Exfo launches test solution for RF interference and fronthaul networks

Created January 16, 2018
Technologies and Products

Network test, monitoring and analytics systems developer EXFO has unveiled SkyRAN, a scalable remote access and monitoring solution designed for fibre-based fronthaul networks.

Developed in collaboration with the largest wireless carriers in North America, SkyRAN provides real-time, on-demand testing and 24/7 monitoring of fiber optic networks and radio frequency spectrum. The SkyRAN solution made its industry debut at the VZTUF-XII expo in Austin, TX.

SkyRAN combines the industry’s highest resolution RF spectrum analysis over CPRI with the most advanced fiber monitoring capabilities on the market. As SkyRAN reveals RF issues that were previously difficult to identify, mobile network operators will have the capacity to proactively identify and resolve RF interference, PIM and fibre-related issues before they could impact subscribers.

Full visibility
In order to continue delivering superior quality of experience, MNOs will need full visibility into their RF spectrum and fiber fronthaul networks. A solution like SkyRAN will become even more critical as the mobile industry begins to transform their networks in preparation for 5G, which will rely on highly dense networks resulting in an increase of RF interference sources.

“For mobile network operators, RF spectrum is one of their most valuable assets and RF interference is one of their worst enemies,” said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s Vice President, Test and Measurement.

“SkyRAN protects this asset and also generates significant OPEX savings by reducing the need to travel to macro cell sites in remote locations or in high-density centralized-RAN hubs. Instead, technicians can troubleshoot from their desks or get equipped with actionable data through analytics before arriving on-site, if a truck roll is still necessary.”

Specification sheet can be found at: www.exfo.com/en/products/skyran/

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.