The North American telecom industry requires optic solution providers to be Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) compliant to ensure network integrity, compatibility, and safety. By being NEBS compliant, this indicates that the products and equipment operate at optimum capacity, as network operators need to invest in optics suppliers who ensure their performance through rigorous testing.
The combination of rapid network expansion and the experience of carriers in managing their infrastructure during extreme weather events is likely to only increase the demand for NEBS-compliant devices.
Different Levels of Compliance
NEBS is made up of various levels that distinguish certain aspects of testing. Each one verifies a different performance specification with operational requirements.
- NEBS Level 1: Addresses safety measures of the equipment and requirements for GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE standards. Typically used by service providers for early deployment into their central offices and/or laboratories
- NEBS Level 2: Addresses equipment operability that in controlled environments like data centers. Level 2 includes all requirements of Level 1 with some added level of operability reliability.
- NEBS Level 3: Determines that the equipment meets all the requirements of GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE. This provides the highest assurance of product operability. Most TCGs require Level 3 prior to acceptance/installation on the networks.
What ProLabs NEBS Certification means for you:
ProLabs SFP, XFP, and QSFP transceivers have undergone NEBS testing criteria for standards GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE. The compliance test involves testing the products in extremities to ensure that they can resist maximal temperature, vibration, and humidity, while also protecting the safety of the personnel who operate it. All ProLabs' products are rigorously tested and coded in its global, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the highest levels of performance with 100% application testing in end-use conditions.
Required by the Telecommunications Carrier Group (TCG), NEBS testing confirms the reliability, safety, and quality of a vendor’s telecommunications equipment. As those standards continue to evolve, each requirement will become more demanding. Being NEBS compliant ensures system integrity and performance.
At ProLabs, we understand the need for optics to be operating in the most extreme conditions.