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September 10, 2008

EXFO Upgrades IMS/NGN InterWatch R14 Platform

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. reportedly has released new software features on the InterWatch R14 platform, an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem Next-Generation test platform.
 
Release 7.2 on the InterWatch R14 platform simulates up to 256,000 unique Internet Protocol version 6 subscriber addresses per chassis, and supports the migration of voice and video applications to the IPv6 addressing scheme.
 
This new software release also expands EXFO’s wide list of supported codecs to include the Enhanced Variable Rate Codec family used in Code Division Multiple Access networks, as well as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and Internet Key Exchange version 1 protocol for security testing.
 
EVRC support includes EVRC, EVRC0, EVRC1, EVRCB, EVRCB0 and EVRCB1 in full and fractional modes and with or without silence suppression.
 
The addition of IKEv1 key exchange protocol expands EXFO’s security and authentication capability to include IPsec tunnel mode.
 
Moreover, Release 7.2 adds DHCP support to EXFO’s unique Border Gateway (News - Alert) Function test application, improving its test capability for BGF devices with integrated subscriber management.
 
“Market demand for these new features is growing rapidly due to the growth in high-speed mobile access networks, growing shortage of IPv4 addresses and the migration to IMS core networks,” said Joe Sutherland, vice-president of EXFO’s Navtel (News - Alert) Product Group. “The integration of session management functions into routers and the high growth in home networking has driven the need to incorporate default gateway and DHCP functions per subscriber in our solutions in order to improve test coverage. The new capabilities within this software release highlight EXFO’s ongoing commitment towards providing the industry’s most comprehensive IMS/NGN test solutions.”
 
EXFO provides test and monitoring solutions for network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle from design to technology deployment and onto service assurance and covering all layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and next-generation, converged IP networking.
 
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Edited by Michael Dinan
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