Spirent integrates IP video monitoring with Ethernet test for MSOs

OCTOBER 21, 2010 -- Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT) has introduced IP video performance monitoring capabilities to its Spirent TestCenter Live.

Oct 21st, 2010

OCTOBER 21, 2010 -- Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT) has introduced IP video performance monitoring capabilities to its Spirent TestCenter Live. The new IP video performance monitoring capabilities enable MSOs to evaluate the quality of their network and the customers’ service via a single tool that tests both the Ethernet backbone and the IP video streams being delivered over the network, Spirent says.

With support for IP video at 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE speeds, MSOs can monitor the quality of their networks at both head-end and hub offices via the new capability, according to Spirent. If network problems are identified, the source can be quickly isolated to the video feed versus the core Ethernet network, the company adds. Typically, these two testing applications require different instruments, with two or more probes making the process a more time-consuming and expensive effort.

Round-the-clock monitoring with Spirent TestCenter Live lets MSOs gauge the health of their network and quality of their video service, Spirent adds. Additionally, preset thresholds and alarms for video operations can identify service degradation and proactively address these issues before consumers begin to see the effect. This approach reduces customer churn and optimizes operations by avoiding costly reactive dispatches and service orders, Spirent asserts.

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