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November/December 2018 I 35 many considerations when evaluating their inventory of testing units for performance, reliability and long-term investment cost savings. The testing units should include the following: • Support for all Ethernet rates with dual-port capabilities, including 10/100/1000BASE-T, optical GbE, 10 GbE, 25 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE. • Multi-functionality to test numerous applications, such as AOC/DAC cables, metro, backbone, and data center interconnectivity. • Testing capabilities from DS1/E1 to OTU4, including CPRI, Fiber Channel, PDH, SONET/SDH, OTN, and Ethernet. • Expansion to support optical time domain reflectometer modules, fiber inspection with auto-focus, and advanced timing and synchronization capabilities. • Cloud-based asset management, configuration, and reporting for easy management and sharing. • 5G-readiness. Like the data center, an all-in-one testing unit needs to be scalable and future-proofed to support both legacy and emerging technologies with the lowest cost of ownership possible. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Guylain Barlow is the senior product line manager for the Metro test and measurement team at VIAVI Solutions. Guylain has been involved in the ICT industry for nearly 28 years; he started his career at IBM and Nortel in product design and network engineering. For the past 15 years, his main focus has been in developing and launching new products and technologies for the test and measurement industry. Guylain has authored a number of technology white papers and his experience includes international assignments to Australia, China, and Germany. For the past eight years, Guylain's main responsibilities have been linked to high-speed technology and best practices for high-speed tests in both the lab and the field. He can be reached at guylain.barlow@viavisolutions.com REFERENCES: 1. Cisco, Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2016–2021, June 6, 2017 Snake Tray ® products are patent protected. | Made in the USA We do not play major league sports, but we convey the cables that help you watch a great game! Pre-Confi gured Aluminum Hand Bendable Modular Steel Sna Sna Sna Snake ke ke ke Tra Tra Tra Tra Tra Tra T y ® pr pr pr pr pr produ odu odu odu odu odu od odu od o t cts t cts cts cts ts ar ar ar ar ar ar ar are p e p e p e p e p e p e p e t ate ate t ate ate at ate ate t nt nt nt nt nt nt nt pro pro pro pro pro pro ro r pr tec tec te tec tec ec t t d t d ted t d te ted ted ted ted. . ® | | | Mad M d Mad Mad M d Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Made i e i e i e i e i e i e in t n t n t n t n t n t n t n t n t n he he he he he he he he he he he he he e he he he USA USA USA US USA USA USA USA US USA USA SA SA SA USA SA SA USA USA SA USA USA US We do not play major league sports, but we convey th the cables that help you watch a gre reat gam ame! Pre-Confi gured Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Alu Al Alu Alu lu lu Al Alu lu Alu Alu lu Alumin min min min mi m um Hand B d B d B d B d B d B d B d Bend endabl able Mod Modula ular Steel Snake Tray has been installed in many of the leading stadiums across the US. Our products are inherently designed to lower construction costs while providing superior cable management. Made in the USA | www.snaketray.com | 800-308-6788 CONVEYING THE CABLES THAT MAKE LIFE BETTER! ICT BICSI sep-oct 2018.indd 1 7/12/2018 1:28:29 PM The simplest and most effective way to test cables is to run a test pattern where the results can be compared to a bit error rate (BER) threshold.

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