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EXFO Redefines Ethernet Service Activation Testing Once Again

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EXFO Redefines Ethernet Service Activation Testing Once Again

EXFO’s iSAM allows for fast, simple and accurate validation of service-level agreements (SLAs) for Ethernet services, improving field-technician efficiency and enabling faster service deployment.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, October 29, 2015—EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) today announced the release of iSAM, an intelligent service activation methodology designed to bring speed and simplicity to testing Ethernet/IP services, as well as MEF-compliant services.

Through EtherSAM, EXFO pioneered the implementation of ITU-T Y.1564, which has become the industry standard for SLA validation. Now, building on its established expertise in service activation methodology, EXFO is once again leading the industry with the introduction of iSAM. 

Based on the ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 6349 standards, iSAM is a fully automated test application that allows for significantly simpler and more accurate testing of all Ethernet services from GigE to 100 GigE, as well as end-to-end validation of layer-2/-3 and TCP layer-4 services. iSAM uses a simple three-step approach to remove the complexity of validating and activating Ethernet services, thus reducing test times by a factor of 10 versus today’s typical test methodologies. This allows operators to drastically lower OPEX while accelerating time-to-revenue. Moreover, iSAM delivers repeatable and consistent testing processes, thereby eliminating human error and providing 100% first-time-right results.

With ever-increasing competition in the telecom industry, service providers need to turn up next‑generation Ethernet services more quickly to get to revenue faster, but without impacting the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) of their end-customers. Conversely, field technicians need to rapidly learn and gain proficiency in a multitude of ever-evolving technologies to keep pace with a host of new testing requirements.

“iSAM greatly simplifies and speeds up field jobs for technicians while ensuring reliable results. This industry-first application was created in response to studying real-world Ethernet/IP network deployments, and working closely with service providers across the world to understand their challenges,” said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO’s Transport and Service Assurance Division. “As part of our Ethernet portfolio, iSAM is aligned with EXFO’s mission to deliver product innovation that enables our customers to attain results. With iSAM, we are empowering each and every field technician with the tools they need to make a difference in achieving overall operational efficiency.”

This innovative test methodology will be demonstrated at GEN15 (Dallas, Texas, November 16-19, booth 700).

iSAM is available across EXFO’s entire comprehensive Ethernet testing portfolio for all rates up to 100G. For more information, please visit EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO enables extraordinary experiences over global networks. Our test, service assurance and network visibility solutions allow equipment manufacturers and network operators to deliver a wealth of services to consumers, while increasing network capacity and reducing operating costs. From a company executive holding a telepresence meeting with overseas staff to a runner transferring data from wearable technology, EXFO’s inherent expertise and powerful analytics render these events commonplace. Simply put, we have evolved over our 30-year history to ensure unmatched quality of service and quality of experience on next-generation fixed and mobile networks. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1500 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.


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