On Monday Spirent (Sunnyvale, CA) announced enhancements to its Spirent TestCenter Live service assurance tool, designed to enable service providers to align service assurance costs with new Ethernet service business models. According to Spirent, as service providers make the transition from Time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Ethernet in the backhaul, there are operational challenges of managing these new networks.
The Spirent TestCenter Live 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. With a future-proof design to support 40/100Gb speeds, the new probes offer flexibility in testing and monitoring mobile backhaul networks. This latest solution is said to deliver cost savings of more than 25 % 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. “We allow service providers to assure more services with fewer probes.”
The probes feature both testing and performance monitoring capabilities aimed at those building and operating LTE networks, including 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 facilitate up to 45 unique test sessions, with each test session supporting on-demand or performance monitoring tests of up to 4000 VLANs.
According to Spirent, prior to its advance, service providers needing both 1GbE and 10 GbE probes had to purchase them separately. 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.