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VIAVI Solutions secures Infrastructure Technology Award for telecommunications at SBR's inaugural TEA

Its award-winning product reduces mean-time-to-repair and network downtime by at least 30 percent.

VIAVI Solutions’ Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) guarantees fibre network availability by helping detect fibre cuts in real time and swiftly localising faults. The product also interfaces with customers’ database and GIS tools to help locate faults quicker and garner a more efficient repair and recovery process by pointing the crew to the right locations and telling them which specific fibres require attention.

With this innovation, VIAVI Solutions came away with the Infrastructure Technology Award for telecommunications in Singapore Business Review’s inaugural Technology Excellence Awards.

Network service providers need constant availability and performance from their fibre optic networks, especially with voice, video and data spreading like wildfire across society.

Despite its crucial role in telecom, fibre availability in Southeast Asia often goes neglected, as evidenced by the region’s fibre routes, which are mostly buried underground. This troublesome location results to regular accidental cuts and breakages.

VIAVI ONMSi fixes these typical run-ins by detecting fibre cuts in real time and quickly locating the faults. The award-winning product can reduce the necessary time locating faults from hours to approximately two minutes, directing the crew to the most accurate locations whilst saving their time to significantly repair the non-functional fibre routes. By reducing mean-time-to-repair and network down time by at least 30 percent, VIAVI ONMSi remarkably cuts the operational expenditure.

Thanks to its fibre remote testing and accurate fibre plant documentation, VIAVI ONMSi increases workforce productivity and facilitates the management of fibre optic networks with fewer technicians.

Scanning your fibre network 24/7, the optical network monitoring system expands network visibility right from the core across the passive optical network (PON) and into the premises, thus enhancing operational support and service quality for any network.

In addition to its many benefits, its architecture is optimised for the right amount of intelligence at the sensing nodes (OTUs) and in the central server. It can also integrate with other EMS and workflow solutions.

The VIAVI ONMSi supports P2P and P2MP to the optical network terminal and secures multi-user environments with its LDAP feature. For easy integration with open-source software, the product supports web services (XML) and SNMP.

Meanwhile, its measurement schedules allow network operators to assess long-term fibre performance to form the basis of efficient asset management. It can also anticipate service disruptions before service is affected by executing proactive performance monitoring and ensuring that backup fibres are always in sound condition. Its ability to detect fibre tapping protects valuable information from prying eyes.

With a broad and highly satisfied customer base, it prides itself in being the most trusted and most preferred solution for fibre cuts and breakages.

At present, VIAVI has over 70 percent of the share in equivalent fibre monitoring solutions in Southeast Asia and has coverage amongst many key operators in the region, mainly for their long-distance fibre networks.

In spite of its successful innovation, VIAVI Solutions does not end there. VIAVI ONMSi will continue to evolve to ensure it adapts to customers’ future needs.

Acknowledging the move RFMS applications are making from traditional long-distance and backhaul monitoring to include metro and access networks, VIAVI introduced the new OTU5000, a great step forward in hardware evolution, boasting performance and flexibility in a much smaller form.

The company is also evolving the switched fabric towards metro-type applications.

Recognising Singapore’s leading companies in technology innovation, the Technology Excellence Awards lauds outstanding companies which have pioneered groundbreaking IT products and solutions and avant-garde technology initiatives that made an impact in their business.

The Technology Excellence Awards, presented by Singapore Business Review, was held on 30 May 2019 at the Conrad Centennial Singapore.

This year’s nominations were judged by a panel consisting of Cheang Wai Keat, Head of Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP; Darwin Thio, Director, Cybersecurity & Technology Services, Nexia TS; Daryl Pereira, Head of Cybersecurity, KPMG; Evelyn Lim, Executive Director, Tax Advisory, BDO LLP; and Jonathan Kok, Co-Head of Technology, Media & Communications Industry Group, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP.

Check out the event photos during the awards night here.

If you would like to join the 2020 awards and be acclaimed for your company’s exceptional technology innovations, please email Julie Anne Nuñez at julie@charltonmediamail.com 

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