Fujikura Unveils Optical Time Domain Reflectometer for FTTH Engineers

Fujikura Europe Ltd, launched a new low cost and highly versatile handheld optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). The device is designed to enable cost effective testing and monitoring of FTTH networks. The OFL 250 OTDR combines an optical power meter, laser source and visual fault locator in a handheld package that weighs 0.8kg. It provides both automatic and manual setups, precision event analysis, multiple wavelength testing and offers a 12-hour battery life.

“The OFL 250 is a small, lightweight portable tester with a short dead zone and dynamic range performance, making it ideal for use by multi-skilled engineers undertaking test or maintenance of FTTH networks,” said Ian Tweedle of Fujikura Europe’s Fibre Optics Division.

“Telecom operators across Europe need cost-effective, flexible and highly reliable test and measurement devices to support the continued growth of FTTH. This versatile device is designed to meet that need by combining three essential tools in one package at a hugely competitive price.”

With a dynamic range of 26dB, the instrument is capable of locating ends of up to 78km at 1310nm and 130km at 1550nm on standard singlemode fibre.

The OFL 250 OTDR is the latest in a series of test and measurement tools from Fujikura Europe. The portfolio includes the FLS-20T, which is designed to measure optical power loss over a fibre network in conjunction with an optical power meter, and the FID-20R fibre identifier, a hand-held, battery-operated accessory with an integrated power meter unit for the detection of mode signal and modulated tones from a laser light source.

About Fujikura Europe Ltd
Fujikura is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of fibre optic technology and electronic components. Established in 1885, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company employs over 33,000 people worldwide. The company specialises in the manufacture of fibre, cables, connectors, test and measurement equipment and splicing machines for a range of markets and applications, including telecommunications, datacoms, electronics, power transmission, medical, industrial and automotive. With facilities in Japan, the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Russia, the company has a global presence. From its European headquarters in south west London, Fujikura provides sales, technical, training and after-sales servicing functions. The company has a presence in 30 European countries and supplies many of the continent’s major telecommunications vendors.