Spirent helps operators overcome challenges of Ethernet mobile backhaul migration



Spirent’s important enhancements to its Spirent
TestCenter Live service assurance tool drives greater operational efficiency by
enabling service providers to align service assurance costs with new Ethernet
service business models.


As service providers make the transition from TDM to
Ethernet in the backhaul,
they are quickly discovering the operational challenges of managing these new
networks – especially the need to reduce operational expenses in the face of
decreased revenues per bit.


The enhanced Spirent TestCenter Live offering combines 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE interfaces in a
single probe and helps carriers to better plan for service activation and
troubleshooting dispatches, while gaining greater visibility into the network
for SLA management and reporting.


With support for 24/7 remote and automated monitoring of
services, and a future-proof design to support 40/100G speeds, the new probes
offer unprecedented flexibility in testing and monitoring mobile backhaul
networks. This latest solution can deliver cost savings of more than 25 percent
over competitive solutions.


As the cost per bit associated with delivering data
decreases, service assurance solutions must become more efficient with
increased port density and functionality,” said Sean Yarborough, senior
director of Strategy & Business Development at Spirent. By allowing
service providers to assure more services with fewer probes, Spirent provides a
unique foundation for enabling growth and profitability among today’s leading
telcos, cable and wireless operators.”


The probes feature both testing and performance
monitoring capabilities aimed at those building and operating LTE networks,
including critical precision clock synchronization (IEEE 1588) and one-way
delay measurements.


The new Spirent TestCenter Live probes are available in
two configurations – Spirent 7502 and Spirent 7606A – that can support from two
to six 1GbE or 10GbE ports. A single probe can now facilitate up to 45 unique
test sessions, with each test session supporting on-demand or performance
monitoring tests of up to 4000 VLANs.


Prior to this Spirent advance, service providers needing
both 1GbE and 10 GbE probes had to purchase them separately. Additionally,
while most competitive probes are still limited to a single Ethernet test port
per probe, Spirent’s innovation is enabling network operation centers (NOCs) to
overcome inefficiencies, upgrade limitations and cost restrictions often
associated with utilizing multiple test ports and probes.


With its ability to support multiple test interfaces as
well as its field upgradeability, service providers can continue to use Spirent
TestCenter Live as their requirements grow, while conserving valuable rack
space. These multi-port probes only require a one-time chassis installation and
can then be field upgraded to address new functionality in the future.


By TelecomLead.com Team
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