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RAD Participates in EANTC Interoperability Showcase’s vCPE & Timing Synchronization Use Cases at MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress

Meets Clear Carrier Demand to Separate Hardware from Software
Mar 21, 2017

RAD, the pioneer of virtualization at the network edge, is participating in the interoperability showcase organized by EANTC at the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress 2017, now being held in Paris. RAD is taking part in multi-vendor demonstrations of NETCONF/YANG management implementation and advanced timing synchronization.

The RAD innovations that are included in this multi-vendor event are its ETX-2i universal CPE (uCPE) with L2/L3 demarcation, used for virtualization at the customer edge, and MiCLK®, the world’s first IEEE 1588 Grandmaster on an SFP. Both are elements of RAD’s Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions for mobile, business and wholesale service providers.

The ETX-2i is one of a number of interconnected devices that successfully demonstrated NETCONF/YANG client-controller interoperability for configuration, performance monitoring and service activation testing. The NETCONF/YANG protocol defines an easy-to-use mechanism to manage next generation software-based networks, enabling automation, self-healing, customer self-management, and, ultimately, service agility by reducing service setup time and network operation costs.

Another feature of the showcase is the introduction of the concept of a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) edge Grandmaster. MiCLK, being an edge Grandmaster on an SFP, is hosted on a router close to the base station to reduce the number of intermediate hops, thus minimizing network-introduced impairments and delivering accurate time reference to cellular base stations. The interoperability test is focused on demonstrating capabilities for Assisted Partial Timing Support (APTS) fallback scenarios. RAD’s market feedback has been that APTS provides a practical solution for accelerating LTE, LTE-A and pre-5G deployments everywhere, as well as being future-ready for 5G.

“RAD is honored to be a regular participant in this annual EANTC event, which attracts top industry vendors from around the world,” states Ilan Tevet, the company’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “For RAD, interoperability between our solutions and those of other market leaders is a major priority, which is especially relevant as the entire industry moves to the more open, software-based networks of the future.”

A white paper prepared by EANTC covering the entire interop test is available free of charge on the EANTC web site.

Company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective companies.

EANTC (European Advanced Networking Test Center) is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading independent test centers for communication technologies. Based in Berlin, Germany, the company offers vendor-neutral consultancy and realistic, reproducible high-quality testing services since 1991. Customers include leading network equipment manufacturers, tier-1 service providers, large enterprises and governments worldwide. EANTC’s proof-of-concept, acceptance tests and network audits cover established and next-generation fixed and mobile network technologies.

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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