Enet, Ireland’s largest wholesale, open-access network provider, has become the first provider in the country to introduce virtual testing across its networks. Partnering with Butler Technologies to utilise VIAVI Solutions’ network test and monitoring systems, Enet will reduce troubleshooting times and significantly cut the number of technicians dispatched in response to network issues.
VIAVI Fusion is a virtual test system that combines physical test equipment with software-based test agents deployed across Enet’s network. The system’s test controller is centrally located in Dublin, initiating service activation testing and continuous real-time performance monitoring across the whole network.
Commenting on the announcement, John Gilvarry, Enet CTO, said: “This is a strategically important investment for Enet as it highlights our continued commitment to delivering a genuinely world-class service for our customers. With this solution in place, we’ve increased the visibility of all monitored links so that we can see how the network is operating from the end-users’ perspective, pinpoint troubleshooting, reduce time to repair, and manage a much larger infrastructure estate.”
Gilvarry went on to state that the installation of the Fusion system “marks a key milestone in our transition from a traditional wired network to one based more on software defined principles and we are currently looking to further extend the solution in our network.”
“Enet is leading the way when it comes to focussing on customer service excellence and is the first network provider to deploy the VIAVI virtual test solution in Ireland,” said Aaron Joyce, Director – Communications & Instrumentation Division at Butler Technologies. “Fusion is rooted in the VIAVI history of leadership in physical test instruments. It’s only logical that they extended that experience into the emerging virtual test market.” Joyce added, “Our expertise in multiple customer segments perfectly complements the VIAVI brand. Together we can help migrate customers in Ireland into the SDN/NFV era.”
Fusion provides Enet the flexibility to use expert tools or simple end-user devices as test points in the system. In addition, Fusion’s capabilities extend to application testing to enable rapid problem resolution, sometimes before the end-user detects a dip in throughput.