Improved equipment allows for faster recognition and repair of line faults
Suffolk, United Kingdom, 29 June 2015: Leading research and development company UTEL today announced it has redesigned its last-mile copper testing technology to enable operators to retrospectively fit it to existing Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) installations.
Saving operators time and money, the copper testing device pinpoints any faults on the line and provides detailed information on what the problem is, enabling engineers to be dispatched straight to the affected part of the network. This reduces the time it takes to find and fix faults which are causing service interruptions or slow speed.
“With our latest product, the aim is simple,” said Frank Kaufhold, Managing Director of UTEL. “Operators are well aware of the benefits last-mile copper testing technology brings but having to build it into the design of new cabinets was limiting so we wanted to condense everything down in order for it to be added at any time in a cabinet’s life-span.”
The new equipment was developed at the request of a leading European operator with mass deployment of FTTC, which has already placed an order for the copper testing equipment.
Unlike single ended, double ended or metallic line tests (selt, delt, melt) it does not rely on an active modem at the customer end of the network. It can also detect and isolate faults on the copper line from the network operator’s contact centre without the need for skilled engineers to interpret the data.
The product is the latest copper testing solution to be released by UTEL and is based on the company’s Test Access Switch Matrix (TASM) technology. This has already been deployed over more than 15 million lines.
“FTTC is a great way to deliver superfast broadband but people often forget that it still requires the existing copper infrastructure to deliver the service between the cabinet and the home,” added Kaufhold. “Consequently, when a fault develops there are numerous places it could be located and without the right technology finding and fixing faults on FTTC set-ups can be a time consuming and expensive operation.”