Viavi Solutions: A New Era in Telecom

Oleg Khaykin, CEO, Viavi SolutionsOleg Khaykin, CEO it all began in a garage with two technicians and their passion for building radios. Little did they know that their humble venture, VIAVI Solutions (founded initially as Wandel and Goltermann) will emerge as one of the largest suppliers of electronic test and measurement equipment. 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 fibre-intensive 5G networks. From the world’s largest mobile operators, enterprise network and application providers to contractors, VIAVI empowers both government and private entities alike to deploy, maintain, optimize, and evolve the most complex and powerful networks on the planet. The company has not only 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 and has held leadership positions in several top-notch technology companies.

Redefining Network Test and Monitoring

VIAVI's main areas of expertise include network test and certification, network performance management, network visibility, analytics and intelligence, fibre testing, and much more. Under network test and certification, the company is renowned for its rugged and portable, cloud-enabled hardware portfolio called CellAdvisor that allows firms to monitor RF conditions remotely, 24/7. For example, while CellAdvisor 5G is the ideal field port able solution for validating all aspects of a 5G cell site, the CellAdvisor RF Analyzer combines the functionality of spectrum analysis and cable and antenna analysis, covering all needs of the physical layer of cellular networks.

Keeping in mind that increasing market competition demands that networks deliver higher-speed, high-quality applications, VIAVI's complete range of fibre test solutions reduce the complexity around new network architectures. Currently, fibre 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 fibre testing practices is increasingly important. VIAVI offers fibre end-face inspection, fibre continuity test, optical loss and power measurement while following the best practices for safer, more efficient and reliable fibre deployments and network activation.

The case study of a major service provider who opted for VIAVI’s solutions to reduce some of the cost challenges associated with fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment for consumers is the perfect example of the company’s proficiency. FTTH network construction is not only costly but also significantly multiplies the number of optical connections in a network, making it difficult to manage. This client in question was burdened with fibre-related issues that resulted from improper installation and poor fibre handling practices and client servicing alongside ineffective service provisioning. With VIAVI onboard, the service provider could certify the quality of the fibre installation, accelerate service delivery, and reduce the meantime to address client requests. The provider selected the VIAVI ONMSi Optical Network Monitoring System for PON. ONMSi can automatically test fibre and detect and locate fibre faults centrally without having to dispatch technicians to the field.

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

By placing remote optical test units at many central office locations, the system can certify the fibre installation, enable fibre test for provisioning, and reduce the time needed to understand 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) solutions 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 get worse as networks become abstract and decentralized, whether through IoT, SD-WAN or cloud technologies. VIAVI’s network tools proactively identify the most severe network issues with an end-user experience score, problem diagnosis, and out-of-the-box workflows. VIAVI's expertise in improving network performance is 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 wired and wireless application services.

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 a 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 and deliver detailed analytics and 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 quality of experience (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 is a solutions suite that comprises tools such as the GEOanalytics, which delivers sophisticated APIs to allow third-party applications to make direct use of the location intelligence; GEOinsights that unlocks the power of the location intelligence; and GEOperformance, which 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 few 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.

"With 55 commercial networks expected by the end of 2019, this is the year the promise of 5G becomes reality"

Customer-First, Always

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 goes the extra mile to work with clients and help them find the right hardware service support plan. In case a piece of particular equipment is under repair, 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. VIAVIA's expert team of sales and support personnel operate from a network of offices across the world and service clients round the clock. To stay ahead of all client needs, VIAVI has live technical assistance centres, responsive customer care representatives and an extensive online 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 even in the future.
- Catalina Joseph
    July 22, 2020
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Viavi Solutions

Viavi Solutions

San Jose, CA

Oleg Khaykin, CEO

VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global leader in both network and service enablement and optical security performance products and solutions. Our technologies contribute to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise network and application providers to contractors laying the fiber and building the towers that keep us connected