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EXFO Donates Testing Units for Infrastructure Rebuild in Typhoon-hit Philippines

November 27, 2013

EXFO Donates Testing Units for Infrastructure Rebuild in Typhoon-hit Philippines

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

Exfo is one of the companies that are extending helping hands towards a flood-hit Philippines, helping the nation rebuild its infrastructure. Recently the company that specializes in next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers, announced its intention of donating testing units for the benefit of the flood victims in the country.

Despite their scientific and technological achievements, human beings still find themselves powerless before the wrath of nature. While it is not in the power of technology to compensate for the devastation and lost lives, it can definitely help people to get back to the mainstream of life quickly. Especially the communication technologies ca significantly help people connect with each other during the emergencies and speed up the rehabilitation process. More importantly, advanced communication technologies have made it possible for the victims to reconnect with their families and for the distraught family members to stay connected with each other during difficult times.

However, in order for the communication channels to work properly during natural calamities, the network operators need to be on constant vigilance for any network faults. It requires them to be equipped with the right testing solutions that would allow them to detect and analyze the network failures and address the issues immediately to ensure an undisrupted communication for their customers.

Realizing the crucial importance of testing solutions for keeping the networks up and running during the infrastructure reconstruction phase, Exfo decided to donate testing units to local operators PLDT (News - Alert) (Philippine Long Distance Telephone) and Globe Telecom. These units include Exfo’s OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) and OSA (Optical Spectrum (News - Alert) Analyzer) that would help telecommunication companies detect and analyze network failures and get networks up and running quickly.

“On behalf of the whole EXFO (News - Alert) team, our thoughts are with the people affected by this devastating event. We feel powerless, and we hope that our contribution will help as many people as possible,” EXFO's chairman, president and CEO Germain Lamonde noted in a statement.

Edited by Ryan Sartor
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