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By: Jean-Sébastien Tassé | Category: 40G/100G | Posted date: 2015-11-26 | Views: 65

Many optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) users need to decide what type of OSA is required to analyze these signals in the field: traditional grating-based OSAs or a new generation of OSAs? There have been some comments that operators should select the high-resolution OSAs, which provide higher resolution bandwidth (RBW), for optimal analysis. Is this hype really founded?

By: Lawrence Delvecchio | Category: LTE/3G/4G | Posted date: 2015-11-17 | Views: 190

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is the talk of the town. Everyone in the industry is rushing to deliver VoLTE and the rich communication services that will tag along. However, many seem to profoundly underestimate the complexity underlying this new technology. VoLTE is not an upgrade of a previous technology–it’s a whole new game when compared to the good ol’ copper wires.

By: Sylvain Cornay | Category: Network Monitoring | Posted date: 2015-11-04 | Views: 284

In this short video interview by Kelly Hill of RCR Wireless, Anssi Tauriainen, director of business development for analytics with EXFO, tackles questions that were left unanswered during the Data Analytics: Implications and Applications for Real-Time and Fast Data Analytics webinar, including how to approach Big Data projects in telecom from a service assurance perspective. 

By: Thierno Diallo | Category: Network Monitoring | Posted date: 2015-10-23 | Views: 294

When adding differentiated service offerings to monetize new access and applications, providers are faced with new challenges. When it comes to business services, providers need to keep customers happy by delivering additional flexibility while assuring the quality and performance of the new services. To compound the situation, limited options are available in terms of solutions that are capable of continuously measuring and assuring the level of application performance experienced by end users. 

By: Sylvain Cornay | Category: Network Monitoring | Posted date: 2015-10-19 | Views: 541

EXFO supports CenturyLink’s expansive IP-network system in order to ensure the best quality of service possible and improve overall customer experience. Read how EXFO’s service assurance solutions have enabled CenturyLink to increase visibility throughout its network, flagging potential issues before affecting customers and offering operational efficiency pointers to optimise the network quality

By: Jon Bradley | Category: Optical/Fiber Testing | Posted date: 2015-09-21 | Views: 830

Last month in an air conditioned switch room of a UK-based mobile operator, I joined one of our clients trying to commission an Ethernet backhaul circuit. Despite the equipment manufacturer’s claims of a plug-and-play solution, this particular link didn’t want to “play”. The air-con was obliged to work a little harder as both the frustration levels and temperatures rose. 

By: Marie-Anne Grondin | Category: Event | Posted date: 2015-09-18 | Views: 299

Here at EXFO, our corporate focus has always been on meeting and anticipating market and industry needs. Since 1985, we’ve made it our business to make your business smarter, more efficient and better than ever. EXFO is now approaching its 30th anniversary, and to celebrate this milestone event marked by innovation, success and passion for excellence, a unique celebration will be taking place in the heart of Quebec City on September 18.

By: Jean-Sébastien Tassé | Category: 40G/100G | Posted date: 2015-08-17 | Views: 846

The telecom industry seemingly has a firm grasp on 40G/100G coherent detection systems, with deployments extensively deployed in many regions across the globe. Coherent systems are heralded as an impressive solution to compensate for Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD), thanks to advanced algorithms and advanced modulation formats. But do they actually deliver the results?

By: Sophie Legault | Category: Optical/Fiber Testing | Posted date: 2015-08-05 | Views: 1154

Customers have little patience for poor coverage. This is when churn comes in play and becomes the biggest challenge for mobile network providers. In order to meet their SLAs, they need to provide:High speed connections (LTE/LTE-A), good and constant coverage as well as rapid service to their entire subscriber base. Evolution in the RAN technology and fronthaul networks aim at overcoming these challenges.

By: Jon Bradley | Category: Ethernet | Posted date: 2015-07-29 | Views: 1551

Now, network operation managers need to be able to rapidly deploy a plethora of new high-quality services. In turn, field engineers are faced with the need to complete a wide array of tests to verify critical transport parameters which assure compliance and quality. In the field, I see a lot of variation in the testing regimes used and every day I am surprised to come across outdated and highly inefficient practices to address today’s Ethernet services. Let’s take a few moments to understand how to address the challenges of Ethernet Testing 3.0.