A Tier-1 European network operator has placed a follow-on order in excess of US$6 million for EXFO Inc.’s AXS-300/635 Triple-Play Tester.
The European operator, which had shipments totaling US$5.3 million for the Triple-Play Tester in fiscal 2010, selected EXFO’s solution to support the deployment of next-generation VDSL2 services over its hybrid network access architecture.
EXFO says the AXS-200/635 is a complete, multilayer test solution designed for deploying, troubleshooting and repairing voice, ADSL2+, VDSL2, Ethernet, copper and triple-play services such as IPTV. Its ease of use, flexible architecture and comprehensive feature set benefit customers by reducing truck rolls and helping them save on capital expenditures.
The AXS-200/635 provides test automation and compliance to close out test procedures. EXFO says this ensures the test process is done right the first time which significantly reduces truck rolls. In addition, the AXS-200/635 provides flexibility and reliability to integrate with operators’ OSS and laptops, enabling a one-button Bluetooth operation to transfer job details and test results. Another key aspect is the automated remote firmware and test profiles management which is a major time-saving feature that further contributes to savings on operating expenditures.
The AXS-200/635 has proven itself to be an automated and easy-to-use handheld test set for this operator’s field technicians and advanced field engineers, since it’s capable of operating and troubleshooting on bare wire loops, ADSL and especially newer VDSL2 circuits up to the wideband frequencies used for triple-play and IP-video service deployments, according to the company.
"Repeat business is a tell-tale sign that we exceeded customer requirements," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “This large follow-on order demonstrates that EXFO is positioning itself as a leading supplier for the fiber-to-the-curb deployments, enabling operators to significantly improve their operating efficiency through test automation and OSS integration."