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EXFO CEO: Carriers are gearing up for 5G SA deployment

A recently released joint survey by test company EXFO and Heavy Reading show that the majority of North American and European mobile network operators—88%—plan to move to 5G Standalone networks within the next two years. EXFO CEO Philippe Morin told RCR Wireless News that...

Adaptive Service Assurance is Key for a Successful Migration to 5G SA

5G is revolutionary in the sense that it provides Gigabit speeds and sophisticated features such as industrial massive IoT and ultra-reliable low latency services, enabled by slicing and edge computing, that 4G LTE can’t touch. But it’s also evolutionary in the sense that it...

Adaptive Service Assurance is Key for a Successful Migration to 5G SA (Sponsored)

5G is revolutionary in the sense that it provides Gigabit speeds and sophisticated features such as industrial massive IoT and ultra-reliable low latency services, enabled by slicing and edge computing, that 4G LTE can’t touch. But it’s also evolutionary in the sense that it...

EXFO minority shareholders approve go-private transaction

The saga of Viavi Solutions' pursuit of competitor EXFO appears to be over. A majority of EXFO's minority shareholders have voted to take the test company private in a transaction with its majority shareholder, founder and executive chairman Germain Lamonde. A 30-minute virtual meeting...

Test and Measurement: Verizon set to tune its C Band modeling

Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide effort to test C Band spectrum in order to tune its models for deployment. The carrier was granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission this week to use a 30 kilohertz slice of C Band spectrum at...

‘I’m a builder, not a seller’: EXFO’s Germain Lamonde opens up about all those offers from Viavi

EXFO's founder, majority shareholder and executive chairman calls Viavi's multiple offers for the company "noise on the line" Germain Lamonde says he has fielded many offers to buy EXFO, the network test and measurement company that he founded, over the decades that it has been...

Test and Measurement: Altiostar expands UK Open RAN lab

Altiostar said that it is expanding its flagship U.K. test lab, located in the London area, and it is hiring new staff to support expanded software development, customer support and testing for 4G and 5G Open Radio Access Network technologies. The lab is set...

EXFO Infobrief: 5G Adaptive Service Assurance

The end goal for 5G is a cloud-native, service-based, fully standalone (SA) network. That’s a major undertaking, which means most operators will spend several years with a mix of 4G, 5G non-standalone (NSA) and 5G SA infrastructure. This highly diverse environment makes it challenging...

Test and Measurement: EXFO board rejects Viavi’s latest offer

EXFO's board of directors has rejected a third acquisition offer from Viavi Solutions, in the face of unequivocal opposition from EXFO's founder, chairman and controlling shareholder. The board was faced with two competing offers: A recent go-private offer from Chairman Germaine Lamonde at $6...

Future-proofing your 5G field testing

As 5G is being deployed, the latest in wireless technology is bringing new use cases and potential revenue streams to life. It is also bringing new demands to network deployment and testing. Even though 5G is still in its early days, networks are already...

Electro Rent Webinar: 5G Fronthaul Validation – The right steps for Fronthaul Link Validation

Join experts from Electro Rent and EXFO for a webinar on 5G Fronthaul Validation. This webinar will cover the steps for Fronthaul link validation using an EXFO test module. In this course, we will discuss Connector Performance, Fiber Characterization, Backhaul Link Validation, CPRI/eCPRI Link Validation, and Transceiver...

Test and Measurement: EXFO launches new portable 5G spectrum analyzer

EXFO this week debuted its 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer, which it claims is the only modular, field-focused radio frequency testing solution that can analyze both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave LTE and 5G New Radio in a single, field-upgradeable solution. In particular, EXFO emphasized the...

Editorial Report: Industrial grade 5G SLAs – How will operators and managed service providers guarantee URLLC 5G for critical enterprise operations?

The only way for operators to generate more revenue is to take more risk. The promise of 5G networks is in selling augmented connectivity solutions to enterprises, and not to consumers. But the operator community must guarantee 5G services, offered on network slices or in...

Editorial Webinar: Industrial grade 5G SLAs – How will operators and managed service providers guarantee URLLC 5G for critical enterprise operations?

The only way for operators to generate more revenue is to take more risk. The promise of 5G networks is in selling augmented connectivity solutions to enterprises, and not to consumers. But the operator community must guarantee 5G services, offered on network slices or in...

Test and Measurement: Keysight’s equipment goes into Qualcomm’s open RAN testbeds

Qualcomm Technologies will be using open Radio Access Network testing solutions from Keysight Technologies in multiple test beds in New Jersey, as the chipmaker develops and validates new designs based on open RAN interfaces. Keysight said that the two companies have done open RAN and...

Test and Measurement: EXFO to acquire InOpticals

EXFO is in the process of acquiring Taiwan-based InOpticals, which specializes in ultra-high-speed test instruments for the laboratory and manufacturing markets with particular strength in 400G/800G transceivers, active and passive components and integrated test systems. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, although EXFO...

Test and Measurement: EXFO sees sales drop, but is buoyed by pandemic assistance

EXFO saw its sales drop 10% year-over-year, but the financial impact of the global coronavirus pandemic was blunted in part by cost-cutting and a Canadian government program for wage subsidies. "Despite constraints and restrictive measures in many countries, EXFO navigated through the coronavirus pandemic with...

EXFO Academy: Learn more on new technologies, trends and testing best practices

There’s never been a better time for distance learning! Join the EXFO team as we share our expertise in how to build healthier networks, faster. We’ll discuss key 5G and fiber-optic technologies, present real-world use cases and share testing best practices. Register now, it’s the...

COVID-19 factory shutdown hits EXFO’s sales

Despite sales drop, EXFO says that some 'well-funded' companies are increasing capex Network testing and analytics company EXFO said that the temporary shut down of its manufacturing center in China impacted its sales in the most recent quarter, but as a key supplier for the...

5G means new RAN architectures, densification and more fiber

  The rollout of 5G calls for radical changes in network architecture, technician knowledge and fiber deployed deeper into the network. To make sure those changes are successful and 5G transformations are done right the first time, operators and contractors need to revamp their testing...

Amid the 5G ramp, vendors offer up new testing, service assurance platforms

5G is hitting the ground running this year, with nationwide deployments rolling out in various countries around the world. In light of that momentum, and interest from service providers in building service assurance into their new networks as they are built, vendors are burnishing new...

EXFO: 5G requires a ‘new breed’ of service assurance

New EXFO platform leverages AI, ML and "little data" for service assurance To hear EXFO CEO Philippe Morin tell it,  the virtualization of service provider networks is degrading network visibility and the ability to troubleshoot rapidly, while data lakes are more like overwhelming data swamps—...

Test and Measurement: 5G testing market to grow at 11.5% annually, Frost & Sullivan says

The global 5G testing equipment and solutions market is expected to reach $2 billion by 2024 with a compound annual growth rate of 11.5%, according to a new forecast from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm said that it expects that "healthy double-digit growth rate"...

EXFO White Paper: Our 5G World in 2025: What to expect, how to make it happen

You may have heard a lot about 5G already. You may know which network operators have launched or will soon be launching 5G, which services they have prioritized for their initial 5G rollout, and even which challenges they have faced. But do you know which...

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