent
Bell Labs breakthrough to pinpoint faults on broadband access networks

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a breakthrough that could save service providers time and cost in maintaining their fibre-optic broadband access networks.

The Bell Labs breakthrough provides an easy, fast and affordable method for accurately identifying and pinpointing faults.

The new network monitoring solution uses a technique called Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR). Developed by Bell Labs, the solution plugs into a network’s existing fibre access nodes and is integrated with the Motive Network Analyzer, Alcatel-Lucent’s remote management solution for broadband access networks. This approach - unprecedented in the industry - will provide a comprehensive and continuous view of PON networks, which are used to deliver high-speed broadband services to consumers and businesses.

Alcatel-Lucent notes that outages of fibre-optic networks can severely impact both users and the service providers themselves.

Alcatel-Lucent’s embedded OTDR solution addresses this issue both during the rollout of a new network and once it is in service. During the rollout phase it provides remote validation of the quality of fibre installation work. During operations it continuously monitors all lines, pinpoints the location of network problems and reduces the need for field technicians to make multiple visits to a site.

Erik M. Keith, Principal Analyst, Fixed Access Infrastructure at Current Analysis, said: “Technologies such as Alcatel-Lucent’s Embedded OTDR solution are fundamental tools that give service providers a better understanding of what is happening in their fibre access networks. Knowing where a problem occurs allows service providers to send technicians to the right place, speed up problem resolution, and provide customers with a better service experience. As such, this solution is a key enabler for protecting service providers’ fibre assets and revenues.”

Dave Geary, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline activities, said: “We have embedded OTDR test functionality into our Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) to make it a very cost-effective solution. Moreover, by integrating OTDR in our Motive Network Analyzer where it is combined with a number of complementary technologies, we can provide a comprehensive and end-to-end view of service providers’ fibre networks.

By keeping the network fully operational, cash flow is maintained and new services can be introduced smoothly, which is an important benefit for any service provider. This makes for a unique value proposition.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INDUSTRY NEWS

Terra launches Pulse to improve remittance reporting

Terra, a mobile-first international payment network, incubated by Mahindra Comviva, has announced the launch of Terra Pulse to help financial authorities and regulators accurately measure mobile-powered international remittances. Read More

Nebula achieves Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status for high performance telecoms management so

Microsoft has renewed and extended the Gold Certified Partner status awarded to Nebula for the company’s next generation telecommunications management platform, OneView.   Read More

Travelport launches state of the art customer Helpdesk in Kenya

Kenya’s travel and tourism industry receives a boost as travel technology leader launches new service at an official event welcomed by the County Executive for Finance, County Government of Nairobi and attended by the CEO and Vice Chair of the Kenya Association of Travel Agents. Read More

Take advantage of elearning to meet your BI skills development goals

In partnership with elearningCurve, Master Data Management offers various technology independent courses to deliver critical missing BI and analytics skills.   Read More

Phoenix Distribution wins Kaspersky East Africa distribution rights

Phoenix Distribution, Africa’s leading broad based distributor of software, has won the distribution rights to security giant Kaspersky Lab’s full range of security solutions in the East Africa region. Read More

Case study: How Google Cloud Platform powers Nomanini’s payments platform

Google has commended South African-based enterprise payments platform provider, Nomanini, for its role in modernising informal markets using Google products. Read More

Eutelsat partners with Camusat to deliver turnkey solutions to mobile operators

Eutelsat Communications, one of the world's leading satellite operators, and Camusat, a market leader in implementing telecom infrastructures, have entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

World Panel inks deal with Vodacom for mobile electricity solution

World Panel Inc. has showcased its latest products at AfricaCom and announced a deal with Vodacom as a key retail partner to sell its new SunStream in select stores. Read More

AMOTEL appoints WTL as its first supplier for GSM and Data Networks in rural Tanzania

World Telecom Labs (WTL) today announced that it has been appointed by AMOTEL to bring voice and data to remote rural villages close to Lake Tanganyika in the Katavi Region.  Read More

CA Southern Africa Road Show brings Digital Transformation in the Application Economy to Nigeria

The CA Southern Africa roadshow, which successfully launched in Kenya and Botswana, arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on November 3, where it showcased products and solutions that fuel digital transformation. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited

FEATURED STORY

Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats

Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. 

IN DEPTH

Poised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year WinnerPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner

Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.