Spirent intros QoS scope to support 10-Gigabit Ethernet deployments

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 -- Spirent says its QoS Scope 7500 is the industry's first 10GbE service assurance offering for testing service performance in live networks.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 -- In an effort to help carriers prequalify new 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) services and ensure network reliability, Spirent Communications has introduced the Spirent QoS Scope 7500, which it says is the industry's first 10GbE service assurance offering for testing service performance in live networks.

Already deployed by three large service providers in the United States, the QoS Scope validates the performance of complex GbE and 10GbE services such as business Ethernet and wireless backhaul.

The QoS Scope provides methods to conduct service assurance for Ethernet over fiber, SONET/SDH, WDM, TDM, DOCSIS, GPON, and copper architectures in both trial and live network environments.

"Service providers are challenged with deploying and maintaining Ethernet services within constrained budgets while ensuring that 'carrier-grade' service and quality of experience continually exceed customer expectations," says John Cunningham, vice president of service assurance at Spirent. "With the QoS Scope, we've extended our deep understanding of Ethernet testing to offer a solution which helps operators of advanced networks better diagnose and address potential issues before they impact the bottom line."

With a combination of active and passive capabilities, and the capacity to support simultaneous test sessions, a carrier can use the QoS Scope to launch service as well as identify any degradation that occurs in the network after launch. Armed with information provided by the tester, the service provider can dispatch a field technician to fix rather than find problems reported by the customer. The QoS Scope also facilitates continuous 24x7 monitoring of network performance allowing service providers to identify and fix issues that have impacted or may impact service-level agreements (SLAs) before customers are affected.


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