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EXFO and RAD Enhance Their Combined, End-to-End Network Monitoring Solution

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In addition to RAD's Service Assured Access solutions, EXFO's Brix Service Assurance solution for network provisioning, troubleshooting and maintenance now supports RAD's new MiNID Miniature Carrier Ethernet Demarcation SFP.

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) and RAD Data Communications announced today that they have enhanced the interoperability of their combined, end-to-end network monitoring solution. In addition to RAD's ETX EtherAccess Ethernet Demarcation device, EXFO's Brix Service Assurance solution for network provisioning, troubleshooting and maintenance now supports RAD's new MiNID Miniature Carrier Ethernet Demarcation SFP.

The unique benefit of this synergy is that it injects service assurance into existing networks without requiring the replacement of any existing equipment.

This joint solution provides operators with a complete network monitoring approach. It combines the highly scalable monitoring and analysis power of EXFO's BrixWorx correlation and analysis engine and Brix Verifier network appliances with RAD's ETX EtherAccess demarcation devices located at the customer premises. EXFO's BrixWorx solution supports interworking with RAD network demarcation devices and applications, offering a deeper level of integration between the devices and enabling greater visibility of the service and circuit performance at the customer handoff or within the core.

The end result is a powerful monitoring and service assured solution, providing greater visibility of the end-to-end network as well as circuit performance. End-to-end network visibility ultimately leads to fewer network outages. Proactive monitoring and fault management detect degradations before they affect customers and enable service providers to pinpoint problems quickly, minimizing or eliminating entirely unnecessary and expensive technician truck rolls.

"The Brix solution allows operators to monitor their networks from end to end and correlates all the relevant metrics in one integrated system," said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Service Assurance Division. "In 2012, we developed the initial integration with RAD NIDs into the Brix System. That integration allows operators to leverage their embedded RAD devices with their existing or new Brix System to streamline operations and reduce both their OPEX and CAPEX. Today, we are adding RAD's new MiNID SFPs to our integrated solution, further expanding the interoperability of the Brix System."

"With RAD's Service Assured Access solution, service providers can now build an entire access network or enhance specific segments of their network with MEF CE 2.0-certified functionality, lowering their total cost of ownership while increasing revenues from SLA-based services," explained Amir Karo, RAD's Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing. "The combined RAD-EXFO solution offers a superior platform for service providers to reduce their operating expenses using a comprehensive and integrated demarcation and monitoring system."

For more information, please visit either www.EXFO.com/assure or www.RAD.com.

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 more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

About RAD
RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers,  as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD's multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 service providers around the world, including Bharti Airtel, British Telecom, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SingTel, SoftBank, Sprint, Telefónica, A1 Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile, Verizon International, and Vodafone. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF.

RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. 

SOURCE EXFO inc.



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