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Fluke Network’s NetDSL qualifies existing lines for video services

Fluke Networks Canada today released the NetDSL Bulk Qualification System, a portable bulk pair test system design...


December 7, 2004  


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Fluke Networks Canada today released the NetDSL Bulk Qualification System, a portable bulk pair test system designed to test, pre-qualify and document the copper distribution network (F2 plant) for ADSL2+ service.

"The condition and quality of the distribution plant is increasingly important for delivering triple play services across the emerging FTTx network," said Brad Masterson, the company’s product manager.

"Our field tests show that 25-40% of the distribution plant will not adequately support the higher bandwidth demands of ADSL2+ for video services.”

Using a series of patented algorithms and testing techniques, it performs over 15 electrical and wideband tests on the copper pair to determine what level of service the pair can support, including estimated upstream and downstream bandwidth, Fluke said.

“Telecom carriers see next generation services, particularly video, as a way to offset declining telephony revenues,” said Verne Anton, OSS analyst at Gartner. “Qualifying the existing copper infrastructure in the F2 sections of the plant is a fast, economical way for these service providers to deploy next generation services.”

The system can be configured to test up to 1,000 pairs every three hours.