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RAD’s Unique Grandmaster-on-an-SFP Chosen by Major Asian Mobile Operator

Finger-Size, Plug-and-Play MiCLK Instantly Upgrades LTE/LTE-A Networks with Support for Accurate Timing Synchronization at a Fraction of the Typical Cost
Feb 16, 2016

RAD, whose award-winning Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions improve mobile network performance by ensuring quality of experience (QoE) and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), has announced that a major 4G mobile operator in Asia has deployed its patented MiCLK, the world’s first IEEE 1588 Grandmaster on an SFP.

Following extensive testing of the device conducted over the past few months, including in live operational sites, the service provider decided to deploy hundreds of units in its LTE network as the first step in a much larger, countrywide deployment that will continue through 2016.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution in the world, has cited MiCLK as “the first solution that truly allows placing a large number of distributed PTP Grandmasters across a wide area mobile network while still being CapEx-affordable.” In its commendation, the IET called it “an ideal option for 4G service providers looking for a quick, cost-effective way to bring accurate synchronization to small cells.”

The finger-size MiCLK requires no pre-configuration. It begins to work instantly when plugged into an SFP port on a service router or any other networking device. Using a Distributed 1588 Grandmaster (Distributed GM™) model, it distributes frequency and time throughout the network and provides phase and Time of Day (ToD) in full compliance with the stringent requirements of 4G and 5G networks.

“MiCLK is ideal for rapid 4G roll-outs because it eliminates the need for an expensive Grandmaster appliance and forklifting the entire network for synchronization,” explains Franck Darmon, RAD’s Vice President of International Markets. “Moreover, the Distributed GM concept behind the MiCLK dramatically reduces installation and operational costs by eliminating the need for additional cabinet space, a separate power source and a GNSS receiver at every cell site.”

RAD will be exhibiting its entire SAA solution, including MiCLK, at Mobile World Congress 2016, which is being held February 22 to 25 in Barcelona.

About RAD

As a global telecom access solutions vendor, RAD is committed to enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network. By keeping at the forefront of pioneering technologies and engaging in co-innovation with our customers, we strive to help service providers move up the value chain at a pace that is right for them, while offering their end-customers and network operators added value – be it in network edge virtualization and vCPE, industrial IoT, or 5G xHaul. All these are available through our Service Assured Access solutions, which are designed to deliver complete visibility for greater operational efficiency.

With over 39 years of innovation, a significant worldwide presence in over 150 countries and an installed base of more than 16 million network elements, RAD has a proven track record of delivering value and addressing our customers’ needs. RAD is a member of the $1.5 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in telecommunications solutions.

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