Agilent Tests Fiber Optic Network with Compact Remote Fiber Tool

6/4/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the new Agilent accessFIBER 53000 Series, the industry's first compact remote fiber test unit.

The new, compact solution improves operational efficiencies by gathering data from hundreds of remote fiber optic test units throughout a service provider's network, reducing system implementation and maintenance costs. With a lower cost of ownership and intuitive displays, this new accessFIBER solution enables maintenance and network operations personnel to manage the status of fiber optic networks, including key enterprise customers' managed services.

accessFIBER provides maintenance staff with visibility of the physical fiber network, necessary to rapidly fix fiber breaks and troubleshoot problems such as unstable links and fiber degradation, with fewer resources and at a lower cost. With virtually no training, network operators can oversee the full physical layer and react to problems in the network in real time. The accessFIBER Remote Fiber Test Unit provides intricate details to pinpoint the exact location of fiber breaks and enables electronically distributed work orders to rapidly handle repairs.

Details about fiber optic network conditions are collected with Agilent's new accessFIBER Unified Network Performance Agents (UNPAs) -- cost-effective probes that monitor the physical fiber optic network using state-of-the-art technology. Using pre-set thresholds, accessFIBER's intuitive user interface visually indicates the urgency of a problem within a fiber optic network by magnifying areas of a map-like screen as problems become increasingly critical. This innovative interface simplifies network monitoring by illustrating network problems according to their severity. The interface also offers operators a toolbox to quickly and easily create key measurements for pinpointing and solving network problems.

"accessFIBER's innovative UNPA architecture enables modular building blocks for the collection of network data and the analysis and presentation of vital network information, " said Horst Nill, Agilent accessFIBER operations manager. "This new architecture provides a flexible system that we can quickly evolve to manage new types of data, such as data from network elements."

Along with its added functions, the accessFIBER 53000 series comes in a compact size that is one-tenth the rack size of other solutions. This smaller footprint saves costs through reduced space and environmental requirements and additionally allows cost-effective deployment on individual customer fibers.

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 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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