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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

RAD is a global telecom access solutions and products vendor, enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network using disaggregated architecture (DA). 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 $1.46 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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