Minacom, the foremost service quality test automation supplier to telcos and cable MSOs, and Sunrise Telecom(R) Incorporated, a leader in testing and monitoring solutions for voice, video, data services and next-generation digital multimedia, announced today they will work together to provide integrated test solutions for telcos and cable Multiple System Operators (MSOs) offering VoIP and IP-Video services. The partnership will focus on combining the centralized test capabilities offered by Minacom’s DirectQuality(R) R7 service level test automation platform with the leading network and service test functionality available in Sunrise Telecom’s handheld FTTx, DSL, and cable test sets.
Sunrise Telecom’s handheld test sets are widely used by telcos and cable MSOs worldwide, as are Minacom’s test automation systems for VoIP and IP Video monitoring, installation and troubleshooting. By combining Minacom’s centralized test platform to validate VoIP and IPTV service quality, and Sunrise Telecom’s field experience with portable test instruments, service providers will be able to control tests remotely and review results from field-portable test sets.
VoIP test calls are placed by Minacom’s PowerProbe(R) 6000 from a gateway’s T1 or IP interface, through the providers IP/FTTx/DSL or PSTN network, directly to a 2-wire jack in a customer’s home. This technique captures the full range of analog and IP/network impairments that commonly affect VoIP phone quality, including those introduced by copper/analog wiring, echo cancellers in network elements, and codec compression/decompression performed by telephone adapters and gateways; over 60 impairments are measured in under a minute, including MOS, echo, noise, loss, delay, touch tone (DTMF) transmission and fax connection performance.
IPTV, Video-on-Demand (VoD), and digital-media quality tests are conducted by a PowerProbe located in the head-end/super head-end, or video server farm. Providing true end-to-end service validation, the probe streams digital TV, HDTV, or VoIP-encoded RTP media traffic to Sunrise Telecom’s handheld meters in the home or hub. Complete control over codec type, jitter buffer settings, packet priority and VLAN ensure that the wide array of measurements accurately reflect actual broadcast traffic quality.
Results from tests are centrally stored on Minacom’s DirectQuality R7 server, featuring a web-based OSS used for reporting, service performance analysis and fault management, and automation for continuous service quality monitoring. With results stored on a centralized test server, field technicians and operations personnel can access current and historical test data from Sunrise Telecom’s test sets, any Internet browser, or web-enabled mobile devices including BlackBerrys(TM).
“Minacom and Sunrise Telecom were both awarded highest honors for their respective test technologies in the 2006 Diamond Awards, underlining our shared commitment to innovative, customer-focused test solutions. Integrating our products offers service providers systemized, end-to-end, triple-play testing that leverages their existing handheld test units, helping them to deliver highly reliable, leading-quality services to their subscribers using a low-footprint, automated test solution,” commented Michel Nadeau, President & CEO of Minacom.
“Sunrise Telecom is pleased to work with Minacom because our customers can immediately benefit. This partnership will bring additional value to the tens-of-thousands of Sunrise Telecom handheld test sets already deployed at many Tier-1 telco and cable providers.” said Bernard Cadieux of Sunrise Telecom.
Minacom will be demonstrating its complete line of service level test solutions live, at VON Fall in Boston at booth # 363. Minacom is also exhibiting at the Internet Telephony West Conference and EXPO, in San Diego this October 10-13 at booth # 230.
Minacom builds Service Level Test Systems for Telcos and Cable MSOs, and Internet Telephony Service Providers. Minacom’s automated test systems help maintain the integrity and quality of large-scale multi-service deployments, including Voice, VoIP, IPTV, Caller ID, Voicemail, Conferencing, Fax, Dial-Up Modem, Video Conferencing, and IP Services from Ping and DNS to Audio & Video RTP Streaming.
Minacom systems are web-controlled by a centralized server platform that integrates years of operational experience into test setups, test strategies and result analysis rules used by over 70 operators worldwide including at&t, Comcast, France Telecom, Liberty Global, Primus, Orange, Clearwire, VSNL and Bellsouth, as well as softswitch manufacturers such as Siemens, Cedar Point and Ericsson.
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About Sunrise Telecom, Inc.
Sunrise Telecom develops and manufactures communications test and measurement solutions that enable service providers to deliver high-quality voice, video, data and next-generation digital multimedia services quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively. The company offers a robust portfolio of feature-rich, easy-to-use products that pre-qualify, verify, and diagnose telecommunications, cable TV, and Internet networks from a variety of access points including wireline, DSL, optical fiber, coaxial cable, and signaling networks. Based in San Jose, California, Sunrise Telecom distributes its products through a direct sales force and a network of sales representatives and distributors throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and Latin America.
For more information, visit www.sunrisetelecom.com or email [email protected]
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