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02/18/2016 - Spirent and ADVA Optical Networking to Showcase Automated Cell Site Pre-Activation Testing at Mobile World Congress

Spirent Landslide™ EDGE and ADVA FSP 150 ProVM enable real-time testing capabilities for fastest cell site turn-up and in-service monitoring

San Jose, California – (February 18, 2016) – Spirent Communications, the leader in networks, services and device testing, today announced a joint demonstration at Mobile World Congress with ADVA Optical Networking, showcasing how network functions virtualization (NFV) can improve pre-activation testing and in-service monitoring. Using this NFV-based approach enables functions such as performance and load testing, system integrity or health checks, and network functions such as routing, firewalling and load balancing to be flexibly instantiated on a mobile edge NFV device. Combining the most advanced test capabilities for mobile networks with the agility of NFV-based application hosting at the cell site creates unprecedented speed and efficiency in cell site activation.

"We're empowering network operators to greatly improve automation in RAN installation and operation. Combining our latest ADVA FSP 150 ProVM edge devices with Spirent Landslide EDGE software gives network operators a crucial advantage. It enables them to protect their margins while delivering even more coverage and capacity," commented James Buchanan, GM Ensemble at ADVA Optical Networking. "Our solution delivers market-leading performance testing of both the connectivity network and synchronization signals. Using the comprehensive, unique Ensemble solution suite provides full lifecycle management for Spirent's Landslide EDGE software appliances. With this blend of proven technology from Spirent and ADVA Optical Networking a clear benchmark for automated RAN provisioning and operation has been set."

The joint showcase provides an in-depth insight into the way NFV technologies can deliver enormous improvements in cell site activation. Running Spirent Landslide EDGE on the ADVA FSP 150 ProVM mobile edge NFV device enables resources to be used more efficiently. Pre-activation testing minimizes turn-up times and maximizes operational efficiency, reducing time to revenue when turning up new base stations and increasing customer QoE.

"The transition to virtualized networks requires a transformation in the way operators manage their networks. Specifically, operators will have to rethink the way they test and validate their networks." Said John Baker, GM of the Mobility Infrastructure Business Unit. "The traditional model of a network being tested and validated ahead of commercial launch is no longer adequate, because the network continues to evolve, grow, and be fine-tuned, and because network resources are allocated in real time in response to variable network conditions and subscriber demand. The network becomes a moving target that is more vulnerable to performance variability. Test integration is a must in the maintenance of QoE and SLA expectations."

Unlike competitive products, Spirent Landslide tests the performance and scalability of all points of the Live and Lab wireless network, and the mobile core network, enabling authentication and handover scenarios to be verified, as well as providing quality of experience metrics like network availability, call setup time, call drops and voice quality for network testing. The solution's advanced test capability for mobile networks and services, emulates millions of mobile subscribers traversing the network and using a real-world mix of applications and services. For more information on Spirent Landslide visit: www.spirentfederal.com/IP/Products/Landslide/Overview

About ADVA Optical Networking
At ADVA Optical Networking we're creating new opportunities for tomorrow's networks, a new vision for a connected world. Our intelligent telecommunications hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises. Over the past twenty years, our innovative connectivity solutions have helped to drive our customers' networks forward, helped to drive their businesses to new levels of success. We forge close working relationships with all our customers. As your trusted partner we ensure that we're always ready to exceed your networking expectations. For more information on our products and our team, please visit us at: www.advaoptical.com.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") program with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc (www.spirentfederal.com).

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