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EXFO and RAD Enhance Their Combined End-to-End Network Monitoring Solution

Injects service assurance into existing networks without replacing existing equipment
Feb 21, 2013

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) and RAD Data Communications announced today that they have enhanced the interoperability of their combined, end-to-end network monitoring solution. In addition to RAD’s ETX EtherAccess Ethernet Demarcation device, EXFO’s Brix Service Assurance solution for network provisioning, troubleshooting and maintenance now supports RAD’s new MiNID Miniature Carrier Ethernet Demarcation SFP.

The unique benefit of this synergy is that it injects service assurance into existing networks without requiring the replacement of any existing equipment.

This joint solution provides operators with a complete network monitoring approach. It combines the highly scalable monitoring and analysis power of EXFO’s BrixWorx correlation and analysis engine and Brix Verifier network appliances with RAD’s ETX EtherAccess Demarcation devices located at the customer premises. EXFO’s BrixWorx centralized server supports RAD-specific applications, offering a deeper level of integration between the devices and enabling greater visibility of the service and circuit performance at the customer handoff or within the core.

The end result is a powerful monitoring and service assured access solution, providing greater visibility of the end-to-end network as well as circuit performance. End-to-end network visibility ultimately leads to fewer network outages. Proactive monitoring and fault management detect degradations before they affect customers and enable service providers to pinpoint problems quickly, minimizing or eliminating entirely unnecessary and expensive technician truck rolls.

“The Brix solution allows operators to monitor their networks from end to end and correlates all the relevant metrics in one integrated system,” said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO’s Service Assurance Division. “In 2011, we had already integrated RAD NIDs into the Brix System. This integration allowed operators to leverage their embedded RAD devices with their Brix System to streamline operations and reduce their OPEX as well as CAPEX. Today, we are adding RAD’s new MiNID SFPs to our integrated solution, further expanding the interoperability of the Brix System.” 

“With RAD’s Service Assured Access solution, service providers can now build an entire access network or enhance specific segments of their network with MEF CE 2.0 certified functionality, lowering their total cost of ownership while increasing revenues from SLA-based services,” explained Amir Karo, RAD’s Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “The combined RAD-EXFO solution offers a superior platform for service providers to reduce their operating expenses using a comprehensive and integrated demarcation and monitoring system.”

About EXFO
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

About RAD

RAD is a global telecom access solutions and products vendor, enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network. By allowing mobile, business and wholesale service providers to decouple service evolution from network evolution, we assist them in migrating at a pace that is right for them. They can leverage existing resources and prolong the use of a large variety of their current legacy interfaces and equipment, as well as maintain network and service performance to guarantee user experience.  In addition to providing an economical migration path to network edge virtualization, our Service Assured Access solutions are designed to deliver complete visibility for greater operational efficiency, as well as timing synchronization for LTE/LTE-A and future 5G deployments.

Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 16 million units, and works closely with Tier 1 operators and service providers around the globe. RAD is a member of the $1.3 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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