Anritsu Network Master™ Pro MT1000A
The portable Network Master Pro MT1040A is the smallest-in-class portable dual port 400G analyzer to support the evolution of 5G and data-center communications traffic, as well as expanding Ethernet networks.
Network errors are likely to occur when very high speed signals flow through 400G optical transceivers. The IEEE 802.3 standard specifies error correction using Forward Error Correction (FEC), a technology whereby the packet itself corrects any errors that might occur and is used to achieve high-reliability communications. FEC is not an omnipotent technology, however, that corrects every error. If there are too many FEC corrections, the network performance will degrade. Consequently, the FEC frequency should be confirmed simultaneously with latency and throughput measurements. This should be done during network installation and normal operation.
Testing the FEC correction rate offers an easy check of optical-transceiver communications signal quality. The MT1040A has a built-in function for the measuring the FEC status in real-time. Periodic network monitoring using this function confirms the network load conditions, helping prevent problems that can cause costly network downtime.
With the built-in FEC analysis functions, the MT1040A is the ideal tester for evaluating the communications quality of optical modules, such as QSFP-DD, and the performance of 400G devices. This portable, all-in-one, expandable tester also supports 10/100G/400G, OTDR, and CPRI tests, as well as eCPRI/RoE, and precision latency and time synchronization measurements. In short, the MT1040A is a single-instrument solution that supports all technologies integrated into today’s base stations.
5G services are making it more complex to conduct on-site testing at base stations. There are more fiber runs, conversion to fronthaul Ethernet, and adoption of Precision Time Protocol (PTP) supporting small-cell installations and CRAN. This new generation of base station requires new measurements with which many field technicians are not familiar. That is why the MT1040A is designed with Site Over Remote Access (SORA) software. With the cloud-based SORA, the MT1040A can be operated remotely from anywhere. Senior-level engineers can log in to an Internet webpage and control the measuring instrument from the office via a smartphone, helping ensure accurate measurements and improving efficiency.
Further simplifying field measurements is the advanced graphical user interface (GUI) of the MT1040A. The GUI is designed for efficient on-site network I&M evaluation work, and fast troubleshooting if a problem occurs. The intuitive user interface also helps shorten operator training times.