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RAD Demonstrates World’s First IEEE 1588 Grandmaster on an SFP

MiCLK is the Best Synchronization Solution for LTE/LTE-A Networks
Mar 02, 2015

RAD has announced that it will be expanding the timing synchronization capabilities of its Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions when it introduces the world’s first SFP-based IEEE 1588 Grandmaster with a built-in GNSS receiver at Mobile World Congress 2015.

“LTE and LTE-A’s stringent synchronization requirements and the growing use of small cells in 4G networks create synchronization challenges in the backhaul segment, but existing solutions are either too expensive or do not provide full network coverage,” explains Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “With the revolutionary MiCLK, RAD makes it easy to upgrade existing backhaul networks to support LTE-A at an affordable price.”

Many network operators prefer to use IEEE 1588-2008 (also known as Precision Time Protocol, or PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet to deliver accurate frequency and time throughout 4G backhaul networks. They are reluctant to install GNSS at every cell site due to practical and cost reasons, as well as the growing concern about possible GNSS jamming and spoofing. However, accurate time distribution requires every network element between the time reference – the Grandmaster – and the cell site to support IEEE 1588. This could be an expensive and complex endeavor when the Grandmaster is located in a central PoP. “MiCLK allows network operators to avoid costly upgrades by bringing the Grandmaster to the base station,” says Broida.

Plugs into Any Networking Device
RAD’s innovative, patent-pending MiCLK is a miniature pluggable device that responds perfectly to the needs of next generation cellular backhaul networks. Its SFP design allows simple installation that effortlessly upgrades any network device with a fully featured IEEE 1588 Grandmaster, including a GNSS receiver and various redundancy options to sustain its operation in case of GNSS failure.

“Easily installed with minimal technical intervention, MiCLK is a versatile add-on anywhere in the network,” Broida concludes. “It is a valuable addition to mobile equipment vendor portfolios, and an ideal solution for 4G service providers in search of a quick, cost-effective way to bring accurate synchronization to small cell backhaul.“

In addition to MiCLK, RAD will also be demonstrating at Mobile World Congress 2015 its SAA performance monitoring and vCPE implantation options.

From March 17-20, MiCLK will be demonstrated at the Multi-Vendor Interoperability showcase organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center, EANTC. The showcase at the co-located MPLS SDN World Congress and NFV & SDN Summit in Paris.

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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