Exfo completes Brix buy, intros app module

Wed, 04/23/2008 - 8:12am
Brian Santo

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering (Exfo) has completed its acquisition of Brix Networks for $28.5 million in cash. Exfo could still end up paying up to $37.5 million, depending on Brix’s financial performance.

Brix Networks has developed a distributed, probe-based solution that proactively monitors next-generation, converged IP networks to assure that voice, video and data services are delivered with quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE).

Separately, Exfo introduced an application module for the installation and troubleshooting of Ethernet-based triple-play services, primarily those delivered on FTTx networks.

The AXS-200/650 provides dual Ethernet interfaces for full WAN/LAN analysis of IP-based services. Complete IP layer connectivity testing can be performed via various methodologies, such as IP PING, FTP/HTTP downloading and trace-route measurements.

EXFO’s latest solution provides enhanced high-definition (HD) IPTV test capabilities, with complete set-top box (STB) emulation. A full suite of QoS metrics is available, including media delivery index (MDI), program clock reference jitter, stream-rate metrics, bandwidth utilization and IP metrics on multiple MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 media streams. In addition, critical VoIP metrics can be monitored to ensure quality IP-based voice services.

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