The NetBlazer series, the most innovative and comprehensive tool of its
category, further extends its leadership with new CPRI/OBSAI and OTN
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO)
(TSX: EXF) announced today the addition of common public radio
interface (CPRI), open base station architecture initiative (OBSAI) and
optical transport network (OTN) test functionalities to its bestselling
NetBlazer multiservice testers and powerful FTB-1 portable platform.
Already packed with unmatched DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH, Ethernet and Fibre
Channel test features, the NetBlazer series now becomes the only
multiservice testing solution on the market to provide frontline
technicians with such powerful capabilities and simplicity in a single
handheld unit. Since NetBlazer modules are housed in the FTB-1
platform, which is compatible with the EXFO Connect environment for
automated hardware and data management, the new functionalities can be
enabled via a simple on-site software upgrade.
With the ever-increasing demand for over-the-top applications and the
stress it generates on the network, operators are forced to rethink
their operational processes with three objectives in mind: remaining
competitive, optimizing customer satisfaction and maximizing their
revenues. One way of doing so is to modernize their infrastructure by
introducing new technologies such as fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) for
greater mobile-network efficiency, and by offering OTN as a service for
more network flexibility and performance.
The CPRI/OBSAI standards define the protocols to be used between the
eNodeB and the remote radio heads. They remove the obligation to have
the base station directly adjacent to the antenna on rooftops or other
difficult locations; instead, the base station can be installed in much
less challenging locations where size, climate and availability of
power are much more easily managed.
OTN technology was designed to combine the advantages of SONET/SDH and
the bandwidth-expansion capabilities offered by dense
wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM). OTN benefits include enhanced
operation, administration and maintenance processes, a universal
container supporting all service types, a standard multiplexing
hierarchy, and end-to-end optical transport transparency of customer
"Bringing leading-edge test functions such as CPRI/OBSAI and OTN into
the NetBlazer truly demonstrates EXFO's leadership position and its
focus on making the field technician's everyday job simpler and more
productive," said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO's Test and
Measurement Division. "By continuously adding new test functionalities
and enabling hassle-free software upgrades, EXFO is strongly committed
to making the FTB-880 NetBlazer Multiservice Tester the industry's
ultimate future-proof test tool."
Visit our website for more on the FTB-880 NetBlazer Multiservice Tester.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers
in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers
innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and
maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to
the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet,
OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies (accounting
for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has
a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more
than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.
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