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EXFO develops smarter network test, data and analytics solutions for the world’s leading communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and web-scale companies. Since 1985, we’ve worked side by side with our clients in the lab, field, data center, boardroom and beyond to pioneer essential technology and methods for each phase of the network lifecycle. Our portfolio of test orchestration and real-time 3D analytics solutions turn complex into simple and deliver business-critical insights from the network, service and subscriber dimensions. Most importantly, we help our clients flourish in a rapidly transforming industry where “good enough” testing and data analytics just isn't good enough anymore—it never was for us, anyway. For more information, visit EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog.


News

Get Ready for Direct Detect 100G for Metro DCI

7/20/2017
Challenging the dominance of coherent detection, direct detection modulation has re-emerged as an economically viable option in metro data center interconnection (DCI).
Beyond CPRI: Planning for 5G Fronthaul

6/23/2017
While there is little debate that fiber-based fronthaul is the future, there is concern that the CPRI protocol, as it stands, does not scale to the demands of 5G.
How IoT, 5G & NFV Will Impact Data Center Infrastructure

5/23/2017
To fully benefit from the opportunities of 5G, IoT and NFV, operators must assure their infrastructure, services and processes throughout each stage of their virtualization, automation and DevOps journey.
What's Blocking 4K TV Today

5/22/2017
In a BCE panel session, experts say that high bandwidth requirements, a paltry supply of content and the cost and complexity of 4K set-tops are still holding back the adoption of UHD TV.
Webinars

Done in 15 Minutes – Fiber Cleaning & Inspection

In this hands-on demo, Kevin Peres walks you through the entire fiber inspection and cleaning process. He will show you how to clean connectors and bulkheads using the dry, wet and hybrid methods and cleaning sticks while explaining the pros and cons of every method and tool.

See how to perform the entire fiber inspection as per industry best practices. This video is very useful to train new technicians and serves as a practical refresh for the more experienced ones.
FTTA Testing Overview & First Critical Step: Fiber Inspection

This is the first part of a Webinar Series on Fronthaul Testing

This three-part webinar series covers everything you need to know to efficiently qualify fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) networks and confirm that remote radio heads (RRH) and CPRI links are fully functional before leaving the cell site – in just one field trip. You will learn more about connector inspection and cleaning techniques, fiber-link validation and troubleshooting, CPRI transport link validation and more. This series aims to help you get your tower crews up-to-speed with fiber testing, ensure SFPs and RRH equipment are fully functional before activating services and speed up your deployment while preventing costly repeated tower climbs.

In this first part, you will be understanding the FTTA network topology, key components and challenges. You will learn about the key testing requirements, methods and procedures. You will also find-out the reason why the connector inspection is so vital and what the best industry practices are.

Watch Part 2: (Deploying Fiber at 200 Feet–How to Keep Your Feet on the Ground) and Part 3: (CPRI rotocol Testing – Confirm Correct RRH Installation & Eliminate Re-Climbs)
Deploying Fiber at 200 Feet – How to Keep Your Feet on the Ground

This is the second part of a Webinar Series on Fronthaul Testing

This three-part webinar series covers everything you need to know to efficiently qualify fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) networks and confirm that remote radio heads (RRH) and CPRI links are fully functional before leaving the cell site – in just one field trip. You will learn more about connector inspection and cleaning techniques, fiber-link validation and troubleshooting, CPRI transport link validation and more. This series aims to help you get your tower crews up-to-speed with fiber testing, ensure SFPs and RRH equipment are fully functional before activating services and speed up your deployment while preventing costly repeated tower climbs.

In this second part, you will be understanding the challenges in deploying optical fibers within the FTTA/RRH environment and will discover the different methods to test and characterize fiber?
CPRI Protocol Testing – Confirm Correct RRH Installation & Eliminate Re-Climbs

This is the third and last part of a Webinar Series on Fronthaul Testing

This three-part webinar series covers everything you need to know to efficiently qualify fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) networks and confirm that remote radio heads (RRH) and CPRI links are fully functional before leaving the cell site – in just one field trip. You will learn more about connector inspection and cleaning techniques, fiber-link validation and troubleshooting, CPRI transport link validation and more. This series aims to help you get your tower crews up-to-speed with fiber testing, ensure SFPs and RRH equipment are fully functional before activating services and speed up your deployment while preventing costly repeated tower climbs.

In this third part, we will look at CPRI basics and common issues faced in the field. You will learn about the importance of CPRI link validation before turn-up and the best industry practices to validate RRH installation.
The Challenges of Inspecting SFP Ports

Small form-factor pluggable transceivers (SFPs) are increasingly common in multiple areas of the telecom environment within fiber-based architectures using Rx/Tx systems such as in data centers or fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA). Inspecting and cleaning these connectors creates a whole new set of challenges for technicians to tackle. In this short video, Francis Audet will explain in lay terms what is an SFP connector, why it represents a challenge to inspect and more importantly, what you should know about how to inspect one.
Demystifying RFC-6349 TCP Throughput Test

Developed by service providers such as Bell Canada and Deustch Telekom, the RFC-6349 is the very latest framework to test TCP throughput. It is becoming widely popular and complements the service turn-up of Ethernet services with the SAM Y.1564 test. These two tests together provide the service provider with full coverage of UDP and TCP type services. This webinar will demonstrate the difference between TCP and UDP services, the TCP and window size process in the transfer of data files over the Internet, the TCP key measurement parameters and objectives. It will benefit those who are involved in field operations, network performance monitoring, R&D manufacturing and lab as well as in education.
What Is Dispersion & How Does It Impact the Network?

EXFO is proud to present its webinar series on high speed networks, 40G/100G and dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. This webinar series will discuss the best practices for deploying 100G/DWDM networks, as well as ensuring the success of the activation and maintenance phases, for optics and transport. It will also discuss the recommended tests in each stage of the network's life cycle.

This first webinar in the high-speed/DWDM series discusses the problem of dispersion and the impact it can have on the network. It explains the two types of dispersion (chromatic dispersion and polarization mode dispersion) and why they can cause network failures, the typical dispersion tests and the applicable standards and dispersion thresholds for several types of services.

Log on to our on-demand webinar section (http://www.exfo.com/corporate/news-events/events/webinars) and watch the other parts of this exclusive webinar series.
Best Practices for Deploying & Activating DWDM/High-Speed Networks-Optic Layer

EXFO is proud to present its webinar series on high speed networks, 40G/100G and dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. This webinar series will discuss the best practices for deploying 100G/DWDM networks, as well as ensuring the success of the activation and maintenance phases, for optics and transport. It will also discuss the recommended tests in each stage of the network's life cycle.

This second webinar in this high-speed/DWDM series will emphasize the optical tests recommended during the deployment and activating phases and why these are critical. It will present tests using different types of instruments such as optical time-domain reflectometers (OTDR), inspection probes and optical spectrum analyzers (OSA), how these tests can reduce failures when the network is active and notable differences between the tests for 10G networks and for 40G/100G networks.

Log on to our on-demand webinar section (http://www.exfo.com/corporate/news-events/events/webinars) and watch the other parts of this exclusive webinar series.
100G+ Data-Center Evolution & Challenges: Don't Try to Reinvent the Wheel!

Data centers around the globe are migrating to fiber. The move to cloud services, massive virtualization and explosive growth in data have transformed the business role of data centers. Kevin Lefebvre, principal analyst at Ovum, will elaborate on the impact of this transformation on the market, the resulting needs created and what to expect next.

The growing bandwidth needs in the interconnect – even within the four walls of the data center, the infrastructure requirements to deliver low latency and packet loss and the need for the best possible quality of service (QoS)/quality of experience (QoE) require testing of both the physical- and service-layer infrastructures. Nicholas Gagnon, business development manager of data center at EXFO, and Jean-Marie Vilain, product manager of T&D at EXFO, will explain how to build a solid plan for fiber characterization, troubleshooting, transceiver quality checks, service testing and service assurance monitoring to achieve targeted-level reliability or the uptime objective.
The Role of Analytics in an NFV & SDN World

Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) promise more flexibility and scalability in the network, including better bandwidth allocation and a more expedient response to application and resource requirements. Enabling agile services requires proper integration of service assurance tools with orchestration. This new reality creates the need for improved analytics capabilities that can derive insights from data collected from various sources within the network, providing the control plane with the information necessary to make optimal decisions. This webinar discusses how analytics tools with integrated service assurance are addressing new app and resource requirements in today's NFV and SDN world.
Videos

FTTA video: Your Journey to Take Fiber to the Top

Description: TIPS FROM THE TOP. It's a highly competitive landscape out there for contractors. What challenges do contractors face today when deploying remote radio heads (RRH)? This short documentary walks you through the various steps in deploying Fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA), with insight into the key test requirements and best practices. Get all the tips from the field experts themselves.
iOLM FTTx video: Discover the iOLM: Your Fiber Test Expert

Description: Network operators are using, more than ever before, technicians with a copper background to characterize their fiber-optic networks. Discover how EXFO's iOLM solution, with its patent-pending Link-Aware Technology, makes an OTDR expert out of any technician, right from the start. A must for FTTX and MDU network operators.
TestFlow video

Description: EXFO's TestFlow is a field test automation and analytics solution that efficiently and accurately orchestrates the flow of information throughout critical testing phases during the deployment of fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA), distributed-antenna-system (DAS) and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.
FTB Ecosystem

Description: Discover how groundbreaking EXFO's FTB Ecosystem helps network operators institutionalize operational efficiencies, eliminate silos and ultimately control their operating expenses.
EXFO Connect: Make Your Data Mean Business

Description: EXFO Connect completely redefines integrated testing with its cloud-hosted solution. Equipped with a powerful database and application technologies, EXFO Connect provides an automated, secure environment that links together your EXFO test instruments and centralizes captured data across your organization. With its powerful correlation engine, EXFO Connects enables you to convert captured data into actionable information through customized test-data reporting and features that streamline test operations from build-out to maintenance.
VoLTE testing : Testing VoLTE? Choose Wisely!

Description: Is it possible to avoid post-deployment service quality impairments and network breakdowns? The answer is yes – with today's advancements in lab testing, operators have the power to detect and avoid issues before they ever happen. VoLTE is very complex. Traditional lab tests that underestimate this complexity will only add to the trouble. What's needed is the ability to simulate, in a lab environment, real-world traffic with millions of subscribers while precisely replicating the diversity of live networks. Simulator test solutions that can handle VoLTE's complexity exist, so there's no reason for further delay. Watch this interesting clip that wraps up how to validate VoLTE under actual conditions.
Lab manager: How to Manage Complexity While Remaining Agile

Description: Meet Mike, a lab manager at a network equipment manufacturer. Mike's challenge it is to manage complexity within his lab. Learn how Mike used EXFO's solutions to conquer that challenge, equip his lab within budget, satisfy all stakeholders and manage many complex lab requirements, all the while remaining agile.
Fiber monitoring: Understanding Fiber Network Surveillance Dark Fiber

Description: How can you deliver fast responses 24/7 to deal with failures on your leased fiber networks, even with minimum visibility on active service provider equipment?

This video shows how FiberGuardian – a proactive fiber network monitoring solution – can help achieve the very best repair times out there. It also walks you through FiberGuardian's easy integration at all levels of your company.
iSAM DEMO VIDEO: iSAM Video

Description: Take a look at EXFO's iSAM application and how to use it to configure a Y.1564 and RFC 6349 quickly and easily.
FTB-PRO DEMO VIDEO: EXFO's FTB-Pro Platform

Description: Welcome to a NetBlazer 100G Tech Corner. My name is Marcos Vasconcellos, Product Specialist for EXFO's Transport and Datacom Business Unit. In today's NetBlazer100G Tech Corner, I'll be showing you the benefits of choosing EXFO's FTB-1 Pro platform as your testing platform of choice. Let's take a look at the FTB-890NGE test set – a 64K to 100Gig high-speed tester residing on the FTB-1 Pro platform.