RAD Data Communications

RAD (the registered trademark of RAD Data Communications Ltd.) is a privately held corporation, headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel that designs and manufacturers specialized networking equipment.

RAD Data Communications
Founded1981; 41 years ago (1981)
FoundersYehuda Zisapel
Zohar Zisapel
Area served
Key people
Chairman: Yehuda Zisapel, CEO: Dror Bin
ProductsService Assured Access solutions[buzzword] for service providers and Service Assured Networking solutions[buzzword] for power utilities, transportation systems and government agencies

RAD is a member of the $1.3 billion RAD Group of companies.


RAD was founded by brothers Yehuda and Zohar Zisapel in 1981 as a spin-off from Bynet, a networking hardware distribution company founded by Yehuda in 1973. Their goal was to develop their own products; the company was simply named RAD, for Research And Development.[1]

RAD first successful product was a miniature (by 1980s standards) modem for telephone lines that did not require a separate power source. This novel concept quickly became a commercial success, and by 1985, RAD annual revenues reached $5.5 million. This initial product line evolved into RAD Data Communications, the largest company within the RAD Group.[1]

In 2014, RAD opened a new $32 million advanced R&D center for developing NFV and SDN solutions[buzzword] in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.[2]

The company is active in industry standardization bodies such as the Broadband Forum, ETSI NFV ISG, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).[3]

One of the 46 copies of Rodin's The Thinker that were made from the original cast after the sculptor's death was acquired by Yehuda Zisapel and placed on permanent exhibit in the lobby of RAD's current Tel Aviv headquarters when the building was opened in 2000.[4]

The Thinker on public display at RAD


RAD's research, development and engineering includes hardware virtualization, operations, administration and management (OAM) and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; SFP form-factor solutions[buzzword]; and business DSL.

An early RAD modem, the SRM-3, was recognized as the world's smallest in the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records. Used for connecting asynchronous terminals to host computers, it measured 2.4 in (6.1 cm) by 1.2 in (3.0 cm) by .08 in (0.20 cm).[5]

In 1998, RAD invented TDM over IP (TDMoIP®) technology[6] and in 2013 it pioneered Distributed Network Function Virtualization (D-NFV®).[7] At Mobile World Congress 2015, RAD introduced the world's first SFP-based IEEE 1588 Grandmaster clock with a built-in GNSS receiver.[8]

In 2015 RAD also launched a virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) device for IP and Carrier Ethernet services with a field pluggable module for hosting virtual network functions (VNFs)[9] and in 2016 it added a white box option that is license-upgradable for network functions such as routing, service demarcation and performance monitoring.[10] RAD's portfolio includes the smallest NFV-empowered device yet invented.[11]

RAD has also been cited as an industry leader in developing communications platforms and security solutions[buzzword] for public utilities.[12]


The company's installed base now exceeds 15,000,000 units[13] and includes more than 150 telecommunications carriers and service providers, in addition to a large number of public transportation systems, power utilities, governments, homeland security agencies, and educational institutions. RAD solutions[buzzword] are distributed through approximately 300 partner channels in over 150 countries. The company itself maintains 30 offices across six continents.


  • 1994: Israel Export Award[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Levav, Amos (1998). Sipurehem shel yazame taʻaśiyat ha-haiṭeḳ ha-Yiśraʾelit (The Birth of Israel's High-Tech Industry). Zemorah-Bitan (Tel Aviv). pp. 143–170.
  2. ^ "RAD commits $32 million for Negev telecom R&D center". Telecom Lead. May 28, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "RAD Data Communications". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Hemetz, Sagi (September 24, 2000). "האיש החשוב על מזדה". The Marker. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "RAD Data Gets Its 'Smallest' Modem into the Guinness Book of World Records". Computer Business Review. August 10, 1992.
  6. ^ "MPLS: The Core". 23 July 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  7. ^ Wilson, Carol (3 October 2013). "RAD Rolls Out Distributed NFV Strategy". Light Reading. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  8. ^ "RAD Demonstrates World's First IEEE 1588 Grandmaster on an SFP". March 2, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "RAD Launches vCPE Platform for Hosting VNFs". Light Reading. March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "RAD Adds Whitebox Option to vCPE". Light Reading. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Haestrategia hahadasha shel RAD: Pitronot bimkom mutsarim". TechTime. August 15, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  12. ^ O'Shea, Dan (August 27, 2015). "Critical Infrastructure: Why Telecom Is Taking a Renewed Interest in the Utility Sector". Light Reading. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  13. ^ RAD Enhances Award-Winning ETX-2i Product Line with Whitebox+ Option, an Innovative vCPE Solution
  14. ^ "Telecommunications Industry Awards". Retrieved December 12, 2016.