EXFO announces new addition to NetBlazer 2.0 series
Mar 11, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
EXFO Inc., a provider of test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers, has announced the addition of packet synchronization testing functionalities, including performance assessment of SyncE and precision time protocol, or IEEE 1588v2, to its NetBlazer 2.0 series, thus allowing field technicians to validate sync services as part of Ethernet backhaul turn-ups.
According to the company, the deployment of LTE networks and packet-based backhaul changes how synchronization is distributed throughout the network, as operators can no longer rely on traditional synchronization technologies.
New packet-based synchronization technologies, such as precision time protocol/1588, bring new challenges when it comes to validating and troubleshooting synchronization performance since these services can be affected by basic network impairments. If left unchecked, these impairments can trigger serious issues, such as lost data and dropped calls.
The NetBlazer 2.0 series combined with the SyncWatch-110 Synchronization Test Unit, makes for a complete packet-synchronization testing and monitoring solution that delivers detailed and accurate sync validation throughout the network lifecycle, the company said.
"With the proliferation of LTE networks, small cells and Ethernet backhaul links, packet-synchronization validation is becoming a major concern for operators. Being able to test and troubleshoot all these services with one comprehensive tool gives them the flexibility to adapt their operational processes and make their field teams as efficient as possible," said Etienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO's Test and Measurement Division.
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