FEBRUARY 6, 2007 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (search for EXFO) has released IPTV quality-of-service (QoS) test capabilities for its Packet Blazer Ethernet product line.
This new IPTV software option, now available on the newly released FTB-8510B Ethernet Packet Blazer, offers such test capabilities as media delivery index (MDI), program clock reference jitter, stream rate metrics, bandwidth utilization, and IP metrics on up to 255 simultaneous MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 media streams. Additionally, EXFO says its IPTV offering is the only test platform that integrates complete carrier-grade Ethernet capabilities into one product for full transport-layer and service-layer testing.
The IPTV software, coupled with the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer, is housed inside EXFO's portable modular platform, the FTB-400 Universal Test System, for field applications. The offering also is available on the IQS-500 Intelligent Test System for lab and manufacturing environments.
With the addition of IPTV test capabilities on the Packet Blazer, EXFO is extending its IPTV test capabilities from the edge into metro and core networks. Consequently, network service providers can now rely on a single source for all their IPTV testing needs to support the complete video deployment cycle from service rollout -- including Ethernet transport validation -- to troubleshooting and monitoring.
"EXFO is committed to providing customers with the best tools in the IPTV network performance test industry, which is undergoing accelerated growth as operators proceed with major deployments around the world," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice-president of protocol and optical product management. "With the IPTV test suite on the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer and CoLT-450P Triple-Play Test Set, we are now offering cost-effective, high-performance test solutions to measure QoS from the core network to the home."