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RAD and Advantech Redefine the Universal CPE White Box

Pluggable Smart SFPs Add Carrier-Class Networking Capabilities, Help Enhance White Boxes at the Network Edge for NFV-Based Business Services
Sep 26, 2017

RAD, the industry leader in network edge virtualization, and the Networks & Communications Group of Advantech (TWSE:2395), today announced the launch of a joint solution to boost Advantech’s universal CPE (uCPE) white box offering with carrier-class service demarcation and enhanced performance assurance capabilities. This includes the ability to deliver premium, SLA-based Carrier Ethernet and IP services combined with advanced diagnostics capabilities to detect, localize and troubleshoot network and NFVI/VNF performance issues.

“For mainstream uCPE white boxes to transition to the carrier domain, there are several performance, functional and operational issues that need to be resolved before they can deliver on their agility and automation promise,” notes Ilan Tevet, RAD’s VP Marketing and Business Development. “RAD’s smart SFPs, serving as pluggable physical network functions (P-PNFs), bring real universality to the uCPE white box by helping resolve gaps such as Carrier Ethernet service demarcation, L2/L3 performance assurance and missing interfaces such as GPON, VDSL2, T1/E1 and T3/DS3. This ensures that service providers are free to deploy uCPE white boxes also in their current networks,” he continues.

“Advantech’s FWA-1010VC white box coupled with RAD pluggable PNFs resolve real-life challenges by enabling VNF services over a broader range of carrier access infrastructure,” adds John Muller, VP Sales and Business Development, Advantech Networks & Communications Group.

The ecosystem partnership between the two companies also includes interoperability certification of RAD’s Linux–based vCPE-OS on Advantech’s FWA-1010VC, providing a carrier-class NFV infrastructure (NFVI) with open management interfaces, and with acceleration and integrated networking capabilities. RAD’s vCPE-OS hosts virtual network functions (VNFs) from any vendor and is interoperable with all management platforms, orchestrators and operations/business support systems (OSS/BSS). vCPE-OS also seamlessly manages RAD’s P-PNFs, allowing service providers to easily bridge access and operational gaps in uCPE white boxes, allowing a smooth transition to the carrier domain.

RAD and Advantech will be showcasing their combined carrier-class white box solution at the:

  • RAD booth during NFV and Carrier SDN Congress in Denver, CO on Sep 26-28
  • Advantech booth during SDN & NFV World Congress in The Hague, NL on Oct 9-13, 2017.

About Advantech
Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with embedded computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there’s no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. For Telecom and Networking markets, Advantech provides mission-critical hardware to the leading telecom and networking equipment manufacturers, and to global communication service providers. Advantech’s standard and customized products are embedded in OEM equipment that the world's communications infrastructure depends upon. Website:

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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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