ProLabs unveils Active Solutions portfolio to drive fibre infrastructure ahead of 5G rollout


ProLabs, a global enabler in optical networking and connectivity solutions, has announced the EON-OMP-2 optical platform. Prolabs’ EON-OMP-2 platform offers a full portfolio of Active Solutions for the telecommunications industry.

These solutions enable operators to maximise their fibre optics infrastructure, thereby increasing efficiency, and enhancing existing network capabilities. ProLabs’ innovative portfolio of OEM-compatible solutions allows telecommunications network operators to save costs whilst delivering increased visibility into the performance of both their underlying network and the data services running across them.

ProLab’s complete portfolio of solutions includes optical transport elements, including transponders, muxponders and media converters, in addition to data, optical test and verification equipment. This compressive suite of solutions provides network operators with capabilities in three key areas – network build-out and enhancement, monitoring and troubleshooting and encryption and security.

“The Active Solutions portfolio includes a range of new and innovative optical transmission and data services products. This launch advances fibre management systems, enabling the creation of powerful 5G-ready infrastructures and enhances broadband and Remote-PHY network rollouts,” comments Anthony Clarkson, Technical Director at ProLabs. “Our Active Solutions portfolio extends our suite of fibre infrastructure solutions available to support critical applications, strengthening our position as the leading end to end solutions provider in market. This portfolio gives operators the tools to truly maximise their fibre infrastructure as they move to become 5G ready.”

The first product to be launched in the portfolio is an Optical Channel Monitor (OCM), EON-OMP-2-OCM, which delivers network operators increased visibility and reduces the time to identify the root cause of network issues. This solution minimises the impact of infrastructure disruption while reducing the mean time to repair.

ProLabs’ OCM not only saves time by improving visibility of remote Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) channel signal characteristics such as to receive power, receive wavelength and Optical Signal to Noise Ratio (OSNR), it dramatically reduces truck rolls to remote locations to perform physical audits of DWDM channel and signal integrity. This device allows Network Management Centre engineers to remotely monitor and troubleshoot reported network issues before sending out any field engineers.

Building on the capabilities of the OCM platform, the EON-OMP-2 platform delivers a cost-effective, modular system, which can be configured to support a variety of different expansion cards for capabilities including optical amplification (both Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and Raman variants), 3R OEO OCM, optical switch, muxponders, transponders, and Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) modules to name a few.

Anthony adds: “We are thrilled to be launching the complete portfolio after customers have seen positive results with the OCM, during six months of pilot testing. The benefits that OCM provides include enhancing network visibility to quickly deliver value. We encourage operators to explore our innovations in the portfolio and join other operators in maximising the potential of their fibre infrastructure for a 5G rollout.”