Based on its recent analysis of the market for small-cell deployment acceleration and performance assurance, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Accedian Networks with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Accedian offers superior performance assurance solutions for mobile backhaul, small cells, business services, as well as service provider (SP) software-defined networks (SDN). It introduced one of the first solutions to use network function virtualization (NFV) and virtualized instrumentation to accelerate small-cell deployment and lower operational expenditures (OPEX).
"The company takes pride in its interoperable, open, and easily programmable solutions that provide greater visibility into networks and extend their capabilities beyond standard-based performance assurance," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Olga Yashkova-Shapiro. "These tools enable SPs to automatically benchmark backhaul links while small cells are deployed, and monitor ongoing network performance in real time. Precise, one-way metrics and ubiquitous, per-second visibility distinguish Accedian's solutions from other vendors' offerings."
Accedian Networks' Nano Performance Module, a smart SFP (optical transponder) for small cells' performance assurance, aids the provision of standards-based performance monitoring (PM) and connectivity fault management to deployed network elements. By augmenting the feature set of existing legacy network elements instead of completely replacing them, this solution also offers significant savings to SPs aiming to deploy full network PM coverage.
Another key benefit of the Nano Module is its ability to perform NFV-augmented tests for remote troubleshooting, performance measurement, and capacity planning. Additionally, it can replace expensive test sets and centralized probe-based solutions for service activation testing (SAT) when backhaul links are deployed. RFC-2544 and Y.1564 turn-up tests can be triggered upon small-cell installation or can be scheduled to execute during maintenance windows.
Accedian's V-NID Performance Platform works seamlessly with standards-based network elements and Nano Modules to provide advanced troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities that reduce truck rolls for SPs, facilitate integration with existing management systems, and provide complete multi-vendor and multi-technology service assurance spanning small cells, macro-cells, the radio access network (RAN) and mobile switching center (MSC) sites, effectually eliminating network blind spots.
As the Accedian Network platform is highly automated, it enables the end users (e.g., enterprise IT department) or untrained technicians to install devices, thereby lowering the OPEX barrier to small-cell deployment. This feature also eliminates the high costs associated with technician visits, manual configuration and provisioning, interpretation of results, and other hurdles in the path of faster small-cell deployment.
"Accedian Networks' solutions significantly extends the precision, granularity and depth of metrics offered by industry standards, including IEEE 802.1ag, ITU-Y.1731, and IETF TWAMP to assure Layer 2 and Layer 3 backhaul transport of VoLTE & 3G voice, data, and other services such as carrier Wi-Fi," noted Yashkova-Shapiro. "Consequently, this solution helps SPs deliver a positive quality of experience (QoE) to their end users and monitors backhaul performance and service-level objectives for frame delay (FD), frame delay variation (FDV), packet loss, and QoS metrics like VoLTE mean opinion score (MOS)."
The Company's solutions are adopted by numerous leading global operators and spread across the entire mobile and small-cell backhaul networks, all the way from core to edge. Since 2005, Accedian Networks has delivered more than 250,000 platforms and 150,000 assured cell sites worldwide. Overall, it has exhibited considerable potential to increase its growth rates and footprint in the small cells performance assurance market.
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About Accedian Networks
Accedian Networks (accedian.com) is the Performance Assurance Solution Specialist for mobile backhaul and small cells, business services and service provider SDN.
Open, multi-vendor interoperable and programmable solutions go beyond standard-based performance assurance to deliver Network State+™, the most complete view of network health.
Automated service activation testing and real-time performance monitoring feature unrivalled precision and granularity, while H-QoS traffic conditioning optimizes service performance.
Since 2005 Accedian has delivered 250,000+ globally installed platforms, including 150,000+ assured cell sites.
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