By Laura Stotler
TMCnet Contributing Editor
JDSU (News - Alert) has announced a new capability for its digital and IP video test instrument, the DTS-330. The SimulSource IP Video Generation Application is a software tool to enable network equipment manufacturers to verify equipment for IPTV (News - Alert) and triple-play deployment.
The new application identifies and troubleshoots issues for video deployment, so that services may be improved before a product is shipped. It supports network operators in research and development environments as well, by stress testing equipment including IP transport equipment, routers, switches, IP multicasters and edge devices. This ensures reliability and efficiency before advanced network video services are rolled out.
The SimulSource IP Video Generation Application, as well as JDSU’s complete portfolio of IP video and IPTV test and measurement solutions for the broadcast industry, will be featured at the upcoming IBC 2006 event in Amsterdam. The new application generates hundreds of IP video test streams typically involved in a network carrying advanced IP video services. This enables equipment manufacturers to verify and stress test equipment using a number of types of encapsulation and signal layer analysis for a full view of the equipment’s performance.
The DTS-330 can also perform the testing and verification of both the output and input of multiple aggregated IP video streams over a Gigabit Ethernet pipe using the SimulSource application. This enables peak performance and the transmission of the maximum amount of allowable data for advanced IP video services.
"In today's competitive environment where quality of service is a significant factor in successfully delivering services such as IPTV, assuring the performance of network equipment is a high priority for providers and NEMs,” said Sudeep Bose, global product manager for the digital video test and measurement product line at JDSU. “JDSU is launching SimulSource IP Video Generation Application to help ensure that network equipment is tested and analyzed early and in the best shape possible. Its ability to validate and stress test equipment gives customers confidence that the equipment is performing optimally and able to effectively support the delivery of exceptional quality IPTV service when it ships."
For service providers, will video services finally bring about the elusive Holy Grail that is increased average revenue per user (APRU)? What forms of delivery can end-users expect? And what preparations do users agents need to make? To find out, make your best effort to attend the sessions of the IPTV Summit at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo, WEST, which runs October 10-13, 2006, in San Diego.
Laura Stotler writes about IP Communications and related topics for TMCnet. She has covered VoIP and related technologies for seven years, contributing to Internet Telephony magazine and TMCnet, and as a freelance writer. To see more articles, please visit: Laura Stotler’s columnist page.