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RAD Joins Symmetricom SyncWorld Ecosystem for Mobile Backhaul Synchronization Over Packet Microwave Networks

RAD embraces program that guarantees service provider customers that timing and synchronization solutions are tested and proven.

Mahwah, NJ, May 21, 2011 --( RAD Data Communications has joined the Symmetricom SyncWorld Ecosystem Program, which was formed to provide tested solutions for mobile backhaul synchronization over packet microwave networks.

Since Packet Switched Networks (PSNs) do not include inherent synchronization mechanisms, they require complementary clock transfer solutions. This is particularly relevant to mobile backhaul and Triple Play services, which require exact synchronization.

In response to that challenge, Symmetricom developed a portfolio of Grandmaster Clock solutions. The Grandmaster clock supports IEEE 1588-2008, or Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Version 2, ensuring the highest possible level of synchronization over a PSN. Deployed at mobile base stations, RAD's Mobile Demarcation Devices (MDDs), which support 1588-2008 as well as Synchronous Ethernet, lock onto the Grandmaster Clock, functioning as “slaves” to synchronize all elements within the system.

“RAD is enthusiastic about joining Symmetricom’s SyncWorld Ecosystem Program,” said Ronen Guri, Business Development and Solution Manager for Application Awareness, Wholesale and Mobile Backhaul Services at RAD Data Communications. “Mobile operators will now be able to seamlessly deploy the best timing over packet solutions the industry has to offer, the RAD ETX-A series of MDDs, which provide slave clock, boundary clock, and transparent clock capabilities, and Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588-2008 TimeProvider 5000 Grandmaster clock.”

To become part of Symmetricom’s Ecosystem Program, RAD conducted extensive performance and interoperability tests to verify the performance of 1588-2008 timing over microwave backhaul network configurations leveraging real-world deployment scenarios. RAD is an industry leader in the development, standardization and implementation of timing-over-packet solutions, and was the first vendor to demonstrate the original IEEE 1588-2008 standard in an incumbent carrier’s live network.

“We are pleased to work with a vendor such as RAD that is promoting the market adoption of IEEE 1588-2008,” said Manish Gupta, Vice President marketing at Symmetricom. “Interoperability among vendors is essential to ensure seamless deployment of precise timing and synchronization in next generation networks.”

Symmetricom’s SyncWorld Ecosystem Program was unveiled to support precise timing and synchronization requirements for 4G/LTE deployments for ensuring a seamless integration for service provider networks. The SyncWorld Ecosystem Program features all elements of the mobile value chain encompassing embedded to network equipment manufacturers.

About Symmetricom
Symmetricom (NASDAQ:SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world's standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure, and metrology industries. Symmetricom's customers, from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by using the company's advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. All products support today's precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide.

About RAD
Founded in 1981, RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, utilities, transportation, and enterprise networks. The company's installed base exceeds 11,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Hutchison, Orange, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Utility customers include E.ON in Germany, Elia in Belgium, EDF in France, Enel in Italy, Beijing Power in China, and Hydro Quebec in Canada. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 31 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 165 countries. RAD’s environmental management system is ISO 14001 certified. Its operations facilities and processes comply with the industry’s most stringent standards and are completely non-polluting. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.

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