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Test & Measurement

IPTV Triggers Test Action

As test and measurement (T&M) vendors scramble to position themselves as movers and shakers in the telco TV world, Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) has just helped four firms gain extra credibility and, most likely, more business by announcing them as IPTV ecosystem partners. (See Alcatel Teams With Testers.)

"Realizing the critical role that T&M solutions play in the effective delivery of IP-based video services, Alcatel has proactively established formal relationships with four best-in-class participants in the T&M segment," stated the French giant before identifying Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), IneoQuest Technologies Inc. , JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU), and Spirent Communications plc , as the quartet.

Alcatel is a good partner for anyone to have in the IPTV sector as, sometimes with partner Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), it's attracting a lot of telco TV-related business. (See Swisscom Finally Launches IPTV, Wind, Telefónica Pick Alcatel, Telekom Picks Alcatel , T-Online Hungary Picks Alcatel, HanseNet Picks Alcatel, DT Deploys Alcatel, and Alcatel Upgrades China Telecom.)

While Agilent, JDSU (formerly Acterna), and Spirent are big-name players that have the muscle and budget to maintain their existing brands, public approval from a major vendor such as Alcatel is a major deal for a specialist like IneoQuest. That firm may already be familiar to service providers looking for video service assurance solutions, but a partnership with Alcatel will give the startup opportunities its own resources couldn't deliver. The relationship is also a major endorsement for the company's technology. (See IPTV Testing Goes Standard, IneoQuest Unveils Geminus , IneoQuest Launches iVMS, and IneoQuest Launches Cricket.)

Alcatel's partnership news isn't the only recent IPTV test news of late, as QoSmetrics Inc. , Pixelmetrix Corp. , Mariner xVu , and Mixed Signals Inc. also had announcements to make, much of it around the TelcoTV industry event. (See QoSmetrics Launches Products, Pixelmetrix Demonstrates IPTV, Mariner Tests IPTV, Agilent Touts Tester, Mixed Signals Tests IPTV, and JDSU Does TelcoTV.)

As it happens, Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) today announced its own development in the IPTV testing marketplace. The "Aptixia Test Conductor" unifies the management of three existing products so they can "emulate Triple Play subscribers, network infrastructure and servers to test all elements of converged networks." (See Ixia Automates Testing.)

The T&M sector has also seen a welter of financial news of late, including earnings reports from JDSU and Agilent. (See Agilent Reports Q4, Ixia to Restate Earnings, NetHawk Reports Q3, Sunrise Reports Q3 , and JDSU Reports Q1.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:34:41 AM
re: IPTV Triggers Test Action Is a company such as Ineoquest ripe for an acquisition? It has gained momentum and a position in the IPTV test sector -- it would be one way to either get ahead or gain a foothold in this space.
OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 3:34:38 AM
re: IPTV Triggers Test Action Good Question for Q?

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