Agilent's New Optical Spectrum Analyzer Reduces Testing Time for Fiber Networks

3/4/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced the Agilent Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) Module, a portable, hot-swappable module for Agilent's Modular Network Tester (MNT). The OSA Module will enable optical network technicians to reduce test time and increase efficiency when installing and maintaining DWDM networks. With the Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Agilent brings its lab quality products into the field.

Continuing to build on the versatility of Agilent's portable and rugged MNT, initially released in March 2002, the OSA Module features a "plug-and-play" configuration that snaps directly into the MNT mainframe. The module offers a full range of diagnostic tests for characterization of optical WDM signals, including WDM analysis, data acquisition and documentation. Optical technicians view data from the OSA Module through a high-resolution GUI consistent with other Agilent optical test products.

"Expanding optical fiber installations to handle more traffic is a costly and difficult process, so the focus has shifted to making the installed fiber base more efficient," said Hamish Butler, general manager of Agilent's Optical Network Test Division. "The OSA Module for Agilent's MNT was designed to make those installations easier, less costly and faster. The OSA Module is a critical tool for outside plant technicians tasked with making these installations more efficient for the service providers who employ them. For the first time, the powerful tests needed to densely pack wavelengths onto a fiber will be available in a portable package that's easy to use and field-ready."

The OSA Module provides a host of testing capabilities for WDM system analysis, including full characterization in the C-, L- , S-Band. A real-time mode also enables quick fault isolation and commissioning of DWDM systems. Technicians will further benefit from the OSA Module's post-processing software, a feature that will translate raw test data into functional results for easy field analysis and problem resolution.

Additional benefits of the OSA Module include the following:

U.S. Availability
The Agilent Optical Spectrum Analyzer Modules are available now. Further information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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