EXFO intros portable IPTV test set

APRIL 26, 2007 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has announced the release of a suite of IPTV quality-of-service (QoS) test capabilities for its Packet Blazer Ethernet test module product line.

APRIL 26, 2007 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) has announced the release of a suite of IPTV quality-of-service (QoS) test capabilities for its Packet Blazer Ethernet test module product line.

EXFO's FTB-8510B Packet Blazer provides such features as 100-channel parallel monitoring capability and the support of ETSI TR 101 290 metrics as outlined by digital video broadcast measurement guidelines. The new software suite also includes user-configurable alarm thresholds for media delivery index (MDI) and other key IPTV metrics, as well as customizable test sequences. In addition, a stream discovery capability that automatically identifies valid IPTV streams within the Ethernet layer and links them to user-definable stream names is available, thus simplifying overall QoS analysis for field technicians the company asserts.

The FTB-8510B IPTV feature set also includes MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 support, MDI, program clock reference jitter, stream-rate metrics, and bandwidth utilization and IP metrics to provide users with more than 35 different IPTV metrics and statistics. With the FTB-8510B and CoLT-450P DSL IPTV test set, customers can equip their field technicians with tools to support IPTV service rollouts and ongoing troubleshooting activities within the core and access networks.

"EXFO has once again proven its commitment to customers and the IPTV testing industry by delivering an innovative solution with a full set of features, capabilities, and test metrics to enable networks operators to efficiently deploy their IPTV services, while ensuring a great user experience," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of protocol and optical product management. "We are confident that our products will deliver the IP video testing performance, usability, and price points our customers need in order for them to offer fast, cost-effective and, above all, high-quality IPTV services."

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