Product News: Test & Measuring Instruments

Multiservice Tester covers CPRI, OBSAI, and OTN functionalities.

Press Release Summary:

Sep 25, 2012 - In addition to DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and Fiber Channel test features, NetBlazer series provides frontline technicians with common public radio interface (CPRI), open base station architecture initiative (OBSAI), and optical transport network (OTN) test functionalities. Modules are housed in handheld FTB-1 platform, which is compatible with EXFO Connect environment for automated hardware and data management.

Original Press Release

EXFO Adds Unprecedented Multiservice Testing Features to Meet New Market Requirements

Press release date: Sep 19, 2012

The NetBlazer series, the most innovative and comprehensive tool of its  category, further extends its leadership with new CPRI/OBSAI and OTN  test functionalities

QUEBEC CITY - 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  traffic.

"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."

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About EXFO

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

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