What started from two technicians, building and selling radios from a garage is today one of the world's largest network solutions provider for the telecommunications sector—VIAVI Solutions. Having pioneered the first-of-its-kind scalable test systems for validating 5G network performance, today VIAVI is considered a major driver behind the successful delivery of fiber-intensive 5G networks. The company not only has rich experience to fall back on but also a global presence in over 60 countries and a strong bench of experts driving the company forward. At the helm of VIAVI is President and CEO of the company, Oleg Khaykin who brings over three decades of experience having held leadership positions in several top-notch technology companies. From the world’s largest mobile operators, enterprise network and application providers to contractors today, VIAVI empowers both government and private entities alike to deploy, maintain, optimize, and evolve the most complex and powerful networks on the planet. VIAVI's main areas of expertise include: network test and certification, network performance management, network visibility, analytics and intelligence, fiber testing, and much more.
Redefining Network Test and Monitoring
Under network test and certification, the company is renowned for its rugged and portable, cloud-enabled hardware portfolio called CellAdvisor that allows firms to remotely monitor RF conditions 24/7. For example while CellAdvisor 5G is the ideal field portable solution for validating all aspects of 5G cell site, the CellAdvisor RF Analyzer combines the functionality of spectrum analysis, cable and antenna analysis, covering all needs of the physical layer of cellular networks. Since a competitive market demands that networks are continuously maintained to deliver higher-speed, high-quality applications, VIAVI's complete range of fiber test solutions reduces the complexity around new network architectures. Currently fiber optics supports much of the world’s Internet, phone and television data transmission. As these networks continue to expand and user load continues to increase, the development of standardized fiber testing practices becomes increasingly important. VIAVI offers fiber end-face inspection, fiber continuity test, optical loss and power measurement, all while following the best practices for safer, more efficient and reliable fiber deployments and network activation.
"From the world’s largest mobile operators and application providers, VIAVI empowers both government and private entities alike to optimize the most complex and powerful networks on the planet"
The case study of a major service provider who opted for Viavi's Solutions to reduce some of the cost challenges associated with fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment for consumers is the perfect example of the company proficiency. FTTH network construction is not only costly but also significantly multiplies the number of optical connections in a network, making it difficult manage.
With 55 commercial networks expected by the end of 2019, this is the year the promise of 5G becomes reality
This client in question was burdened with fiber related issues that resulted from improper installation and poor fiber handling practices and client servicing alongside ineffective service provisioning. With VIAVI onboard, the service provider could certify the quality of the fiber installation, accelerate service provision, and reduce the mean time to address client requests. The provider selected the Viavi ONMSi Optical Network Monitoring System for PON. ONMSi can automatically test fiber and detect and locate fiber faults centrally without having to dispatch technicians into the field. By placing remote optical test units at different central office locations, the system is able to certify the fiber installation, enable fiber test for provisioning, and reduce the time needed to understand customer faults.
Negating all Network Challenges
When it comes to network performance, here too the company nails it. VIAVI's network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) measure, quantify, and report on relevant metrics related to all IT resources. The greatest challenge with network performance troubleshooting is often identifying the actual source of the performance issue. This challenge can be worsened as networks become abstract and decentralized whether through IoT, SD-WAN, or cloud technologies. VIAVI network tools proactively identify the most serious network issues with an end-user experience score, problem diagnosis, and out-of-the-box workflows leading IT teams to resolution. VIAVI's expertise in improving network performance can be easily highlighted through the fact that recently Samsung Electronics selected the VIAVI TM500 Network Tester and TeraVM 5G Core Emulator to validate 5G network equipment performance. The TM500 is a scalable test system for validating network performance and is in use with almost every base station manufacturer in the industry. The TeraVM, on the other hand, is an application emulation and security performance solution, delivering comprehensive test coverage for application services, wired and wireless.
Another feather in VIAVI's cap is when they were chosen last month by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator as a preferred vendor for 5G wireless and optical test solutions. VIAVI has worked closely with the operator since early 2018 to test the performance and capability of next-generation infrastructure. During the R&D test of wireless network equipment in the 5G Phase I project launched by China Mobile recently, VIAVI supported China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) in validating 5G base station performance using the VIAVI TM500 Network Tester. "With 55 commercial networks expected by the end of 2019, this is the year the promise of 5G becomes reality. Next-generation network performance is expected to transcend today’s expectations for coverage, speed and latency, delivering a truly transformational experience,” says Khaykin.
“Through close collaboration with committed market leaders such as China Mobile, VIAVI is helping to advance technology standards and launch the era of 5G mass adoption in China and around the world."
When it comes to improving network performance, data intelligence and security can never be far behind. As such, VIAVI also provides NITRO GEO location intelligence solutions that harness the power of subscriber generated insight to transform network performance, enable detailed analytics, and deliver automated network optimization. VIAVI NITRO GEO captures, locates, stores and analyzes data from all subscriber events, giving operators a rich source of app-aware insight to significantly improve network performance and enrich the QoE. This subscriber-centric, app-aware intelligence creates a true understanding of the customer experience enabling monetization of the network and delivering automated network optimization. VIAVI NITRO GEO mainly is a solutions suite that comprises GEOanalytics that deliver sophisticated API to allow third party applications to make direct use of the location intelligence; GEOinsights unlocks the power of the location intelligence; and GEOperformance that transforms RAN planning and performance engineering by increasing operational efficiency and ROI while delivering game changing improvements in the network performance. Coming to network security, organizations across the board are investing heavily toward the prevention of attacks, but with very less returns. VIAVI's security solutions are just what the enterprises need for a foolproof security structure. This includes strengthening existing antivirus software, boosting security strategy with post-event forensics, and improving compliance with packet-based evidence.
Apart from state-of-the-art solutions, VIAVI also offers end-to-end support and services. To ensure that clients achieve the highest ROI from their investments, VIAVI offers complete installation support, comprehensive training, value-add professional services, and ongoing maintenance and technical support. The company also goes the extra mile to work with clients and help them find the right hardware service support plan. In case a particular equipment is under repairs, VIAVI's clients can also opt for either an equivalent loaner or a replacement unit with the same configuration to ensure there is no disruption in workflow. In addition, VIAVI even offers technical education solutions, product training, and blended learning for technicians who are using new products or working to affect process change with existing tools. At a client's service round the clock, VIAVIA's expert team of sales and support personnel operate from a network of offices across the world. To stay ahead of all client needs VIAVI has live technical assistance centers, responsive customer care representatives, and an extensive on-line knowledgebase.
In the days to come, VIAVI has its eyes on 5G technology as it holds the potential to radically enhance, connect, and enable a variety of businesses. Given their rich history, avant-garde technology initiatives, and best-in-class support services, VIAVI is sure to lead the telecom solutions market for many more years to come.
- Joe Phillip July 22, 2019
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