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Agilent Debuts N2X EPON Solution

Agilent Technologies Inc. at TELECOM 05 debuted its performance-analysis solution for testing Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPONs).


The Agilent N2X EPON Performance Analysis Solution validates and debugs EPON implementations to quickly bring EPON services into operation.


Video-on-demand and other “triple-play” services of video, voice and data require the provision of high-bandwidth residential services directly to consumers. Passive optical networks are the next step beyond DSL and cable modems, delivering very high-speed services to consumers over an all-optical access network. Chip vendors, network equipment manufacturers and service providers must verify the fair sharing of bandwidth on an EPON, and pinpoint the precise location and causes of congestion and service disruption.


To solve these problems, Agilent has introduced the new N2X N5604A Tri-rate Ethernet EPON Test Card and dedicated software, enabling the Agilent


N2X EPON Performance Analysis Solution to generate traffic through an EPON, and monitor both data and control protocol traffic directly on the EPON.


The test system isolates the source of EPON performance issues to either the Optical Network Unit (ONU) or the Optical Line Terminal (OLT). Engineers can use the trigger, filter, capture and decode capabilities on the test system to analyze and isolate the causes of performance or protocol conformance issues. The test solution also inspects Ethernet OAM flows to debug vendor-specific settings.


“The addition of native EPON test capability to the industry-leading N2X solution provides customers with the only complete multiport solution to validate EPON implementations,” says Dave Bass, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Data Networks Division. “The N2X’s new capabilities provide the most comprehensive multiservices test coverage across the entire telecommunications network. This solution delivers rapid time-to-insight into EPON performance issues, thereby accelerating EPON and triple-play service deployment.”


The Agilent N2X EPON Performance Analysis Solution is available for a starting price of $59,995.



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