Spirent Touts IPTV Credentials

Alcatel-Lucent white paper identifies Spirent's remote testing and diagnostics systems as key components for IPTV service assurance

May 23, 2007

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CRAWLEY, U.K. -- Spirent Communications plc (NYSE: SPM; LSE: SPT), a global provider of performance analysis and service assurance solutions, announced today that results from a white paper published by the Alcatel-Lucent on the IPTV Ecosystem for MSTV, support the company’s unique testing and diagnostic solutions and the critical role they play in ensuring IPTV services and subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE).

The white paper, titled “IPTV Test and Measurement Best Practices White Paper,” identified the need to generate measurements that go beyond traditional network performance monitoring, such as jitter and loss, and to include video content analysis in order to ensure a superior IPTV subscriber QoE. According to the results, “due to added quality, optimisations in MSTV, generic standard measurements do not always produce an accurate reflection of video quality…” Spirent’s SmartSight solution is highlighted in the paper as the only ecosystem partner to demonstrate a comprehensive end-to-end remote testing and diagnostic capabilities. In addition, the white paper outlines the requirement for strategically placed probes within the network and states, “due to accuracy concerns or scalability concerns an operator should put equipment in the network specific to service assurance...” Spirent’s SmartSight is the only IPTV service assurance test system on the market today that enables remote diagnostics from the DSLAM to capture accurate subscriber experience data based on content analysis rather than just network performance indicators.

“The Alcatel-Lucent white paper has validated Spirent’s IP service assurance strategy which focuses on network performance indicators that goes one step further to more accurately measure subscribers’ QoE,” said Jeff Schmitz, vice president of marketing at Spirent Communications. “This strategy enables carriers to measure the QoE of IPTV services prior to installation, ensuring deployments are right the first time. In addition, the system will enable our customers to more economically scale IP service delivery and reduce the cost associated with maintenance.”

Spirent Communications plc

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