QUEBEC CITY, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX:
EXF) announced today it has acquired the business of Aito Technologies,
a leading provider of customer experience analytics for mobile network
operators (MNOs), through an asset purchase deal.
Based in Espoo, Finland, Aito Technologies offers out-of-the-box
customer experience analytics software that unifies business, network,
product and customer data for real-time analysis, discovery, reaction
and decision support for a wide range of users and decision-makers
within a wireless operator organization.
Tracking and improving customer experience has become a primary focus
throughout the mobile industry as the proliferation of smartphones and
tablets, coupled with an explosion in streaming video, new services and
applications, are fueling an exponential increase in data traffic and
network complexity. Against this backdrop, MNOs must consistently
provide superior quality of experience (QoE) at a lower cost in order
to retain their most profitable customers. Consequently, end-to-end
visibility and analytics are becoming mission-critical to assure
high-performance service delivery.
EXFO will combine the powerful analytics software capabilities of Aito
Technologies with its wide range of wireless products, systems and
solutions to provide MNOs with heightened, end-to-end visibility of
their 3G and 4G/LTE network infrastructures. Aito Technologies’
analytics software allows network engineers to drill down to data
gathered from multiple sources, including end-user and data-plane
information from passive probes like EXFO’s dual 10G line-rate capture
PowerHawk Pro. In addition, analyzed data is cross-correlated with
information from CRM databases, network elements and operations support
systems in order to provide MNOs deep visibility into the end-to-end
experience of subscribers.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
“Aito Technologies’ software suite is already deployed at about 10
wireless operators globally, helping them obtain actionable information
to better manage customer experience over their 3G and 4G/LTE
networks,” said Germain Lamonde, EXFO’s Chairman, President and CEO.
“We are combining Aito’s capabilities with EXFO’s suite of instruments,
systems and solutions—especially with our powerful wireless PowerHawk
Pro analyzers—that will provide MNOs with contextually relevant
analytics and valuable insight to improve end-user quality of
experience, enhance network performance and drive operational
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is a leading provider
of next-generation test, service assurance and end-to-end quality of
experience solutions for mobile and fixed network operators and
equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry.
EXFO’s intelligent solutions with contextually relevant analytics
improve end-user quality of experience, enhance network performance and
drive operational efficiencies throughout the network and service
delivery lifecycle. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE,
VoLTE, IMS, video, Ethernet/IP, SNMP, OTN, FTTx, xDSL and various
optical technologies accounting for more than 38% of the global
portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately
1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers
worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.
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