QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, July 26, 2010 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) and CENX Inc. announced today the industry’s first deployment of off-net service-level agreement (SLA) monitoring for Carrier Ethernet services. The new monitoring service is a result of a collaborative partnership between EXFO and CENX, operator of the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet exchange. This new capability yields compelling advantages for service providers interconnecting via a CENX exchange.
Previously, when a service provider needed SLA monitoring to off-net locations via a partner network, their practical choices were to “run blind,” with no ability to measure, alarm and report on the Ethernet service quality to these off-net locations, or deploy expensive, customer premises monitoring equipment at each of these off-net locations. This latter approach also required high ongoing costs as the service provider needed to put in place mechanisms to deploy, spare and repair this equipment for all off-net locations on a global basis.
Now, when a service provider chooses to reach off-net Ethernet service locations (ESL) via a CENX exchange, a much more elegant and cost-effective mechanism is available. With the integration of EXFO’s scalable and flexible service assurance technology, the CENX System proactively monitors each Ethernet virtual connection (EVC) from the CENX exchange to the off-net ESLs. EXFO’s BrixNGN Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance System utilizes a scalable vendor-agnostic methodology to monitor any EVC regardless of the type of vendor equipment at the demarcation points. This enables constant, normalized measurement of the performance of each service against its SLA criteria.
The monitoring key performance indicators (KPI) are gathered centrally and analyzed to provide both real-time notification of service degradation beyond preset thresholds and historical SLA reports. Buyers and sellers of the monitored EVC can securely access this information in a normalized form (i.e., consistent across the different seller networks) either via the CENX market web interface or via open APIs directly into their operational support systems (OSS).
“This is a very exciting development both for EXFO and for the industry,” said Vivian Hudson, General Manager of EXFO Service Assurance. “We believe that the combination of EXFO’s recognized leadership and CENX’s innovative Carrier Ethernet exchanges create a new level of worldwide neutral, standards-based and vendor-agnostic measured services providing enhanced end-to-end Ethernet performance visibility that is key to the success of service providers in this growing market.”
“This partnership with EXFO represents a significant breakthrough in the industry. It allows a service provider to deliver an on-net experience for their off-net customer locations without the huge cost overhead of deploying additional monitoring equipment,” said Nan Chen, President of CENX. “Best-in-class monitoring is a key element of CENX’s strategy, which enables and supports all elements of Carrier Ethernet services via our exchanges.”
EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for approximately 90% of the company’s revenues, offers core-to-edge solutions that assess the performance and reliability of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, xDSL, and various optical technologies accounting for an estimated 33% of the portable fiber-optic test market. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division provides solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.
CENX Inc. operates the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet exchange. CENX delivers carrier-neutral, location-neutral, Carrier Ethernet exchange services to global, regional and local telecom/Internet service providers. CENX interconnects service providers’ Carrier Ethernet networks worldwide, providing access to more than ten million Ethernet service locations. CENX simplifies, expedites and enables vast revenue opportunities, dramatic cost-saving and Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity—a foundation for next generation telecommunications networks. Through its work in the MEF (http://www.metroethernetforum.org/) and in the industry, the CENX management team has played a leading role in the definition of standards and the development of the Carrier Ethernet market over the last nine years.