EXFO Expands its NFV Ecosystems Integration Initiative by Partnering with NEC/Netcracker

Companies collaborate to offer service providers sophisticated service assurance solutions for smarter networks

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 7, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ : EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today it is joining forces with NEC/Netcracker SDN/NFV Solutions in order to help communications service providers (CSPs) access the full benefits of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN).

With the communications industry undergoing a massive transformation to enable virtualization, CSPs rely on automated and integrated end-to-end solutions to make sure the migration to NFV/SDN improves their operational efficiency and delivers best-in-class quality of experience (QoE). To meet this need, EXFO has partnered with NEC/Netcracker to incorporate pre-integrated solutions into its NFV ecosystem. In doing so, EXFO and NEC/Netcracker will be able to showcase joint use cases to customers and enable CSPs to reduce the time it takes to bring innovative services to market.

"We are committed to giving our customers complete confidence that the promises of NFV will be delivered," said Claudio Mazzuca, EXFO's Vice-President of Systems and Services. "By innovating our virtualized service assurance solution to fully integrate with the NFV solutions from industry-leading SDN/NFV players like NEC/Netcracker, EXFO makes it possible for service providers to build and operate smarter networks, today and tomorrow."

"Service providers need to know that NFV and SDN will enable them to deliver new innovative services quickly and efficiently," said Rahul Chandra, Vice President of NFV/Netcracker's Worldwide SDN/NFV Business Development. "We continuously strive to minimize risk when service providers are undergoing virtualization initiatives. Our Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP), combined with our partner ecosystem that is constantly expanding through the pre-integration of solutions from companies like EXFO, ensures that our customers have access to the tools and solutions they need in order to open new revenue streams faster and optimize operational efficiency."

The EXFO Ecosystems Integration Initiative is part of the company's ongoing commitment to support CSPs during each phase of their successful transition to NFV/SDN deployment and operationalization.

About EXFO

EXFO provides communications service providers (CSPs) with test orchestration and 3D analytics solutions to ensure the smooth deployment, maintenance and management of next-generation, physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. The company has also forged strong relationships with network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to develop deep expertise that migrates from the lab to the field and beyond. EXFO's key differentiation comes from combining intelligent, automated and cloud-based test and monitoring solutions with real-time analytics to deliver unmatched end-to-end visibility and assurance—from a network, services and end-user level. EXFO is no. 1 in portable optical testing and boasts the largest active service assurance deployment worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog.

About Netcracker

Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is a forward-looking software company, offering mission-critical solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 20 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

 

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For further information: Anne Douville, Corporate Communications, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 23463, anne.douville@EXFO.com; Vance Oliver, Director, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 23733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com

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