SOURCE: Fluke Networks

October 04, 2007 06:00 ET

New MetroScope™ Carrier Ethernet Analyzer Reduces Deployment Costs for Service Providers Rolling Out Differentiated Services

Portable Analysis and Troubleshooting Tool With Unique LinkReflector Far-End Device Helps Carriers Reduce CapEx Costs Up to 40% Over Competing Solutions

EVERETT, WA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Fluke Networks, provider of innovative Network SuperVision Solutions™ for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks, today announced the availability of MetroScope™ carrier Ethernet analyzer. This new portable analysis and troubleshooting tool offers savings of up to 40% for service providers deploying carrier Ethernet services. MetroScope's cost savings are provided through a unique, low-cost, gigabit LinkReflector that allows end-to-end RFC 2544, jitter, and bit-error-rate (BERT) testing without a second MetroScope at the far end of the link.

New far-end device offers testing alternatives

MetroScope includes a first-to-market, low cost, gigabit LinkReflector remote tester that lets carriers perform complete SLA testing with full control from one end of the link. This offers carriers several testing alternatives. Carriers can deploy multiple far-end devices on complex networks for a fraction of the cost of existing solutions. They can leave reflectors at customer sites or points-of-presence (POPs), ready for testing when needed. Alternatively, carriers can use the MetroScope as a centralized tester, deploying technicians with LinkReflectors. In addition to working with the MetroScope to qualify links, the LinkReflector offers powerful troubleshooting functionality for Ethernet links. All of these testing alternatives offer improved test results while reducing costs.

"Fluke Networks helps carriers achieve two critical business needs: migrating from legacy to next generation services; and implementing process improvement solutions that improve productivity and lower operating costs," said Ed Sztuka, Vice President for Fluke Networks' Communication Service Provider business. "MetroScope helps with both."

MetroScope lets carriers define custom tests to demonstrate compliance with service level agreements (SLAs) associated with new, differentiated service offerings. MetroScope also conforms with testing standards, including RFC 2544. By offering carriers a low-cost means of proving SLA and standards compliance, MetroScope addresses two of the biggest hurdles carriers face with carrier Ethernet deployment.

Experience in network testing applied to carrier Ethernet

MetroScope takes advantage of more than a decade of Fluke Networks IP expertise to a battery of in-depth IP tests including, traffic monitoring, VLAN discovery and monitoring, SNMP monitoring, and TraceSwitch Route™. High-accuracy jitter measurements let carriers certify Ethernet links for VoIP and IPTV delivery.

MetroScope can easily be carried in one hand, but it is also designed with web-based remote control. Used remotely, a technician at the customer site can consult with remote experts within the organization and resolve complex problems. This not only saves money by putting expert knowledge closer to the source of the problem with less travel cost, but solves the customer's problem faster.

Product availability

The new MetroScope Service Provider Assistant is available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks carrier sales channels worldwide. More details can be found at

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. Fluke Networks is part of the Danaher (NYSE: DHR) family of companies. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks' Web site at or by calling (800) 283-5853.

Contact Information


    Dan Wright
    Public Relations Manager
    Fluke Networks
    (425) 446-5633
    Email Contact